Sources tell Football Rumor Mill that Mullen is a strong candidate to replace the deposed Brady Hoke. But remember, Mullen all but had the Miami job before Al Golden was hired.
We reported yesterday that Auburn assistant Rich Bisaccia was mulling over an opportunity to join the Dallas Cowboys. Bissacia has decided to accept the Cowboys’ offer.
Bisaccia was to serve as AU’s assistant head coach, running backs coach, and special teams coordinator and would have made $500,000 this year. He will be Dallas’ special teams coach. Details of the Cowboys contract are not yet available, but sources indicate Bisaccia will get a salary bump.
Gus Malzahn, who said in a statement that Bisaccia “had an offer that he felt he could not turn down,” will do some staff shuffling to fill the void.
Tim Horton will move over to running backs coach and Scott Fountain will shift from an off-the-field position to tight ends coach and special teams coordinator.
Horton, who coached running backs at Arkansas from 2007-11, was slated to coach tight ends at Auburn. That job will now fall on Fountain’s shoulders, who will also coach special teams.
“I’m excited that Tim will be coaching our running backs,” Malzahn added. “He has a tremendous track record coaching some great backs and I’m extremely confident that will continue here at Auburn. Scott is someone I tried to hire as an assistant coach a year ago at Arkansas State. He is a great coach with a tremendous work ethic, and his strong ties in the state of Alabama will be an asset to our program.”
Fountain was tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator under Gene Chizik at Iowa State in 2007-08. He was retained by Paul Rhoads after Chizik left for Auburn, and then left to manage off-the-field football and recruiting operations for Chizik at Auburn.
Sources indicate that Fountain had been working hard since Chizik’s firing to once again find an on-the-field coaching position.
An Alabama native, Fountain began his college coaching career at Central Florida in 1997, starting as interior offensive line coach and co-recruiting coordinator before becoming offensive tackles/tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator.
Fountain left Central Florida to become offensive line coach at Middle Tennessee State in 2004-05 and then offensive line coach and assistant head coach at Georgia Southern (2006) before joining Chizik at Iowa State.
Malzahn also took Twitter this afternoon to wish Bisaccia the best and welcome Fountain back to an on-the-field position.
Two of the four fired SEC coaches have found work, albeit very temporary. Former Auburn coach Gene Chizik and Tennessee’s Derek Dooley will serve as guest analysts during ESPNU’s 10-hour live coverage of National Signing Day.
Chizik and Dooley will join studio hosts Rece Davis and Dari Nowkhah, ESPN football recruiting analysts Tom Luginbill and Craig Haubert, and college football analysts Mike Bellotti and Rod Gilmore for the 24-hour college sports network’s coverage of football recruiting’s biggest day of the year.
Both Chizik and Dooley were fired from their schools in December following losing seasons. Despite his serious demeanor and penchant for canned answers while at Auburn, Chizik actually did a decent job as guest analyst during coverage of the 2012 National Championship Game, and Dooley’s wit and candor have always made many of his meetings with the media worth watching.
Coverage begins Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 9 a.m. ET on the U. According to ESPN, there will be live announcements from “at least 17″ of the nation’s top recruits.
ESPNU will have 13 reporters on campus providing live updates and interviews with coaches throughout the day. Those reporters and their locations are:
- Alabama (Tom Rinaldi)
- Auburn (Paul Carcaterra)
- Clemson (Eamon McAnaney)
- Florida (Cara Capuano)
- Florida State (Jeannine Edwards)
- LSU (Holly Rowe)
- Michigan (Josina Anderson)
- Notre Dame (Bob Holtzman)
- Ole Miss (Allison Williams)
- Ohio State (Quint Kessenich)
- Texas (Longhorn Network: Lowell Galindo)
- Texas A&M (Pedro Gomez)
- USC (Shelley Smith)
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