Florida’s back-end overhaul of its defensive secondary is a step closer to completion.

Sources tell FootballScoop the Gators are preparing to hire Wesley McGriff away from Southeastern Conference rival Auburn to work with the secondary.

Dan Mullen retained defensive coordinator Todd Grantham after the season concluded last week but parted ways with Torrian Gray and Ron English immediately following the team’s Cotton Bowl loss.

In McGriff, Florida is poised to add a veteran coach with deep-rooted SEC connections. McGriff’s logged time as defensive coordinator at Ole Miss and recruiting coordinator at Vanderbilt, among other coaching stops. He also had a four-year stretch at Miami earlier in his career, strengthening his recruiting ties in the Sunshine State. Crimedawg also spent three years coaching defensive backs with the New Orleans Saints (2013-15).

The Gators continue also have an opening for safeties coach. Among candidates mentioned to potentially round out the Florida defensive staff are former Louisville, South Florida and Texas head coach Charlie Strong, Chris Ash, most recently the Texas defensive coordinator, as well as Pittsburgh’s Cory Sanders.

Sources tell FootballScoop Dan Mullen would like to have both hires finalized in the coming days.

As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest.

Saturday update> The Gators have now announced this hire.


John Brice has covered college football, mostly in the SEC as well as covering Notre Dame and Ohio State, for more than 20 years. He's a former Tennessee Vols football sideline reporter and believes life should be spent traveling or planning the next trip.