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Auburn names Ellis Johnson DC

Updated: December 6, 2012, 3:45 PM ET
Associated Press

AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn has hired former Southern Miss coach Ellis Johnson as defensive coordinator.

New Tigers coach Gus Malzahn announced the hiring of the veteran Southeastern Conference assistant Thursday two days after getting the job.

Johnson was fired after Southern Miss went 0-12 in his lone season, but has an impressive track record running SEC defenses.

"Ellis is one of the top defensive minds in all of college football. He is very experienced and has tremendous success ...

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