The Hoosiers have found their new defensive coordinator.
Indiana announced Monday that Brian Knorr will be taking over as the man in charge of the Hoosier defense. Knorr will replace fired defensive coordinator Doug Mallory and arrives in Bloomington after three years as the defensive coordinator at Wake Forest.
"We want to welcome Brian and his family to the Hoosier Nation," head coach Kevin Wilson said in the release. "Brian is a strong addition to our coaching staff. 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. We are excited to work together to take a positive step in building a winning program that our players and fans deserve."
Knorr has served as a head coach, leading the Ohio program for four seasons from 2001 to 2004. He was unsuccessful at that stop, posting an 11-35 record with the Bobcats. But last season's Demon Deacons defense was a pretty good one, ranking 32nd in total defense and 38th in scoring defense.
The Indiana defense is in dire need of change, and seeing those types of rankings Knorr posted at Wake Forest must be pleasing to the Indiana faithful. The Hoosiers were abysmal on that side of the ball this past season, allowing 527.9 total yards per game, which ranked 120th of 123 in the country. Wilson announced the firings of Mallory and defensive line coach Jon Fabris earlier this month.
"Having known coach Wilson for the past 20 years, his personality and the type of team he fields, I am excited to join his staff," Knorr said in the release. "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."