AUBURN – Former Ole Miss assistant coach Derrick Nix will be joining the Auburn coaching staff as its offensive coordinator and running backs coach. An Ole Miss press release confirmed that Nix would be leaving the Rebels.

Nix has spent the last 16 seasons with Ole Miss and was on Hugh Freeze's staff throughout his tenure in Oxford.

It was assumed that Freeze would be taking over the play-calling duties for Auburn next season, but this hiring could change that.

Nix brings a variety of offensive coaching experience with him. Throughout his time with the Rebels, Nix has coached running backs, wide receivers and has been an associate head coach.

Nix has coached multiple players who have gone on to play in the NFL. He is also a proven recruiter, being ranked as one of the best in the country by 247Sports on multiple occasions.

An article from the Montgomery Advertiser written by Richard Silva includes a statement made by Freeze about Nix in 2012.

"Derrick's abilities as a coach and recruiter are tremendous, and his obvious familiarity with our players is a huge plus for the staff," Freeze said. "Derrick is very well respected around the state. He and I share the same core values, and I'm excited to work with him."

Nix will be Auburn's seventh offensive coordinator in as many seasons.

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