A time of change for AU football

AUBURN - Gus Malzahn certainly has wasted no time moving to put his program in place as Auburn's head football coach.

Kodi Burns returning to Auburn with Gus Malzahn/Todd Van Emst photo

Tuesday night at 8, Mazahn was introduced as head coach. Soon afterward, he was calling recruits. Wednesday, he was interviewing a defensive coordinator candidate, visiting and calling recruits and checking on candidates to be offensive coordinator. Wednesday afternoon, he told the entire coaching staff they had been relieved of their duties. He spoke to high school coaches in town for the Super Six.

Thursday, Malzahn told iconic strength and conditioning coach Kevin Yoxall he would not be retained. He told director of football relations Wayne Bolt and maybe others the same.

Even as Malzahn dismantled the infrastructure of the program Gene Chizik left behind, a program of which he was a part as offensive coordinator for three seasons, he began to put his program in place.

Late Wednesday night, Southeastern Conference veteran Ellis Johnson accepted Malzahn's offer to become defensive coodinator.

Thursday night, Arkansas State offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee accepted Malzahn's offer to do the same job at Auburn. Strength and conditioning coach Ryan Russell agreed to replace Yoxall.

Former Auburn wide receiver Kodi Burns, a graduate assistant at Arkansas State, agreed to become a graduate assistant at Auburn. Brett Whiteside, Malzahn's director of football operations at Arkansas State, agreed to do the same job at Auburn.

Malzahn still has seven assistant coaches to hire and support positions to fill. He has players to recruit and plans to make. But he's off and running.

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