Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee has recently grabbed the attention of other football programs around the country for potential head coaching positions. However, none of this comes as a surprise to Auburn coach Gus Malzahn.
“He’ll (Lashlee) be a head coach in the future,” Malzahn told reporters at a press conference Thursday for the Birmingham Bowl. “He’s got everything it takes to do that.”
Malzahn also indicated that he expects Lashlee’s name to come up in head coach discussions every year and that has certainly been the case this season.
Earlier this week, Lashlee was reportedly linked to the Tulane head coach opening. There were also reports of Lashlee interviewing for the offensive coordinator position at Texas, but those reports were later refuted.
Malzahn and Lashlee have worked together in some capacity for eight of the last 11 seasons. This is Lashlee’s third season as the Auburn offensive coordinator. The Tigers struggled on offense this season falling to 96th nationally in total offense. But Auburn ranked 17th (2014) and 11th (2013) in Lashlee’s two previous seasons.
Auburn recently lost defensive coordinator Will Muschamp after one season, but Malzahn is reportedly zeroing in on a candidate to replace him. For now Lashlee is expected to return, but if the 32-year-old continues to draw interest, Malzahn may be on the hunt for another coordinator sooner rather than later.