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Auburn hires veteran NFL special teams coach

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Former NFL assistant Rich Bisaccia has been hired as Auburn University's assistant head coach, according to new head coach Gus Malzahn.

Bisaccia, who has spent the past last 11 seasons in the NFL, also will coach the Tigers' running backs and special teams.

"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 in a statement. "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 has been special teams coach for the San Diego Chargers for the past two seasons. He was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers special teams coach for nine previous seasons.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for me to return to the college game at a program like Auburn," Bisaccia said in a statement. "I have an incredible amount of respect for Auburn and Coach Malzahn."

Prior to the Buccaneers, Bisaccia coached 19 years in college at Ole Miss (1999-2001), Clemson (1994-98), South Carolina (1988-93) and Wayne State (1983-87).

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