Auburn coach Gus Malzahn’s search for a new defensive coordinator could lead him to a former Ole Miss assistant.
Tom Allen, who is in his first season as the defensive coordinator at South Florida, is reportedly a candidate to replace Will Muschamp at Auburn, according to Phillip Marshall of 247sports. Allen, 45, spent the three previous seasons as linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at Ole Miss.
Allen helped South Florida engineer one of the best turnarounds in college football this season after a slow start to 2015. The Bulls were 71st in total defense in 2014, but improved to 37th with Allen.
Auburn needs to replace Muschamp, who became the head coach at South Carolina. Muschamp was the highest-paid assistant coach in the country in 2015, according to a USA Today database. He made $1.6 million, while is nearly what all of South Florida’s assistants made combined ($1.74 million). Allen made $350,000 in 2015.