AUBURN, Ala. — Five days after Wesley McGriff coached his final game for Auburn football as a defensive backs assistant, the Tigers have his replacement — another veteran with extensive college and NFL experience.
Auburn announced the hire of Missouri cornerbacks coach Greg Brown to its defensive backs vacancy Saturday night. Brandon Marcello of Auburn Undercover was the first to report the news of Brown’s hire.
Brown spent the 2016 season with the Tigers, who led the SEC in interceptions. He spent the two previous years at Louisville — where he coached Thorpe Award winner Gerod Holliman — and the 2013 season at Alabama. He has 36 years of coaching experience in college and the NFL.
“I’m excited to welcome Greg Brown, who is one of the best defensive backs coach in all of football to our staff at Auburn,” head coach Gus Malzahn said in a statement. “Greg has coached three Thorpe Award winners and has a strong proven track record of developing players at both the college and professional level.”
— Auburn Gold Mine (@AUGoldMine) January 7, 2017
Brown returned to college football in 2006 after a 12-year NFL stint that included time with the Atlanta Falcons, San Diego Chargers, Tennessee Titans and the New Orleans Saints.
The former Arizona and Colorado defensive coordinator is the only coach in college football history to work with three different Thorpe Award winners.
“I’m extremely excited to come to Auburn and have the opportunity to work for Gus Malzahn and on the defensive side of the ball with Kevin Steele,” Brown said in a statement. “Auburn has a great football tradition built on hard work and toughness. I can’t wait to get to Auburn to help continue to build upon that success.”
The UTEP alumnus will become the sixth defensive backs coach since 2012 for Auburn, which split duties between Charlie Harbison and Melvin Smith in 2013 and 2014.