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Offensive line coach J.B. Grimes resigns from UConn for the same job at Auburn

The football team’s offensive staff takes another hit.

Ian Bethune/The UConn Blog

Almost two weeks after offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee left UConn for the same position at SMU, UConn football announced that offensive line coach J.B. Grimes resigned. He has already started as the offensive line coach at Auburn.

“I want to thank J.B. for his efforts during his time with us,” head coach Randy Edsall said in a statement. “I wish J.B and his family nothing but the best.”

Grimes spent just one season with the Huskies after working for the Cincinnati Bearcats in 2016. His connections in the south and experience at the position offered hope that UConn could improve in a positional group that has been a team weakness for a while.

Grimes has over 30 years of coaching experience at various levels of collegiate football as an offensive line and assistant coach. He previously served as Auburn’s offensive line coach from 2013-15, helping the Tigers to a BCS championship game appearance in 2013.

Losing Grimes is another blow to the Husky offense, one which showed some promise in Randy Edsall’s first season back at UConn. With Lashlee and Grimes now gone, that becomes a big question mark going forward. Edsall hired John Dunn to replace Lashlee, but Dunn doesn’t have nearly the same reputation as his predecessor.