By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. — Wesley McGriff is leaving Auburn to become the defensive coordinator at Ole Miss — but only after helping coach the Tigers through their bowl game.
McGriff will coach Auburn's defensive backs a final time when the Tigers meet Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2. Ole Miss announced it had hired McGriff as defensive coordinator and Phil Longo as offensive coordinator Friday.
"I want to thank Wesley for the great job he did for Auburn this season," said Auburn coach Gus Malzahn. "He is not only a very good coach, but an outstanding person. When I hired Wesley, he told me his goal was to be a defensive coordinator and this was an opportunity too good to pass up. Our coaches and players, along with Wesley, wanted him to finish the bowl season with us and we appreciate him doing so."
McGriff coached at Ole Miss in 2012 with head coach Hugh Freeze.
"I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to return to Ole Miss and work with coach Freeze again," McGriff said in a statement Friday. "Obviously, I am familiar with the history and tradition of success here. This is an elite program, and I look forward to helping this team win championships."
Auburn hired McGriff last January from the New Orleans Saints.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine