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BIRMINGHAM – Thursday at the PARCA Speaker Series event held at the Red Mountain Theatre, long-time Democrat strategist James Carville predicted Auburn would name Jackson State head coach Deion Sanders its next head football coach.

"The next Auburn coach is going to be Deion Sanders," he declared.

His prediction is in line with what some in the sports punditry world have already predicted.

Carville's remarks come on the eve of the game between his LSU Tigers and the Auburn Tigers to be played at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn.

He recollected the so-called "Earthquake Game" between Auburn in LSU in 1988. Mike Archer's unranked LSU Tigers upset Pat Dye's fourth-rated Auburn Tigers on a fourth-quarter touchdown by a 7-6 score.

The reaction to the winning touchdown allegedly registered on the LSU campus seismograph.

"You know, the Auburn-LSU series is really one of the most fascinating and weird series in college football," Carville said. "We played in 1988. There's actually a seismograph on campus. So, a graduate student came in Sunday after the game, started taking readings, and said, 'Damn, there was an earthquake here.' They called the professor to look at it, and sure enough."

"A damn earthquake in Baton Rouge, Louisiana?" he continued. "And they figured out it was at the exact same second LSU scored against Auburn. We won that game, 7-6. Every game, something weird happens. There's not very many eight-and-a-half point games between Auburn and LSU. It'll be a barn burner. I promise you that."

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