“I look forward to Helping Auburn Win Championships” – Chip Lindsey, Auburn Offensive Coordinator
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Arizona State’s Offensive Coordinator, Chip Lindsey, a close friend of Gus Malzahn, has been hired in the same position at Auburn. According to reports, Lindsey was Malzahn’s top choice all along, but Malzahn had to convince influential boosters within the program. He has a track record of hiring people he’s acquainted with as he did with Rhette Lashlee and Herb Hand. In the end he got his man. Lindsey is expected to take over the play calling duties assumed by Lashlee midway through the 2016 season.
Lindsey, considered by some as a quarterback guru, coached quarterbacks at Troy in 2010 before serving on Gus Malzahn’s staff as an analyst in 2013. Before being hired at Troy, he was a successful high school coach in both Georgia and Alabama, coaching at Spain Park in Alabama and Lassiter High in Georgia. At the latter, he coached Auburn tight end Phillip Lutzenkirchen and Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason. Those roots should be a plus for recruiting the two states.
Prior to serving at Arizona State for one year, the Alabama native was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Southern Miss where he mentored Nick Mullins, the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year. Mullens threw for 4,145 yards and 36 touchdowns in 2015. Lindsey’s single year at Arizona State saw the Sun Devils ranked 39th in passing and 11th nationally in red-zone offense.
In a news release Gus said, “I have the utmost confidence in [Chip’s] ability to lead our offense, and his strength in developing quarterbacks makes him the perfect fit.”
For his part, Lindsey said Auburn is a special place and, “I look forward to being part of something special and helping Auburn win championships.”