The school made the announcement Friday. Wilson was running backs coach and recruiting coordinator for the Tigers, who had a Heisman Trophy candidate in Leonard Fournette.
After one year as a student assistant at his alma matter, Nicholls State, Wilson was a high school coach in his native New Orleans.
Larry Coker started the program in 2009 and spent five seasons there before resigning Jan. 5. He won a national title at Miami in 2001.
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