Scot Loeffler is slated to be Virginia Tech's next offensive coordinator, according to a report by CBSSports.com's Bruce Feldman.
Loeffler, a 38-year-old Michigan graduate, was Auburn's offensive coordinator this past season. He also has held the offensive coordinator position at Temple, as well as quarterbacks coach jobs at Florida, Michigan, Central Michigan and with the Detroit Lions.
He would replace Bryan Stinespring, who has been Tech's offensive coordinator for the last 11 seasons. Sources at Tech would neither confirm nor deny Feldman's report Monday night.
In addition to Loeffler, Tech reportedly pursued or interviewed Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, Stanford offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton and former Kansas and Oklahoma offensive coordinator and San Diego State coach Chuck Long.
Loeffler struggled at Auburn, where he was fired along with coach Gene Chizik and the rest of his assistant coaches after the program went 3-9 this past season and had the nation's 115th rated total offense (305 yards per game) out of 120 Bowl Subdivision teams.
Yet, Loeffler still has plenty of impressive work on his resume. He worked with Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Tim Tebow at Florida, and Tom Brady, Brian Griese, Drew Henson, Chad Henne and John Navarre at Michigan.
Loeffler may have the chance to coach Tech quarterback Logan Thomas, if he decides to return to Tech for his senior season.
Thomas will announce Tuesday if he plans to come back to Tech or forgo his final season of college ball and become eligible for the NFL draft in April. Tuesday is the deadline for underclassmen to declare their intentions.
Thomas struggled this past season throwing the ball, completing just 51 percent of his passes for 2,976 yards, 18 touchdowns and 16 interceptions for a Tech team that finished 7-6. He led the team in rushing with 524 yards and nine touchdowns. In 2011, he completed 60 percent of his passes for 3,013 yards, 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in his first season as a starter, while rushing for 469 yards and 11 touchdowns.
While Loeffler's expertise could be valuable for Thomas, Loeffler has also had decent success directing an offense. His experience at Auburn this past season was indeed a disaster, as he tried to employ a primarily pro style approach with players that went 8-5 in 2011 while running a spread formation, but Loeffler was solid in the '11 season at Temple.
Temple, which was coached by former Florida offensive coordinator Steve Addazio in the '11 season, went 9-4 and finished seventh in the nation in rushing (256.5 yards per game) and 39th in scoring (30.62 points per game). Temple was only 63rd in total offense (383 yards per game) and 116th in passing offense (126.8 yards per game).
After playing quarterback at Michigan from 1993-96 and suffering a shoulder injury that ended his career, he went on to become a graduate assistant at Michigan under Lloyd Carr and worked on the Wolverines' staff during '97 national championship season. He left Michigan in 2000 to become the quarterbacks coach at Central Michigan, where he stayed through the '01 season.
He went on to return to Michigan to coach quarterbacks from '02 through '07, before moving on to coach quarterbacks in '08 for the 0-16 Detroit Lions. He was Florida's quarterbacks coach in the '09 and '10 seasons.
At Tech, he'll be charged with taking over a Tech offense that was 79th in the nation in rushing offense (145.9 yards per game) this past season under Stinespring. It was also 81st in both scoring offense (25.1 points per game) and total offense (376.8 yards per game).