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Bentley to join Auburn staff

One of the most successful head coaches in South Carolina high school football history will join Gus Malzahn’s staff at Auburn.

Bobby Bentley (center) will join Auburn's coaching staff.

Bobby Bentley of Duncan (S.C.) James F. Byrnes will be named to the Tigers’ coaching staff this afternoon. Bentley confirmed the news to 247Sports earlier Monday. There is a team meeting at Byrnes scheduled for 3:10 p.m. eastern

Bentley will assist on the offensive side of the ball. Exact details of his duties are not known.

The relationship between Bentley and Malzahn goes back years. In fact, when Malzahn was named the head football coach at Auburn, Bentley was offered the quarterbacks job on the plains, but elected to remain in South Carolina.

Bentley compiled a 119-54 record in two different stints as the head coach of the Rebels (1995-2006 and 2013) and won four consecutive state titles from 2002-05. He is one of only three head coaches to ever win four straight state championships. He was named the 2005 National High School Coach of the Year by Nike.

Known as an offensive innovator and outstanding teacher and developer of quarterbacks, he’s coached three signal callers to pass for more than 10,000 career yards. Sons Chas Dodd (Rutgers) and Shuler Bentley (Old Dominion) both were Division I recruits and son Jake Bentley projects to be one of the top quarterback and overall prospects in the Class of 2017. The 6-foot-4 prospect already holds an Auburn offer. 

Bentley also coached former South Carolina and current San Francisco 49ers running back Marcus Lattimore and former Florida State and current NFL defensive lineman Everett Dawkins during his time at Byrnes.

Bentley was the head coach at FCS Presbyterian College, his alma mater, from 2007-08. He compiled a 10-13 mark as the Blue Hose were making the transition from Division II. His teams at PC set numerous offensive records- including a school record 795 yards against Pikeville (Ky.). will have more details on the hiring of Bentley as they are known.

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