Monday, December 3, 2018

Former Auburn OC Chip Lindsey expected to be hired by KU

FILE — Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham with offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey in the second half of Auburn A-Day NCAA college football game on Saturday, April 8, 2017 in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Todd J. Van Emst)

FILE — Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham with offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey in the second half of Auburn A-Day NCAA college football game on Saturday, April 8, 2017 in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Todd J. Van Emst)


Ten days after the Kansas football season’s conclusion, a coordinator for new head coach Les Miles’ staff emerged.

In a day full of escalating smoke connecting the name Chip Lindsey with KU football,’s Auburn football reporter, Matt Zenitz, reported Monday afternoon that sources told him the former Auburn offensive coordinator is expected to be hired by Miles at KU.

A source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to the Journal-World that Lindsey is presumed to become KU's new OC.

Jeff Long, first-year athletic director at Kansas, declined to comment, and Miles doesn’t plan to field questions on any subject until his entire coaching staff is in place.

As of Monday afternoon, defensive backs coach Chevis Jackson was the only hire announced by KU.

Lindsey, the offensive coordinator at Auburn the past two seasons, first flew onto the public KU football radar Monday morning, when, during an Alabama-based radio show called “The Game Plan with Lance Griffin” on WOOF, former Auburn head coach Pat Dye mentioned the possibility of Lindsey heading to KU.

By the afternoon, reported Lindsey was out as Auburn’s offensive coordinator and that he was expected to land another job in the near future.

Bruce Feldman, national reporter for both FOX Sports and The Athletic, then tweeted a little before 3 p.m. that he heard Lindsey was “in discussions” to become the Jayhawks’ offensive coordinator on Miles’ first KU staff.

Within minutes came Zenitz’s tweet that Miles was expected to hire Lindsey, who had reportedly also interviewed for the offensive coordinator position at Tennessee.

During KU’s 3-9 2018 season, former head coach David Beaty doubled as offensive coordinator after firing Doug Meacham during KU’s bye week in October.

Prior to coaching quarterbacks and overseeing Auburn’s offense the past two seasons, Lindsey held the same jobs at Arizona State in 2016. He also was offensive coordinator at Southern Miss from 2014-15.

Lindsey’s first big break in the profession came after he worked as an offensive analyst for Auburn in 2013, when the Tigers won the SEC title and the BCS National Championship.

Riding that momentum, Lindsey became the OC at Southern Miss, where he coached Conference USA’s 2015 Offensive Player of the Year, quarterback Nick Mullens, who passed for 4,145 yards and 36 touchdowns.

In 2017, when Lindsey returned to Auburn, the Tigers became just the eighth team in SEC history to rush and pass for 3,000 yards in a season, ranked 26th nationally in total offense and set an Auburn scoring record, with 327 points in SEC play, winning the SEC West.

The Tigers went 10-4 in 2017 and are 7-5 in 2018. This season Auburn ranked 11th in the SEC in total offense (373.6 yards a game) and averaged 28.3 points per game.

All-SEC quarterback Jarrett Stidham, the second Auburn QB ever to throw for 3,000 yards in a season, led the SEC and ranked ninth nationally in completion percentage. Running back Kerryon Johnson was SEC Offensive Player of the Year, and Ryan Davis set an Auburn receiving record with 84 catches.

Troy gave Lindsey his first college coaching job in 2010, when he oversaw the team’s quarterbacks. He also spent several seasons as a high school coach, primarily in Alabama, but also in Georgia.

In his college days, Lindsey played football at the University of North Alabama before transferring as a student to Alabama, where he received his bachelor’s degree in history and English in 1997. He earned a master’s in educational leadership from the University of Phoenix in 2005.

Originally from Madison, Ala., Lindsey graduated from Bob Jones High School, where he was a three-sport letterman.


Waylon Cook 4 years ago

Great get. Guess who was the problem for Auburn. Hint: His wife is crazy.

[''] 4 years ago

Uhhhh...really? This is the best OC he could get? "Lindsay's departure comes on the heels of the worst season in Auburn history under Gus Malzahn's. The Tigers finished 11th in the SEC in total offense (373.6 yards per game) and yards per play (5.47), and 10th in scoring offense (28.3 points per game). The offense, which is designed to create big plays, finished 114th in the nation in plays of 20 or more yards (45)." Wow

[''] 4 years ago

And for that he was paid $800K. Are we paying him that or more?

