Monday, December 9 2013 7:46 PM EST2013-12-10 00:46:59 GMT
The rivalry between the Auburn Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide continues to thrive as each competes for bragging rights, championship wins and big awards.More >>
The rivalry between the Auburn Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide continues to thrive as each competes for bragging rights, championship wins and big awards. Monday afternoon, the Heisman Foundation announced six finalists for this year's award and on the list are representatives from both schools.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 6:40 PM EST2013-12-09 23:40:52 GMT
Transcripted provided by Auburn University Athletics Dept.THE MODERATOR: At this time I'd like to introduce the head coach for the No. 1 ranked Florida State Seminoles, Jimbo Fisher. Coach, welcome and congratulationsMore >>
THE MODERATOR: At this time I'd like to introduce the head coach for the No. 1 ranked Florida State Seminoles, Jimbo Fisher. Coach, welcome and congratulations on a terrific regular season and ACC Conference Championship.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 5:57 PM EST2013-12-09 22:57:00 GMT
The first year head coach of the Auburn Tigers, Gus Malzahn, is one of the eight finalists for the 2013 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award. The Football Writers Association of America, in conjunctionMore >>
The first year head coach of the Auburn Tigers, Gus Malzahn, is one of the eight finalists for the 2013 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 5:00 PM EST2013-12-09 22:00:30 GMT
As Auburn heads to the national championship game in Pasadena they'll be getting support from all across the state, including many Alabama football fans. If you want a quick pulse check of the AlabamaMore >>
As Auburn heads to the national championship game in Pasadena they'll be getting support from all across the state, including many Alabama football fans.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 3:57 PM EST2013-12-09 20:57:20 GMT
SEC champion Auburn will play ACC champion Florida State in the VIZIO BCS National Championship Game on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. The game will be played at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, Calif., with kickoffMore >>
SEC champion Auburn will play ACC champion Florida State in the VIZIO BCS National Championship Game on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. Here is information on how to obtain tickets. More >>
Rich Bisaccia (Be-sach-ia) has been named special teams and running backs coach at Auburn, head coach Gus Malzahn announced Thursday. Bisaccia will also assume the title of assistant head coach. A 30-year coaching veteran who is regarded as one of the top special teams coaches in the game, Bisaccia spent the last 11 seasons coaching in the National Football League.
"Rich is widely regarded as the one of the top special teams coaches in all of football and has coached several elite running backs, so we're thrilled to have him join our staff," Malzahn said. "Rich's resume speaks for itself. He has been a part of some outstanding teams, including a Super Bowl Champion in Tampa Bay. He has coached several running backs and special teams players that were among the very best in the game at both the collegiate and professional level."
Bisaccia spent the previous two years coaching special teams for the San Diego Chargers after nine years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was promoted to assistant head coach—special teams after the 2011 season.
"This is a tremendous opportunity for me to return to the college game at a program like Auburn," Bisaccia said. "I have an incredible amount of respect for Auburn and Coach Malzahn. I met Gus in the spring of 2010 and have followed his cutting edge offense and what he's accomplished as a coach since he started coaching in college. He's a man of character and I had previously worked with Ellis Johnson and Charlie Harbison, so I knew the type of staff that Gus was putting together. I'm excited and ready to help Auburn return to a championship caliber team."
Before coaching in the NFL, Bisaccia spent the first 19 years of his career at the collegiate level at Ole Miss (1999-2001), Clemson (1994-98), South Carolina (1988-93) and Wayne State (1983-87).
In his first season at San Diego, kicker Nick Novak, brought in to replace an injured Nate Kaeding, made 27 of 34 field goals and set two team records under Bisaccia's watch, while Mike Scifres averaged a then-career high 47.5 yards per punt.
The kickoff coverage unit took a leap forward, improving from 26th to 11th in the NFL. The Chargers also improved its punt coverage, allowing opponents 5.7 yards less per return and improving Scifres' net average by nearly 9 yards. The Chargers also had a team-record 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, executed two successful onside kicks and a fake punt in 2011.
In 2012, Novak connected on 25 of 27 field goals, the only misses coming from beyond 50 yards, while Scifres improved his average to a career-best and team-record 48.3 yards per punt. Michael Spurlock averaged 17.1 yards per punt return and had a punt and kickoff return for touchdowns, while the kickoff coverage unit was third in the NFL in opponents' average field position.
