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Auburn Athletic Director Allen Greene has been noticeably quite during recent news reports, rumors and speculation about the future of Auburn football. On Monday the AD penned an open letter to the fan base in which he talked about several Tiger sports but specifically addressed fan’s concern with the football program.
Below, we have posted an excerpt of Greene’s remarks. You can read his entire letter here.
“Throughout the season, Coach Malzahn and I had discussions focused on placing our student-athletes in the best competitive position for the future. To confirm, Coach Malzahn is dedicated to this program and he has my support as we work together to move forward. Our discussions are ongoing, and we will focus on evolving in all facets of the program to achieve better and more consistent results. Rest assured, my commitment to overseeing and managing the effort to put Auburn football back at the level we expect and you deserve will be unrelenting.
We have the most passionate fan base in the country, who love Auburn and all it represents. You, the fans, are the driving force in our effort to make you proud. Of course, it stings when we fall short of our lofty expectations, but in true Auburn fashion, we will dust ourselves off and recommit to our goals.
To reiterate, my responsibility is to serve Auburn, and more specifically, our coaches, staff and student-athletes. Among other things, successfully navigating this endeavor requires collaboration, trust, passion and resilience – qualities our young men and women learn every day as student-athletes.
As the end of football season draws near, I look forward to the upcoming bowl game and enjoying the winter sports season, which includes men’s and women’s basketball, gymnastics and swimming & diving.
One of the many reasons I’m happy to call Auburn home is because of your fierce loyalty to the orange and blue. Thank you for your passion, and thank you for welcoming my family with open arms. Continue to believe in Auburn and love it.
War Eagle and Happy Holidays!”
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Auburn Head Coach Gus Malzahn has named his new offensive coordinator. University of Memphis OC, Kenny Dillingham will replace Chip Lindsey who left last week to join Les Miles at Kansas.
Dillingham who will also coach quarterbacks has been at Memphis for three years. Before that he coached at Arizona State as an offensive assistant in 2014-15.
Memphis ranked fourth in the nation this year in total offense (534.3 ypg), third in rushing offense (285.5 ypg) and seventh in scoring offense (43.6 ppg). The Tigers’ quarterback Brady White threw for 3,125 yards and 25 touchdowns and Doak Walker Award Darrell Henderson rushed for 1,909 yards and 22 touchdowns. |
“I’m very excited for the opportunity to join one of the nation’s top football programs,” said Dillingham. “And work for Coach Malzahn, who has [helped the Tigers] win a national championship and produced some of the top offenses in Southeastern Conference history. Coach Norvell speaks very highly of Coach Malzahn and the similarities of how both offenses work. Auburn is a great university and community and my wife and I are extremely excited. I can’t wait to learn and add to the future successes of the Auburn football program.”
However, Auburn’s news release said Coach Malzahn will be handling play calling in 2019 and “Kodi Burns will add the role of passing game coordinator to his responsibilities.” So apparently the offense will be run similar to the way it was, with Rhette Lashlee, the first three years of Coach Malzahn’s tenure on the Plains.
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Former Ole Miss Coach Hugh Freeze has accepted the head coaching position at Liberty University. He had been under consideration for the offensive coordinator position at Auburn. Freeze’s daughter attends Auburn and for a short while it looked like he might consider joining his old friend Gus Malzahn on the Plains.
He was the number one choice of our members taking a poll here at Track ‘em Tigers. In a 10 man field he garnered close to two thirds of the votes. Liberty has scheduled a 2 p.m. ET press conference to introduce him as the Flames new coach.
Known as a good offensive mind, Freeze was 39-25 in Oxford and was the first Rebel coach to take the Rebels to four straight bowl games including two New Year’s Day Six games. His 10-3 record in 2015 was the first 10 win season for the Rebels in 34 years.
The wait at Auburn to see who Malzahn will bring on board continues. Will the new man be in place before the Tigers’ December 28 bowl game against Purdue?
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The latest in Auburn’s search for a new offensive coordinator has revealed just how much Gus Malzahn has been handicapped by a new deal
worked out last week to retain his position as head coach. He reportedly accepted an offer from President Steven Leath that included limitations on his authority to run the program.
