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Auburn makes some minor football staff changes

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Assistant coaches continue to swap jobs as spring football draws closer and closer, and now it seems the fun is starting to wind down. Auburn made a couple of changes to its staff this week with off-the-sideline roles.

First, according to AL.com, Auburn has added Devin Ducote as a defensive analyst. The former Stephen F. Austin linebacker most recently was on LSU’s football staff as a graduate assistant. With his new tiger stripes on, Ducote will fill the role previously held by Blake Gideon, who has since moved to South Carolina with former Auburn defensive coordinator (and now South Carolina head coach) Will Muschamp.

Football Scoop also reported another staff adjustment. Video coordinator Brent Thomas is no longer with the team, the outlet reports. Thomas had been a part of the Auburn staff since 2007 following jobs with the Tennessee Titans of the NFL and the Tennessee Volunteers before that. Thomas is the 10th member of the football staff to leave Auburn this offseason, leaving head coach Gus Malzahn with a good amount of jobs to replace this year. That tends to happen when an assistant or coordinator has an opportunity to take a head coaching job elsewhere, as Muschamp did. That more often than not leads to multiple openings as another assistant or two or more will leave the program as well to follow the new head coach.

There is no information on where Thomas will be heading next.

Auburn tabs linebackers coach as interim defensive coordinator

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Following the loss of one-year defensive coordinator Will Muschamp to South Carolina, Auburn has named linebackers coach Lance Thompson its interim defensive coordinator for the Birmingham Bowl.

He’s familiar with our defense, he’s a veteran guy and these guys will work very closely together,” Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said Monday following a practice session. “That had a lot to do with it.”

Thompson joined the Auburn staff this season. The last time he took on the role of a defensive coordinator was in 2004 through 2006 at UCF. This may be an open audition for the job, as he has reportedly expressed interest in being Auburn’s defensive coordinator moving forward. The search for a full-time replacement will continue, with no promises Thompson will be in the running for the job. Thompson will have his work cut out for him, as Auburn is preparing to face a dangerous offensive team in Memphis. Memphis will be playing the game after losing head coach Justin Fuente to Virginia Tech.

The loss of Muschamp caused a few staff adjustments in preparation for the bowl game. In addition to Thompson taking on the interim defensive coordinator role, graduate assistant Travis Williams will take over as linebackers coach and graduate assistant Blake Gideon will coach the secondary.

Muschamp accepted a role as head coach at South Carolina.