Ron Burton is leaving East Lansing after seven seasons at Michigan State, but he isn’t moving too far away for his next gig.
On Wednesday, Hoosier Huddle reported that Burton, who has coached the defensive line and defensive tackles at Michigan State over the last seven years, will be joining Tom Allen’s staff at Indiana. He comes in to replace Mark Hagen, who left the Hoosiers to team up with Tom Herman at Texas.
Burton is a familiar name at Indiana, having coached the linebackers from 1997-2001 under Cam Cameron. He also had a lengthy stint at Air Force, where he coached for 10 seasons.
Over the last seven seasons (since 2013), Burton’s unit has been a major part of Michigan State’s defensive success. The Spartans have been regarded as one of the best teams at stopping the run in the B1G over the years, and led the conference in scoring defense in 2013 and 2018.
Last season, Michigan State’s run defense ranked fifth in the B1G. Indiana’s was ninth.
Burton is also responsible for aiding in the development of NFL Draft selections Shilique Calhoun and Malik McDowell. There’s also a good chance Raequan Williams hears his name called in late April this year.
With nearly 30 years of experience on the sidelines and familiarity with the B1G East, Burton should be a great addition for the Hoosiers staff.