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SMU hires Haering as linebackers coach

Posted by ESPN.com's Graham Watson
Former Buffalo Bills college scout Joe Haering has been hired by SMU as its linebackers coach. Haering spent the past 12 years with the Bills.

"Joe has a wealth of experience at both the pro and college levels," SMU head coach June Jones said. "He was our defensive coordinator when we made the USFL playoffs with the Denver Gold in 1985 and again when we made it to the NFL post-season with the Atlanta Falcons in 1995. He also possesses that same positive attitude that we're instilled in our players. He will be a huge asset."

Prior to his time with Buffalo, Haering was an assistant coach with the Atlanta Falcons from 1994-96. Haering worked with the Falcons' linebackers and served as defensive coordinator in 1995.