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Thursday, January 3, 2013
Auburn hires Dameyune Craig

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AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn has hired former quarterback Dameyune Craig as co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach.

Craig spent the past three seasons as Florida State's quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator.

He played quarterback for the Tigers from 1994-97, and holds school marks for passing yards (3,227) and completions (216) in a season.

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said Thursday that Craig is one of college football's "top young coaches" and best recruiters.

The Seminoles won the Atlantic Coast Conference championship this season and went 12-2.

Craig also worked with quarterbacks Christian Ponder and EJ Manuel.

Before that, he spent two seasons coaching wide receivers for South Alabama.

Malzahn brought Rhett Lashlee with him from Arkansas State as offensive coordinator three days after his hiring. The Tigers will run Malzahn's fast-paced, spread-style offense.

Craig is the fourth assistant to depart Florida State since Dec. 1, and his exit may be the most surprising.

Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher seemed sure that Craig would not leave for Auburn three weeks ago, when rumors connecting the assistant to his alma mater began swirling.

Craig is renowned as a recruiter and has helped Florida State make significant inroads in Alabama -- a significant selling point for Malzahn. It also constitutes a big loss for Florida State as National Signing Day approaches.

"He's a very good recruiter and a very good coach, all of that," Fisher said last month. "He and I have had a relationship for a long time."

NoleNation's David Hale and The Associated Press contributed to this report.