Report: Florida 'preparing to hire' veteran SEC assistant away from Auburn
Florida is reportedly looking to hire a veteran SEC assistant coach away from Auburn.
According to John Brice of FootballScoop, the Gators are “preparing to hire” Wesley McGriff. UF is remaking its defensive staff. Cornerbacks coach Torrian Gray and safeties coach Ron English were let go following Florida’s loss to Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl.
McGriff has multiple decades of coaching experience and familiarity in the SEC and the Sunshine State. His first taste of the SEC came at Kentucky in 2001 (running backs coach) through the 2002 season when he was cornerbacks coach. After a stop at Baylor from 2003-06, McGriff landed at Miami, coaching defensive backs back from 2007-10. He was Vanderbilt’s secondary coach in 2011 before going to Ole Miss in 2012 as co-defensive coordinator.
McGriff was with the New Orleans Saints 2013-15 before returning to the college ranks. He was Auburn’s secondary coach and co-defensive coordinator in 2016 before leaving to take the defensive coordinator at Ole Miss. After two seasons at Ole Miss (2017-18), McGriff returned to Auburn as secondary coach in 2019.