With Rich Bisaccia likely on his way to the Dallas Cowboys’ staff just 22 days after being brought to Auburn, head coach Gus Malzahn made some minor adjustments to ensure his staff will remain a completed entity while National Signing Day draws closer.
Auburn announced Friday Tim Horton will shift over to handle the running backs, after initially being tabbed to coach tight ends. Scott Fountain, who had been Auburn player personnel director since February 2009, becomes the Tigers’ tight ends and special teams coach.
Bisaccia was hired Jan. 3 as assistant head coach, as well as guiding the running backs and special teams units, after 11 years consecutively spent in the NFL ranks. Although Auburn did not specify Bisaccia’s destination, ESPNDallas.com and the Dallas Morning News reported Wednesday night Bisaccia was close to becoming the Cowboys’ special teams coordinator.
“Rich had an offer that he felt he could not turn down,” Malzahn said in a release, “and we wish him nothing but the best.”
Horton spent the previous six seasons coaching running backs at Arkansas, including current NFL players Darren McFadden and Felix Jones, and 12 years overall teaching in the backfield, making this a natural transition for him.
“I’m excited that Tim will be coaching our running backs,” Malzahn said. “He has a tremendous track record coaching some great backs and I’m extremely confident that will continue here at Auburn.”
Fountain was brought to Auburn early in the Gene Chizik era, but remained on support staff after the regime change. On his official Auburn bio, he “was responsible for all aspects of recruiting and assists with day-to-day football operations, with emphasis on administrative assistance to Auburn head coach Gene Chizik. Helped Auburn sign three Top 10 recruiting classes, including the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation in 2011 according to Scout.com.”
Fountain, a native of East Brewton, Ala., was Chizik’s tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at Iowa State from 2007-08. He previously coached positions at Georgia Southern, Middle Tennessee State and Central Florida. He graduated from Samford in 1988 and earned a Master’s degree from Florida State in 1998, and has high school coaching experience in the state of Alabama.
“Scott is someone I tried to hire as an assistant coach a year ago at Arkansas State,” Malzahn said. “He is a great coach with a tremendous work ethic, and his strong ties in the state of Alabama will be an asset to our program.”
Aside from the official release, Malzahn tweeted: “Excited about Scott being on field now. Great coach, great recruiter, strong ties in AL. Won’t miss a beat!