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Monday, December 22, 2008
Former Auburn assistants finding homes

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Posted by's Chris Low

As new Auburn coach Gene Chizik works toward putting together his staff, several former Auburn assistants are turning up elsewhere.

The old switcheroo was completed Saturday when former Auburn defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads was announced as the new head coach at Iowa State, replacing Chizik.

How's that for a trade?

Tommy Tuberville, after 10 years on the Plains, doesn't have the support of key people at Auburn and resigns under pressure. He's replaced by his defensive coordinator from the unbeaten 2004 team (Chizik), and Tuberville's coordinator from this season (Rhoads) replaces Chizik at Iowa State as head coach. Rhoads was an assistant at Iowa State from 1995-99.

Also, Tuberville's longtime running backs coach, Eddie Gran, was in Knoxville Sunday interviewing with new Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin.

Gran, who was with Tuberville at Auburn and Ole Miss, could be valuable to the Vols on a couple of different fronts. For one, he's produced the likes of Ronnie Brown, Carnell Williams and Deuce McAllister, but he also has a special teams background and has recruited the South Florida area for Auburn.