Rich Bisaccia leaving Auburn for NFL

Updated: January 25, 2013, 10:43 PM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

After just 22 days on the job, Rich Bisaccia has left Auburn to reportedly take a job as special-teams coach for the Dallas Cowboys.

Bisaccia, who spent the last two seasons as the Chargers' special teams coach, left San Diego for Auburn after he was hired to become a running backs coach/special-teams coordinator on Jan. 3. AL.com reported that Bisaccia will accept the Cowboys job later Friday.

"Rich had an offer that he felt he could not turn down and we wish him nothing but the best," Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said Friday in a statement. "I'm excited that Tim [Horton] 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 [Fountain] 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."

The Cowboys looked at numerous candidates to replace Joe DeCamillis, who left to take the same position with the Chicago Bears. Bruce DeHaven and Alan Lowry also were finalists for the Cowboys job.

Bisaccia was the special-teams coach from 2002 to '10 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he worked with new Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and defensive line coach Rod Marinelli.

The Chargers had three punts blocked under Bisaccia's watch this season.

Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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