Auburn’s Harsin hires Mike Bobo, Derek Mason as coordinators


AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn’s Bryan Harsin employed former head coaches as his coordinators on Thursday, bringing in Mike Bobo to run the offense and Derek Mason to steer the protection.

The brand new Tigers coach, beforehand the coach at Boise State, first introduced he had employed his former Mountain West Convention counterpart Bobo. The hiring of Mason, a former Vanderbilt coach, was introduced hours later.

Bobo was South Carolina’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach final season after 5 years because the coach at Colorado State. He additionally performed quarterback for Georgia, the place he was offensive coordinator from 2007-14.

”I’ve wished to work with Mike now for fairly a while as he enhances the numerous issues we wish to do with our offense,” Harsin stated. ”We’re going to be very versatile in what we do and Mike’s offensive background speaks for itself.

”I am actually excited to mix forces with Mike as we create the Auburn offense, a high-powered, attacking and bodily unit that can come at you in some ways.”

Bobo led Colorado State to bowl video games in every of his first three seasons. His 2017 crew set the college document for whole yards per sport.

Bobo went 28-35 general and 20-20 within the Mountain West.

Vanderbilt fired Mason after dropping the primary eight video games of his seventh season in 2020. He was simply the second coach to steer the Commodores to a number of bowl appearances.

”Derek Mason is among the greatest defensive minds in school soccer and his observe document speaks for itself,” Harsin stated. ”I’ve at all times admired his means to arrange his defenses and his method with gamers on and off the sphere is excellent.

”Having expertise as a head coach within the Southeastern Convention is invaluable and he’ll carry lots to our program.”

The architect of Stanford’s 3-4 protection, Mason spent 4 seasons with the Cardinal and was elevated to defensive coordinator in 2011.

The 2013 Stanford protection ranked third nationally in dashing protection, tenth in scoring protection and sixteenth in whole protection. Mason was a finalist for the 2012 Broyles Award, given yearly to the nation’s prime assistant coach.

That 2012 Stanford crew set a faculty document with 57 sacks and led the Pac-12 in scoring protection, whole protection and dashing protection.

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