New Indiana coach Kevin Wilson has found a man to run his offense, and it looks like Wilson made a strong hire.
Indiana announced earlier Thursday that Boise State receivers coach Brent Pease will serve as its new offensive coordinator. Pease, who spent the past five seasons at Boise State and the past four as the Broncos' assistant head coach, boasts 10 seasons as an offensive coordinator, including stops at both Kentucky (2001-02) and Baylor (2003-05).
"Brent has coordinated in the Big 12 and the SEC, and he is coming from one of the most dominant programs in college football over the last decade in Boise State," Wilson said in a prepared statement. "We look forward to integrating his offensive ideas from Boise State into to what we have done in the past."
Boise State's success speaks for itself, and anyone who watched the Broncos the past few seasons had to come away impressed with receivers Austin Pettis, Titus Young and Jeremy Childs, each of whom Pease tutored.
I really like this hire. Pease boasts a lot of experience and comes to Indiana from one of the nation's best programs in Boise State.
It will be interesting to see how much autonomy Wilson gives Pease in this role. Wilson built his reputation as an offensive coordinator and as a playcaller, although he said several weeks ago that it would be a challenge to call plays from the field.
There certainly will be a lot of collaboration, but I think a first-time head coach should sit back and let his top assistants go to work.