Rutgers tabs Ron Prince, Dave Cohen

Updated: February 19, 2013, 4:13 PM ET
By Andrea Adelson | ESPN.com

Rutgers hired former Kansas State coach Ron Prince as offensive coordinator and promoted assistant Dave Cohen to defensive coordinator, the school announced Tuesday.

Prince spent the past three seasons in the NFL, working as an assistant offensive line coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars (2012) and Indianapolis Colts (2010-11). He was Kansas State's head coach from 2006-08, going 17-20 before being fired as the Wildcats regressed under his watch.

The last time Prince served as offensive coordinator was at Virginia from 2003-05. His 2004 team led the ACC in rushing and total offense.

Prince replaces Dave Brock, who left after one season to become the head coach at Delaware. Rutgers is in major need of an offensive upgrade after struggling to gain any consistency last season, ranking No. 104 in the nation in total offense.

Cohen replaces Robb Smith, who left after one season as defensive coordinator to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Cohen spent last season as Rutgers' linebackers coach, helping Khaseem Greene win Big East Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Before joining Rutgers, Cohen spent two seasons as defensive coordinator at Western Michigan. He also previously served as head coach at Hofstra from 2006-09.

Cohen's task is different from Prince's -- he must maintain a defensive group that has been among the best in the Big East the past two seasons.

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