Coaching changes recap: B1G East Division


The college coaching carousel isn't done spinning. It isn't even slowing down.

There has been an unprecedented number of coaching moves after national signing day, including some in the Big Ten. Ohio State lost running backs coach Stan Drayton to the Chicago Bears less than 24 hours after signing day. Just last Friday, Nebraska lost secondary coach Charlton Warren to North Carolina.

So this list of coaching moves -- and the one colleague Mitch Sherman will supply a little later -- isn't complete, but it provides a snapshot of what has happened around the Big Ten.

Let's begin with the East Division.


Who's out?

No changes (yet)

Notes: Kevin Wilson's staff shuffling began before he even coached a game for IU, but the Hoosiers should finally have some stability heading into a pivotal 2015 season. Running backs coach Deland McCullough, who helped mold Tevin Coleman into a consensus All-American last fall, has been rumored for the same post at Notre Dame. McCullough would be a big loss but the nucleus of Wilson's staff will remain.


Who's out?

Andre Powell, running backs/special teams coordinator

Who's in?

Terry Richardson, running backs

Notes: Powell, who left for the same post at Pittsburgh, oversaw arguably Big Ten's best special teams units in 2014. Kicker Brad Craddock won the Lou Groza Award. Richardson spent the past two years with the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars but boasts extensive college experience. He coached standout running backs at Miami and also with Connecticut while working for Maryland coach Randy Edsall. This hire makes a lot of sense as Maryland looks to upgrade its run game.


Who's out?

Brady Hoke, head coach

Doug Nussmeier, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks

Dan Ferrigno, special teams coordinator/tight ends

Darrell Funk, offensive line

Jeff Hecklinski, wide receivers

Fred Jackson, running backs

Curt Mallory, safeties

Roy Manning, cornerbacks

Mark Smith, defensive line

Who's in?

Jim Harbaugh, head coach

Tim Drevno, offensive coordinator/offensive line

D.J. Durkin, defensive coordinator/linebackers

John Baxter, special teams coordinator

Jedd Fisch, quarterbacks/wide receivers/passing game coordinator

Jay Harbaugh, tight ends

Greg Jackson, co-secondary

Tyrone Wheatley, running backs

Michael Zordich, co-secondary


Greg Mattison (defensive coordinator/linebackers in 2014, now defensive line coach)

Notes: Michigan got its man in Jim Harbaugh, who hired a staff featuring a mix of NFL and college experience. He has extensive history with Drevno, tasked to boost a struggling Wolverines' line, and Durkin, considered a rising star. Harbaugh wisely retained Mattison, a strong recruiter and coach who wasn't the problem during Hoke's tenure. He also brings back former Michigan star Wheatley to oversee an underperforming position group. Fisch, who has bounced between the pro and college levels throughout his career, served as Minnesota's offensive coordinator in 2009.


Who's out?

Pat Narduzzi, defensive coordinator

Who's in?

Mark Snyder, linebackers/special teams coordinator


Mike Tressel (linebackers) and Harlon Barnett (secondary) elevated to co-defensive coordinators

Notes: Narduzzi, who left to become head coach at Pittsburgh, leaves a significant void after being Dantonio's defensive coordinator since 2004. But Tressel and Barnett have been on the defensive staff just as long and made big contributions to the unit's strength. Dantonio followed a familiar pattern in promoting them. Despite Snyder's struggles at Texas A&M, he has a strong track record as a recruiter and as a linebackers coach, a role he held at Ohio State before succeeding Dantonio as Buckeyes defensive coordinator.


Who's out?

Tom Herman, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks

Stan Drayton, running backs/assistant head coach

Who's in?

Tim Beck, quarterbacks/co-offensive coordinator

Tony Alford, running backs/assistant head coach


Offensive line coach Ed Warinner became Ohio State's primary offensive coordinator

Notes: Few head coaches are better than Urban Meyer at locating top assistants, and the Buckeye boss came through again after losing two top offensive aides. Alford is an excellent recruiter with 18 years coaching running backs. He also has links to several Buckeyes assistants, including Warinner. Beck spent the past four seasons as Nebraska's offensive coordinator. He had some ups and downs, but the Husker offense always ranked in the top half of the Big Ten and Beck improved the passing attack. Alford previously served as Notre Dame's primary recruiter in Florida, while Beck has ties to Texas as a former high school coach there.


Who's out?

No changes

Notes: Penn State awarded defensive coordinator Bob Shoop a lucrative new contract after LSU made overtures about its defensive coordinator vacancy. Shoop oversaw a Lions defense that finished in the top 10 in several significant statistical categories. Keeping him is huge for PSU, which could take a nice jump in Year 2 under James Franklin.


Who's out?

Ralph Friedgen, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks

Who's in?

Phil Galiano, special teams coordinator/tight ends


Ben McDaniels elevated from wide receivers coach to offensive coordinator/quarterbacks

Anthony Campanile moves from tight ends to wide receivers

Notes: Friedgen will continue to consult Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood, but his departure leaves Rutgers with a new offensive coordinator for the sixth consecutive season. McDaniels, the brother of New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, has experience coaching quarterbacks in the NFL but has never been a primary playcaller. Rutgers' offense took a significant step under Friedgen but loses quarterback Gary Nova and several other key pieces, so McDaniels will be in the spotlight. Galiano most recently served as Rutgers' recruiting coordinator but has extensive experience as a position coach, working with the Scarlet Knights' defensive line in 2011 and tight ends in 2010.