AUBURN, Ala. — After a winding search that lasted more than a week, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn got his man to replace former offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee on Saturday — Arizona State offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey.
Lindsey spent Auburn’s 2013 SEC Championship season as an offensive analyst under Malzahn after an extensive career coaching at the high school level and a year coaching quarterbacks at Troy. He spent 2014 and 2015 resurrecting a Southern Miss offense into one of the nation’s most explosive before an injury-impacted 2016 season at Arizona State.
Malzahn will waste no time in getting Lindsey in front of the media, as they’re both set to talk to reporters following the Auburn vs. Alabama men’s basketball game in Auburn Arena on Saturday evening.
SEC Country will provide live updates and quotes from Lindsey’s introductory press conference at Auburn. Follow along here.
- Malzahn wanted to hire a coordinator that fit three things — someone who could develop quarterbacks, someone who he could trust to run the offense and someone who had a similar mindset in no-huddle offenses.
- Malzahn: “Chip has his own offense. … He’s coming in to spice up our offense.”
- Lindsey said his family is close to Auburn. His wife’s family had season tickets for 30 years. He’s happy to be back on the Plains.
- Lindsey: “The time here was amazing, learning what he thought and took what he taught me with us. … Everybody’s got their own spin on offense. The bottom line hasn’t changed — getting the ball out in space to our best players.”
- Lindsey on his Air Raid passing background: “You’ve got to be able to run the football to win.” He mentions how Southern Miss had two 1,000-yard rushers in 2015.
- Malzahn: “There wasn’t an exact time frame. I just wanted to make the best decision.”
- Malzahn: “This is going to be Chip’s offense. He’s going to call plays. It’s going to be his.”
- Malzahn said “everybody is on the same page” in reference to the behind-the-scenes struggle for power between administration and Malzahn.
- Gus Malzahn said he’s retired his clipboard. “That ought to tell you how much confidence I have in (Chip Lindsey).”
- Lindsey on Kodi Burns: “He left me pretty quick at Arizona State, didn’t he? He was with me in 2013 here. This staff is a great group of men.”
- Malzahn on going outside the box with the search: “I wanted to talk to as many people as I could. I talked to numerous guys, and it just came back to Chip. He’s ready for the job.”
- Lindsey on independence from Malzahn: “I was with him just one year. I think we did a good job meshing things together from what I learned here, and that’s what we’re going to do here.”