The news, first reported by David Teel of the Daily Press, broke Friday afternoon. The 38-year-old Loeffler interviewed with Virginia Tech during the day.
Like Chuck Long, another candidate in the running, Loeffler has a mixed bag of experience. He’s worked with two famed quarterbacks in his career — Tom Brady and Tim Tebow — and led a successful offense at Temple in his first offensive coordinator job.
In his one year with Temple in 2011, the Owls ranked seventh nationally in rushing (256.5 ypg) and 39th in scoring (30.6 ppg). Running back Bernard Pierce was sixth nationally in rushing, averaging 123.4 yards a game.
But Loeffler also suffered through a disastrous year at Auburn last season before being dismissed with Gene Chizik and the rest of his staff. Hired to replace Gus Malzahn, Loeffler’s pro-style scheme struggled to gain a foothold with the Tigers, who had operated in a hurry-up, spread offense the previous few years under Malzahn.
Auburn ranked 115th nationally in total offense and 112th in scoring out of 120 Football Bowl Subdivision teams, finishing 3-9 overall and 0-8 in SEC play.
Prior to Temple, Loeffler spent two years at Florida as quarterbacks coach from 2009-10. He arrived for Tim Tebow‘s senior year, when the eventual first-round draft pick threw for 2,895 yards and 21 touchdowns that season with a passing efficiency of 164.17.
A quarterback at Michigan from 1993-96 whose career was cut short by an arm injury, Loeffler got his start with the Wolverines under Lloyd Carr as a student assistant and graduate assistant working with quarterbacks. That’s when he worked with future NFLers Brian Griese and Brady, who he considers a close friend.
After a two-year stint as Central Michigan’s quarterbacks coach, he returned to Michigan as quarterbacks coach from 2002-07, tutoring eventual second-round NFL Draft pick Chad Henne and John Navarre, a first-team All-Big Ten selection.
After Carr retired, Loeffler, spent one year coaching quarterbacks with the Detroit Lions in 2008, the team’s 0-16 season, before getting back into the college game at Florida.