In today's edition of Auburn Tigers news, Auburn football head coach Hugh Freeze provides an update on the search for a defensive coordinator and Trovon Reed says good bye to the Auburn Family.
Head coach Hugh Freeze's second-year Auburn football coaching staff is going to look a lot different from his first. Over this offseason, there have been many staffing changes, and most of the gaps have been filled.
Offensive coordinator Philip Montgomery was fired, and running backs coach Cadillac Williams stepped down, and their positions are now filled by former Ole Miss OC Derrick Nix. Kent Austin, an off-field assistant who worked with Freeze at Liberty has been promoted to quarterbacks coach. Defensive backs coach Zac Etheridge resigned, and defensive coordinator Ron Roberts left the Plains for Florida, resulting in the hiring of Charles Kelly, who took Etheridge's position and is also co-defensive coordinator.
However, the Tigers are still on the hunt for a defensive coordinator, and here's what Freeze had to say about it when asked by WSFA 12 Sports' Seth Carpenter, per AL.com:
“Good, a lot of interest,” Freeze said Friday when asked how the search has been going. “Difficult decision, need to get it right and still working through that.”
Trovon Reed says good bye to the Auburn Family
One of the sadder staffing changes to happen during the offseason is the departure of former Director of Football and Player Relations Trovon Reed. A former Auburn football player, Reed spent the last three seasons on the Plains in his off-field position, and will now take his first on-field position at UCF under his former college coach, Gus Malzahn.
Reed thanked the Auburn football program for an opportunity that helped "changed the trajectory" of his family life, and reminded the Auburn players to keep the championship mindset. He also noted that it's not a goodbye, but a see you later.