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Auburn hires Wesley McGriff as secondary coach, co-defensive coordinator

Michael Niziolek

mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn watches his team practice for the Birmingham Bowl at Hoover High School’s football stadium Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015. (Michael Niziolek | mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com)
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn watches his team practice for the Birmingham Bowl at Hoover High School’s football stadium Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015. (Michael Niziolek | mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com)

Auburn turned to a football team in the state of Louisiana for the second time in as many weeks to fill another one of its coaching vacancies.

On Thursday, the Tigers announced Wesley McGriff as its new secondary coach and co-defensive coordinator under recently introduced Kevin Steele.

McGriff served as the New Orleans Saints secondary coach the past three seasons.

“I’m really excited to be working with Coach Malzahn and his staff at Auburn,” McGriff said. “I’ve always had a high regard for Auburn and the football program and I’m looking forward to helping them win championships.”

Before joining New Orleans, McGriff spent two decades coaching in the college ranks. He most recent collegiate experience was in the SEC as the co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach for Ole Miss in 2012.

“I’m very pleased to add Wesley to our staff at Auburn,” coach Gus Malzahn said. “He has a tremendous amount of experience and success in developing players at the college and NFL levels. Wesley’s a true professional and a man of character that will be a great coach and mentor for our players.”

McGriff’s two-plus decades coaching career includes stops in Vanderbilt, Miami (Fla.), Baylor and Kentucky.

Auburn’s new defensive coordinator outlined the process for filling out his staff during his introductory press conference Tuesday. Steele said he would have input on the decisions, but the final say belonged to coach Malzahn.

The Tigers still need to replace linebackers coach Lance Thompson, who joined Will Muschamp’s staff in South Carolina following the Birmingham Bowl.

Michael Niziolek covers Auburn football for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Email him at mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com or follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+

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