Auburn gave up 55 points to the Alabama when the Iron Bowl was being played, and sportsbooks software services found out that a day after, the Tigers decided to fire Ellis Johnson, their defensive coordinator.
On December 2012, Johnson joined the staff of Gus Malzahn at Auburn, and he helped the Tigers get a place in the BCS national championship game last year. But this season, his defense was not very effective at all, and the loss on Saturday to the Tide put an end to things.
“At this time I felt it was best for our program to make a change with our defensive coordinator,” said Malzahn. “Ellis is a true professional and I would like to thank him for his contributions at Auburn.”
In the SEC, the Tigers are in 10th place when it comes to scoring defense, as they allow 26.1 points in each game played. In total defense they allow 388.7 yards a game, and are in ninth place. Auburn, after having started the season in a very solid fashion, allowed 30 points or more in the last six meetings that they played in the conference, and four losses are included in the mix.
Johnson has 18 years of coaching experience in the SEC, and is very well known in the football world. He joined the ranks of the Tigers from Southern Miss where was the head coach of the Golden Eagles.
“This is part of the business and I totally understand,” said Johnson. “I did think we were good in several areas, but overall it wasn’t good enough. I’m disappointed for our players, but this is a results business. I want to thank Coach Malzahn and Auburn for the opportunity the last two years.”
It still isn’t known who the team’s replacement will be, but sources reported that interest exists between Malzahn and Will Muschamp – recently fired Florida Gators head coach. Many fans remember very well when in 2006 and 2007, Muschamp was the Tigers’ defensive coordinator, which leads many experts to believe that he could be the one to take the position, as he’s already familiar with the ways of the team.
Auburn fans know very well that the team must do everything they can to be at the top of their game, and if things didn’t work out with Johnson, well it’s just the nature of football. Sportsbook software services hope that the Tigers find a good replacement, and developments will be closely followed by fans all over the country.