Hoosiers lose Littrell, promote Johns

January, 21, 2014
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Indiana's busy week of staff changes continues, as head coach Kevin Wilson confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that offensive coordinator Seth Littrell is leaving the program. Littrell will take the same job at North Carolina, according to multiple reports.

Wilson wished Littrell the best in an official statement, saying "he was a strong addition to our staff the last two years and did a great job developing our offense." The Hoosiers averaged 38.4 points and 508 yards per game in 2013, which ranked second in the Big Ten behind Ohio State in both categories. In addition, Indiana led the Big Ten in passing yardage each of the past two years.

Wilson also said that Kevin Johns, who has served as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks and receivers coach the past three years, will be promoted to handle the main play-calling duties. Wilson will maintain a heavy role in the offensive game-planning and play-calling. James Patton, who had been the recruiting and special teams coordinator and assistant defensive line coach, now will move over to offense to oversee the tight ends and fullbacks. Wilson said he will hire an additional coach sometime after national signing day.

It's tough for Indiana to lose a coordinator of Littrell's caliber. He did a great job meshing with Wilson's offense to create an explosive passing attack and a much more balanced offense this past season. Littrell was also instrumental in the recruitment of quarterback Nate Sudfeld.

But after two years of putting up great stats, it's no surprise that Littrell would be in demand, even if it does register as a mild surprise that he would move to the East Coast after spending so much of his career west of the Mississippi. Johns has a résumé that suggests he's more than ready to step into a coordinator's role. That, along with Wilson's strong offensive background, should help ensure that the Hoosiers maintain their high-scoring ways.

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