Indiana hires Inge as linebacker coach

Indiana started spring practice last week, and now head coach Kevin Wilson has a full coaching staff again.

The Hoosiers announced Wednesday that William Inge has been hired as co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. He replaces Mike Ekeler, who left last month for USC. Doug Mallory will continue to serve as defensive coordinator and oversee the safeties.

Inge was the Buffalo Bills' assistant defensive line coach in 2012 after spending two years as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at the University of Buffalo. His 12 years of coaching experience includes stints as the linebackers coach at Cincinnati (2008-09) and San Diego State (2006-07). He played defensive end at Iowa from 1993-96 and was the Hawkeyes' recruiting coordinator and graduate assistant from 1998-2000.

"We are pleased to add someone with William's coaching pedigree to our staff," Wilson said in a release from the school. "William has worked with some of the top coaches in our industry -- Chan Gailey, Dave Wannstedt, Brian Kelly, Jeff Quinn and Chuck Long -- at the collegiate level and in the NFL, where our players aspire to one day play. He is a Midwest guy with Big Ten ties and there is no doubt he is the right fit for our staff."

Inge participated in the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship program with the Bills in 2011. He was also one of seven Division I assistant coaches and athletic directors from across the nation invited to take part in the NCAA's 2011 Champion Forum, which is aimed at identifying assistants who are ready to become head coaches.

At IU, Inge will be charged with helping improve a defense that finished last in the Big Ten in both points and yards allowed in Wilson's first two seasons.