GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Wesley McGriff has a new home with the University of Florida’s football team.

The Tift County native was announced Saturday as being hired by the Gators. Most recently, McGriff had been coaching defensive backs at Auburn.

"Coach McGriff brings a high level of familiarity in the National Football League and Southeastern Conference, being a coordinator and position coach," said Florida head coach Dan Mullen in a press release. "His track record of preparing players for the NFL and his success coaching at every level speaks for itself. His energy and tireless effort in recruiting will be an asset to our defensive staff."

McGriff’s specific defensive role with the Gators has not been named.

Before becoming a coach, McGriff was a multi-sport athlete at Tift County High and was a member of the 1983 state championship team. He is a two-time member of the Tift County Athletic Hall of Fame, being inducted as an individual in 2017 and as part of the 1983 title winners in 2014.

McGriff graduated from Savannah State, where he played football and started his coaching career as a graduate assistant. From there, he coached at Kentucky State, Eastern Kentucky, Kentucky, Baylor, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Miami (Fla.) and with the NFL’s New Orleans Saints. He had two stints with Auburn, separated by two seasons at Ole Miss.

The move by McGriff to Florida was not the only change affecting Auburn in recent days. Mike Bobo has been hired by the Tigers as offensive coordinator. Bobo, who previously held the same role for the University of Georgia after playing for the Bulldogs, is a Thomasville native.

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