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Auburn Tigers Football: Is There More to Coaches Leaving Than Meets the Eye?

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Nick R. BrownContributor IIIJanuary 9, 2017

In less than a week, the Auburn Tigers football team has lost both its defensive and offensive coordinators.

Defensive coordinator Ted Roof is heading to the University of Central Florida to take on the same position, and offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn was introduced Wednesday as the new head coach at Arkansas State.

Surprisingly enough, both seem to be taking less money and headed for lower-profile jobs. This is generally something that you do not see happen to one team in a single week—much less in the Southeastern Conference.

SEC coordinators, most notably those that have been on the sidelines of championship squads, rise in the ranks after bringing home a crystal trophy. They are usually cherry-picked to move to head-coaching positions at prominent universities, resulting in a big boost to their monthly income.

Before the conspiracy theories start cropping up, it should be noted that Malzahn is not exactly a stranger to sudden moves. A few years back he bolted from Arkansas to coach at Tulsa before heading to Auburn.

According to a Thursday AP report, Malzahn stated that he learned his football in Arkansas among other things.

I'm not a normal college coach as far as the progression goes. So, I've always looked for the right place at the right time. Guess what? This is the right place and the right time.

The sudden bolt of two coaches does raise the eyebrows a bit. The last time the college football world saw coaches begin to bail on a program like rats scurrying off a sinking ship was at a little college in southern California—right before the hammer dropped.

Time will tell if these moves are simply coaches in pursuit of the betterment of themselves and their families or if there is something more happening on The Plains.

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