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Indiana lands ex-Arizona OC for same job

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Nearly three months after his boss was canned as Arizona’s head coach, Seth Littrell has landed on his coaching feet.

In a press release, Indiana announced they have hired the former Wildcats offensive coordinator for the same position with the Hoosiers.

“We received a large amount of interest from a talented pool of applicants, but I kept coming back to Seth,” IU head coach Kevin Wilson said in a statement. “Seth is one of the most innovative, young coordinators in the country. We are excited to incorporate his successful background with the spread passing game into our offense. We welcome Seth, his wife, Becca, and his son, Tripp, to the the Hoosier football family.”

Littrell spent the past three seasons at UA, the last two as either offensive or co-offensive coordinator for Mike Stoops.  After his playing career at Oklahoma ended in 2000, he served on coaching staffs at Kansas and Texas Tech.

“This is a great opportunity to work with a great offensive mind in Kevin Wilson,” Littrell said. “I am very excited to be at an unbelievable university in the prestigious Big Ten Conference.”

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4 Responses to “Indiana lands ex-Arizona OC for same job”
  1. burntorangehorn says: Jan 4, 2012 10:32 AM

    This is actually a pretty good match. IU is lacking in offensive talent right now, especially with Gunner Kiel no longer headed there and all the departures the past two years, but Wilson and Stoops are both great at the same offensive system. There’s a lot of uphill climbing to do there, but at the very least they ought to be able to build a pretty productive offense.

  2. burntorangehorn says: Jan 4, 2012 12:31 PM

    And before anyone correct me that Stoops isn’t the guy Indiana hired, I know; I’m saying Littrell is very familiar with the offense, having both coached and played under Mike Leach, Mark Mangino, and Mike Stoops, as well as just playing under Bob Stoops.

  3. Ted Skroback says: Jan 4, 2012 2:06 PM

    As a wildcats fan trust me it’s a bad pickup it’s fun for like 3 weeks then you begin to say wow I’ve seen that bubble screen 5 times this game already and it still hasn’t worked. Can’t make in game adjustments and the offense is way too predictable. These guys get recognition for running an “air raid” offense by playing in spread formations. It’s just a glorified west coast offense without the ability to run the ball. Their offense has become useless you will see it die out as it already has. Look where all the originators of it are at leach is demoted to wazzu and these coordinators are finding less than stellar jobs. It’s pro style or spread option that works in college

  4. phelbin says: Jan 4, 2012 4:56 PM

    As an Arizona and Indiana alum, I’m not sure what I think about this. Indiana is now taking the scraps from Arizona? That’s a pretty tough position to be in.

    It’s a good thing that both are basketball schools.

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