Trooper Taylor could soon be returning to the SEC.
Newly hired Auburn coach Gene Chizik has requested and received permission from Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy to interview Taylor, the Cowboys’ co-offensive coordinator, according to a source close to the interview process.
On Friday, Chizik named Oklahoma State running backs coach Curtis Luper as his running backs coach.
Taylor coached receivers at Tennessee from 2004-07 before leaving for Oklahoma State. Taylor, who is from Cuero, Texas, had previous ties with Gundy. Both were assistants at Baylor in 1996.
Taylor was a candidate to be UT’s offensive coordinator following David Cutcliffe’s departure to Duke after the 2007 season. Former UT coach Phillip Fulmer chose Dave Clawson from Richmond as offensive coordinator instead.
Taylor helped the Cowboys to seventh best in total offense and eighth best in scoring offense in the NCAA this season.
Taylor could also be a candidate at Miami and a possible candidate at Florida if receivers coach Billy Gonzales doesn’t return. Regarded as a strong recruiter, Taylor is known for having success recruiting prospects from Florida.
Gonzales could follow former Gators offensive coordinator Dan Mullen to Mississippi State, where he was named the Bulldogs coach last month. Gonzales has also been linked to UT, which has yet to complete its staff under first-year coach Lane Kiffin. It is unclear if Taylor is a candidate for Kiffin’s staff.
Taylor coached at Baylor from 1992-97, New Mexico State in 1998 and Tulane from 1999-2003 before joining UT’s staff.
In his time in Knoxville, Taylor coached receivers and running backs. He coached future NFL wide receiver Robert Meachem to All-America honors in 2006. Taylor also led Cedric Houston and Gerald Riggs Jr., who became Tennessee’s only pair of 1,000-yard rushers in the same season, in 2004.