Gus Malzahn takes Auburn offensive coordinator spot

by 7 on December 28, 2008

Tulsa’s Gus Malzahn, the man that called plays for one of the country’s most explosive offenses, is leaving for Auburn.

Malzahn, who held similar roles at Tulsa and Arkansas over the past three seasons, has accepted the offensive coordinator’s job at the Southeastern Conference school, it was announced on Sunday.

TU made a quick transition. Herb Hand has been elevated to the program’s full-time offensive coordinator, a duty he shared with Malzahn. It’s a job that Hand was expected to take in 2006 when he moved to Tulsa from West Virginia to join incoming coach Todd Graham’s staff. When Malzahn joined the program, both were named co-offensive coordinators.

One thing is certain, our offense will remain the same as it has been in my entire head coaching career, as a no-huddle spread offense, said Graham. We feel that we have in place one of the top offensive systems in the country and we will not miss a beat. We’ll look to continue our reign as one of the country’s most explosive offenses.

Herb has been a major contributor to our offensive success the last two years. His expertise and ability to understand what we’re doing is second to none, and we’re happy to have him assume sole duties as offensive coordinator. He has a tremendous amount of experience and success working with the spread offenses both at West Virginia and Tulsa. [read more]

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