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Auburn set to hire new offensive line coach?

Herb Hand

Auburn offensive line coach J.B. Grimes took the same job at Cincinnati on Monday morning, and it appears as if Penn State offensive line coach Herb Hand is going to replace him.

A report from USA Today early Monday afternoon has Hand — who formerly was the o-line coach at Vanderbilt — headed to the Plains.

Interestingly, while Hand’s lines at Vandy were considered overachieving, his lines at Penn State may have underperformed. Penn State allowed 39 sacks this season, one season after surrendering 44.

Grimes — who is the fourth assistant to leave the Tigers this offseason — just finished his third season at Auburn; Hand just finished his second at Penn State. Hand also has worked at Tulsa and West Virginia.

Hand would be the second Penn State assistant in the past few days to leave for an SEC school. Defensive coordinator Bob Shoop was hired for the same job at Tennessee over the weekend.

(Feature photo COURTESY OF PENN STATE UNIVERSITY)

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