College Football

Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee joins UConn staff

STORRS, Conn. (AP) Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee has left the Tigers to join Randy Edsall's staff at Connecticut.

The 33-year-old Lashlee agreed to a three-year contract with a base salary of $350,000 to be offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, UConn said Wednesday.

He was making $600,000 a year at Auburn, where he spent the past four seasons and has twice been a finalist for the Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach.

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said the UConn job gives Lashlee a "great opportunity" 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 toward his goal to become a head coach," Malzahn said in a statement.

UConn athletic director David Benedict came from Auburn last year.

Edsall is beginning his second stint as head coach at UConn, which fired Bob Diaco after a 3-9 season with one of the worst offenses in Division I. The Huskies were 74-70 during Edsall's first tenure from 1999 and 2010, with appearances in five bowl games.

"(Lashlee) is one of the brightest minds in college football and I know that his experience around some of the highest-powered offenses and top players in the country is going to be an incredible benefit to our program," Edsall said.

Updated January 11, 2017

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