Grimes Staying With The Tigers

Auburn offensive line coach Jeff Grimes is staying with the Tigers after listening to an offer from Texas.

Auburn, Ala.--After interviewing with the Texas Longhorns for their vacant offensive line coaching position, Jeff Grimes has decided to stay at Auburn coach Gene Chizik announced on Sunday.

Blending four veterans and a newcomer each of the last two seasons into top offensive line groups, Grimes has been one of the key reasons why the Tigers have broken the school record for points and total yardage in both 2009 and 2010 on offense. He said that success is important but more than that his feelings for Auburn made him want to stay on the Plains.

"The University of Texas has a great football program and I have a tremendous amount of respect for Mack Brown," Grimes said. "As a Texas native, the position was very enticing, however, I have decided to remain at Auburn.

"My family and I love being a part of the Auburn family, the Auburn community and this football program. It is a very special place to us, and I'm excited to help Coach Chizik continue to build upon the success that we've already achieved in our first two seasons."

Under Grimes' tutelage, Auburn's offensive line had three All-SEC picks in 2010, including tackle Lee Ziemba, who was a first-team All-American and the Jacobs Blocking Trophy winner as the SEC's top lineman. Chizik said it's another big step for Auburn to keep Grimes and the entire coaching staff together for another year.

"Jeff is a tremendous coach and has played an important role in our record-setting offensive the last two seasons," Chizik said. "He is a very good teacher and role model for our young men, and Auburn is a very special place to Jeff and his family.

"We're pleased to move forward with a coaching staff that will remain intact for a third straight year. Our staff retention was a huge factor in our National Championship run and will be important as we prepare for 2011 season."

Auburn's offensive line was third in the SEC in fewest sacks allowed per game in 2010, while the offense ranked in the top 10 nationally in rushing offense, scoring offense and total offense.

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