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Auburn dismisses defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson
Nov. 30, 2014

Ellis Johnson leaving Auburn after two years

AUBURN — Ellis Johnson has been dismissed as defensive coordinator at Auburn, announced head coach Gus Malzahn Sunday. Johnson had served as the Tigers defensive coordinator since 2013.

"At this time I felt it was best for our program to make a change with our defensive coordinator," Malzahn said. "Ellis is a true professional and I would like to thank him for his contributions at Auburn."

Auburn is 8-4 with a bowl game still to play.

A 30-plus year coaching veteran, Johnson has spent nearly 20 years coaching in the Southeastern Conference.

"This is part of the business and I totally understand," Johnson said. "I did think we were good in several areas, but overall it wasn't good enough. I’m disappointed for our players, but this is a results business. I want to thank Coach Malzahn and Auburn for the opportunity the last two years."



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