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Auburn loses special teams ace to NFL

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Just a couple of days into the new year, Auburn added long-time NFL assistant Rich Bisaccia to Gus Malzahn‘s coaching staff.

Three weeks later, Bisaccia has gone back from whence he came.

Following up on speculation that had been growing over the past couple of days, Auburn confirmed Friday that Bisaccia has left the program to “pursue other opportunities.”  It’s actually just one opportunity — with the Dallas Cowboys as an assistant on Jason Garrett‘s staff.

“Rich had an offer that he felt he could not turn down and we wish him nothing but the best,” Malzahn said in a statement.

In addition to his special teams duties, Bisaccia also carried the title of running backs coach.  Instead of looking outside the program for a replacement, the Tigers will split Bisaccia’s duties from within.

Tight ends coach Tim Horton will move to running backs coach, while Scott Fountain, who has served as Auburn’s player personnel director the past four years, has been named tight ends and special teams coach.

“I’m excited that Tim will be coaching our running backs. He has a tremendous track record coaching some great backs and I’m extremely confident that will continue here at Auburn,” Malzahn said. “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.”

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7 Responses to “Auburn loses special teams ace to NFL”
  1. scalpemseminoles says: Jan 25, 2013 5:36 PM

    Auburn had an ace anything last year?

  2. kozbee says: Jan 25, 2013 6:00 PM

    Abit more info on the new coaches..

    Horton has 12 years of experience as a running backs coach at the collegiate level, including the past six years at Arkansas. He coached four different 1,000-yard rushers from 2007-10. Under his watch, Darren McFadden and Felix Jones earned All-America honors, while Dennis Johnson and Knile Davis earned All-SEC honors.

    Fountain has spent 14 years coaching in the college ranks, including stops at Florida State, Georgia Southern, MTSU, Central Florida and Iowa State. A native of East Brewton, Ala., Fountain started his coaching career as a high school coach in Alabama.

  3. normtide says: Jan 25, 2013 6:30 PM

    He wasn’t on the staff for AU last year. I think that entire group was cut loose.

  4. rolltide510 says: Jan 25, 2013 7:28 PM

    Poor auburn.

  5. houndofthebaskervols says: Jan 25, 2013 11:31 PM

    Good riddance, what an asshole.

  6. kozbee says: Jan 26, 2013 12:04 AM

    Rich Bisaccia comes from the NFL and better he goes back now then later.Auburn actually lost nothing and gained by getting Tim Norton as the running back coach.Good recruiter and coach as anyone can see his results working at Arkansas.Goodluck Norton and know your well quilified for the job.IMO 2 for 1.

  7. lucky5936 says: Jan 26, 2013 11:13 AM

    Foolish move in my opinion. The Cowboys are one more season, of not making the playoffs, away from Jerry firing the coaching staff.

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