Auburn is planning to hire Mike Bobo as its offensive coordinator and Will Friend as its offensive line coach, sources told FootballScoop on Thursday.
Bobo had been at South Carolina, first joining Will Muschamp’s staff and then remaining on Shane Beamer’s new staff, until now.
Friend was Tennessee’s coach for the past three seasons and left to join Bobo at South Carolina, but will now leave to join the new staff at Auburn.
Bobo and Friend could be responsible for their buyouts at South Carolina, assuming their contracts were signed and South Carolina chooses to enforce the clause. Their departures means Beamer will need to find a new coordinator and line coach for his offense.
In his one season running South Carolina’s offense, Bobo’s Gamecocks ranked 10th in the SEC in scoring and yards per play. He is best known in the SEC for his 14-year run on Mark Richt’s Georgia staff, the final eight as offensive coordinator. His last offense at Georgia led the SEC in scoring and yards per play.
Friend worked under Bobo at Georgia and Colorado State, as his line coach at Georgia and his coordinator at Colorado State, from 2011-17. He spent 2007-10 as the offensive line coach at UAB and also coached previously at West Alabama and Tuscaloosa Central High School.
Additionally, sources tell FootballScoop that Brad Bedell will join Harsin as Auburn’s tight ends coach. He is currently the offensive line coach and run game coordinator at Boise State. Bedell spent the past four seasons at Boise and has previous experience at Colorado, Northern Colorado, Baylor, Texas State and Arkansas State.
Harsin is also pursuing an SEC veteran in former Vanderbilt defensive coordinator Derek Mason to be his defensive coordinator on the Plains.
As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest.
Update: ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg tweets that Boise State defensive coordinator Jeff Schmedding will join the staff as co-defensive coordinator.
Sources: #Auburn will hire #BoiseState defensive coordinator Jeff Schmedding, who has worked under Harsin the past two seasons, to coach linebackers. Schmedding also likely will be the team's co-defensive coordinator. https://t.co/OuJEdt4N6E
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) January 7, 2021