Auburn football is in desperate need of a new offensive coordinator. Hugh Freeze could seek to Oxford for his next coordinator.

Derrick Nix, a long-time Ole Miss coach, could be a possibility to take over as the Tigers’ offensive coordinator in place of Philip Montgomery.

Nix has spent the last 16 years of his coaching career with the Rebels as a position coach. He coached running backs from 2008 to 19, wide receivers from 2020 to 21, and was promoted an associate head coach alongside his WR coaching post in 2022.

Hugh Freeze hired Philip Montgomery as his first offensive coordinator at Auburn. Montgomery was fired on Friday afternoon after only one season.

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“I informed Philip today he would not be retained as our offensive coordinator,” coach Hugh Freeze said in a statement. “Philip is a good coach and a good man. Decisions like this are never easy, however, I decided this is best for our program moving forward. I’m appreciative of his efforts this past year and wish him nothing but the best.”

Auburn’s offense failed to find an identity and was inconsistent throughout the season. The lack of a passing game was a major problem for the Auburn Tigers.

Auburn’s offense was ninth in the SEC in total yards with 4,566. Auburn was last of all SEC teams in passing yards this season with just 2,109 yards through the air. After finishing 10th in the conference in scoring during Bryan Harsin’s final season with the Tigers, Auburn dropped to 11th in Montgomery’s lone season. The offense also dropped in yards per play from 2022 to 2023, falling from 5.7 to 5.5 yards.

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