Dallas Colleges: Purdue Boilermakers

Future nonconference slate: SMU

April, 4, 2013
Last Wednesday's announcements that Connecticut had agreed to a home-and-home series with Boise State and that Cincinnati would be heading to the Big House in 2017 were the latest in a trend that has seen BCS-conference schools boost their nonconference schedule strength.

While the soon-to-be-former Big East is entering its last season as a BCS school, before the four-team college football playoff takes into effect in the 2014-15 season, aggressive scheduling is one way to keep the league on the national radar.

The slates will provide several opportunities for big national upsets in the coming years, so here's a look at some of the notable future opponents for SMU.

SMU: The Mustangs have quite the in-state home-and-home lineup. They canceled this season's home game with Baylor, and while it is unknown if the 2013 game will be made up or bought-out completely, the schools still have a home-and-home scheduled through 2019. The Battlle for the Iron Skillet with TCU will continue through 2017, with the Horned Frogs playing host this season. SMU will go to Texas A&M this year and host the Aggies in 2014, closing out a four-year home-and-home. They begin this season with a Friday night home contest against Texas Tech.

IU assistant Hagen off to Texas A&M

January, 23, 2013
Despite Indiana's continued struggles on defense last season, head coach Kevin Wilson decided to keep his staff intact for 2013. Turns out, Wilson will have to replace one assistant who is leaving on his own accord.

Indiana defensive tackles coach Mark Hagen is off to Texas A&M, where he'll reportedly coach linebackers. Hagen, who also served as IU's special teams coordinator and recruiting coordinator, joined Wilson's staff in 2011 after spending the previous 11 seasons at Purdue. He played linebacker at Indiana from 1987-91, twice earning second-team All-Big Ten honors, and remained with the Hoosiers as a graduate/administrative assistant until 1995.

GigEm247.com first reported Hagen's move to Texas A&M. Wilson confirmed the move today on Twitter.

Few coaches know the recruiting scene in the Hoosier State better than Hagen, and he'll certainly be missed on the recruiting trail, where IU has upgraded its efforts the past year.

Hagen has a connection to Texas A&M through Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin, who played at Purdue and coached there with Hagen during the 2000 season, when the Boilers won the Big Ten and reached the Rose Bowl.

It'll be interesting to see who Wilson hires to replace Hagen, and if he moves the recruiting coordinator or special teams coordinator roles to any of the other assistants, or hands it to Hagen's successor.