AUBURN, Ala. — The final bill on Auburn’s 2012 coaching dismissals continues to drop.
Last fall’s offensive coordinator, Scot Loeffler, has been hired to the same position at Virginia Tech, according to CBSSports.com’s Bruce Feldman. He would be the third assistant from the Tigers’ jettisoned head coach Gene Chizik’s staff to land a job elsewhere, which as dictated by their 2012 contracts will decrease buyouts paid out by Auburn University.
Linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen and secondary coach Willie Martinez have joined the defensive staff at Tennessee, and their 2013 salaries combine for $625,000 according to a Knoxville News Sentinel report. Since Loeffler’s annual Auburn paycheck was $500,000, a similar salary from Virginia Tech would push Auburn’s mitigated dollar figure over the $1 million mark.
There’s been talk Loeffler was interested in bringing last fall’s colleague, offensive line coach Jeff Grimes, with him to Blacksburg, which would further add to the recouped financial payouts from last year’s staff. The gross payout to Chizik and his nine 2012 assistants began at $11.09 million.
Previously the playcaller at Temple, and a QBs coach at Florida, Michigan, Central Michigan and the Detroit Lions, Loeffler was at Auburn for just one year, overseeing the nation’s 118th-rated total offense in a switch from spread to pro-style attack. Virginia Tech ranked 83rd in the country under 11th-year offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring.