Gene Chizik looks to capture some of that ol’ Tebow magic… by hiring Steve Addazio’s offensive coordinator.
Auburn has announced that it has hired awayTemple offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler. Loeffler spent five seasons as the Michigan quarterback coach and also has stints with the Detroit Lions and Central Michigan, but is best known for having served as Florida’s quarterbacks coach for two seasons–including their 2009 undefeated regular season with Tim Tebow.
Jerry Hinnen tries to get inside Chizik’s head a little bit to figure the move out…
… Between Loeffler’s track record of quarterback coaching, his effective 2011 run-scheming, and an age and energy level that should play well on the recruiting trail, it’s easy to see why Chizik would be interested. (That Loeffler may be able to install some of Urban Meyer’s spread concepts along with his bread-and-butter pro-style running attack could help ease the transition from Malzahn’s spread philosophy.)
… but in the end can’t call it any more than a huge gamble.
As for Loeffler’s track record of quarterback coaching, all I can leave you with is my last word on the matter from June of 2009: “We’ll see how it plays out in 2010 when the post-GPOOE™ rubber meets the road.”