According to WRBL News in Alabama, the sometimes slimy, sometimes smarmy wheelings and dealings of college football coaches are not always pursued solely on the part of head coaches.
Following a disastrous season in The Plains that resulted in exactly zero wins against SEC opponents, Auburn’s brass had no choice but to fire head coach Gene Chizik. This in spite of the fact that the man was only two years removed from winning the BCS National Championship.
On December 4, Gul Malzahn was introduced to War Eagle Nation as Chizik’s replacement. He spent the next month-plus sorting out his new coaching staff, bringing in several new faces from all over the country.
One month later, on January 3, Malzahn hired Rich Bisaccia to take over the team’s special teams and running backs coaching duties — no small task at any big-time collegiate program.
However, and not three weeks later, Mr. Bisaccia is again on the move.
Bisaccia now heads to Dallas, where he will be announced as the Cowboys’ new special teams coach. He has spent most of his career in the NFL, but when Norv Turner was fired in San Diego, his entire coaching staff was shown the door with him, including Bisaccia.
Malzahn, who now has to move forward without the guy he chose, has already shuffled his staff to accommodate the loss.
“Rich had an offer that he felt he could not turn down and we wish him nothing but the best,” Malzahn said in a statement. “I’m excited that Tim will be coaching our running backs. He has a tremendous track record coaching some great backs and I’m extremely confident that will continue here at Auburn. Scott is someone I tried to hire as an assistant coach a year ago at Arkansas State. He is a great coach with a tremendous work ethic, and his strong ties in the state of Alabama will be an asset to our program.”
The ‘Tim’ Malzahn mentions is Tim Horton, who moves from tight ends coach to running backs coach — the position he held while at Arkansas.
Former Auburn player personnel director Scott Fountain now moves to tight ends coach and special teams coordinator. He had spent the previous four seasons directing Auburn’s recruiting efforts, which are tanking fast, actually.
Horton coached four different 1,000-yard rushers between 2007-10: Darren McFadden and Felix Jones were both All-Americans, while Dennis Johnson and Knile Davis were both named All-SEC, according to AL.com.