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.”