After giving up 55 points to Alabama, the Auburn Tigers went out and found one of the best defensive minds in college football in Will Muschamp.
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The Auburn Tigers have hired former Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp to be their new defensive coordinator.
”I’m excited to welcome Will back to Auburn as our new defensive coordinator,” Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said. ”Will is a one of the top defensive minds in college football who has great passion and energy for the game. He is a tremendous addition to our staff.”
Muschamp was fired last month by the Gators after posting a 28-21 record in four seasons – an up-and-down period that included an 11-2 record and SEC Coach of the Year honors in 2012.
”My family, Carol, Jackson, Whit, and I are excited about coming back to Auburn and I look forward to working with coach Malzahn to win championships,” Muschamp said.
Malzahn fired longtime DC Ellis Johnson after the 2014 Iron Bowl. The Tigers will face Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl on January 1. Auburn ended the regular season with a 55-44 loss to no 1 Alabama. The Tigers had allowed an average of 483 yards and 39 points over their last six SEC games, losing four of them.
Muschamp was Auburn’s defensive coordinator from 2006-07, and led the nation’s third-ranked scoring defense, allowing 15.4 points per game. He was a finalist for the 2007 Broyles Award given to the nation’s top assistant coach. Muschamp then spent three seasons as defensive coordinator at Texas before taking the job as Florida’s head coach following Urban Meyer’s departure.