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.