Auburn, Alabama – Kevin Steele has officially left Auburn’s football coaching staff after serving as the defensive coordinator for five seasons. There are two years left on the three-year US$7.5 million contract. By January 2023, he will receive a monthly installment of US$5.2 million. If he does another job, his salary will be deducted from Auburn̵
Linebacker coach Travis Williams, who is also part of Gus Malzahn’s staff, was interviewed on Thursday. It has not been informed whether he will be hired among Harsin’s staff. Former Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason was appointed as defensive coordinator by first-year head coach Bryan Harsin.
Less than a year ago, Steele became the nation’s highest-paid assistant coach in January 2020. Malzahn heard that LSU might be interested in Steele. At the urging of Marzan, Steele won the richest contract of any assistant coach in the country.
Steele, 62, will not lack opportunities in the coaching business. His future plans are uncertain, but he privately said that he is not ready to retire.
Input from the coordinator
It seems that Harsin allows his coordinators to invest heavily in who is hired for their employees. Apparently, the new offensive coordinator Mike Bobo brought in offensive coach Will Friend from South Carolina.
When Ted Roof was the defensive coordinator, Etheridge was an outstanding representative of Auburn’s 2010 national championship team. Etheridge worked with Roof as a graduate assistant at Penn State and Georgia Tech for three years. Roof is the defensive coordinator for Vanderbilt in 2020. He has a close relationship with Mason.
During his eight seasons, Malzahn rarely asked the coordinator for advice on hiring decisions, and sometimes hired coaches before the coordinator knew they were considering them.
There are still five names
After the official appointment of five on-site coaches, five are still to be appointed. The next week should be another news worthy of attention. Our guess-just a guess-Travis Williams is the most likely coach among Marzahn employees to join Cadillac Williams. After the staff is completed, Cadillac Williams is likely to be the only retainer.
Harsin has made hiring some coaches with SEC experience a priority. All five field coaches formally appointed have played or coached at the SEC, or both. Bobo is the quarterback for Georgia, the offensive coordinator for Georgia and the offensive coordinator for South Carolina. Mason was Vanderbilt’s head coach. Cadillac Williams (Cadillac Williams) plays and coaches in Auburn. Offensive coach Will Friend played in Alabama and coached in Tennessee and South Carolina. Etheridge played in Auburn.