Brent Shipley 4 years ago

How about check the year before? Or idk read the rest of the article that you copy and paste from that talks about how bad their O-line was and that has a lot to do with it as well.

If Les thinks this guy can run the O like he did in 2017 then maybe he hit a home run. If you are curious that would be....

33.86 451.64

Gerry Butler 4 years ago

No Brent this is Mr Sunshine that you replied to his comment on. - -he is always a ray of sunshine - -no matter what it takes he will try and turn a good thing and turn things around - so glad he is here. - -I'm lie you Brent I think this would be a very sold get - Miles if this happens is well on his way to what could be a salty group. - -let's all remember what this offense brought us in years past with the powerful output we put up - the total yardage we put up. - -remind me how many 3 & outs we have seen? give me a break - - 451.64 yardage - -and people wanna sniffle holy crap. - - ROCK CHALK AL DAY LONG BABY

Brent Shipley 4 years ago

Oh I know Gerry. Just dont understand people. I mean bitch away but at least read the article about the guy instead of taking less than a paragraph and copy and pasting.


Gerry Butler 4 years ago

Exactly buddy - if this does end up real - -then very solid get I like the ways this staff is starting out to shape up - -ROCK CHALK AL DAY LONG BABY

Gerry Butler 4 years ago

ROFLMAO -- na I think I'll pass - but thanks anyways , and thanks for stopping by - -greatly appreciated. - -have a great day - -ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY

[''] 4 years ago

Relax Francis. Take your meds dude...try decaf and snort less coke

Gerry Butler 4 years ago

well HEY " DUDE LMAO - whz up DUDDETTE ? - -nice choice of words lmao " - -thanks for the feeble attempt lol - -I drink Diet Coke though - -thanks once again but yes I do believe it has some Caffine - -but it's ok - -again thanks for stopping by7. - -ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY

[''] 4 years ago

Wow are you having a stroke? Nice spelling & grammatical errors. Hope you can finally graduate 4th grade next year. Hang in there buddy!

David Kemp 4 years ago

Even on a down year his offense scored more points than any ku team since 2009

Son Mac 4 years ago

Reportedly Malzahn wouldn't keep his fingers out of Lindsey's offense and Lindsey felt it was time to move on.

Doug Longstaff 4 years ago

His offense was 12th in the nation in total offense in 2015, and 26th in 2017 when Auburn won the SEC west.

This is a very solid hire.

Joe Ross 4 years ago

Chip Lindsey was being heavily considered by the University of Tennessee. Sometimes in situations like Lindsey's, the performance of the offense is not a 1:1 proportion to the ability of the coach. For one thing, Malzahn is a notorious micromanager, particularly as it relates to tinkering with the offense. Hard to know to what extent Lindsey owns responsibility, but no one questions his ability to coach.

Joe Ross 4 years ago

...and has anyone considered that name recognition in the south for an SEC OC carries weight with recruiting? His hometown is Madison, Alabama. His alma mater is Alabama University. I mean we got Louisiana covered with Miles and, potentially, Tony Hull. I've heard good things about Lindsey's recruiting. If he's as good as advertised, we potentially add Alabama to the column of states we will recruit in. Presumably he knows the state.

Brett McCabe 4 years ago

The new DB coach also hails from Alabama. Not surprisingly, Miles is going to what he knows - guys from the SEC. I think that the SEC has such a high profile in football, that these types of hires will impact recruiting - heavily.

Jonathan Allison 4 years ago

this guy doesn't stay in one place very long. Hard to really rate his performance when he's only in a job for two years max.

It does sound like he was on his way out at Auburn, but it also sounds like Miles must have wanted him enough to strike fast for fear of losing him to Tennessee.

My initial reaction was that if we're going to poach an SEC offensive coordinator, that there might be some kind of discussion about him possibly being a head coach in waiting. Probably not likely however, because aside from being successful at Kansas he'd also have to stay around for longer than 2 years.

Joe Ross 4 years ago

BTW, my money is on Jim Leavitt to replace Snyder at Kansas State.

In fact, if the question was Leavitt or the field to replace Snyder, I'd put money on Leavitt.

Al Martin 4 years ago

He's a good coach, and obviously he's a fit in their culture. I would think you're right, and it would be a smart hire for them.

Dane Pratt 4 years ago

Bill wanted his son to take over but since they basically shoved the most important person in the history of their program out the door I guess Sean will not be taking over for the old man.

