AUBURN, Ala. — There’s going to be a new guy on the Plains, and the current Tigers are thrilled about it.
After a 10-day search, Auburn’s Gus Malzahn made the news official through an official statement and then Twitter: Arizona State offensive coordinator and former Tigers assistant Chip Lindsey will be Auburn’s offensive coordinator in 2017.
— Auburn Football (@AuburnFootball) January 21, 2017
Lindsey was a program analyst during 2013 as the Tigers made their miraculous run to the final BCS national title game. That means a number of players on Auburn’s roster are (at least somewhat) familiar with their new coordinator.
Even in the midst of a jam-packed recruiting weekend, Auburn’s current coaching staff and players immediately welcomed Lindsey in a flurry of Twitter posts.
There seems to already be a good rapport between Malzahn’s changing staff. Here’s what some of the coaches had to say:
— Herb Hand (@CoachHand) January 21, 2017
— Kodi Burns (@KodiBurns) January 21, 2017
Welcome back!!! https://t.co/q05xtXk6bk
— Jonathan Wallace (@JWall_4) January 21, 2017
Another newcomer, former Baylor quarterback Jarrett Stidham, was one of the first players to tweet a welcome to his new position coach. With Sean White suffering a broken arm during Auburn’s loss to Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl, Stidham is thought by most to be the front-runner in the approaching spring quarterback battle.
— Jarrett Stidham (@Jarrett_Stidham) January 21, 2017
Other starters and key members of the offense weren’t far behind. Here are more of the player reactions from social media. With mention of championships or trophy emojis by some, there seems to be no such thing as easing Lindsey into his new role.
Excited to learn from @CoachLindseyASU
— Sean White (@SeanWhiteAU) January 21, 2017
All the AU fans welcome @CoachLindseyASU to the Family! Can't wait for the 2017 season ??
— Big Savage (@Uno_Kam) January 21, 2017
(Top rusher Kamryn Pettway)
LETS GET THIS DONE COACH!!! @CoachLindseyASU
— Kerryon Johnson (@AyeyoKEJO) January 21, 2017
Man I'm excited! Welcome to the family @CoachLindseyASU! Let's go win some championships!!
— Chandler Duke Cox (@chandlercox10) January 21, 2017
Excited to get the spring started with our new OC @CoachLindseyASU!! Welcome to Auburn War Eagle!!
— Darius Slayton (@Young_Slay2) January 21, 2017
— KD (@KDSZN) January 21, 2017
(Rising sophomore WR Kyle Davis)
— Kam Martin ⁶ (@TeamKamMartin) January 21, 2017
Ready to work with @CoachLindseyASU and become legendary look forward towards the future. WDE . We Lit??
— WB1_SVGSZN (@WoodyB_1) January 21, 2017
— Will Hastings (@WillHastings7) January 21, 2017
“I’m excited to welcome Chip Lindsey to the Auburn family,” Malzahn said in a statement. “I have the utmost confidence in his ability to lead our offense and his strength in developing quarterbacks makes him the perfect fit. Chip is a man of integrity and character who will fit well within our staff. He has great knowledge and enthusiasm for the game and is a rising star in this profession.”
SEC Country will update this post with more reactions.