AUBURN, Ala. — Chip Lindsey could become a popular man on the coaching carousel after leading Auburn football’s offense to 470.3 yards and 36.7 points per game in the regular season.
On Sunday afternoon, Dan Wolken of USA Today reported an unnamed source told him South Alabama “has interest” in Lindsey for its head coaching vacancy. Lindsey was asked if South Alabama had contacted him about the job Sunday night.
“No,” Lindsey said. “I’m focused kind of on what we’re doing here. Haven’t done anything like that.”
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, who hired Lindsey from Arizona State in January, said he didn’t expect his top offensive assistant to leave.
“I know he likes it here,” Malzahn said Sunday afternoon on the SEC Championship Game teleconference. “We’ve got unfinished business. I expect him to be around here a while.”
Joey Jones resigned as head coach at South Alabama earlier this month. The Mobile, Ala., native started the Jaguars’ program and spent nine seasons leading the team.
Lindsey is in his fourth season as an FBS offensive coordinator. He spent several years coaching in high schools across Alabama and Georgia before becoming an Auburn offensive analyst in 2013.
Lindsey then spent two years as the offensive coordinator at Southern Miss before his one season at Arizona State in 2016.
Malzahn, who himself was a former high school head coach who rose the ranks, said he believes Lindsey will be at that level one day.
“Of course, Chip has done an unbelievable job,” Malzahn said. “I think everybody is seeing that with the balance he’s brought. He called an excellent game yesterday. Chip’s going to be a head coach at this level, there’s no doubt. … He will be a head coach. He’s going to be a big-time one.”