Kevin Johns takes over as Hoosiers offensive coordinator

Kevin Johns takes over as Hoosiers offensive coordinator
January 22, 2014, 9:30 am
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Vinnie Duber

The coaching carousel continues to spin at Indiana.

Tuesday, head coach Kevin Wilson announced Kevin Johns would be taking over for Seth Littrell at offensive coordinator. Reports the past few days indicated Littrell was departing Indiana to take over as the offensive coordinator at North Carolina.

"We wish Seth, his wife Becca and their family nothing but the best," Wilson said in a statement Tuesday. "He was a strong addition to our staff the last two years and did a great job developing our offense. With the way our staff is structured, we will maintain five coaches on defense and four on offense. I will continue to be a major part of our offensive game planning and play calling. Kevin Johns will assume the responsibilities of offensive coordinator and James Patton, who I have a long history with on the offensive side of the ball, will coach the tight ends and fullbacks. We are comfortable with our staff heading into National Signing Day. We will complete the recruiting cycle and make our final hire in the weeks to come."

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Johns' No. 1 task will be continuing the success Littrell had on the offensive side of the ball last season. The Hoosiers were one of the Big Ten's most explosive offenses, ranking second in the conference with 38.4 points per game and 508.5 total offensive yards per game. The passing offense was the league's best, with 306.7 yards per game through the air.

Johns spent last season as the co-offensive coordinator and quarterback and wide receivers coach.

This is just the latest change to the Indiana staff this offseason. The Hoosiers fired defensive coordinator Doug Mallory and defensive line coach Jon Fabris earlier this month before announcing the hiring of Brian Knorr as the new defensive coordinator Monday. Wilson also announced Tuesday that Larry McDaniel will replace Fabris as defensive line coach after serving in the same position at Bowling Green. McDaniel started four years as a defensive tackle with the Hoosiers from 1989 to 1992.