Melvin Smith, who coached Mississippi State’s cornerbacks, has been hired by new Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn. The hire was first reported by Auburn Undercover.
Smith began his second stint at MSU in 2006, coaching defensive backs, then was given the more specific role of cornerbacks coach the next year. Under Dan Mullen, he also coached the nickelbacks. Smith first coached at State from 1995-2001 – wide receivers the first year, defensive backs after that. He’s also coached at Texas A&M, Alabama, Ole Miss and Delta State.
Smith coached cornerback Johnthan Banks for four years; Banks has 16 career interceptions and won the Jim Thorpe Award this year for being the nation’s top defensive back. This season, MSU’s defense has recorded 16 interceptions.
MSU (8-4) is reporting to Jacksonville, Fla., on Wednesday to resume preparations for the Gator Bowl. It plays No. 21 Northwestern (9-3) on Jan. 1 at 11 a.m. (ESPN2).