From 2002-10, Bisaccia coached special teams in Tampa Bay. In his first season, the Buccaneers won Super Bowl XXXVII, under head coach Jon Gruden. Bisaccia added the title of associate head coach for the 2008-10 seasons. Bisaccia also coached running backs in 2008 for Tampa Bay, including former Auburn great Carnell Williams.
Bisaccia's special teamers in Tampa Bay earned three Pro Bowl selections, 13 NFC Player of the Week awards and four NFC Player of the Month awards. The Buccaneers scored four touchdowns on kickoff returns, four on punt returns, and blocked 10 field goals, five punts and three PATs.
In 2009, the Buccaneers led the NFL with six blocked kicks. They also led the league in kickoff return average and ranked second in opponent kickoff return average.
During his three years at Ole Miss, Bisaccia coached one of the most prolific offensive players in school history in running back Deuce McAllister, who was selected in the first round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints. McAllister finished his Ole Miss career with 18 school records, including most yards gained rushing with 3,060.
Bisaccia coached three All-SEC performers at Ole Miss, with McAllister earning all-conference accolades in 1999 and 2000. McAllister was also selected to the All-SEC team as either an all-purpose player or a punt returner during his final two seasons. In 1999, both McAllister and running back Joe Gunn earned first team All-SEC recognition.
Under Bisaccia's guidance, Ole Miss was strong in special teams play. Place-kicker Les Binkley set a school single-season scoring record for a kicker and garnered All-SEC accolades in 1999. During the 2001 season, Jason Armstead finished second in the SEC and ninth in the nation in kick returns as the Rebels led the conference and were 12th in the nation in kickoff returns.
Bisaccia spent five years as the running backs coach, special teams coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Clemson. During his stint with the Tigers, Bisaccia coached three-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference running back Raymond Priester, who set 18 school rushing records. The Tigers' special teams set a school record for blocked kicks in 1997 and was the only school in the nation to have four players ranked in four special teams categories in 1995.
In 1988, Bisaccia took a graduate assistant position with South Carolina and coached tight ends and receivers. He also served as a volunteer assistant coach for defensive ends. He took over as an assistant coach in 1992 and was responsible for running backs and special teams. Under Bisaccia, the Gamecocks led the SEC in kickoff returns in 1992 and set a school record for blocked kicks. South Carolina also had a pair of All-SEC running backs in Brandon Bennett and Rob DeBoer.
A former defensive back at Yankton College in South Dakota, the native of Yonkers, N.Y. began his coaching career at Wayne State (Neb.) College in 1983. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education degree with a minor in Health Education from Wayne State.
Bisaccia and wife, Jeanne, have three daughters, Michele, Elizabeth and Madeline, and a son, Richie.
1983 Defensive Backs and Special Teams, Wayne State
1984-87 Quarterbacks and Receivers, Wayne State
1988 Grad Asst., Tight Ends and Wide Receivers, South Carolina
1989-90 Volunteer Asst., Def. Ends and Special Teams, South Carolina
1991 Volunteer Asst., Tight Ends and Special Teams, South Carolina
1992-93 Running Backs and Special Teams, South Carolina
1994-98 Running Backs and Special Teams, Clemson
1999 Running Backs and Special Teams, Ole Miss
2000-01 Assistant Head Coach, Running Backs and Special Teams, Ole Miss
2002-07 Special Teams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2008 Associate Head Coach, Special Teams and Running Backs, Tampa Bay
2009-10 Associate Head Coach and Special Teams, Tampa Bay
2011 Special Teams, San Diego Chargers
2012 Assistant Head Coach—Special Teams, San Diego Chargers
Friday, December 6 2013 1:35 PM EST2013-12-06 18:35:45 GMT
(RNN) - As the curtain falls on the BCS era, the college football championship picture is, as usual, a colossal mess. But change is in the wind and relief is in sight. Sort of. Next year the championshipMore >>
This will be the last year for the much-criticized Bowl Championship Series, which has produced college football national championship games since 1998. The new College Football Playoff will be just as controversial, but much, much more lucrative. Here's a look at what the future holds.More >>