In a news story posted about 30 minutes ago written by Joel Erickson it is reported that Malzahn fired Coach Chizik’s entire staff.
While everyone was commenting on the “interviewing Ellis Johnson” I honestly was confused. What was being done with Auburn’s previous staff who still occupy office space? You know… the guys who were supposedly still recruiting for AU.
Now we know. They are being shown the door.
Since this wasn’t released as quickly as I anticipated… I have updated this. Rivals is reporting that the staff is in “flux”. What is ground truth? I think Erikson has it right…
All things being equal I like this. I really do. Malzahn is getting (or demanded) that he have the opportunity to hire/fire his own staff. it should come with the job! But there is going to be some costs… look for us to lose Rueben Foster.
Maybe this is the first message being sent??
But in everything that Jacobs touches…. it gets sticky. Jacobs during the coaching search said one thing before the hire… but now Gus saying something else. That says something…
“Athletic director Jay Jacobs had left the door open for Auburn’s assistants to continue working during the search. “I told the assistants in the meeting today that they have the option to stay,” Jacobs said. “That’s where they are.” Now that Malzahn has declared his intention to hire a new staff, Auburn’s assistant coaches could come back, but only if they fit with the staff Malzahn is putting together.”
I guess that is to be expected. But the part that is really telling: Boulware said the assistant coaches weren’t technically invited to re-apply. ”I’m not really sure what you mean by apply, those weren’t really his words,” Boulware said. “I think my resume pretty much speaks for itself, and my time here at Auburn. I worked with Gus for three years.”
I’d say there are some folks with hurt feelings right now… Malzahn is weilding the broom and cleaning his house….
Some will scream if we lose Foster. But you know, for the first time since 2010… I think AU is doing the right thing… getting rid of those who haven’t produced. The future will tell the tale.
Perhaps the new coordinators keep folks… but perhaps… they don’t.
AU might be ok after all.