Dye-Gest: AU Needs to Make the Right Choices

College Football Hall of Fame coach Pat Dye writes about the Auburn Tigers in this edition of his Dye-Gest column as Gus Malzahn looks to replace members of his defensive staff.

Travaris Robinson (left) coached Auburn's defensive backs this season while Will Muschamp (right) coordinated the defense and coached linebackers.

College football coaches making moves this time of year to take new jobs is not uncommon and most staffs have changes every season. However, that doesn’t lessen the anxiety among the Auburn Family, which is waiting to see who Gus Malzahn hires to replace defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, and I understand how the fans feel.

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If you have good coaches on your staff there is going to be turnover--that is just the way it is going to be. You can’t blame Will Muschamp for leaving to take a head coaching position at South Carolina. I’m sure that when he got fired at Florida it had to run through his mind that he may never get the opportunity to be a head coach again at a major college program, particularly in the SEC.

This is a great opportunity for Will as well as a great opportunity for Travaris Robinson, Auburn’s former secondary coach, who made the move to South Carolina, too.

T-Rob and Will Muschamp are close and have worked well together over the years. There was the loyalty factor in his decision to follow Coach Muschamp to South Carolina combined with an opportunity to become the defensive coordinator, a big step up the career ladder. That would be a tough thing to pass up for any coach.

Despite the disappointing season, Auburn is still Auburn and can have a great program. There is not a shortage of anything that you need to be as good as anybody in the country. I’m talking about everything from a facilities standpoint on down to being in the best conference in the country as far as football is concerned.

Also, Auburn fans do a great job of filling up that stadium every week so it’s all in place. The important thing is to get the right people in place to move forward, not backward.

You never know when you’re in a situation like the Tigers are in right now what exactly is going to happen, but they could come out the other side of this a lot better than they were before the coaching changes. That is what Auburn fans have got to hope will happen.

When you look around the SEC every team in the league has gone through some lean years. The important thing now for Coach Malzahn is to make the right choices to get the Tigers performing at a higher level as soon as possible, especially since the schedule won’t get any easier next year, starting with the season opener against a Clemson team that is currently unbeaten and ranked No. 1 in the country.

I believe Coach Malzahn will make the right choices and we will again see the Tigers playing football at a higher level than what we saw in 2015, but like Auburn fans everywhere, including the ones reading this article, I am anxious to see how it all turns out in the end. The only thing I know for certain is that I love Auburn and nothing can take the place of that. I also know that I like to see Auburn people happy and a really good way to make that happen is to see the Tigers win more games than they did this year.

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