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Why Would Auburn’s Best Recruiter Not Be Returning In 2017?

By on February 8th, 2017 in Football, News 15 Comments »

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This is the time of year for the collegiate coaching carousel to be swirling. And there have been some surprise changes among the SEC coaching ranks in recent days.

First, came news that LSU had relieved wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig of his duties the day after national signing day. Then Nick Saban and Steve Sarkisian parted ways after Sarkisian served just one game as the Tide’s offensive coordinator. Now in the last 24 hours we’ve learned that Georgia has released former Auburn great and Hall of Famer, Tracey Rocker, and Auburn’s tight ends and special teams coach, Scott Fountain, will not be returning as an on-field coach for the Tigers.

Three of the four are surprise moves by the respective head coaches. Craig, Rocker, and Fountain are considered among the conference’s best recruiters, but it is clear that a coach’s prowess as a recruiter does not carry sufficient weight in a decision to retain him.

In Fountain’s case, he has been a force in the Tigers five consecutive Top 10 recruiting classes. In fact, many consider him the best recruiter on the Tiger staff. 247Sports placed him as the No. 23 recruiter in their national rankings. So why would he be reassigned or possibly let go?

It could be connected to Gus Malzahn’s turning the offense over to Chip Lindsey, Auburn’s new offensive coordinator. Lindsey has said he plans to incorporate tight ends more in his Tiger offense. And while Fountain did a exceptional job with the special teams, the tight end production left a lot to be desired. Since, Malzahn and Lashlee didn’t utilize tight ends much, it may seem unfair to blame him for that lack of production. However, fair or not, it happened on his watch.

It is also possible that Gus may have given Lindsey the green light to bring in someone he is more comfortable with as most coordinators prefer to have a hand in picking their own staff.

Fountain did a good job in his previous position (from 2009–2012) as director of player personnel. And it would be nice if Auburn could retain him in some similar capacity. But since he waited for a long time to have an opportunity at an on-field position, that scenario seems unlikely. Look for Scott Fountain to get on with another program.


  1. audude audude says:

    To me, a big surprise. Maybe to others not so much. I wish the best to Fountain. He has given Auburn his best.


    • Tiger Tiger says:

      I also wish Coach Fountain the best. Been a solid addition to the program.

      That said, I wouldn’t be surprised if Chip Lindsey wants to bring in someone who can coach up the tight ends a bit. Especially with the two we just signed.

  2. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..I hope Auburn can hold the line on special teams. We have not been great blocking on punt or kick returns, but on the other hand, Auburn seldom gets those block-in-the-back calls. Auburn has been absolutely stellar on punting, place kicking and coverage under Fountain’s watch. Losing his recruiting prowess is going to hurt, too.

  3. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..The whole Sark thing across the state is really shocking. Sark got canned from his job in California due to a substance-abuse situation. He basically become un-hireable. Nick Saban gives him a job as an analyst, promotes him to O. C. a few short months later, and now Atlanta thinks he’s an NFL-worthy coordinator. I really don’t know what to say about this…

    • Tigerpharm says:

      Stop trying to figure the Falcon brain trust a long time ago. If they made good decissions, they would be Super Bowl Champs.

    • Tiger Tiger says:

      I really hoped Sarkisian would stay at that other school as an OC. Why?

      Because he ate a booger on national television, which is a GREAT way to represent that other school to the nation. Don’t tell me it was absent-minded, either. He studied that little snack for a full 2 seconds and then popped it right in.

      I just gave myself chill bumps. So disgusting.

      Because he was 0-1 as a play-caller, and it was beautiful to watch that other school fail.

      Oh well. I guess all good things come to an end.

  4. Zach Taylor Zach Taylor says:

    Kiffin breaks records, coaches a Heisman winner, wins 3 sec Champs and one national champ, can’t get a good job.

    Sark looses only game, takes over best offense in the NFL.

    Makes sense.

    • Tiger Tiger says:

      If you want a chuckle, check out Kiffin’s recent promo video for the mighty FAU Owls.

      So pumped for Owl football!


  5. B-REAL says:

    Maybe Chip asked Scott how he works with his Tight-Ends & it was’t up to par,or Scott gave him a smart ##s answer,thought he was untouchable.Just because you recruit well doesn’t mean your the best thing for a program.

  6. AUglenn says:

    I thought Gus said that he was going to keep all the rest of the offensive coaches back when he hired Lindsey???

  7. ausouthal says:

    You know everything any person in authority does these days gets so analyzed by everyone because the internet has given everyone a megaphone. Malzahn does not answer to me and he does not answer to you. If he puts a better product on the field I say he gets to stay and if his product gets worse he probably will not make it. Who he hires and fires is his business and we do not need to know every reason for every decision.

    I support the coaches and the team and hope things turn out. If they don't we end up with a new coach and that would not be our first rodeo. Here is wishing the team the best and hoping the decisions Malzahn makes actually work for the best.

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      Couldn't agree more Southal.

      And while Gus has the right to have the staff he wants, I personally hope he will find a place for Scott off the field.

  8. Tiger Tiger says:

    First off, I have no hard feelings for Dameyune Craig.

    But one of the nation’s best recruiters getting cut from LSU the day after national signing day, after one year on the job, and after having had “a major hand” in landing LSU’s #7 rated signing class?


    • Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

      Makes about as much sense as AU dumping their No.1 recruiter for the last four years….. unless Gus has a different role for Scott Fountain to play?