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J.B. Grimes New Auburn Offensive Line Coach

By on December 19th, 2012 in Football, News 3 Comments »

Auburn Head Coach Gus Malzahn has hired JB Grimes, his offensive line coach from Arkansas State.  Grimes has been a college coach for close to 30 years having coached at schools that include Kansas, Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Virginia Tech, Arkansas, and East Carolina.

Some of his career highlights include:

* Serving on the Arkansas staff when the Razorbacks won the 1990 Southwest Conference Championship.

* Coached with Frank Beamer at Virginia Tech from 1993-97 and helped the Hokies make it to five bowl games and back-to-back Big East Championships.

* Coached the offensive line under R.C. Slocum at Texas A&M from 1998-2002, as the Aggies played in four bowl games.

* His single season at East Carolina produced a 1,000-yard individual rusher.

* Produced 1,000 yard rushers three times in five seasons at Mississippi State between 2004 and 2008.

* His Arkansas State offensive line help set a school-record with 481.8 yards of total offense per game while ranking 16th nationally in fewest sacks allowed: ranking in the top 25 nationally in total offense, scoring offense and rushing offense.

Grimes said he is happy to be a part of the Auburn football tradition. “I’m excited about the opportunity to coach at Auburn and join Coach Malzahn’s staff. 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.”

Coach Malzahn said in a news release that, “”J.B. is a tremendous coach who is one of the nation’s top teachers at the offensive line position. He has an incredible resume coaching the position and has taught countless players at the NFL level … we’re fortunate to have him join our program at Auburn.”

Welcome Coach Grimes and War Eagle!


  1. SandMountainTiger SandMountainTiger says:

    By God, he LOOKS like a coach.

  2. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    Sounds like a good hire.

  3. sparkey sparkey says:

    I’m not happy with this hire. Why not bring him here from the start? He’s been with Gus the whole time yet it took longer than several other coaches to bring him on board. In addition, if he’s so good, how did he wind up at Arkansas State after coaching so long in the college ranks? I think at one point he was very good. Now, I’m not so sure that he is still at the superb level he was during the 90s. I’ve been absolutely thrilled with the defensive coaching hires outside of Harbison. I’m not sure about his secondary. They weren’t exactly stellar the last two seasons but it is impossible to give a strong argument against Ellis Johnson and Rodney Garner. I’m thrilled over those two and I’m really hoping that Tim Horton from Arkansas comes to coach the running backs that man is big time for sure.