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Report: New leader in the clubhouse for Auburn job

Billy Napier has emerged as the front-runner for the Auburn job, according to a report Monday morning from Phillip Marshall of Auburn Undercover.

FootballScoop has also been told that Napier's interview with Auburn brass went well.

Napier is 27-11 in three seasons as the head coach at Louisiana. He led the Ragin' Cajuns to Sun Belt West titles in 2018 and '19 and a Sun Belt co-championship, plus a win over Big 12 runner-up Iowa State, this fall.

In addition to Napier, UAB's Bill Clark has interviewed for the job, sources tell FootballScoop.

He does share one trait in coincidence with fellow Auburn candidates Kevin Steele and Steve Sarkisian -- all three happen to be former Nick Saban assistants. Napier was an offensive analyst for Alabama in 2011 and returned as wide receivers coach from 2013-16. He left to become the offensive coordinator at Arizona State for the 2017 season.

As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest coaching news.

For more from Auburn's search head here.

Update >> As the Auburn search continues to evolve, there's a new update on Napier's plans.

Update >> Auburn's search looks to be forging ahead focused on another candidate with a proven track record.