Jan 10, 2011; Glendale, AZ, USA; Auburn Tigers quarterback (2) Cam Newton is congratulated by wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor following the game against the Oregon Ducks in the 2011 BCS National Championship game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Auburn defeated Oregon 22-19. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Coaching Update: Could Trooper Taylor Land In Coral Gables?

With the departure of Miami wide receivers coach George McDonald to Arkansas, head coach Al Golden has begun the search for a replacement.  Among the list of candidates is ex-Auburn wide receivers coach, Trooper Taylor.

For those of you not familiar with Taylor, he is the former assistant head coach and wide receivers coach at Auburn (2009-11).  Following Gene Chizik’s firing, new Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn did not retain Taylor among his new staff.

Taylor graduated from Baylor University where he played defensive back (1988-91) and would later serve as a graduate assistant (1992-97).  He has coached mostly in the SEC and Big 12 for teams like Tennessee, Oklahoma State and Auburn.

Taylor was known as a successful recruiter and during his time at Auburn he brought in one of the most highly rated classes in 2011 (No. 4 per ESPN).  However, Taylor came under scrutiny when he was accused of recruiting violations.  Along with Auburn running backs coach Chris Luper, the two were allegedly removed from recruiting roles for a minimal period of time.

Granted, Taylor is capable of landing the big fish but is the reward really worth it?  He would be able to lock down South Florida, the question is: Is Golden willing to take a risk on Taylor?  Miami is currently under an intense NCAA investigation and cannot afford further violations, especially with recruiting.  Perhaps it is in Golden’s best interest to look elsewhere, possibly the NFL for McDonald’s replacement.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/donald.sherer Donald Sherer

    First let me state that I am an Alabama fan. With that said you need to run as far and fast as you can away from Trooper Taylor. He is a great recruiter but at what cost? If you ask any Tennessee or Auburn fan that is willing to be honest they will tell you that Trooper was behind every problem they had with the NCAA. This guy is bad news and you need to listen to this warning.

    • CanesWrning

      I am sure that Golden wouldn’t hire Taylor, especially with Miami’s
      ongoing investigation. Taylor is no stranger to NCAA scrutiny, so the
      odds that he lands in Coral Gables, I believe, are slim to none. I
      agree that he is an elite recruiter, but I think it would be in Miami’s
      best interest to steer clear. Thanks for the comment, Donald!

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.dubose.18 David Dubose

    hmmmmm bad news ………..great recruiter…………..South Florida……………future sanctions where extra help is needed…………… hmmmmmmmm……………… can yall keep a secret?………….yea! ok wellllllll we’ll take’em lol just a joke

    • CanesWrning

      No doubt he can recruit, I just don’t think it will be happening in Coral Gables. Thanks for the post, David!