Trooper Taylor Joining AU Staff?

Gene Chizik's coaching staff could be growing as he looks to hire more assistants.

Auburn, Ala..--Trooper Taylor, another highly regarded assistant from Oklahoma State, could be the second coach from that football staff who will be making the move to Auburn.

Taylor flew in to Auburn on Sunday with new Auburn assistant coach Curtis Luper to meet with Auburn head coach Gene Chizik and there is a chance he could be joining the AU staff this week, according to Auburn football sources. However, as of Sunday evening that is still to be determined if he is going to take a job at Auburn, stay at Oklahoma State or take a job at a different college such as Miami where he has also interviewed.

Taylor, who joined the Oklahoma State coaching staff as co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach in 2008, could join Luper as OSU assistants moving to Chizik's new coaching staff at Auburn. Luper is now on the job at AU where he will coach running backs.

Taylor, who also interviewed for a job on the University of Miami staff, moved to OSU from Tennessee where he coached from 2004-2007. Taylor, who has a reputation as an excellent recruiter and a high energy coach, was assistant head coach for player development and receivers coach for former Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer.

A native of Cuero, Tex., the 38-year-old coached wide receivers at Tulane from 1999-2003. In 1998 he was running backs coach at New Mexico.

Trooper Taylor

Taylor got his coaching start as a graduate assistant at Baylor where he was named receivers coach in 1994. He coached the secondary the next two seasons before moving back to offense to coach receivers.

Taylor played defensive back for the Baylor Bears from 1988-91 where he was a standout performer. He set a school record for kickoff returns (53) and yardage (1,063).

He and his wife Evi have a son named Blaise and a daughter named Starr.

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