Former Coach Leader For AU Staff Vacancy

Tommy Tuberville is expected to fill an opening on the Auburn football staff sometime this month.

Auburn, Ala.--A former Auburn assistant football coach is the leading candidate to coach AU's tight ends this season, Tommy Tuberville has told Inside the Auburn Tigers

Steve Dennis, a former player at the University of Georgia and an assistant coach to Pat Dye at Auburn, is seriously thinking about a return to coaching as a graduate assistant at Auburn.

Dennis, who currently lives in Auburn, has been involved in construction and development in recent years. One of his latest projects he helped develop is the new Moore's Mill Creek golf course that was built on the southeast city of town.

Steve Dennis

Head coach Tommy Tuberville has been looking for a new graduate assistant coach to fill the spot that has been vacant since last month when Tony Levine was hired as a full-time assistant coach at Louisiana Tech to coach tight ends and be in charge of special teams.

Levine was given the responsibility of coaching tight ends at Auburn when Tuberville made the decision to hire defensive coach Phillip Lolley to replace Joe Pannunzio, who handled the tight ends and special teams at Auburn prior to being named head coach at Murray State University. Eddie Gran, who coaches the running backs, took over the special teams duties and was assisted the past two seasons by Levine.

Graduate assistant coaches have to be working on a master's degree while they are coaching and if Dennis returns to coaching as a GA he has to take graduate school entrance exams, however, he was an honor student in finance at Georgia so that is not expected to be a major hurdle.

Dennis was a three-year letterman for Coach Vince Dooley at Georgia where he played quarterback, defensive end and linebacker. He was defensive captain of the Bulldogs in 1978 and was an Academic All-SEC selection in 1978.

He began coaching as a graduate assistant at Georgia in 1979. In 1980 he worked as an assistant coach at Windsor Academy in Macon, Ga. From 1981-84 he was an assistant coach at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and he joined Dye's Auburn staff to coach defensive backs in 1985, a position he held through the 1992 season. Since then, Dennis has been successful in the lumber, building and development businesses.

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