The Noel Mazzone-to-Auburn rumors appear to be dead about as soon as they got started.
Earlier Thursday, 247Sports Travis Haney reported that Mazzone was “in the mix” for the Auburn offensive coordinator position vacated by Rhett Lashlee. But according to Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle, Mazzone will not leave for Auburn.
Noel Mazzone isn't leaving his job as Texas A&M offensive coordinator for same job at Auburn, insider tells @HoustonChron.
— Brent Zwerneman (@BrentZwerneman) January 19, 2017
Football Scoop also confirmed that a source within Texas A&M did not believe Mazzone to be a candidate.
Source at A&M told us he wasn’t a candidate. https://t.co/w2gFBC1Ntj
— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) January 19, 2017
Mazzone has a history with Auburn, as he served as its offensive coordinator from 1999-2001. After he left Auburn, Mazzone coached at Oregon State, N.C. State and Ole Miss before jumping to the NFL with the Jets in 2006. Since leaving the NFL, Mazzone had served as an offensive coordinator at Arizona State and UCLA before being hired prior to the 2016 at Texas A&M.
Texas A&M had a successful year under Mazzone, putting up 467 yards per game and 34.8 points per game, ranking 24th and 34th nationally, respectively.
Auburn has found itself in a precarious situation looking for an offensive coordinator late in the recruiting cycle after Lashlee unexpectedly left for the same job at UConn. It doesn’t look like Auburn has a clear No. 1 candidate with both Mazzone and Oklahoma State’s Mike Yurcich being reportedly uninterested.
Regardless, Haney’s initial report indicated that a hire is “expected” by the end of the week. Arizona State’s Chip Lindsey could be a possibility.
This story will be updated as more becomes available.