Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Latest on DC

Tommy Tuberville is back in Auburn with more interviewing to do in his search for a new defensive coordinator. He still hopes to have one by the end of the week, as Auburn faces a crucial weekend of recruiting visits. He's keeping names quiet.
I stand by my hunch that the new DC will be a name we've not heard. I never was a big believer in John Tenuta, Ted Roof and Joe Tresey.
I've heard speculation about Clemson DC Vic Koenning and Pitt's Paul Rhoads, but I don't see either happening. Koenning, speaking during Chick-fil-A Bowl preparations in Atlanta, made comments about how Auburn's new offense could negatively affect its defense. Rhoads accepted the Auburn DC job in 2002, then changed his mind once returning home to a deal sweetener.
At the time, Rhoads made comments about the pressures to win. These comments came at a time when there was public belief that Tuberville had his hand forced in firing both of his coordinators, John Lovett and Noel Mazzone.
Auburn eventually hired Gene Chizik.

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