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Iowa State formally adds Buffalo co-DC to Rhoads’ staff

Maurice Languist

Just a little over a week after losing his secondary coach to Pittsburgh, Paul Rhoads has filled the vacancy on his Iowa State coaching staff.

Confirming reports that had arisen earlier in the week, ISU confirmed Wednesday that Maurice Linguist has been hired to coach the Cyclones’ defensive backs.  Linguist’s hiring fills the void left by the departure of Troy Douglas, who left last week for the same job with the Panthers.

“We are excited to have Maurice join our defensive staff as our secondary coach,” Rhoads said in a statement. “Maurice is a dynamic personality and immediately demonstrated to us he will enhance our recruiting ability and elevate our defensive staff room with his experience as co-defensive coordinator at Buffalo. The fact that he is a Dallas native and has Big 12 familiarity is a bonus.”

Linguist played his college football at Baylor and began his coaching career at his alma mater in 2007.  The past two seasons, Linguist served as the co-defensive coordinator, defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Buffalo.

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