Ellis Johnson interviewing for Auburn coaching staff, according to report

Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Former South Carolina defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson is reported to be in Auburn interviewing for new coach Gus Malzahn's staff.

A day after Auburn named Gus Malzahn as its head coach, the search turns to filling the rest of the staff. One name that came up on Wednesday is former South Carolina defensive coordinator and Southern Miss head coach Ellis Johnson.

Johnson was fired after one season with the Golden Eagles after the team plummeted to an 0-12 record in 2012. He was hired away last season from South Carolina after having some success as Steve Spurrier's DC, so his SEC experience is likely a selling point to join Malzahn's new staff.

After Auburn fired Gene Chizik a couple of weeks ago, SB Nation's Bud Elliot assessed Auburn's situation and suggested that Johnson could be an ideal hire for Auburn:

"There's no doubt that Johnson can put together an excellent defense in the SEC, and he can run the 4-2-5 scheme."

Malzahn was the offensive coordinator under Chizik for three seasons, including the 2010-11 national championship season, before taking the head coaching job at Arkansas State last year.

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