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New leader for Auburn coaching vacancy emerges

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Last week, Clint Hurtt was the presumptive leader to take over for Tracy Rocker as Auburn’s defensive line coach.  Shortly after interviewing for the vacancy, however, Hurtt opted to remain at Louisville.

Based on one report, however, a new leader has emerged.

The Birmingham News is reporting this afternoon that Mike Pelton has emerged as the leading candidate to take over for Rocker.  So much so, in fact, that his hiring could be announced by the Tigers as early as today.

Pelton, who was hired by Louisiana-Lafayette following the 2010 season, was an All-SEC defensive lineman at Auburn in the nineties and spent the past two seasons at Vanderbilt.  Prior to that, he coached at Troy for six seasons.

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