December 6th, 2012 09:45 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Auburn
Tags: AU, Auburn, Gus Malzahn, SEC
Gus Malzahn is returning to Auburn, but he won’t be keeping any of the current assistants on staff unless his new coordinators say so. Malzahn broke the news to his ex-colleagues yesterday, according to special teams coach Jay Boulware:
“(He didn’t say) much, that he’s just hiring his offensive and defensive coordinator, and he’s going to go from there. He said if we were interested, he’d let his coordinators choose. So it is what it is.”
Malzahn has already interviewed ex-South Carolina defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson, but it’s been reported that he’s also a possibility at Florida State. Former Auburn player and defensive line coach Tracy Rocker has also gotten a call.
Who the new Tiger coach hires as D-coordinator will definitely be one to watch as many defensive minds aren’t enamored with up-tempo, spread systems. And in the SEC — unless you have Cam Newton at quarterback — you typically have to have a darn good defense to win the league crown. And that’s the goal at Auburn.
But while the defense will play a huge role in determining Malzahn’s ceiling, his own offensive system will be what makes or breaks him as a head coach.
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