cell phone stolen while recruiting…….
— Coach Ellis Johnson (@CoachEliJohnson) January 14, 2013
It was not an easy football season for newly hired Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson.
After spending years as an assistant at varying levels and with various teams within the SEC, Johnson ventured out of familiar territory in accepting his first head coaching position, with Southern Miss. Under Larry Fedora, who bolted to North Carolina after the year, the Golden Eagles enjoyed their first 12-win season in school history.
However, Johnson oversaw arguably the swiftest fall from grace in the history of college football. A team that had won 12 games and a conference title finished the 2012 campaign with an 0-12 record and was once again looking for a new head coach. Johnson was fired after only one season.
Of course, things are looking up, or at least they had been, now that Johnson is back within his comfort zone in the SEC. However, it doesn’t look like things are going to be made easy on the guy.
The Auburn football program has been losing elite recruits left and right following the firing of Gene Chizik, and Johnson has been the one tasked, for the most part, with making sure the remaining commitments get themselves to campus.
However, it can’t be a good sign that, while out on the recruiting trail, his cell phone got stolen — can it?
This isn’t nearly as big of a deal as his 0-12 head coaching stint, but it begs the question: Is this guy going to catch a break yet or what?
H/T: Throw the Flag Blog