Friday, January 25, 2013
Gus Malzahn makes coaching changes
By Edward Aschoff
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn has barely been on the job, but he's already having to reshuffle his coaching staff.
On Friday, Malzahn announced that assistant head coach/special teams coach Rich Bisaccia is leaving to become the special teams coach for the Dallas Cowboys. Malzahn hired Bisaccia from the San Diego Chargers on Jan. 3.
With Bisaccia heading back to the NFL, Malzahn announced that tight ends coach Tim Horton will now coach running backs, while Scott Fountain, who has served as Auburn's player personnel director the past four years, has been promoted to tight ends/special teams coach.
Horton has 12 years of experience as a running backs coach at the college level, including the past six years at Arkansas. He coached four different 1,000-yard rushers from 2007-10. Some of the big names he's instructed include Darren McFadden, Felix Jones and Knile Davis.
"Rich had an offer that he felt he could not turn down and we wish him nothing but the best," Malzahn said in a release through the school. "I'm excited that Tim will be coaching our running backs. He has a tremendous track record coaching some great backs and I'm extremely confident that will continue here at Auburn. Scott is someone I tried to hire as an assistant coach a year ago at Arkansas State. He is a great coach with a tremendous work ethic, and his strong ties in the state of Alabama will be an asset to our program."
Surely, Malzahn didn't want to have to make any sort of coaching change this early into his tenure at Auburn. But the good news for Malzahn is he had a plan in place and didn't have to go far to find a replacement.