Auburn Hiring Derek Mason As Defensive Coordinator, Mike Bobo As Offensive Coordinator

Bryan Harsin continues to assemble his new staff at Auburn. He has now added a defensive coordinator, offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.

We will start with the defensive play-caller. After multiple seasons with Kevin Steele, the Tigers have chosen to go in a different direction with former Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason. Matt Zenitz of was the first to break the news via Twitter.

Prior to his arrival in Nashville in 2014, Mason was a standout defensive coordinator at Stanford. His defenses from 2012-13 both ranked in the top 20 in total defense and right around the top 10 in scoring defense.

It isn’t just Mason who will be arriving on The Plains, however.

Auburn is also hiring South Carolina offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, as well as the Gamecocks’ offensive line coach Will Friend. Cole Cubelic of the SEC Network and co-host of 3-Man Front was one of the first to report that news.

Both coaches were expected to be on new head coach Shane Beamer’s staff in Columbia, but it looks like there has been a last-second change of plans. Considering the Board of Trustees at South Carolina just approved their contracts on Monday, the move might not go over well.

ESPN is also reporting that Boise State defensive coordinator Jeff Schmedding will also be joining Harsin in Auburn. He is expected to coach the linebackers with a potential co-defensive coordinator title.

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Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and


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