Texas A&M cornerbacks coach Maurice Linguist has been hired by Dallas Cowboys’ first-year head coach Mike McCarthy. Linguist’s departure was first reported on Twitter by Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel.

Linguist, who just finished his second season at A&M, was making $458,000 per year according to USA Today. That was next to last on the staff, just in front of tight ends Joe Jon Finley ($425,000), who recently was hired by Ole Miss.

The 35-year-old Linguist played at Mesquite High School and was a captain on the 2001 Class 5A state championship team that went 15-0. He played at Baylor, starting 24 of 42 games, and was named the team’s defensive most valuable player as a senior while playing strong safety. He started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Baylor in 2007.

Linguist also coached at Minnesota, Mississippi State, Iowa State, Buffalo, James Madison and Valdosta State.

A&M second-year head coach Jimbo Fisher replaced two coaches after his first season, hiring offensive line coach Josh Henson to replace Jim Turner, who went to the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals, and Finley to replace Tim Brewster, who went to North Carolina.

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