Monday, January 12, 2009

Rocker expected to come to Auburn

Tracy Rocker is expected to make his return to Auburn, a source close to the situation confirmed Monday afternoon, though the deal is not yet finalized.
The former Auburn star would work with defensive linemen and, according to, could make upwards of $400,000 per year.
Rocker was a two-time all-America and a three-time all-SEC player while at Auburn. He also won the Outland Trophy and the Lombardi Trophy as a senior in 1988.
Rocker has worked under Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt for the last six years – five at Arkansas and last year at Ole Miss.
So far, Auburn coach Gene Chizik has hired six of nine assistant coaches.
An official announcement on Rocker could be released today.

UPDATE: The Jackson Clarion-Ledger has reported Rocker to Auburn is a done deal.
The report included a quote from Nutt:
"It was a tough decision for him because we’ve had a great working relationship for six years," Nutt said to the newspaper. "But it’s his alma mater and he’s got family less than an hour away, so it was something he felt like he needed to do. It’s a tough loss, but I understand why he did it."

The Birmingham News is also reporting that Auburn is looking at former SEC defensive coordinator John Thompson to coach the secondary.
Thompson has served as a coordinator for Florida, South Carolina and Ole Miss.

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