Smith says Hundley was his No. 1 target

Updated: March 4, 2005, 6:31 PM ET
Associated Press

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State on Friday hired UTEP defensive coordinator Tim Hundley to be its new secondary coach.

Hundley, 53, replaces Paul Haynes, who resigned Feb. 28 to become defensive backs coach at Ohio State.

Hundley has been a coach for 30 years. His previous experience includes work as an assistant at Washington, Colorado, UCLA and Oregon State.

Hundley worked with Michigan State head coach John L. Smith when both were at Nevada as assistants in the early 1980s.

"Tim Hundley was the No. 1 guy on my list," Smith said in a statement. "I have wanted to hire Tim for years but the timing was never right."

Michigan State finished last season with a 5-7 record. UTEP had one of the best turnarounds in college football, posting an 8-4 record.


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