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Malzahn continues to fill holes in Auburn staff

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Late Thursday night, Auburn stunned many/most by officially announcing the addition of longtime Georgia assistant Rodney Garner as Gus Malzahn‘s defensive line coach.

A day later, or a day earlier as the case may be, the other side of the line has been officially addressed as well.

In a press release sent out Friday morning — after it was apparently also announced Wednesday — Malzahn reconfirmed (?) that he has hired (very) veteran collegiate assistant J.B. Grimes to be the Tigers’ new offensive line coach.  Grimes has spent more than 30 years as an assistant at the collegiate level, including last season in the same position with Malzahn at Arkansas State.

“J.B. is a tremendous coach who is one of the nation’s top teachers at the offensive line position,” Malzahn said. “He has an incredible resume coaching the position and has taught countless players at the NFL level. He played a vital role in our team’s success this past season and we’re fortunate to have him join our program at Auburn.”

Grimes has prior experience in the SEC, with stops at Mississippi State as OL coach (2004-08) and at Arkansas twice — first as a grad assistant (1981-82) before the Razorbacks’ move to the SEC and then as a full-time assistant coach (1989-92) before, during and after the transition from the SWC.

In addition to that SEC experience, he also served on staffs at Kansas, East Carolina, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech, Louisiana-Monroe, Missouri and Delta State dating back to 1979.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to coach at Auburn and join Coach Malzahn’s staff,” Grimes said. “I’ve always admired Auburn football having coached in the Southeastern Conference and even when I was younger watching Pat Sullivan and Terry Beasley play. It’s a special place with great history, traditions and fans. I’ve known Gus for several years and have admired the things he’s done as a coach. We did some great things this past season at Arkansas State and I look forward to doing the same at Auburn.”

Grimes and Garner become the fourth and fifth assistants added to Malzahn’s staff, leaving four more openings to fill.

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8 Responses to “Malzahn continues to fill holes in Auburn staff”
  1. kozbee says: Dec 21, 2012 12:27 PM

    Great job being done by Gus,bring in the good recruiters (coaches) the recruits will come.WDE to you Tiger fans.

  2. harveyballwanger says: Dec 21, 2012 1:35 PM

    Malzahn = Chizik 2.0

  3. scalpemseminoles says: Dec 21, 2012 6:28 PM

    there is plenty of upside for malzahn

  4. bigdogpappad says: Dec 21, 2012 7:00 PM

    Malzahn is 0.5 Chizik – Undefeated season at Auburn while DC, Undefeated season at Texas and National Championship while Co-Head Coach, Undefeated season at Auburn and National Championship as Head Coach so Malzahn still has a ways to go. Malzahn benefited from Newton just like Gene did so he’s done nothing yet on his own. Wish him well but don’t see more than .500 in the West for three years before he’s gone too and Auburn finally gets a new AD and new Coach. War Eagle!

  5. harvupdyke says: Dec 21, 2012 9:13 PM

    Roll dam tide.

  6. tg1896 says: Dec 22, 2012 7:26 AM

    Roll DAM Tide? You’re kidding, right?

    I mean, surely this is an ironic statement fostering a wry (yet amused) focus on the gradual degradation of education vis-a-vis our athletic endeavors.

  7. lucky5936 says: Dec 22, 2012 10:10 AM

    By hiring such experienced coaches, I worry that these position coaches may not be able to connect to future recruits. Part of what made Trooper such a great recruiter was his ability to relate to the players. Trooper was also a hazard to the program at times, so please don’t feel like I am supporting Taylor. I am just a die-hard Auburn fan who is concerned about our ability to recruit along the offensive and defensive lines. The positions that win championships.

  8. ajonesmc931 says: Dec 25, 2012 7:40 AM


    I knew eventually some imbecile would pop in. WDE.

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