AUBURN, Ala. — One of Auburn's vacant analyst roles was filled Monday.
And the hire shouldn't come as any surprise to those familiar with Gus Malzahn, as he once again dipped into the high school ranks, adding Byrnes (S.C.) coach Bobby Bentley. Bentley will serve as an offensive analyst working with the Tigers' quarterbacks.
"It will be an honor to work with the SEC champions and work alongside Coach Gus Malzahn," he told the Spartanburg Herald Journal Monday afternoon, not long after he informed his team he would be leaving.
Bentley is well-versed in the hurry-up, no-huddle scheme, as it's the same offense he used at Byrnes. This past season, the Rebels went 12-2 and averaged 53 points per game. In two separate stints (1995-2006, 2013) at Byrnes, Bentley posted a 119-54 overall record. From 2002-05, the Rebels won four consecutive state championships, compiling a 57-2 mark during that span.
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But he also has experience at the college level, coaching Presbyterian College in 2007-08. He combined to go 10-13 in those two seasons before returning to Byrnes to take over as the school's athletic director and offensive coordinator for the football team.
The Tigers have one other connection with Bentley. The Tigers have already offered Jake Bentley, the coach's son and a quarterback prospect in the 2017 class, a scholarship.