MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) _ Just four days after making the call that was key in costing Alabama the Iron Bowl, Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Bruce Arians was fired along with three other assistants.

Secondary coach Curley Hallman, special teams coach Danny Pearman and receivers coach Woody McCorvey were the others dismissed Wednesday, as the aftershocks of a 4-7 season, Alabama's worst in 40 years, started to hit.

Coach Mike DuBose had been planning changes well before the season ended and after Alabama's heartbreaking 18-17 loss to Auburn last weekend, the first-year coach warned that they could come quickly. The recruiting season hits full swing Dec. 1.

``I am making the changes in the best interest of this football program,'' DuBose said in a short release from the university.

He did not set a time frame for naming replacements.

In his first year at Alabama, Arians seemed the least likely to go, at least until he called a third-and-8 screen pass late in the Auburn game that will go down in infamy with Alabama fans.

The pass was caught by Ed Scissum, who fumbled, setting up a Jaret Holmes field goal and the one-point Auburn win. Critics say a running play and a punt could have left Auburn deep in its own territory with less than 40 seconds remaining. Arians defended the call, saying he wanted to give the offense a chance to win the game.

DuBose was reportedly unhappy with Arians' performance even before that call. Brought in to jazz up the offense, Arians led a unit that slipped from sixth last season to eighth in the Southeastern Conference in offense, from sixth to ninth in passing offense and from fifth in scoring offense to eighth.