Indiana has named former Arizona assistant Seth Littrell as its new offensive coordinator, filling the void left by Rod Smith, who last month left for a position at Arizona.
Smith and Kevin Johns shared offensive coordinator duties in 2011, but Littrell now has the title, while Johns becomes the Hoosiers' assistant offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, head coach Kevin Wilson announced Tuesday.
Johns coached wide receivers this year but takes over the position Smith had overseen.
"We received a large amount of interest from a talented pool of applicants, but I kept coming back to Seth,” Wilson said in a prepared statement. "Seth is one of the most innovative, young coordinators in the country. We are excited to incorporate his successful background with the spread passing game into our offense."
Littrell spent the past three seasons at Arizona under coach Mike Stoops, and his offense ranked 15th nationally in yards (465.3 ypg) and third in passing (370.8 ypg) this season. He also coached tight ends and H-backs in 2011 and tight ends and running backs in 2009-10. Littrell previously served as Texas Tech's running backs coach, so he's definitely familiar with teams that put up big yards and big points.
Littrell seems like a very good choice to replace Smith, one of the nation's best at developing spread-offense quarterbacks. That duty now falls to Johns and, to a lesser extent, Littrell. Johns has coached wide receivers for most of his career but played quarterback in college at Dayton. It'll be interesting to see how he mentors talented Hoosiers signal caller Tre Roberson.