Saints hire McGriff as secondary coach

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have hired Wesley McGriff as secondary coach.

Coach Sean Payton announced the move Monday.

McGriff comes to the Saints after serving as co-defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach at the University of Mississippi

last season.

McGriff, a veteran college coach, helped the Rebels improve from 2-10 in 2011 to a 7-6 record in 2012, including a 38-17 victory

over Pittsburgh in the BBVA Compass Bowl.

McGriff also has a track record for

developing defensive backs on the collegiate level including New York

Giants safety Kenny

Phillips, Green Bay Packers defensive back Sam Shields, Houston

Texans cornerback Brandon Harris and New York Jets defensive

back Yeremiah Bell.