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Auburn Tigers hire former South Carolina Gamecocks offensive coordinator Mike Bobo

Auburn Tigers hire former South Carolina Gamecocks offensive coordinator Mike Bobo

South Carolina offensive coordinator Mike Bobo has agreed to accept the same position at Auburn, the team announced Thursday.

Auburn is also hiring South Carolina offensive line coach Will Friend, sources told ESPN.

On Monday, the South Carolina Board of Trustees approved contracts for Bobo and Friend, who were hired to be a part of new Gamecocks coach Shane Beamer’s staff. Bobo was set to receive a two-year deal that would have paid him $1.2 million per season; Friend, who coached at Tennessee last year, would have received a two-year contract that paid $700,000 annually. It is unclear whether they signed the contracts.

Bobo and Friend are joining new Auburn coach Bryan Harsin’s staff. Harsin replaced Gus Malzahn, who was fired last month after eight seasons with the Tigers. The 44-year-old Harsin was 69-19 with three Mountain West titles in seven seasons at Boise State, his alma mater.

“I have a great amount of respect for Coach Harsin, both as a coach and as a person,” Bobo said in a statement. “I competed against him for five years as a head coach and we’ve talked ball on numerous occasions over the years. I know what he’s about and his commitment to excellence. I know that Auburn is a great community with a tremendous passion for and commitment to Auburn football. I’m excited to get started and look forward to helping Coach Harsin compete for championships.”

Harsin has targeted former Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason as his defensive coordinator, sources told ESPN. Mason was Stanford’s defensive coordinator in 2012-13. Mason was fired after the Commodores went 0-8 this past season. He had a 27-55 record in seven seasons at Vanderbilt. He is the sixth-winningest coach in program history and only the second to lead the Commodores to two bowl games.

Boise State defensive coordinator Jeff Schmedding, who has worked under Harsin the past two seasons, will be joining the staff to coach linebackers and likely will be co-defensive coordinator, sources told ESPN.

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