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Auburn hires Temple’s OC to replace Malzahn

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Auburn can finally begin a new direction offensively after the departure of former offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn to Arkansas State.

The Birmingham News reports that Temple offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler has been hired by coach Gene Chizik to run the offense for the Tigers. Loeffler has spent the past season as the offensive coordinator for the Owls after departing Florida as the team’s QB coach with former Gators OC Steve Addazio. 

Temple and Auburn later confirmed the move.

“I am very happy for Scot and his family,”Addazio said in a statement. “This is a great opportunity for him and his career. We are very grateful for his contributions to Temple, and we certainly understand that when our great coaches have opportunities, it’s a compliment to our program. We wish Scot nothing but the best. He will always have a special place here at Temple.”

“Scot is a rising star who has worked with some very good quarterbacks, and has achieved a tremendous amount of success,” Chizik said in his own statement. “He is a tireless worker, is an outstanding recruiter and knows the rigors of competing in this conference. We’re very excited to have Scot join our staff and we welcome him to the Auburn family.”

Temple ranked seventh nationally this past season in rushing yards behind running back Bernard Pierce and 40th in points per game (30.6).

Loeffler is the second major hire for Chizik in the past two weeks. Former Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder joined Auburn earlier this month in the same capacity.

(Image courtesy of the University of Florida) 

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9 Responses to “Auburn hires Temple’s OC to replace Malzahn”
  1. mrslay1 says: Jan 22, 2012 8:23 PM

    Strap on your helmet good Scott. This is BIG BOY FOOTBALL here in the SEC. Best of luck to you.

  2. lbijake says: Jan 22, 2012 8:35 PM

    I cannot believe that Scot is taking a step down by leaving Temple to go to an up and coming program such as Auburn. Temple will after all soon be joining the Big East. No, that fell through (shut out by Villaova), so they will soon be joining the ACC. Well, never invited. Then definitely the SEC will want them, no they are still laughing. Well, one of these days, they might win the MAC. Good luck Scot.

  3. lorddarkhelmet says: Jan 22, 2012 9:33 PM

    He is very highly thought of and is tight with Brady. I am excited to see what he can do and fully expect to see him in the NFL in a couple years

  4. lonewolf330 says: Jan 22, 2012 10:01 PM

    oh please give me a break big boy football?sec is the most overrated conference this past year and i dont care how many cornfed hicks this post pisses off

  5. jason1214 says: Jan 22, 2012 10:38 PM

    @lonewolf

    Overrated eh? IS that why the Big 10, PAC 12 & Big 12 are 0-5 against SEC in BCS CG’s? Yup overrated alright.

  6. burntorangehorn says: Jan 23, 2012 9:20 AM

    Round and round we go. SEC’s proof of success is the BCSCG? Congrats; the geographic advantage in bowl season does wonders. But I don’t think I or other people would roll our eyes nearly so much if it weren’t for that kind of primitive chest-thumping.

  7. kenosando says: Jan 23, 2012 9:44 AM

    lonewolf330 says: Jan 22, 2012 10:01 PM

    oh please give me a break big boy football?sec is the most overrated conference this past year and i dont care how many cornfed hicks this post pisses off

    You cannot deny that the SEC has a head above the competition. I am not one of these people who swears by SEC football, because I love all football, but those who think that SEC is “overrated” (which I don’t even know what that means, because the SEC, as a whole, wins games. Period.) I think have a case of the envies.
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    burntorangehorn says: Jan 23, 2012 9:20 AM

    Round and round we go. SEC’s proof of success is the BCSCG? Congrats; the geographic advantage in bowl season does wonders. But I don’t think I or other people would roll our eyes nearly so much if it weren’t for that kind of primitive chest-thumping.

    I agree with you on both accounts. I very much dislike this primitive attitude most fans of the SEC have of their beloved conference, and I am a fan of said conference and live in the region. Too many fans take this waaaay too seriously, and it surely shows on comment and message boards, because they are the first to say how great the SEC is. I hated the NCG with all my heart, because there was no way to decide who the best team in the country was from a do-over, winner-take-all from the first LSU-Bama game. Dislike the fanfare the SEC gets, and the “pass” they get for being such a strong conference, yet have such a weak out-of-conference schedule, save for LSU this past year, who actually had a real schedule, and proved their selves until the debacle in the NCG.

  8. jason1214 says: Jan 23, 2012 11:07 AM

    @keno, @burntorangehorn

    Nowhere did I say other conferences are not good. I was just stating facts. That being said the NCAA is not going to go to a regional playoff. Its not gonna happen. NCAA wants to continue to reward mediocrity with the bowl system. Lastly, if folks would stop crying about SEC, I wouldn’t feel need to defend it.

  9. jason1214 says: Jan 23, 2012 11:17 AM

    @kenosando

    Please dont make me bring up Okie St’s out of conference schedule this yeat, it negates your weak out of conference schedule argument for SEC.

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