Gus Malzahn's first duties as Auburn Head Football Coach include hiring offensive and defensive coordinators. Malzahn's hiring had much to do with his offensive prowess as a coordinator and so he will most likely run that side of the ball. The defensive job however will be turned over to whoever Malzahn decides can do the best job.
One day after his introduction, Malzahn interviewed for Southern Miss. Head Coach Ellis Johnson. Johnson was fired after one season with the Golden Eagles, but is a very respected SEC coordinator dating back to his days with South Carolina, Alabama, and Clemson.
Malzahn is also reportedly talking with former Auburn Defensive Line Coach Tracy Rocker.