(UPDATE: CBS Sports’ Bruce Feldman tweeted that Loeffler has been hired, although neither Virginia Tech nor sources with knowledge of the situation would confirm the hiring. Also, I’ve been told quarterback Logan Thomas will make his NFL decision made known Tuesday at 4 p.m. in a press release.)
It is the second time Loeffler has spoken with the Hokies about the presumed vacancy at offensive coordinator.
He reportedly spoke with Frank Beamer about the position last week as well, suggesting Virginia Tech’s interest is legitimate. Although there is no timetable to make a move, quarterback Logan Thomas has until tomorrow to make a decision about whether he submits his name for the NFL Draft or returns for his senior season with the Hokies.
The 38-year-old Loeffler, who has coached Tom Brady and Tim Tebow in his career, was at Temple in 2011 and Auburn in 2012, his first two years as an offensive coordinator. He had previously served as a quarterbacks coach at Michigan from 2002-07 and Florida from 2009-10.
Loffler’s last two seasons have been in stark contrast to one another. Auburn’s offense struggled in its transition from a spread scheme to a pro-style, finishing 2012 ranked 115th nationally in total offense (305.0 ypg), 112th in passing (156.6 ypg), 78th in rushing (148.2 ypg) and 112th nationally in scoring (18.7 ppg).
But Loeffler’s group the previous year at Temple ranked seventh nationally in rushing (256.6 ypg) and 39th nationally in scoring (30.6 ppg).
Grimes,44, spent the previous four years at Auburn on Gene Chizik‘s staff. His veteran offensive line was integral to the Tigers’ national championship run in 2010. That offseason, he turned down an offer from Mack Brown to join Texas’ staff in the same position.
Youth and injuries marred Grimes’ line at Auburn the last two seasons. Four seniors departed from the national championship squad. The Tigers started two freshmen and two sophomores in the final game of 2012.
Before Auburn, Grimes, a Garland, Texas, native who played at UTEP, had full-time college coaching stints at the Football Bowl Subdivision level at Colorado (2007-08), BYU (2004-06), Arizona State (2001-03) and Boise State (2000).
Both Loeffler and Grimes were not retained at Auburn after Chizik’s firing in November.