Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Another staff change at Auburn
By ESPN.com staff
Two years ago, Auburn was the only school in the SEC that returned its entire coaching staff intact.
But as Gene Chizik enters what will be his fourth spring practice as the Tigers' coach, he finds himself in the market for what will be his third new hire since the end of the 2011 season.
Phillip Lolley, who coached the Auburn cornerbacks the past three seasons, has been reassigned to an administrative capacity within the football program.
Ted Roof left as defensive coordinator right after the season to be the UCF defensive coordinator and was then later hired at Penn State by Bill O'Brien to be his defensive coordinator. Brian VanGorder, the defensive coordinator at Georgia before going to the NFL, was hired to replace Roof at Auburn.
Gus Malzahn left his post as Auburn's offensive coordinator to take the head-coaching job at Arkansas State. Chizik brought in Scot Loeffler to run the Tigers' offense. Loeffler was at Temple this past season, but previously spent time on the Florida and Michigan staffs.
One of the names floating around out there to replace Lolley as cornerbacks coach is former Georgia defensive coordinator Willie Martinez, who was the defensive backs coach at Oklahoma the past two years and wasn't retained following this past season.