Auburn has its next offensive coordinator.
The Tigers have hired Arizona State’s Chip Lindsey to replace former offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, the school announced on Saturday. ESPN’s Brett McMurphy was the first to report the news.
“I’m excited to welcome Chip Lindsey to the Auburn family,” coach Gus Malzahn said in a statement. “I have the utmost confidence in his ability to lead our offense, and his strength in developing quarterbacks makes him the perfect fit. Chip is a man of integrity and character who will fit well within our staff. He has great knowledge and enthusiasm for the game and is a rising star in this profession.”
Lindsey served as an offensive analyst at Auburn in 2013 under coach Gus Malzahn during the Tigers’ national championship run. After the season, he left to become Southern Miss’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Like Malzahn, Lindsey also started his coaching career in the high school ranks, though at multiple Alabama schools.
Lindsey was in his first season with Arizona State after a two-year stint with the Golden Eagles. He helped lead the Sun Devils to a 5-7 (2-7 Pac-12) record while Arizona State ranked as the Pac-12’s No. 9 total offense, averaging 390.8 yards per game.
The Sun Devils averaged 33.3 points per game (No. 6 in the Pac-12), and placed as the conference’s No. 10 rushing offense (131.5 yards per game) and No. 6 passing offense (259.3 ypg).
“My family and I are very excited to return to Auburn and our home state,” Lindsey said. “Both are very special places to us. I looking forward to reuniting with Coach Malzahn and his staff. They are great coaches and great people. I look forward to being part of something special and helping Auburn win championships.”
Lindsey will replace Lashlee, who left to assume the same position at UConn after four seasons with the Tigers.