It’s a new era of Indiana football.
Defense is now king for the Hoosiers in the Tom Allen era. As a result, IU reportedly made two significant changes on the offensive side of the ball.
According to the Indiana Daily Student and Indystar.com, Indiana fired offensive coordinator Kevin Johns and tight ends/fullbacks coach James Patton.
That came after Indiana saw significant a dip in its offensive production following a record-setting year in 2015.
Johns had been a key part of Kevin Wilson’s staff since he came to Bloomington in the 2011 season. He spent time as wide receivers coach (since 2011), quarterbacks coach (since 2012), co-offensive coordinator for his first three seasons and offensive coordinator for the past three seasons.
Patton had been in Bloomington the last four years in a variety of roles. He served as tight ends coach, fullbacks coach, offensive recruiting coordinator, special teams coordinator and assistant defensive line coach.
IU’s offensive struggles were magnified in the Foster Farms Bowl loss to Utah. Richard Lagow completed just 14-of-39 passes for 188 yards.
The Hoosiers earned consecutive bowl berths for the first time since 1991.