Auburn is reportedly interviewing the coordinator of one of the nation’s top offenses to replace Rhett Lashlee.
The Tigers are talking to Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich, according to Lauren Rew of FM 107.7 The Franchise in Oklahoma City.
— John E. Hoover (@johnehoover) January 17, 2017
Yurich directed an Oklahoma State offense that scored 38.6 points per game in 2016, good for 17th overall. Auburn was 49th at 31.2 points per game.
The Cowboys were also No. 9 nationally in passing yards and No. 14 overall in total offense. And they were one of only two Power 5 offenses with a 4,000-yard passer (Mason Rudolph), a 1,000-yard receiver (James Washington) and a 1,000-yard rusher (Justice Hill).
Lashlee surprised many when he left his position as offensive coordinator to take the same title at UConn. The Tigers are also reportedly considering Arizona State offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey. Former Baylor head coach Art Briles is not a candidate.
Whoever replaces Lashlee is expected to have total control over the system and the play-calling. Head coach Gus Malzahn used to call the offensive plays before giving up that control earlier this season.
Yurcich has served as the Cowboys’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach since 2013. He was a 2016 nominee for the Broyles Award, given to the nation’s top assistant.