Auburn, Ala.--It could become official as early as Monday, but veteran offensive line coach J.B. Grimes is expected to make the move from Auburn to Cincinnati. After meeting with Coach Tommy Tuberville over the weekend and new offensive coordinator Zac Taylor on Monday he's expected to get the job in a move that would put him on the same staff as his son with the Bearcats.
A longtime offensive line coach that spent the last three seasons at Auburn, Grimes was part of a coaching staff that helped the Tigers win the Southeastern Conference and play for the national championship in 2013. Averaging 39.5 points and 328.3 rushing yards per game, Auburn was one of the most prolific rushing teams in the country thanks in large part to the play of Greg Robinson, Reese Dismukes and the offensive line. A first round draft choice by the Rams at left tackle, Robinson was a dominant force as he helped Tre Mason rush for 1,816 yards and 23 touchdowns while Rimington finalist Dismukes helped pave the way for Nick Marshall to put up huge numbers.
In 2014, Dismukes was the 2014 Rimington Trophy winner and a consensus All-American and will be selected in the 2014 NFL Draft. Braden Smith was a Freshman All-SEC selection.
The offensive line helped the Tigers lead the SEC in third-down conversion percentage (.525) and team passing efficiency (156.79) while the Tigers were second in team rushing (255.5), total offense (485.0) and yards per completion (14.35). Cameron Artis-Payne led the SEC in rushing at 123.7 yards per game and joined Tre Mason, Bo Jackson, Rudi Johnson and Cam Newton as the only rushers in Auburn history to post a 1,400-yard season.
Last season Auburn's offense sputtered by Smith again earned All-SEC honors, this time playing the right guard position.
Grimes has also coached at Arkansas State, Mississippi State, Kansas, Virginia Tech and Arkansas among his other stops in his over 30 year career.