Ted Roof, the former Duke coach who spent last year as Minnesota’s defensive coordinator, accepted the job as Gene Chizik’s defensive coordinator at Auburn on Tuesday.
Roof, 45, is the sixth assistant to join Chizik’s staff, which has grown exponentially since the New Year.
Roof joins Gus Malzahn (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks), Curtis Luper (running backs), Trooper Taylor (wide receivers), James Willis (defensive assistant) and Jay Boulware (special teams/tight ends) as Auburn assistants.
“Ted has a wealth of experience and success as a defensive coach, and philosophically, we think alike,” Chizik said in a release from the school. “He is a high-energy individual who is involved in every aspect of the defense.”
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Chizik has three assistant positions yet to fill. One will be on the offensive line. The other two are likely to be on defense.
Roof joined Minnesota last year after being fired as Duke’s head coach. He went 6-45 in just over four years with the Blue Devils — the only head coaching job of his career — failing to win an ACC game in each of his final three seasons.
Louisville hired him as linebackers coach last offseason, but he went to Minnesota instead to be the Gophers’ defensive coordinator.
Minnesota, which ranked last out of 119 teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision in total defense in 2007 (518.7 ypg), improved to 79th this year, giving up 383.6 yards per game. The Gophers went from 14 turnovers forced in 2007 to 31 this year, tied for 11th nationally.
“It was a defense that was very physical and aggressive, and created a lot of turnovers,” Chizik said.
A Lawrenceville, Ga., native, Roof was a three-year starter at linebacker for Bill Curry at Georgia Tech from 1982-85. He finished his All-ACC career with 417 tackles, ranking seventh on the school’s all-time list.
Roof began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Alabama from 1987-88. He has had coaching stops at West Georgia, Duke, Massachusetts, Western Carolina and Georgia Tech in his career.
He had his most success at Georgia Tech from 1998-01 on George O’Leary’s staff. The Yellow Jackets went 35-14 in that time and Roof, who was promoted to defensive coordinator in his second season, was nominated for the 2000 Frank Broyles Award, given annually to the nation’s top assistant.
“Being from Georgia, Ted has spent a great deal of his career coaching in the South and is very familiar with this league,” Chizik said.
Roof took over the Blue Devils’ head coaching position after Carl Franks was fired midseason in 2003, going 2-2 before having the interim tag removed. He won only four games the next four years.