Auburn names Kevin Steele as its third defensive coordinator under Malzahn

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Auburn named former LSU Defensive Coordinator Kevin Steele as its newest defensive coordinator on Wednesday. (Courtesy: Auburn Athletics)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WHNT) – Kevin Steele, whose coaching pedigree includes stops at LSU, Alabama, Tennessee and the NFL, is Auburn’s new defensive coordinator.

Coach Gus Malzahn announced the hiring Wednesday after Auburn beat Memphis 31-10 in the Birmingham Bowl.  Steele replaces Will Muschamp, who left Auburn to become the head coach at South Carolina.

Steele comes to Auburn from LSU, where he served as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach this season. He was a defensive coordinator at Alabama and Clemson as well.

Steele’s background includes the NFL with Carolina and a stint as head coach at Baylor.

His 2010 Clemson defense led the ACC, allowing 18.8 points per game.

Tuesday, Steele’s LSU defense held high-flying Texas Tech to 19 points and 189 yards, well below its season average of 46.5 points per game and 588.1 yards per game.

Steele was a member of the 1994 national championship staff at Nebraska and has worked under such head coaches as Tom Osborne (Nebraska), Bobby Bowden (Florida State), Nick Saban (Alabama), Les Miles (LSU), Johnny Majors (Tennessee) and Dom Capers (Carolina Panthers).

Auburn Athletics contributed to this story.