Big Ten: Kyle Conner

Indiana shuffles coaches' duties

February, 20, 2009
2/20/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Indiana head coach Bill Lynch said in December that he wouldn't make changes to his coaching staff despite a 3-9 season. 

Lynch is keeping his word. Sort of. 

Indiana announced several realignments to Lynch's staff Friday. No one has been fired and all three coordinators remain in place, but some coaches will be focusing elsewhere this fall. 

Here's the rundown of changes:

  • Running backs coach and co-special teams coordinator Dennis Springer has added the title of assistant head coach.
  • Tight ends coach Kyle Conner also will serve as assistant offensive line coach alongside Bobby Johnson.
  • Co-defensive coordinators Brian George and Joe Palcic will work with the defensive tackles and the secondary, respectively. George previously had overseen the entire defensive line, while Palcic worked only with the cornerbacks.
  • Mike Yeager will work with the linebackers after previously serving as safeties coach. He continues as Indiana's recruiting coordinator.
  • George Ricumstrict moves from linebackers coach to defensive ends coach. He will continue as co-special teams coordinator.

Three coaches retain their 2008 responsibilities: Johnson (offensive line), Matt Canada (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks) and Billy Lynch (wide receivers).

You can't read into this too much, but it seems as though Bill Lynch likes what Palcic does with the defensive backs and will allow him to oversee the entire secondary. Springer and Conner also get mini-promotions.

Indiana returns most of its core on defense and must improve on that side of the ball to boost its win total in 2009.

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