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In a stunner, Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee is leaving the Tigers to take the same position with University of Connecticut.

Lashlee started his career at Auburn as a graduate assistant before taking the offensive coordinator job at Samford and eventually Arkansas State.

He returned to the Tigers in 2013 before taking over play calling duties earlier this season, helping to turn Auburn’s year around in a late attempt at a College Football Playoff run.

Auburn has released a presser, per SEC Country:

“Rhett has been a valuable asset to our program, helping Auburn to a national championship as a graduate assistant and another national championship appearance in 2013,” head coach Gus Malzahn said in a statement on Wednesday night. “Our offenses have achieved great success and he has been a big part of that. This is a great opportunity for Rhett to implement and run his own offense. I’ve known Rhett for two decades and he’s a man of great character and integrity and this is another step towards his goal to become a head coach. I want to thank Rhett for all of his contributions and his friendship. I want to wish he and his wife Lauren all the best in this new endeavor.”

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