So where does Auburn go from here?
The top name on the list is reportedly Texas Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach. Leach has already spoken with Washington about the Huskies' coaching vacancy.
Other candidates are: Former Auburn and current Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp. He's head coach in waiting there.
Jimbo Fisher is the head coach in waiting at Florida State.
Turner Gill is head coach at Buffalo. Paul Johnson is head coach at Georgia Tech.
Five years ago Auburn tried to hire Bobby Petrino who's now at Arkansas. However, he'd have to pay the Razorbacks more than $11 million to get out of his contract.
Former Super Bowl coach Bill Cowher would be a "Grand Slam", but there's no indication he'd consider a college job.