Brent Shipley 4 years ago

Honestly his son hasn't proven he can coach. That's my biggest thing with that is sure the dude is a legend but that doesn't give him the right to say I retire and this has to be your coach. The university has to do whats best for them.

Then again as a KU fan hire his son who has 0 experience even has a coordinator. The guy is a special teams coach. His dad didn't even make him a coordinator so why should the university make him the head coach?

[''] 4 years ago

Exactly. Nailed it! Every word of this is spot on. I respect Snyder possibly more than any other coach ever but...he needs to get over himself regarding all of this. Hell his son might not get another Special Teams coach job elsewhere let alone the KSU HC post.

Dane Pratt 4 years ago

He doesn't have the right to dictate who the next coach is, but as the only coach in the history of the program that matters, he has the right to have a say in who that person is.

I'm hoping it is Sean, only because he is the least qualified.

Dane Pratt 4 years ago

Joe you are probably right. Leavitt is a known quantity and he wants the job but Seth Littrell is the name getting tossed around the most.

Whoever they hire, they are never going back to their old ways. I'm hoping the next coach works out like Bills last replacement.

Steve Grimm 4 years ago

Holy Cow, people... Do I detect a lukewarm reception for the (presumably) new OC who successfully led an SEC powerhouse offense for the past few years? Like KU should do better? Per CBSSports comment: "Kansas is one of the most difficult Power Five jobs in the country...that's been an annual embarrassment."

In all reality, I expected the best JLong could do was to rustle up a bunch of wannabee's looking to get a DIV I on their resume.

Who cares if the OC (or any of the assistant coaches) may only stay for a short time? If they are successful & established coaches on the biggest stage who can help create a culture of what it takes to win, then they will have done their good deed even if they are not around to see it to fruition.

Al Martin 4 years ago

Exactly. I'm inclined to rely on Coach Miles' judgment here. Now let's see some recruits!

Joe Ross 4 years ago

Exactly, Steve!

We are Kansas. NOT the Kansas City Chiefs.

It may be news to some that the best OC's in the biz may have obligations to other schools or other personal reasons for not wanting to come to Kansas. INCLUDING the fact that it's a professional risk.

Lindsey is absolutely SOLID, so to see this reaction really just lets me know how spoiled and/or desperate Kansas football fans really are.

Heya fans: BUY KANSAS FOOTBALL TICKETS and judge Chip Lindsey up close, if you're concerned about the hire. Judge for yourselves.

Dane Griffith 4 years ago

Gus would not keep his hands off of the offense. Gus runs an offense that relies on the read option. He has not had a QB since Nick Marshall who could run (especially run) and throw a little. With Jeremy Johnson, Sean White and Jarrett Stidham, you had throwers and not runners so you played 10 on 11 each play because "Gus" constantly states "We are a running team". Kansas had a better offensive line than Auburn had this year. Chip is a fantastic hire and a very good recruiter. Trust me when I tell you we saw nothing of his offense in Auburn.

Dirk Medema 4 years ago

I can understand the concern about a coach leaving after being successful because that is part of the big picture cycle we're trying to break. Obviously, we have not faced that scenario in the past 20 years (we instead fired our only successful coach), but that historically has been our problem.

That being said I'm less concerned about it being a problem in this instance because there seems to be other factors. Southern Miss is a stepping stone program and ASU went through an entire coaching change.

I was a little concerned about reported problems between him and Gus, who has been considered an O wizard. Less so after reading the comments.

Sounds like he has a dynamic mix of run and pass.

With Les being more (older), maybe inheriting the program once it becomes established and successful is part of what keeps him around.

Dirk Medema 4 years ago

Part of the discussion nationally when A&M joined the sec was that the rest of the sec liked it because it allegedly opened TX recruiting to the other schools.

Sounds like a great idea if we can reciprocate and bring more of the sec recruits this way. There's plenty to go around.

Brett McCabe 4 years ago

Might get us back in the Legendre sweepstakes, assuming Hull stays on.

Would still like to see Everett Withers considered for DC. Successful as a DC, great Texas ties. A strong recruiter.

[''] 4 years ago

Go get David Gibbs from Tx Tech as DC. Great TX ties and a much better DC.

Caleb Loong 4 years ago

With former ADs this would sound more like a new head coach hire.

Doug Wallace 4 years ago

Getting a big dose of SEC Football are we?

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