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NASHVILLE, TN - December 29, 2023 - Auburn Offensive Coordinator Philip Montgomery speaks to the media during a press conference at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN. Photo by Austin Perryman

Philip Montgomery not retained by Auburn

AUBURN, Ala. (EETV) - Auburn football offensive coordinator Philip Montgomery will not be returning to the Plains for the next season, head coach Hugh Freeze announced.

“I informed Philip today he would not be retained as our offensive coordinator,” Freeze said. “Philip is a good coach and a good man. Decisions like this are never easy, however, I decided this is best for our program moving forward. I’m appreciative of his efforts this past year and wish him nothing but the best.”

Montgomery worked alongside Freeze to call offensive plays and work with the quarterbacks. By November, Freeze "put his foot down" to create consistent offensive game plans.

Across the season the Tigers averaged 351.2 yards and 26.2 points a game on offense. Auburn struggled in the air putting up the worst numbers since Gene Chizik's final season, 162.2 passing yards per game compared to Chizik's offense's 156.6.

Montgomery is owed 100% of his remaining contract which is reported to be worth over $3 million.

Before the Music City Bowl, Freeze said, ""I don't know that I ever feel like I took over a program and I got every single hire in the whole building right the first time because you're just so crazy with recruiting. I think there's always the evaluation from our chair of 'can we improve ourselves some way?'"

Auburn will have a new offensive coordinator for the seventh consecutive season.