Published: Fri, January 13, 2017
USA | By Cassandra Hanson

UConn Football Hires Rhett Lashlee for Offensive Coordinator

It's a sentiment in line with the decision Malzahn made early last season, when he ceded play-calling duties to Lashlee full-time after the team's 1-2 start and felt he needed to take a more hands-off approach to the offense while focusing on being a head coach. In his 10 games calling the plays for Auburn this season (injuries to quarterback Sean White and running back Kamryn Pettway included), the Tigers averaged 463.3 yards and 32.6 points per game.

Lashlee joined Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly Thursday afternoon - a radio program based in the assistant's home state of Arkansas - to discuss leaving Auburn for the same position at UConn where he be taking a substantial pay cut ($250,000).

Lashlee, a standout high school quarterback (under Malzahn at Shiloh Christian School in Springdale, Ark.), is married to Lauren. Getting a proven offensive coordinator that is very strong in the up-tempo spread attack in Lashlee is a slam dunk hire for Edsall and the UConn program.

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Could there have been friction between Malzahn and Lashlee in 2016? As an experienced and successful quarterbacks coach, Lashlee will be able to help UConn at its most dire need since the departure of Dan Orlovsky and should provide a boon to recruiting for the offense as well. In 2016, Auburn was 49th in scoring offense (31.2 ppg) and 43rd in total offense (440.8) in going 8-5.

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn stated, "This is a great opportunity for Rhett to implement and run his own offense". I want to thank Rhett for all of his contributions and his friendship. He earned an undergraduate degree from Arkansas in 2006 and a master's in higher education from Auburn in 2009. One thing does seem apparent, according to a report by ESPN on Thursday morning: Auburn's next offensive coordinator will have free rein with the offense. The couple has four children: twin boys Thomas and Hudson, and twin daughters Rowyn and Scarlet.

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