GAINESVILLE, Fla. – In the revolving-door world of a college football coach, moving around is part of life. Still, a guy needs a home.
New Gators assistant coach Wesley McGriff, whose hire was officially announced by head coach Dan Mullen on Saturday, and his wife decided a few years ago that the Auburn area was going to be the family’s “forever home” after so many moves in McGriff’s coaching career.
“We’re going to retire right here in Auburn,” McGriff told reporters.
When in 2016 McGriff left Auburn in his first stint with the Tigers, he never sold his house on the Plains according to the Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser. His son, Jaylen, who transferred from Savannah State to Auburn when McGriff took the job, stayed there, earned his degree and began a career in real estate.
Meanwhile, after two years at Ole Miss as defensive coordinator, McGriff returned to Auburn in 2019 as secondary coach, a position he held for two seasons until Auburn dismissed head coach Gus Malzahn last month.
By joining the Gators, the 52-year-old McGriff – he turns 53 on Jan. 23 – is coaching at his fifth Southeastern Conference program. He previously made stops at Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss (twice) and Auburn (twice).