Auburn Football: How Rich Bisaccia's Departure Impacts the Tigers
Isn't it rude to eat and run?
That is essentially what Rich Bisaccia just did with Auburn. Bisaccia was hired by head coach Gus Malzahn on Jan. 3 to coach special teams and running backs. When hired, he said (via Auburn Athletics), "I'm excited and ready to help Auburn return to a championship caliber team."
Less than one month later, the long-time NFL assistant is heading back to the professional leagues to coach special teams for the Dallas Cowboys. Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News was the first to report the possibility of Bisaccia's departure from Auburn on Wednesday.
It became official on Friday afternoon, when Malzahn announced his departure via Twitter.
Rich is moving on, wish him the best. Plan is Horton to RBs, Fountain to ST/TEs— Coach Gus Malzahn (@CoachGusMalzahn) January 25, 2013
As George points out in his article, Bisaccia has ties to the Cowboys' new defensive coordinator, Monte Kiffin.
Bisaccia has ties to new Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. They worked on the same Tampa Bay’s staff together for seven seasons, including being a part of the Buccaneers’ win in Super Bowl XXXVII over Oakland to end the 2002 season, Bisaccia’s first in Tampa Bay.
It's a curious move on Bisaccia's part. With his experience and success at the NFL level, he should have known that he was going to get job offers from NFL suitors. If he wanted to stay in the NFL, he should not have accepted the job at Auburn.
Bisaccia's departure has immediate and future impacts for the Tigers.
In terms of the immediate impacts, Bisacchia has a hand in recruiting Auburn's top RB targets. He had an in-home visit with RB Derrick Green on Thursday.
If Green does not commit to the Tigers on Saturday over Michigan and Tennessee, then Auburn will likely turn its attention to ND commitment Tarean Folston.
Folston visited Auburn last weekend and he left with rave reviews of Bissacia, who would have been his position coach.
Via Charles Goldberg of al.com, Folston said,"Coach Bisaccia is my man."
According to 247sports, Bisaccia was also the lead recruiter for Jonathan Ford, another RB target for Auburn.
Malzahn will also have to make some staff changes in the wake of Bisaccia leaving for the Cowboys.
Malzahn will move TE coach Tim Horton to RB coach in place of Bisaccia and promote Scott Fountain to special teams and TE coach. Horton coached RBs while he was at Arkansas.
Fountain has been Auburn's director of player personnel since 2009. He also had a hand in recruiting during the transition from former head coach Gene Chizik to Malzahn.
Excited about Scott being on field now. Great coach, great recruiter, strong ties in AL. Won't miss a beat! #wareagle— Coach Gus Malzahn (@CoachGusMalzahn) January 25, 2013
This will also have an impact on Auburn's recruiting in the future. Bisaccia was Auburn's direct link to the NFL. His connection to NFL coaches and his experience, which includes a Super Bowl victory, has the ability to speak volumes to high school prospects.
Bisaccia left the NFL for Auburn from the San Diego Chargers. He had spent 11 seasons in the NFL prior to coming to Auburn earlier this month.
It's pretty bad timing for Bisaccia to leave, with just under two weeks until national signing day. Malzahn appeared to have the foresight to have a plan in place for Bisaccia's departure, though.
That's a good thing—Auburn cannot afford any hiccups in the road from now until national signing day.
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