Report: Ted Roof leaving Auburn

After three seasons as Auburn's defensive coordinator, Ted Roof is leaving the program to take a similar job at Central Florida.

Auburnundercover.com first reported the news Wednesday.

Roof, who signed a three-year contract with Auburn earlier this year, came under scrutiny after the Tigers' defense ranked near the bottom in every major defensive category this season. After ranking ninth nationally in run defense in 2010, Auburn was 11th in the SEC this year, giving up 194.8 rushing yards per game. Auburn was also 11th in total defense (405.8) and allowed 39 touchdowns.

Despite a plethora of youth taking over on the defensive side of the ball, the Tigers' defense failed to really improve throughout the season. Auburn gave up 30-plus points seven times in 2011, including giving up 40 or more three times in the last five games.

Auburn's defense ranked 78th nationally in total defense this season and has ranked no higher than 60th in three seasons under Roof.

It's unclear if Auburn will replace Roof in time for the Chick-fil-A Bowl against Virgina on Dec. 31.