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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
IU hires McDaniel as new DL coach

By Brian Bennett

It has been a busy couple of days for Indiana coach Kevin Wilson.

On Monday, the school announced the hiring of new defensive coordinator Brian Knorr as reports surfaced that offensive coordinator Seth Littrell was on the verge of leaving for the same post at North Carolina. On Tuesday, the Hoosiers revealed their new defensive line coach: Larry McDaniel.

McDaniel, who replaces Jon Fabris, has coached the defensive line at Bowling Green the past three years. He's also a former Hoosier who was a four-year starter at nose guard for IU from 1989-92, serving as team captain his senior year. McDaniel also has coached at Kent State, Ball State and Southwest Missouri State.

It's always nice to see an alumnus come back to his alma mater as a coach, and McDaniel will have a vested interest in seeing the Hoosiers succeed. But he'll need to do some really good work with an Indiana defensive front that has too often been pushed around in Big Ten play and was a major contributor to the team's defensive problems last season.