Just a couple of weeks ago, it looked like new Auburn coach Gus Malzhan was done courting coaches and could focus on finishing out the Tigers’ recruiting class.
Malzahn had put together what looked to be an outstanding staff, and the group was working hard to salvage a recruiting class filled with star-studded players that were wavering in the aftermath of the Gene Chizik debacle.
Along came the Dallas Cowboys to complicate things.
Jason Garrett is looking for a special teams coach, and Rich Bisaccia, who was recently hired by Malzhan as assistant head coach, running backs coach and special teams coordinator, is one of the best around. Bisaccia coached special teams for the San Diego Chargers from 2010-12, and with Tampa Bay from 2002-10, where he won a Super Bowl.
The Cowboys interviewed Alan Lowry and Bruce DeHaven, who both coached Dallas’ special teams previously, but have focused on Bisaccia as their target. Bisaccia met with the Cowboys and is said to be strongly considering their offer.
Bisaccia was on the road recruiting for Auburn last night, and reportedly visited with Derrick Green, considered the nation’s No. 1 running back prospect who is considering Auburn and Michigan, but thought to be leaning to the Wolverines.
Bisaccia is expected to make a decision regarding the Cowboys’ offer quickly. Financial details of the Dallas offer are not known at this time. If he chooses to remain at Auburn, he is set to make $500,000 next year.
Below is a look at all of Malzahn’s staff, their roles and salaries:
[colored_box color="blue"]Ellis Johnson, Defensive Coordinator: $800,000
Former Southern Miss head coach
Rodney Garner, Associate Head Coach, Recruiting Coordinator, Defensive Line: $500,000
Rich Bisaccia, Assistant Head Coach, Running Backs, Special Teams: $500,000
Former San Diego Chargers special teams coach
Charlie Harbison, Defensive Backs: $450,000
Rhett Lashlee, Offensive coordinator, Quarterbacks: $350,000
From Arkansas State
Dameyune Craig, Co-Offensive Coordinator, Wide Receivers: $350,000
From Florida State
J.B. Grimes, Offensive Line: $275,000
From Arkansas State
Tim Horton, Tight Ends: $250,000
Former Arkansas running backs coach and recruiting coordinator
Melvin Smith, Defensive Backs: $250,000
From Mississippi State