Indiana defensive back Johnny Albomonte and former Hoosier Thomas Henderson were arrested and charged with dealing marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance. According to the Indy Star, both charges are classified as level 6 felonies. Both suspects admitted to the offenses filed against them.
The charges stem from an investigation that led authorities to an apartment housing both Albomonte and Henderson. Authorities discovered one pound of marijuana, prescription drugs, and an estimated $3,500 in cash.
Indiana has released a brief statement saying the school is aware of the situation and is continuing to gather information. No status regarding Albomonte has been made public at this time.
Albomonte is a redshirt junior looking to battle for a more significant role on the field this year. Albomonte appeared in seven games for Indiana in 2017, mostly serving a special teams role. Albomonte had serve don the team’s practice squad since 2015, as did Henderson. Henderson played in the Foster Farms Bowl in 2016 but injuries piled up and led him to retire from football earlier this year.
It happened just in the nick of time prior to spring practice but Indiana has a full staff after elevating Kasey Teegardin to safeties coach on Friday.
“We are very excited for Kasey to join our staff,” head coach Tom Allen said in a statement. “He earned the confidence and trust of our players as a graduate assistant, and he furthered developed professionally after leading our on-campus recruiting last year. Kasey loves Indiana and our players, and he brings energy, passion and expertise to our program.”
As Allen mentioned, Teegardin is no stranger to the program having been a graduate assistant from 2014-2016 and serving as the director of on-campus recruiting in 2017. He does have on-field coaching experience but not at the FBS level after previously serving as special teams coordinator/linebackers coach at Valparaiso, secondary coach at Northwood University and a one-year stint as defensive coordinator at his alma mater of Charleston back in 2010.
Teegardin replaces Noah Joseph as one of the Hoosiers’ secondary coaches after he left for Rutgers last month. Indiana starts spring practice on Saturday so the promotion is certainly just in time before the team hits the field.
In filling a hole on his Rutgers coaching staff, Chris Ash turned to a fellow Big Ten school to do it.
RU confirmed Thursday morning that Ash has added Noah Joseph as one of his 10 Scarlet Knight assistants. Joseph has been named as the football program’s co-defensive coordinator and will also serve as safeties coach.
Joseph had spent the past four seasons coaching safeties at Indiana. He was also that program’s defensive recruiting coordinator.
“I’d like to welcome Noah and his family to our football program,” said Ash in a statement. “His extensive experience coaching defensive backs in the Big Ten will be a tremendous asset for our players. He is a great teacher and outstanding recruiter.”
Prior to his time in Bloomington, his first on-field job at the FBS level was at North Texas as safeties coach from 2012-13.
Rutgers head coach Chris Ash is staying in the Big Ten to replace a key member of his coaching staff from last season and doing so with somebody he actually used to coach.
NJ.com is reporting that the Scarlet Knights are on the verge of hiring Indiana’s Noah Joseph to be the program’s defensive backs coach. He will replace co-defensive coordinator Bill Busch, who left last week to take a similar position at LSU.
While Joseph has had a solid track record over his five years with the Hoosiers, what makes the hire really interesting is that he actually used to play for Ash back in the day when the pair was at Drake in the late 1990’s. The former Bulldogs captain later served as a graduate assistant under Ash at Drake and Iowa State to begin his coaching career as well.
Joseph also made stops at Eastern Illinois, Montana State and North Texas prior to heading to Bloomington.
Between the hiring of Nunzio Campanile as running backs coach and Joseph to handle defensive backs, Ash has just one more remaining vacancy on his coaching staff for the 2018 campaign.
Not surprisingly, the annual flurry of post-National Signing Day exits has commenced in earnest.
Next up on the personnel departure docket is Indiana, with head coach Tom Allen confirming that Tyler Green has decided to transfer out of the Hoosiers football program. No specific reason for the cornerback’s parting of ways was given.
Green is a rising senior who has yet to use his redshirt season.
“We appreciate everything he’s done for us,” Allen said by way of HoosierScoop.com. “He leaves in good academic standing and we wish him nothing but the very, very best.”
Allen played in 31 games during the last three years with the Hoosiers, starting three of those contests. None of those starts, incidentally, came during the 2017 season; he started a pair of games as a true freshman in 2015 and then another in 2016.