Auburn wasted no time finding its next offensive line coach.
The Tigers hired Penn State offensive line coach Herb Hand to the same position, the university announced Monday. Former offensive line coach J.B. Grimes accepted an offer to become Cincinnati’s offensive line coach Monday.
“My family and I are extremely excited to join the Auburn football family and be a part of a program with such great tradition and history,” Hand said in a press release. “We’re especially excited to rejoin Coach Malzahn and work with him again. It was an opportunity that was way too good for us to pass up. I want to thank Coach James Franklin and the Penn State football program for two great years and I wish them nothing but the best moving forward.”
Hand and Auburn coach Gus Malzahn have a history together dating back nine years. The two were co-offensive coordinators for the No. 1-ranked Tulsa offense in 2007 and 2008.
Hand has been the Penn State offensive line coach since 2014 and prior to that stint served in the same role with Vanderbilt (2010-2013). He was the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at West Virginia from 2001-2006 before coaching at Tulsa.
“I’m excited to be teaming up with Coach Hand again after working together for two years at Tulsa where we were very successful offensively,” Malzahn said. “He’s a wonderful person and coach, and we’re glad to welcome him to Auburn.”