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Auburn speaks to Petrino by phone

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Bobby Petrino spoke to the Auburn University search committee Monday, though he hasn't met with anyone there in person, according to Alabama.com.

The Tigers fired head coach Gene Chizik last week, and has interviewing candidates, including Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart.

Arkansas State coach Gus Malzahn has also interviews, and the school reached out to Louisville coach Charlie Strong and Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris. FoxSports.com reported that UCLA coach Jim Mora turned down a chance to speak to Auburn and Tennessee.

Petrino has been powerhouse offenses at Arkansas, but was fired as Razorbacks coach after it was revealed that he helped a woman he was having an affair with get a job in the school's athletic department.

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