Coordinators Will Have Call On AU Assistants

AU's fired football coaches met with Gus Malzahn on Wednesday and were told they could reapply for jobs.

Auburn, Ala.--New Auburn football head coach Gus Malzahn met with members of the former AU football coaching staff on Wednesday and told them that the men he will hire as offensive and defensive coordinators will have the call on who will be the offensive and defensive coaches for the Tigers.

When head coach Gene Chizik was fired the day after the final regular season game, all of his assistant coaches were told they were fired, too. However, four of the group stayed on and recruited on an interim basis.

The four included wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor, running backs coach Curtis Luper, linebacker coach Tommy Thigpen and tight ends/special teams coach Jay Boulware.

Thigpen said he was glad to work for Auburn by talking to recruits during the interim period between head coaches. "My father told me that I always need to be doing something and that is the advice I have always tried to follow," he said. "Auburn was good to me so I had no problem earning my pay and continuing to work for Auburn."

Tommy Thigpen

All of Chizik's assistants were on contracts which the university will pay as part of an $11.04 million buyout of the contracts of the head coach and his on the field assistant coaches.

Malzahn met with former Southern Miss head coach Ellis Johnson on Wednesday and discussed the vacant defensive coordinator spot on the Auburn staff. The new Auburn head coach has not announced any hirings yet for his staff.

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