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A look back, and a look ahead: The Auburn staff

As January comes to a close, and new head coaches finalize their staffs heading into the 2021 seasons, we wanted to provide a look back at the previous staff, as well as a way to look ahead at a recap of the new additions.

Think of this new series as the coaching version of the popular recent trend of "How it started vs. How it's going," everyone was sharing not long ago.

Back in mid-December, Auburn announced the decision to dismiss Gus Malzahn after eight seasons and a 68-35 mark on The Plains. Malzahn's contract calls for him to receive buyout of buyout of $21.5 million.

After a process that included some big names in college football, Bryan Harsin was hired away from Boise State and announced as the Tigers new head coach on December 22nd. Harsin made $1.85 million annually at Boise State, and when terms are revealed of his new deal at Auburn that will surely see a significant bump.

Harsin brought a few key coaches with him from Boise State, and also scored a bit of a coup by grabbing Mike Bobo and Will Friend from South Carolina, where Shane Beamer had initially decided to retain Bobo and Friend had just recently joined the Gamecocks staff.

For his defensive coordinator spot, Harsin was able to land former Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason, who will bring some key SEC experience and recruiting ties with him.

Harsin also brought Tracy Rocker over from South Carolina to coach the defensive line, but recent reports share that he may be heading to Philadelphia as the Eagles defensive line coach.

Anticipating Rocker's departure for the NFL, the defensive line spot is the lone remaining job open on the staff currently.

The lone holdover from Gus Malzahn's staff was Carnell "Cadillac" Williams, who will continue to coach the running backs.

Here is a look back at the Auburn staff under Malzahn, as well as the new additions under Harsin.

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2021 COACH

POSITION

 2020 COACH

Bryan Harsin

Head Coach

Gus Malzahn

OFFENSE

Mike Bobo

OC

Chad Morris

Carnell "Cadillac" Williams

RB

Carnell "Cadillac" Williams

Will Friend

OL

Jack Bicknell Jr. (OL)

Brad Bedell

TE

Larry Porter (TEs / STC)

Cornelius Williams

WR

Kodi Burns (Co-OC / WRs)

DEFENSE

Derek Mason

DC

Kevin Steele

TBA

DL

Rodney Garner (Associate HC / DL)

Jeff Schmedding

ILB

Travaris Williams (Co-DC / LBs)

Bert Watts

OLB

Al Pogue

Zac Etheridge

CB

Wesley McGriff (Secondary)

STRENGTH

Jeff Pitman

S&C

Ryan Russell

Via the Staff Tracker:

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NAME

TITLE

PREVIOUS STOP

Bryan Harsin

Head Coach

Boise State - Head Coach

OFFENSE

Mike Bobo

Offensive Coordinator / QBs

South Carolina - OC

Carnell "Cadillac" Williams

Running Backs

Auburn - Running Backs

Will Friend

Offensive Line

South Carolina - OL

Brad Bedell

Tight Ends

Boise State - OL

Cornelius Williams

Wide Receivers

Troy - WRs

DEFENSE

Derek Mason

Defensive Coordinator

Vanderbilt - Head Coach

Tracy Rocker

Defensive Line

South Carolina - DL

Jeff Schmedding

Inside Linebackers

Boise State - DC

Zac Etheridge

Corners

Houston - Corners

Bert Watts

Outside Linebackers / STC

Memphis - LBs

STRENGTH

Jeff Pitman

Head Strength Coach

Boise State - Head S&C