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Rutgers reportedly set to poach Indiana defensive backs coach to replace Bill Busch

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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.

CB Tyler Green decides to transfer from Indiana

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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.

Son of Ted Roof transfers from Georgia Tech to Indiana

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Georgia Tech added one player to its roster via a transfer this week. Wednesday, they officially lost one the same way.

T.D. Roof, Indiana confirmed, has enrolled at the university and will be continuing his collegiate playing career with the Hoosiers. That continuation won’t begin until 2019, however, as he’ll have to sit out the 2018 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.

That would then leave him with three years of eligibility to use beginning next year.

“T.D. Roof is a young man that we recruited heavily in the previous recruiting cycle,” said a statement from IU head coach Tom Allen said. “We are thrilled to have him join us as a transfer from Georgia Tech. We’re really excited about what he will bring to our linebacking corps and ultimately to our football program.”

The linebacker is the son of Ted Roof, who left late last year as the defensive coordinator at Tech after five seasons to take a job at North Carolina State. The younger Roof got to play for his father for one season prior to both going their separate ways.

Roof was a three-star member of the Yellow Jackets’ 2017 recruiting class. He played in 11 games as a true freshman, totaling 17 tackles and a pair of sacks.

Indiana hires South Alabama DC as 10th assistant

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As expected, the 10th assistant rule is having a negative impact on Group of Five programs.

The latest example of that is South Alabama, which has lost defensive coordinator Kane Wommack to Indiana.  The Hoosiers announced Wommack’s hiring as linebackers coach late Monday morning.

With Wommack’s addition, William Inge will shift from linebackers coach to special teams coordinator.

“Kane is one of the bright, young coaches in our profession. He has done a tremendous job as a defensive coordinator at two different stops,” IU head coach Tom Allen said in a statement. “I have a strong relationship with his family, but more importantly, he is an excellent football coach. Kane is the kind of person that I want in our program mentoring our young men and that will represent Indiana University in an excellent way. He is a guy that I know and trust, and I am very excited to have him join the IU Football family.”

Wommack, who played his college football at Arkansas in a playing career that ended in 2006, spent the past two seasons as the coordinator at South Alabama.  That was his first job at the FBS level.

The NCAA’s 10th on-field coach rule officially goes into effect today.

Indiana announces addition of ex-Miami starting center Nick Linder

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While a trio of Miami transfers made headlines the last couple of days, it was a prior Hurricanes transfer who’s making news today.

Indiana announced Wednesday that Nick Linder has been added to Tom Allen‘s football roster and will finish out his collegiate playing career as a Hoosier.  Lender comes in as a graduate transfer, meaning he will be eligible to play immediately in 2018.

This upcoming season will serve as the offensive lineman’s final year of eligibility.

“Nick Linder had a very strong career at Miami and we are excited to welcome him to our football program,” Tom Allen said in a statement. “He will be completing his master’s degree through the Kelley School of Business and he will be an important addition to our football team.”

Linder received a degree in finance and entrepreneurship from U-M last year.

In August of 2017, it was announced that Linder had decided to transfer from the Hurricanes and would be sitting out the season.  Prior to that, he started 26 games for the ‘Canes — 22 at center, four at left guard.

Linder, whose brother, Brandon, is the starting center for the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, played his high school football in Fort Lauderdale.  A three-star 2014 signee, Linder was rated as the No. 54 guard in the country.