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Herb Hand joins Bob Shoop with lateral move to SEC

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- For the second time in 48 hours, a Penn State assistant has left Happy Valley for the same job title in the SEC.

Nittany Lions offensive line coach Herb Hand was hired by Auburn on Monday evening for the same position, the Tigers announced. That move came two days after defensive coordinator Bob Shoop left for the same job at Tennessee.

Penn State head coach James Franklin has not publicly addressed the moves and did not immediately return a message from ESPN.com seeking comment.

Hand's move to Auburn reunites him with head coach Gus Malzahn, with whom he worked at Tulsa from 2007 to 2008. He replaces Auburn assistant coach J.B. Grimes, who is now Cincinnati's offensive line coach.

"My family and I are extremely excited to join the Auburn football family and be a part of a program with such great tradition and history," Hand said in a statement. "We're especially excited to rejoin Coach Malzahn and work with him again. It was an opportunity that was way too good for us to pass up. I want to thank Coach James Franklin and the Penn State football program for two great years, and I wish them nothing but the best moving forward."

Hand's offensive line at Penn State was often criticized for its performance the past two seasons. The Nittany Lions surrendered 44 sacks in 2014 and another 39 this past season, but Hand didn't have much to work with. The line was the unit most affected by NCAA sanctions, and Hand was forced to coach up two defensive tackles-turned-offensive guards in his first season.

At Tulsa with Malzahn, however, Hand experienced plenty of success. He acted as the co-offensive coordinator during the 2008 season, when the Golden Hurricane boasted the top-rated offense in the nation. At Vanderbilt, he was a respected coach whose line experienced mixed success but reached a pinnacle in 2012, when it allowed just 24 sacks (57th nationally).

"I'm excited to be teaming up with Coach Hand again after working together for two years at Tulsa, where we were very successful offensively," Malzahn said. "He's a wonderful person and coach, and we're glad to welcome him to Auburn."

With Hand's departure, Penn State has experienced three assistant coaching changes so far this offseason. Offensive coordinator John Donovan was fired in November.

Based on past statements, Franklin can't have been pleased with the past two moves.

"As I've said from day one, I want my guys to get the opportunity to be head coaches," Franklin said last month. "I don't want them to ever leave for lateral moves."

Penn State hired Fordham head coach Joe Moorhead as offensive coordinator and promoted current linebackers coach Brent Pry to defensive coordinator. It's unknown who will fill Hand's role coaching the offensive line and Shoop's role coaching the safeties.