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Thursday, December 18, 2008
Auburn looking to reunite

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

The word coming out of Auburn is that new coach Gene Chizik will pursue several coaches to be on his staff that either played at Auburn or coached at Auburn.

That makes sense, especially with former Auburn coach Pat Dye being such a strong supporter of the Chizik hiring.

It's akin to getting the band back together.

Three names that immediately come to mind are Georgia assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner, Georgia offensive line coach Stacy Searels and Ole Miss defensive line coach Tracy Rocker. All three played under Dye at Auburn.

Georgia coach Mark Richt, though, says he hasn't heard from anybody yet at Auburn wanting to talk to Garner or Searels.

Searels did one of the best jobs of any assistant in the SEC this season, and if the Bulldogs want to keep him, they might want to ante up. He wasn't one of the top two or three highest paid offensive line coaches in the SEC this year, but he certainly deserves to be.