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.
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."
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.