Chizik Not Ready to Name Coordinators

Comments from Auburn head coach Gene Chizik are featured in this football report.

Auburn, Ala.--Gene Chizik took a break from his busy weekend entertaining prospects and practicing for the Chick-fil-A Bowl to give an update on his search for new defensive and offensive coordinators for the Auburn football team.

Asked if he has made progress on the search to replace Ted Roof as defensive coordinator and Gus Malzahn as offensive coordinator, Chizik said, "I feel like we are in the right direction. Again, it is going to be a process. I am making sure I take my time to hire the right person so we are doing our due diligence. Again, there is no time line."

Chizik is serving as the interim defensive coordinator and the linebacker coach for the bowl game.

Malzahn is splitting time as the offensive coordinator and coach of the quarterbacks while making the transition to his new job as head coach at Arkansas State University. He accepted that post Tuesday night.

Malzahn will be in Atlanta on New Year's Eve to call plays in the bowl game vs. Virginia.

Chizik would not put a time line on when he is going to fill either vacant position on his staff. "It could happen at anytime," he said. "When I said I really don't have a time line, I really don't."

The head coach noted that he has split his efforts between on the field coaching, going on the road to recruit and looking for coordinators. With recruiting going into a dead period on Sunday, that should give him more time to concentrate on coordinators and preparations for the bowl.

The defensive coordinator vacancy came open first. Asked if he is making progress on that opening, Chizik said he has "several people I am considering," but did not give any more details on the search.

Following Saturday's practice, the Tigers will take the day off on Sunday and will practice Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before taking a break for Christmas.

The team will assemble on Christmas night in Atlanta and resume practice there. The Chick-fil-A Bowl will kick off at 6:30 p.m. CDT on New Year's Eve at the Georgia Dome.

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