Pitt Defensive Coordinator Rhoads Leaves for Auburn

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pitt defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads is leaving to take the same job at Auburn.

Rhoads has been the defensive coordinator at Pitt for eight seasons. He was also a finalist for the head coaching job in 2004. He informed Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt of his decision Wednesday night.

Rhoads replaces Will Muschamp, who was hired as the defensive coordinator at Texas.

Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville first offered the 40-year-old Rhoads the defensive coordinator's job in 2002, but Pitt kept him by giving him a large raise and a longer contract.

Rhoads also coached Pitt's defensive backs for seven years, including cornerback Darrelle Revis, a New York Jets first-round draft pick last year. Last season, Rhoads switched to coaching the linebackers, where Scott McKillop was the nation's leading tackler and a third-team All-America pick.

The Panthers will immediately begin seeking his replacement, with defensive line coach Greg Gattuso a possible candidate. Gattuso is the former Duquesne coach.

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