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Kevin Steele to leave LSU for Auburn defensive coordinator role

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Shortly after Auburn's 31-10 win over Memphis in the Birmingham Bowl, head coach Gus Malzahn confirmed that LSU defensive coordinator Kevin Steele would assume the same position at Auburn.

"We're extremely excited to have a guy with his experience, his character and his work ethic," Malzahn said. "He'll fit in very good, and I think he's going to take over a very talented group."

Steele will become Auburn's fifth defensive coordinator in the last six years. He takes over for Will Muschamp, who spent one season on the Plains before leaving to take the head coaching job at South Carolina.

For Steele, this will be his fourth coaching stop in the SEC. Before he was the defensive coordinator at LSU, the veteran coach made two different stops at Alabama and also coached at Tennessee early in his career.

Expect Auburn to formally introduce Steele in the coming days, but Wednesday was all about the team's bowl victory.

"This day is about winning this bowl game," Malzhan said. "I'm just happy for the guys in the locker room. We've got a lot of momentum heading into next year."

The 57-year-old Steele is a 34-year coaching veteran who has worked for some of the biggest names in the sport -- Nick Saban, Bobby Bowden, Tom Osborne, Les Miles and John Majors.

LSU, which capped its season with a 56-27 win over Texas Tech in the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl on Tuesday night, ranked fifth in the SEC this past season in total defense and entered the bowl game ranked No. 3 nationally in fewest plays allowed of 20 yards or longer.

ESPN's Chris Low contributed to this report.