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Wednesday, January 23, 2013
IU assistant Hagen off to Texas A&M

By Adam Rittenberg

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.