Brian Blackmon talks new job at Auburn, leaving Opelika

Opelika’s Brian Blackmon is headed to Auburn University.

The long-time Bulldog football coach resigned from his post on Wednesday as football coach and Athletic Director to become an offensive analyst for the Tigers.

Coach Blackmon spoke on the phone with WLTZ’s Jenna Callari this morning about the new job.

He said the interest between the two was there for a while. He and Auburn Head Coach Gus Malzahn had talked back and forth before finalizing it yesterday. “I’ve always wanted to coach in college,” Blackmon said. “At this point, Opelika is in a good place and I feel comfortable walking away. This job (Opelika head coach) is the best job in the state.” Blackmon also mentioned not having to move his family as a big thing.

Going from high school to college is quite different but Blackmon is excited about the opportunity. He calls this job the first step. “I may be going backward in a sense and starting over but coaching is coaching,” he said. “I’m excited to be of service, I love learning, and it’s time for me to be uncomfortable and learn.”

Coach Blackmon told his players yesterday that he was leaving the school to pursue a new position. He said the response from his past and former players was incredible. “My phone was flooded with texts and calls from kids past and present,” Blackmon said. “These kids are resilient though and they’ll continue to do well. I’m excited to come back to Bulldog Stadium on Friday nights and watch them play and grow.”

Blackmon was head coach of the Dawgs for 8 seasons, compiling a 69-25 record. He also led two teams to the 6A State Championship game (2012 and 2016).

A new search for a head coach and Athletic Director will begin immediately. Blackmon says the school hopes to move quickly.

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