McGriff leaves Ole Miss

Cornerbacks coach and co-defensive coordinator Wesley McGriff is leaving to take a job with the Saints, giving Hugh Freeze one more recruiting job this off-season as he will work to lure another quality staff member.

McGriff has 22 years coaching experience. This will be his first NFL job, though he’s sent several players to the league at different collegiate stops.

Earlier this evening on Twitter Freeze had this to say:

‚ÄúCongrats to @coachcrimedawg (McGriff) on his new job with the Saints. They are getting a good coach and man. Thanks for your work at Ole Miss.”

McGriff was directly involved with the recruiting of Robert Nkemdche and Laquon Treadwell.

While he carries the title of co-coordinator, most of the heavy lifting there was done by Dave Wommack. Freeze has said before that he likes offering the title of co-coordinator to qualified staff members to help them build resumes. McGriff was certainly qualified.

Ole Miss recorded 10 interceptions and 30 pass break-ups in 2011. Those numbers increased to 15 interceptions and 52 pass break-ups in 2012.

Ole Miss ranked ninth in the SEC and 78th in the nation in pass efficiency defense with a 135.83 rating.

While McGriff coached cornerbacks, Wommack coached safeties.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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