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January 23, 2013

Reports: Assistant head coach, RBs/STs coach Rich Bisaccia to leave Auburn for Cowboys

Bisaccia_Richard_ChargersAUBURN, Ala. – Auburn may already have lost one of its assistant football coaches, less than three weeks after bringing Rich Bisaccia on board.

Bisaccia, who was hired Jan. 3 from the San Diego Chargers to lead the Tigers’ running backs and special teams units and serve as Auburn’s assistant head coach, is close to finalizing a new deal to guide the Dallas Cowboys’ special teams, according to reports Wednesday night.

ESPNDallas.com and the Dallas Morning News each cited an unnamed source, indicating an official announcement could come Thursday.

Bisaccia’s Auburn salary and contract had not yet been disclosed by the university. The Dallas Morning News reported the final loophole in the Cowboys’ agreement was buying Bisaccia out of his Auburn contract. A request for comment from Auburn was not immediately returned.

Bisaccia, 52, has coached special teams in the NFL continuously since 2002. He won a Super Bowl championship with Tampa Bay that year, and remained with the Buccaneers for nine seasons.

He then spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons with the Chargers. Bisaccia previously coached at Ole Miss, Clemson, South Carolina and Wayne State (Neb.).

The Cowboys brought in Monte Kiffin Jan. 11 to be their new defensive coordinator. Kiffin and Bisaccia were together in Tampa Bay between 2002-08.

Last Saturday, when asked about his coaching staff coming together, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said, “We’re one team with one heartbeat and one vision. They’ve really worked their tail off so hard, and I really see good things in the future with this group.”

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