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Auburn grabs CB coach away from Mississippi State

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An Alabama fan got two BCS championship tickets for Christmas. Auburn got a cornerbacks coach.

New Auburn coach Gus Malzahn has added a fourth defensive coach to his staff. In a release Tuesday Malzahn announced the addition of cornerbacks coach Melvin Smith. Smith comes to Auburn after seven seasons at the same position with Mississippi State.

“Melvin is an outstanding secondary coach and is one of the top recruiters in the Southeastern Conference,” Malzahn said in a statement. “He has a reputation for his ability to develop players and his 31-year coaching resume speaks for itself. We’re excited to have Melvin join our staff.”

Smith is quite familiar with the SEC West, having previously held assistant coaching jobs at Texas A&M, Alabama and Ole Miss.

“I’m really looking forward to this opportunity to work for Coach Malzahn and Auburn,” Smith said. “I’ve admired Gus’ work from afar and have always loved his offenses. When we discussed this job, Gus told me that he was looking for men of character and integrity who were excellent coaches. When I saw who he hired to his staff and having worked previously with Ellis (Johnson), Charlie (Harbison) and J.B. (Grimes), I knew that’s exactly that was the type of men he was hiring. This is a tremendous opportunity for me and my family.”

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8 Responses to “Auburn grabs CB coach away from Mississippi State”
  1. normtide says: Dec 25, 2012 7:34 PM

    This is actually a great hire for auburn.

  2. jameswmtodd says: Dec 26, 2012 10:53 AM

    It’s load up log jammed at who wins the BCS college football championship this January 2013 but for that, naw, everbody’s talking I’m gonna win one way or the other. However, don’t let that 2nd Auburn championship in 2011 get reconsidered for all the hoopla Cameron Newton brought from Florida Bling to the Heisman scene and don’t lose track of Bo Jackson’s Heisman either. War Eagle.

  3. rolltide510 says: Dec 26, 2012 3:25 PM

    “Cocaines a hell of a drug” -jameswmtodd

  4. thegamecocker says: Dec 26, 2012 6:11 PM


    Can you guys say”probation”? Ohhhh, it’s comin alright! The irony is Malzahn was part if the problem when he was on the plains last time. A zebra doesn’t change it’s stripes. Those who fail to learn history are bound to repeat it.

  5. lucky5936 says: Dec 26, 2012 6:57 PM

    Correction Gamecocker,

    Malzhan was not associated with the problem, despite being on the coaching staff. He did not like how things were running, which is one of the reasons why he left. This is a big reason he is hiring coaches with high integrity and moral values. And a big reason he convinced the last two coaches to come aboard. Malzhan is not who I would have hired, but I respect the job he is doing so far.

  6. normtide says: Dec 26, 2012 7:07 PM

    I don’t think Malzahn was part of the problem. Stories coming out since Chizik was fired paint a picture of a coach who lost control of his players. It looks like Chizik was upset over Malzahn getting so much credit for the title. The fact that he wrote a book just a few months after the win, the book basically lauded himself, only adds credence to those claims. Chizik also undermined his coaches to the players. There are reports that the players paid no mind to the strength and conditioning coach (really the back bone and emotional leader of most teams). I am a Bama fan, but have little doubt that Chizik’s ego hijacked this team.

  7. auburntigers34 says: Dec 26, 2012 7:16 PM

    Gamecocker, do you ever sthu?

    if you really believe that Auburn’s going on probation in the near future, put your money where your mouth is.

  8. thegamecocker says: Dec 26, 2012 11:11 PM


    The NCAA is looking very closely at the program. Your AD Jacobs has “dirty hands” and he’s still in charge. So the head moron, Gene Chizek is gone and deservedly so. But the head of the “snake” is still around. If you want to keep your head up your behind, be my guest. Nothing would please me more than to see Jacobs gone or auburn to go on PROBATION! Now you STFU!

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