A Critical Time to be Searching for Offensive Line Coach at Auburn – (Update: Grimes Returns)
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Auburn assistant coach Herb Hand is leaving the Plains for the brown, brown grass of Texas. It was announced on Tuesday that the offensive line coach will join the Longhorns as co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.
While coaching turnover is part of the game, the timing of this move is not good for the Tigers with just three weeks till National Signing Day. Several prospects are expected to visit before NSD, and they would like to know who will be their coach.
Hand’s tenure on the Plains receives mixed reviews as his unit was among three finalists for the Joe Moore Award as the nation’s most outstanding offensive line. However, the flip side was the Tigers allowed 36 sacks on the season, which was the worst since Gus Malzahn became head coach and the most for the program since 2012 (37 sacks).
Question is who will Gus replace Hand with? It’s a critical hire to be sure, not only for recruits but for the future of the program.
Coach Gus Malzahn wasted little time filling Herb Hand’s shoes. He announced on twitter today the rehiring of former O-line coach J.B. Grimes. Auburn’s new/old coach held the position prior to Hand. He left Auburn to join Tommy Tuberville at Cincinnati and coached last season with Rhett Lashlee at UConn.
Grimes coached both former No. 2 overall NFL draft pick Greg Robinson and Rimington Award winner Reese Dismukes during his 2013–2015 stint on the Plains.