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Auburn hires Roof as defensive coordinator

Updated: January 6, 2009, 11:16 PM ET
Associated Press

AUBURN, Ala. -- Ted Roof, a successful defensive coach at Georgia Tech who struggled as a head coach at Duke, was hired as defensive coordinator at Auburn by new coach Gene Chizik.

The 45-year-old Roof spent last season as defensive coordinator at Minnesota, which improved from 119th nationally in total defense in 2007 to 79th under his direction.

Roof was a linebacker for the Yellow Jackets in the 1980s. He spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at Alabama and then served as an ...

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