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Ellis Johnson Out As Auburn's Defensive Coordinator

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According to FootballScoop.com, now confirmed by AuburnUndercover

Auburn DC Ellis Johnson was fired earlier this afternoon
Auburn DC Ellis Johnson was fired earlier this afternoon
Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

Now it's confirmed

That's the news of the afternoon for Auburn fans. It's unfortunate. I was thrilled when Auburn hired Ellis Johnson. I thought he was a fantastic defensive coach who had great defenses at South Carolina. I thought his year at USM was an aberration caused by issues at USM itself.

However, Auburn's defense just has not performed this season. I think the players are giving it their all and playing hard. I really don't know what the issues have been. So here we are. We are looking for a new defensive coordinator. So, let's take a look at some people.

I have no idea who Auburn is likely to go after. We'll have a list for you and some thoughts on them as soon as possible. For now, changes have been made and Auburn has decided (rightly so) that we needed to go a different direction on defense.