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December 15, 2012

UPDATED: Prominent S.C. high school coach tweets he will not join Auburn’s staff

AUBURN, Ala. — Bobby Bentley was rumored to be potentially on his way to join Auburn’s staff, but the famed South Carolina high school coach and administrator took it upon himself to let others know he was staying put.

After a South Carolina radio network reported Bentley confirmed an offer from Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn, Bentley, a four-time state champion at Byrnes (S.C), tweeted Saturday afternoon, “I am committed to District 5 and Byrnes High School. I have not taken a job at any other school and will be coaching at Byrnes High School.”

The report from earlier Saturday …

Although it’s not immediately clear in what capacity, a successful South Carolina high school football coach, Bobby Bentley, could soon be joining the Auburn staff to help with the Tigers’ quarterbacks.

Sports Talk Radio Network in South Carolina reported Bentley confirmed he had received an offer from Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn to help with quarterbacks, but the actual role was not disclosed. Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee has not officially been declared the quarterbacks coach – a role which Scot Loeffler double-dipped as 2012 offensive coordinator.

Auburn’s quarterbacks – Kiehl Frazier, Clint Moseley and Jonathan Wallace – had a passer rating of 117.21 last season, ranked 98th out of 124 FBS squads.

Adam Stewart served as Auburn’s offensive quality control coach last season. The Tigers’ support staff has not been publicly addressed, with the exception of new strength and conditioning director Ryan Russell.

FootballScoop.com and AL.com have sourced Auburn’s interest in Bentley, without much further information.

Bentley won four consecutive AAAA Division II state championships at Byrnes HS in Duncan, S.C. from 2002-05. He was named Nike National H.S. Coach of the Year in 2005.

Bentley has logged two years of collegiate coaching experience, as Presbyterian (S.C.) head coach from 2007-08 while his alma mater was transitioning from Division II to the FCS ranks. He then returned to Byrnes to take over as offensive coordinator and serve as a district athletic director.

Malzahn spoke previously about considering candidates who have shown success at the high school level to join his staff – primarily because Malzahn himself cut his teeth at the prep level from 1991-2005.

Bentley graduated from Presbyterian in 1990.

3 Comments

  1. …What is this I don’t even? Aaron, any idea on this one? Seems waaaaay out in left field.

    Comment by AUEE13 — December 15, 2012 @ 3:03 pm

  2. Bentley created the Byrnes machine a decade ago. They have been the dominate program in the state for 10 years as well as one of the top programs nationally. He knows football and could recruit SC very well. This would be a good move.

    Comment by SC Tiger — December 15, 2012 @ 5:01 pm

  3. I think it could be a good move but multiple sources have said he didn’t have an offer.

    Comment by CHB — December 15, 2012 @ 7:21 pm

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