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Penn State Football: Herb Hand Hired At Auburn

by on January 11, 2016 3:15 PM

Update:

Early on Monday evening, Auburn football officially announced the hire.

“My family and I are extremely excited to join the Auburn football family and be a part of a program with such great tradition and history," Hand said in a statement. "We’re especially excited to rejoin Coach Malzahn and work with him again. It was an opportunity that was way too good for us to pass up. I want to thank Coach James Franklin and the Penn State football program for two great years and I wish them nothing but the best moving forward."

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn and Hand worked together at Tulsa in 2007 and 2008. Malzahn called the plays. Hand coached the offensive line.

"I'm excited to be teaming up with Coach Hand again after working together for two years at Tulsa where we were very successful offensively," Malzahn said. "He's a wonderful person and coach, and we’re glad to welcome him to Auburn."

Original Story:

Penn State offensive line coach Herb Hand, is headed toward a deal with Auburn according to the USA Today. The opening at Auburn was created Monday when offensive line coach J.B. Grimes accepted the job at Cincinnati, according to Al.com

Hand and Auburn coach Gus Malzahn worked together at Tulsa in 2007-08 and reportedly remain close friends. Hand's departure marks the third over the past several weeks for James Franklin and Penn State. John Donovan was relieved of his duties as offensive coordinator following Penn State's loss to Michigan State. Defensive coordinator Bob Shoop left the program for the same position at Tennessee this past weekend.

 



Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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