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Malzahn FIRES former team mates…

By on December 5th, 2012 in Member Post 9 Comments »

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.



  1. Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

    I would have been surprised if Malzahn didn’t clean house.

    • wde1988 wde1988 says:

      Completely agree. But initially there wasn’t a whole lot of talk about it. In fact, it wasn’t until Ellis Johnson came to town that there was sudden speculation that might happen.

      Gauging thier reaction… I think its probable that the old staff thought they might get to work for Gus as well.

      As it is – AU gets to eat the $11M. Probably money well spent.


      • Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

        I’m glad that Malzahn made it clear to them early in the process. I’m sure they all worked very hard but at the end of the day it looks like Chizik assembled a staff of recuiters that couldn’t develop the recuits they landed. I have a hunch that that’s not going to be the case with the staff that Malzahn brings in.

        I like the way things are progressing. I think I’ll go ahead find a parking space for the A-Day game.

  2. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    Who gives a rip about Rueben Foster? He’s already been in trouble with the law and thought that Auburn would make hiring and firing decisions based on his desires. I’m done with these prima dona’s. Either be ready to put your damn pads on and work your ass off or move the hell on!

    • WDEGirl says:

      Agreed. I was shocked to see the comments from some recruits, when asked about Malzahn, their response was, “I’m not familiar with him”. Really?? Do you not follow your own sport? and he was a big part of the National Championship that the school you committed to, won just 2 years ago. Get your head out the sand.

      Multimillion dollar programs are not run on the demands of 18 year olds.

      • wilderr wilderr says:

        I agree. How can you NOT follow the sport that you play. Good post.

        • rn4au rn4au says:

          Oh My Gosh! I am so glad someone else feels this way too! I am so sick of kids having their priorities screwed up… I don’t care how good you are… if you are all about yourself there is no place for you on the plains. If Rueben Foster is the most important thing to Rueben Foster then he doesn’t belong at Auburn anyway. Someone please introduce this kid to Kodie Burns please! He needs to know what a real man looks like.

          • wde1988 wde1988 says:

            Agree about Kodi.

            He was an inspirational guy… who truly took it for the team and was still good. What a difference he made.


    • wde1988 wde1988 says:

      I am there with you on that Totm. With change though… there is always a cost associated. I am sure in the final analysis this was worth it.

      We really haven’t talked about the elephant (sorry about the pun) in the room with NCAA and Taylor and Luper. Considering that, I think Malzahn is wise to let them go for even getting pulled of the road. But that still remains to be seen. We will see what his OC does when he hires him.

      And any player that says his recruitment is contingent upon a particular person… unless that person is directly related to his development as a player and has a national reputation there should be no reason for this to be tolerated. In fact, its beyond ridiculous… its blackmail.