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Grimes To Stay At Auburn After Texas Interview

Auburn offensive line coach Jeff Grimes will be staying on The Plains and not heading to Texas.  Grimes interviewed with Mack Brown last week, but decided to stay at AU.  Gene Chizik says he expects to have the same coaching staff in 2011 that the led in 2010.

According to — the Rivals site that covers Texas — the Longhorns search is still ongoing.  If that’s the case, then Grimes truly pulled his name out of the running.  That or he and Brown really didn’t hit it off.  Usually when coach walks away from a school after an interview it’s because someone else is about to land the job.

For Auburn, this is a coup.  The Tigers — at least for now — look like they’ll hang on to all of their coaches.  Stock in Grimes and offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn is currently at its zenith.  And 2011 figures to be a step back for the Tigers who lose Cam Newton, four O-lineman and many members of their BCS champion defense.  In other words, the time to move is now. 

But no one’s moving. 

That tells us Auburn is making life pretty good for these guys.  It also tells us that they completely believe in Chizik’s plans for the future.

It might tell us one other thing — that folks on The Plains aren’t expecting the NCAA to ever come up with any evidence of wrongdoing.  No rats are jumping ship.  As far as AU’s coaches are concerned, it looks like they believe all the rumors about Newton bombshells yet to detonate are just that — rumors.

Either way, it’s great news for Auburn.  Losing players is bad enough.  Losing coaches would have made matters worse.

Sidenote — once again tosses out the name of Arkansas’ offensive line coach Chris Klenakis in association with the Texas job.  Georgia’s Stacy Searels of Georgia is also mentioned as a possibility in Austin.




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