Mark Helfrich has developed a reputation as being one of the top offensive minds in the country. And with the opening at Auburn for an offensive coordinator, he figures to be an attractive candidate.
However, it seems unlikely that Helfrich will be joining Gus Malzahn and company at Auburn. That’s according to Al.com‘s James Crepea.
Per Crepea’s sources Helfrich would like to become a head coach again. The former Oregon head coach went 37-16 in his four years at Oregon before being fired at the end of the 2016 season. Because of his desire to become a head coach, Helfrich is “highly unlikely” to become Auburn’s offensive coordinator if offered.
Message board posts swirled on Friday that Helfrich had been in Auburn, but there have been no confirmed reports of his sighting. Helfrich has never coached in the SEC.
Helfrich was also given a $11.6 million buyout from Oregon. Crepea also reports that a source said that Malzahn may look for a more experienced coach that he does not have ties to. Chip Lindsey, a Malzahn disciple and current Arizona State offensive coordinator, has been linked to the opening.
Both Art and Kendal Briles have also been ruled out for the job. Jake Spavital had also been linked to the job but he took the offensive coordinator opening at West Virginia, according to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 14, 2017
Rhett Lashlee had been Auburn’s offensive coordinator since 2013 but he left to take the same job at Connecticut earlier this week.