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IU names ‘D’ coordinator; might lose other

– The Indiana football team could be changing more than its lead architect on defense.

The Hoosiers named Brian Knorr the team’s defensive coordinator Monday, and a report surfaced that IU offensive coordinator Seth Littrell is leaving for the same role at North Carolina.

Scout.com reported that Littrell, who has been with IU the last two seasons, is making the move to the Tar Heels. IU was second in the Big Ten in scoring offense (38.4 points a game) and total offense (508.5 yards a game) last season.

Wilson could turn to Kevin Johns, the team’s co-offensive coordinator, to step in for Littrell. Johns also coaches quarterbacks and receivers.

On defense, the Hoosiers could move to a different scheme as the school made a note in its press release that Knorr changed Wake Forest to a 3-4 defense when he took over as coordinator there in 2011.

IU ran a 4-3 scheme last season under Doug Mallory, who was let go Jan. 10 after the Hoosiers finished last season ranked 120th out of 123 FBS programs in total defense (527.9 yards a game) and 114th in scoring defense (38.8 points a game).

“Brian is a strong addition to our coaching staff,” IU coach Kevin Wilson said in the release. “He brings tremendous experience and a solid background having coached on both sides of the ball, as a defensive coordinator and as an FBS head coach.”

Knorr had been the defensive coordinator at Wake Forest for the last three seasons, and the Demon Deacons finished 32nd in total defense (366.2 yards a game) and 38th in scoring defense (24.1 points a game) last season.

Knorr, who had accepted the defensive coordinator job at Air Force last week, was Wake Forest’s receivers coach from 2008-10.

He was the head coach at Ohio from 2001-04 after being a member of that staff from 1995-2000 and he coached at Air Force from 1992-94 and 2005-07.

“There is a buzz about the direction IU football is headed in and I look forward to bringing some of the toughness and aggressiveness that I know Coach Wilson wants to implement on the defensive side of the ball,” said Knorr, whose wife, Julie, is a Fort Wayne native and IU graduate.

IU added three recruits to its 2014 signing class over the weekend with three-star athlete Tommy Mister, who is expected to play running back for the Hoosiers, three-star linebacker Tegray Scales and defensive back Waynedriko Smith, who is not rated, committing to the program.

Purdue recruiting

Bearooz Yacoobi, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound offensive tackle from Dearborn (Mich.) High School, committed to Purdue, according to Rivals.com. Yacoobi is rated a two-star prospect.

But the Boilermakers also lost a recruit as defensive back Chris Jones, a three-star prospect from Sandalwood in Jacksonville, Fla., posted on his Twitter account on Monday that he has changed his pledge to Nebraska. Purdue has 18 members in its 2014 recruiting class.

tkrausz@jg.net

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