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.

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:

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
Zac Etheridge Corners Houston – Corners
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
Bert Watts Outside Linebackers / STC Memphis – LBs
STRENGTH
Jeff Pitman Head Strength Coach Boise State – Head S&C

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