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Former Auburn OC Rhett Lashlee headed to SMU

by Brandon Marcello

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Former Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee is on the move again.

Lashlee is headed to SMU after one season at UConn, where he improved one of the nation's worst offenses (14.8 points per game) in 2016 to averaging 23.6 points in 2017.

Lashlee will serve as Sonny Dykes' offensive coordinator at SMU. Lashlee was Auburn's offensive coordinator under Gus Malzahn from 2013 through 2016. Lashlee, who played quarterback for Malzahn in high school, was a finalist for the Broyles Award in 2013. He left Auburn following the Allstate Sugar Bowl in January 2017 to join UConn as OC.

Lashlee's hiring at SMU was first reported by 247Sports.

Auburn's offense broke school and SEC records in 2013 and 2014 while the SEC champions in 2013 became the first team in conference history to lead the nation in rushing (328.3 yards per game).

Lashlee served as Malzahn's coordinator at Arkansas State in 2012 and was also the play caller at Samford in 2011.

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I was impressed with what he was able to do at UCONN. Hope his career continues to trend upward. 

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Interesting thought... is he going to be building his staff from scratch, and if so, does he take a shot at any of our assistants?

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23 hours ago, metafour said:

Read the article: he is making a lateral move to become SMU's OC.  He is not their HC.

And your point? OCs often are allowed to build their own staff.

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On 1/12/2018 at 3:17 PM, lionheartkc said:

And your point? OCs often are allowed to build their own staff.

He is coaching under Sonny Dykes, who is an offensive coach himself.  Guess who is going to be hiring the offensive staff? Not Lashlee, that is for certain.

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