Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee has spoken out about his decision to leave Auburn.
The surprising development that he would take the same position with UConn was revealed late Wednesday night. Shortly after, his explanation was published in a short piece by Jeff Shearer of AuburnTigers.com.
“It’s probably one of the hardest decisions I’ve made, definitely in my professional career,” Lashlee told Shearer. “Auburn’s very dear to us. I’ve spent a total of six years here, two different times. All four of our kids were born here. We just love everything about Auburn. The Auburn family is always going to be very dear to us and a part of us.
“The opportunity to work for Randy Edsall, who has had success at a high level and success at UConn, and just have the opportunity to run the offense, and that’s something he’s given me to do. I’m grateful for that.
“I’m obviously very close with coach (Gus) Malzahn. Our relationship will always be good. He’s been very supportive. I’m very appreciative to him for the opportunity he gave me at Auburn.”
SEC Network’s Cole Cubelic also shared information from a conversation with Lashlee:
Spoke to @rhettlashlee tonight. Told me while he loves Auburn he wanted the opportunity to run his own offense & further develop as a coach.
— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) January 12, 2017
Lashlee helped an Auburn offense that finished first in the SEC in rushing (271.31 yards per game) and sixth in scoring (31.2 points per game) this season. However, the Tigers were last in the conference in passing, averaging just 169.5 yards per game.
Auburn finished 8-5 and lost to Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl.