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Dameyune Craig comes home to Auburn from ‘Noles

Dameyune Craig

Based on our Twitter feed, this will be one of the more popular hires of the latest spinning of the coaching carousel.

Auburn announced Thursday evening that Dameyune Craig has been hired as Gus Malzahn’s c0-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach.  Rhett Lashlee had previously been hired as AU’s coordinator.

The former AU quarterback spent the past three seasons coaching that position at Florida State as well as serving as recruiting coordinator.

“This is a great opportunity for me and my family to come back home to Auburn,” Craig said. “I have a tremendous amount of confidence in Coach Malzahn and the staff he has assembled and I look forward to getting Auburn back to being a force in college football. Auburn speaks for itself and I’m excited to returning to a place that holds a special place in my heart.”

Craig played on The Plains in the mid-nineties and still holds numerous passing marks at the school.

Prior to his time at FSU, Craig served as an assistant at South Alabama for two seasons; as a special teams assistant with the Miami Dolphins under Nick Saban; and as a grad assistant at LSU, again under Saban.

“We’re extremely excited to welcome Dameyune back to Auburn,” Malzahn said. “Dameyune is one of the top young coaches in college football and has established himself as one of the best recruiters in the country. He is very passionate about his alma mater and will be a valuable asset to the Auburn football program and the entire Auburn family.”

Somewhat quietly, Malzahn is putting together quite an impressive staff in his first month as the Tigers’ coach.  Longtime SEC defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson was hired for that same position at AU, while Malzahn also added veteran assistants Rodney Garner (defensive line), Charlie Harbison (co-defensive coordinator) and J.B. Grimes (offensive line).  Then, earlier today, the school announced the addition of respected special teams coach Rich Bisaccia.

(Photo credit: FSU athletics)

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5 Responses to “Dameyune Craig comes home to Auburn from ‘Noles”
  1. ebrownwareagle says: Jan 3, 2013 9:47 PM

    Craig was my classmate! War Damn Eagle!!!!’

  2. mcjon22 says: Jan 3, 2013 10:07 PM

    Alumni or not, from a 12 win team to a 2 win team is a bad bad move unless they are triplen your salary. It’s a lateral move if you consider both programs even. Only a fool, or Auburn fan, would think that is the case

  3. christopher525 says: Jan 3, 2013 11:00 PM

    I’m a Nole fan first and foremost, but this coaching staff at Auburn is sure as hell getting me interested. Huge fan of Malzahn, his picks are looking awesome.

  4. jimmy53 says: Jan 4, 2013 12:28 AM

    mcjon22,

    It’s not a lateral move. Craig was the QB’s coach/recruiting coord. at FSU. At AU he will be the WR’s coach and the Co-offensive coord.

    And yes, they more than doubled his current salary. This was a no-brainer, and as a Nole–we hate to see him go!

  5. scalpemseminoles says: Jan 4, 2013 8:02 AM

    great job he did with ej…..

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