Seth Littrell IU’s next Co-Coordinator? “Could be”

Internet reports late Sunday had Seth Littrell, the former running backs coach/co-offensive coordinator at Arizona, as the new co-offensive coordinator alongside Kevin Johns at Indiana.

Littrell said Monday that isn’t quite the case yet. When asked if he would be joining the staff, he said “Could be,” confirming that he was involved in the search, but then said he couldn’t say anything more and that he wasn’t exactly sure where the search process stood.

Littrell is a part of the Bob and Mike Stoops coaching tree. He played for Bob Stoops at Oklahoma and was a running back on the 2000 national championship team, rushing for 11 touchdowns in his career. He spent two years as a graduate assistant at Kansas under Mark Mangino, who was the offensive coordinator under Stoops, then was a running backs coach for four years at Texas Tech under Mike Leach, who was also an offensive coordinator under Stoops at Oklahoma. He joined Mike Stoops, who had been his brother Bob’s defensive coordinator at Oklahoma, at Arizona in 2009. He was initially in charge of running backs and tight ends, then took on the co-offensive coordinator role in 2010. In 2011, he maintained the co-offensive coordinator job, but coached only tight ends and H-backs. 

Mike Stoops was fired at Arizona this year, leaving Littrell currently unemployed. Stoops was replaced by former Michigan and West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez. Rodriguez hired then Indiana co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks Rod Smith, who had been his quarterbacks coach at both WVU and Michigan, to have the same position at Arizona that he had at Indiana. Which in turn opened up the position that Littrell is up for.

Indiana coach Kevin Wilson was himself the offensive coordinator under Stoops from 2002-2010, so that would simply keep in line with the rest of Littrell’s career.

The one obvious potential issue with hiring Littrell is that the Hoosiers already have a running backs coach in Deland McCullough but don’t have a specified quarterbacks coach so the Hoosiers would have to shake-up the positions. Johns, the other co-offensive coordinator, is the wide receivers coach. He was a college quarterback at Dayton and could potentially be shifted, but he’d earned a strong reputation for coaching wideouts and there would be no one else on the staff with that much experience at the position. Wilson has himself been a quarterbacks coach, but he was a center as a player and quarterback is an intense position assignment for the head coach to take on. Head coaches often don’t take on positions at all, but Wilson currently handles tight ends and helps with the offensive line.



  1. I noticed that after posting but still find the 1st paragraph to be the point most people would read and remember…not the last line of paragraph 3. Would think it would be more appropriate to say the TE/HB coach in the opening lines not his old position

  2. Charles, no…it’s perfect as it is and was very clear to the reader. If you re-read the entire paragraph it diagrams the Stoops brothers’ coaching tree, follows the Mike Stoops branch and analyzes Litrell’s responsibilities chronologically. Dustin did a fine job diagramming a very busy history.

    Nothing else makes any sense until Litrell is offered and accepts specific responsibilities under Coach Wilson’s staff structure at Indiana. Unless you’re heart is set on separating fly doo-doo from the other contents in a pepper shaker.

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