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Auburn announces hiring of Rhett Lashlee as offensive coordinator

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One day after making the first addition to his first coaching staff at Auburn, Gus Malzahn has officially added another one.

In a press release, the Tigers confirmed that Malzahn has hired Rhett Lashlee as his offensive coordinator.

“Rhett is one of the best young offensive minds in college football,” said Malzahn. “I’ve been with Rhett a long time and he’s been an incredibly valuable right-hand man. He has a great knowledge and understanding of Auburn and will be a tremendous asset for this program both on and off the field.”

Lashlee has spent six of the past nine seasons coaching with and playing for Malzahn, including last year at Arkansas State as the coordinator of the Red Wolves’ offense.  He played quarterback for Malzahn at Shiloh Christian High School from 1999-2001.

The move is also a homecoming for Lashlee, who spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons as a grad assistant at Auburn while Malzahn was coordinator.  He began his coaching career as a grad assistant at Arkansas, where he had been a quarterback whose career ended prematurely due to injury.

“We’re very excited to be back in Auburn to rejoin this program and the Auburn family, which has the best fans in the country” Lashlee said. “I’m looking forward to working with Coach Malzahn and help get this team headed in the right direction and return to winning football. Auburn holds a special place in my family’s heart, as this is where our twin boys were born, so we are blessed to be back. I’m excited to get to work.”

Lashlee’s hiring comes one day after Ellis Johnson was named as Auburn’s defensive coordinator.

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11 Responses to “Auburn announces hiring of Rhett Lashlee as offensive coordinator”
  1. woebegong says: Dec 7, 2012 1:05 PM

    Might be a pretty smart move. The more SEC savvy coaches he can hire, the quicker Auburn recovers and becomes competitive. The new OC, surely knows Auburn and the HC well enough to work out well. They do need to get or train a QB though that can throw a better ball, and think a little more on his feet. Maybe this new HC will be able to properly train the young ones there.

  2. greysolon says: Dec 7, 2012 1:43 PM

    Good for them. I don’t like or dislike Auburn, but i like Malzahn.

  3. irishwhiskie says: Dec 7, 2012 2:31 PM

    Another good hire for Malzahn. Nothing Auburn is doing in the coaching department is incredibly sexy but there’s a chess-like approach that I feel will payoff more in the long-run, to include rebuilding the trust and credibility of the program. Much preferred over playing poker with Bobby Petrino or another Hodge-podge of random coaches like we dealt with last season.

  4. cometkazie says: Dec 7, 2012 2:41 PM

    More young blood.

    This is good for the game.

  5. kdbroom says: Dec 7, 2012 2:47 PM

    Wow. I sure hope this guy is the OC in name only, and that Malzahn keeps full control of the offense. From graduate assistant to an SEC OC within a little over 24 months? That’s scary.

  6. normtide says: Dec 7, 2012 2:51 PM

    Auburn has the players for Gus’ style already. The problem last year was trying to get those players to work in a pro style offense. I expect auburn to be much better then last year, straight away.

  7. patbocam says: Dec 7, 2012 2:52 PM

    I’m very curious as to what recruits Gus WANTS to keep. Much of the talk is about what guys we get to stay and not decommitt . many of those wavering seem to be AU’s 4 & 5 star defensive players. Honestly I’m not sure why these guys would want to go elsewhere. They got an upgrade on the other side of the ball calling plays now (The mad scientist is back) they got an upgrade coaching them up & leading the defense (Ellis knows sec football), & Trooper is Gone!!! Look at all the guys trooper recruited and track their college careers. The buddy buddy thing doesn’t pay off. Short term losing trooper might sting, long run it makes all the sense in the world. War Eagle!!!

  8. kattykathy says: Dec 8, 2012 8:38 AM

    If Auburn wants to be relevent again soon, they need to do it the Bama way…….
    Hire a coach with no morals or ethics.
    Then look the other way while he passes out the presents, promises, and cash to 5 star recruits and their mamas.

  9. woebegong says: Dec 8, 2012 8:51 AM

    Just curious here. Who exactly is your idea of a good head coach, and what school do you favor. Young athletes flock to Alabama because the coach is a very good one, and the program has proven to be top notch for the last few years of recent history, mostly due to Saban’s abilities as a HC.
    Georgia has a great coach also in Richt, that would seem to be on the up and up, and kids gravitate to UGA and him also. I guess though, you probably don’t like him either, but that is your preference.

  10. kozbee says: Dec 8, 2012 10:29 AM

    Kids growing up watch college football and dream of someday being a part of it.Recruits see a team winning National Championships and sure they want to play there and be a winner also,who can blame them.Part has to do with Saban and Part has to do with the school that can rank in the top 5 each season.Most of the best recruits come to the SEC cause its proven we`re winners in college football and they want to be a part of a NC before they move on into life,count the last several Champions and its a fact the SEC rules.

  11. kozbee says: Dec 8, 2012 10:35 AM

    Gus bringing in his own people may not be such a bad idea,imo the recruits will come also.WAR EAGLE to you Auburn fans,things will only get better when you clean house.

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