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Assistants Out

All of Auburn’s current assistants were told Sunday night in a meeting to look for new jobs, just hours after new head coach Gene Chizik arrived on the Plains to succeed Tommy Tuberville.

Willis was instrumental in keeping the Tigers’ 2009 recruiting class in tact during the coaching search.

Linebackers coach James Willis, defensive ends coach Terry Price, defensive line coach Don Dunn, running backs coach Eddie Gran, tight ends coach Steve Ensminger and wide receivers coach Greg Knox had all stayed on to help recruit for the Tigers during the coaching search.

Director of NFL Relations Phillip Lolley and Director of Football Operations Jimmy Perry are expected to be retained.

Former Auburn linebacker coach Joe Whitt is expected to help out with recruiting during the transition.

Three names have surfaced as potential coaches to join Chizik’s new staff including Georgia assistants Rodney Garner and Stacy Searels, and current Kansas State co-defensive coordinator and former Clemson DC Vic Koenning.

Two members of Chizik’s former staff at Iowa State, defensive backs coach Jeff Koonz and defensive line coach Mike Pelton, are likely to join Chizik in Auburn. Koonz and Pelton both have Auburn ties. Koonz was a graduate assistant at Auburn under Chizik. Pelton was a player on the Tigers’ 1993 undefeated team.

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