Report: Key Auburn assistant Scott Fountain ‘relieved of duties’

Jan 9, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Auburn Tigers head football coach Gus Malzahn on the field before the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The wild afternoon of SEC coaching news continues at Auburn, as key assistant coach Scott Fountain has reportedly been “relieved of his duties” on the Plains.

Fountain has served as tight ends coach and special teams coordinator for the Tigers since 2013. Not only is Fountain a key on-the-field assistant but he ranked as a Top 10 recruiter for 2017 in the SEC according to 247Sports’ recruiting coach rankings.

This news was first reported by Brandon Marcello of Auburn Undercover. According to Marcello, it is not clear if Fountain will remain on staff as an off-the-field coach or if he’s been let go altogether. Before being named to his current duties, Fountain served as Auburn’s player personnel director for four seasons.

Under Fountain’s leadership, Auburn’s specialist have excelled including three-time Ray Guy Award semifinalist punter Steven Clark, kicker Cody Parkey, two-time Lou Groza finalist Daniel Carlson and would have had the chance to coach Daniel’s brother Anders Carlson – the No. 2 ranked kicker in the 2017 recruiting class.

Auburn is currently under transition to new offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey and will likely have a new starting quarterback in 2017 with incoming transfer Jarrett Stidham now suiting up for the Tigers.

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