Ahh the good ‘ole coaching carousel that we’re currently in during the 2015 season. Former Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp is officially South Carolina’s new head coach, leaving a big vacancy open On The Plains. Auburn is now reportedly attempting to go after current Florida State defensive coordinator Charles Kelly — and they’re using some big money in doing so. Per Bud Elliott of Tomahawk Nation, Auburn is reportedly willing to pay Kelly close to $1.3 million. The number, although it’s huge, and a big increase from Kelly’s current salary (he makes $583,000 a year in Tallahassee) isn’t all that preposterous given Muschamp received $1.6 million last season.
According to 247Sports ($) on Thursday, “all signs point to” Kelly being Auburn’s next defensive coordinator. While Florida State ranks ninth in the country in terms of how much the school pay its assistants, Auburn checks in at second in the nation behind LSU. It’ll be interesting to see what Kelly does here — and given the talent Florida State has vs Auburn’s, but the money Auburn is willing to shell out — the decision surely won’t be an easy one. Kelly is in his second year as defensive coordinator in Tallahassee — he served as the linebackers and special teams coach during FSU’s undefeated national title season in 2013. In 2014, Kelly’s defense held eight of nine ACC opponents to fewer points in the second half than their first-half total and only allowed four fourth-quarter touchdowns to conference foes.