Yesterday we saw the beginning of what some of those limitations include. It seems Gus wants to hire his friend and former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze to replace the departed Chip Lindsey as offensive coordinator. He’s a proven commodity that could re-energize the Tiger offense. To get Freeze, he would need to offer a two year contract. However, the school will only allow Malzahn to offer a single year deal.
When Auburn has a chance to hire one of the most sought after and available coaches in the country, Gus has his hands tied. Freeze is being heavily courted by several schools including Florida State, Tennessee, Liberty and maybe Alabama. Someone will get his services next year but at this point it doesn’t look like it will be Auburn. Unfortunately the situation has the appearance of trying to make it difficult for Malzahn to succeed.
If president Leath is not willing to give Malzahn what he needs to be successful, he should not have agreed to retain him. Now that he has been retained, it’s only logical that he give Gus that support. But then nothing in this whole situation has been logical.
It’s more than mystifying why this saga continues. Why can’t Leath see how making moves that will hinder a coach from being successful hurts not only Gus but the players, the assistant coaches, and ultimately the alumni and fans? The fall out could not only negatively affect recruiting but cause future quality coaches to think twice before considering taking a job at Auburn.
By his actions since last December, Dr Leath has proven that he was ill prepared to manage a situation involving a football program in the SEC. Nevertheless he doesn’t need to keep mismanaging the situation when he has someone on staff who is supposed to be charged with stewardship of all of the athletic programs on the Plains – Athleltic Director Allen Greene.
Surely with his many years in the profession Greene understands what is needed as well as the serious implications of continuing down this path. If only Dr Leath would give him a chance to run the athletic program.
Now that Clemson transfer Kelly Bryant has decided to play his final year of eligibility at Missouri, two big questions hover over the Auburn offense heading into the off season. First, who will be the Tigers starting quarterback in 2019 and second, who will Gus Malzahn hire to replace offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey after he was hired by Les Miles at Kansas?
The answer to the first is simple, barring another transfer option coming available … incoming freshman Bo Nix will battle junior Malik Willis for the job. Willis has an edge over Nix having some college experience but not much as he’s only thrown 13 passes while on the Plains.
The answer to the first question is not as clear. There have been over a dozen names thrown around that Malzahn could be interested in hiring. The odds on favorite has to be former Ole Miss Coach Hugh Freeze. And it makes sense to hire Freeze on several levels.
The former head coach is itching to get back in to coaching and redeem himself. He’s a great recruiter and a great offensive mind as he proved by taking the Rebels to the heights of the SEC. And he knows how to beat Alabama, having done it in back to back years in Oxford. But probably the most important thing is the fact that he and Gus are close friends. If anyone could stand up to Malzahn trying to meddle with his play calling it would have to be Freeze.
Still whether Gus could do that is a question that remains to be seen. Then there’s Commissioner Greg Sankey who stepped in and vetoed Nick Saban’s attempt to hire Freeze last summer. Would Sankey change his mind now and indicate Freeze’s banishment from the SEC ranks has been long enough? If he were to give a thumb down on it again, you can bet Freeze will be coaching somewhere next season – just not in the SEC.
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On Monday Auburn linebacker Deshaun Davis and defensive tackle Derrick Brown were named to the AP All-SEC Team. The two were also named today to the Coaches All-SEC Team.
Brown had 45 tackles, 3 1/2 half sacks and 9 1/2 tackles for a loss. He earned second-team honors. The junior could go pro after the Tigers’ bowl game against Purdue in the Music City Bowl December 28. Hopefully he will decide to return and anchor the D-line in 2019.
Davis’ first-team selection marked the first time in 13 years for an Auburn linebacker to be named All-SEC. The senior had 14 tackles for a loss. For his career he has 257 tackles with 107 coming this season which is the most for a Tiger linebacker since 2001.
Probably the most important attribute Davis brought to the table was the impact he had on his fellow teammates. Players on both sides of the ball looked to him for leadership. He leaves big shoes to be fill.