Littrell leaving for North Carolina, Johns promoted to offensive coordinator, Patton moves back to offense

Indiana offensive coordinator Seth Littrell has officially taken the same position at North Carolina, according to Indiana coach Kevin Wilson. Quarterbacks/wide receivers coach Kevin Johns has been promoted to offensive coordinator. Assistant defensive line coach James Patton has been moved to the offensive side of the ball to coach tight ends and fullbacks.

UPDATE: A released statement from Wilson.

“We wish Seth, his wife Becca, and their family nothing but the best. He was a strong addition to our staff the last two years and did a great job developing our offense. With the way our staff is structured, we will maintain five coaches on defense and four on offense. I will continue to be a major part of our offensive game planning and play calling. Kevin Johns will assume the responsibilities of offensive coordinator and James Patton, who I have a long history with on the offensive side of the ball, will coach the tight ends and fullbacks. We are comfortable with our staff heading into National Signing Day. We will complete the recruiting cycle and make our final hire in the weeks to come.”

UPDATE: A statement from Littrell

“I want to thank Coach Wilson, Fred Glass, and the entire Hoosier community for the opportunity to work on this staff. Indiana is a special place and always will be. Likewise, Coach Wilson has been a tremendous influence on me both as a person and as a coach. I will always appreciate his advice and guidance. I wish Coach Wilson, the football program, and the entire University all the best in the future.”


  1. I think this might look like a lateral move on paper, but Littrell will probably own more of the offensive game plan and play calling vs what he did under Wilson. Also, understanding from what Dustin said about John’s role with the team already, it seems like we’re in good shape.

    I have to admit, I’m actually excited about the new staff.

  2. Glass should stay in touch with Littrell. He may become a good candidate for a head coaching position some day down the road. If he really feels IU “is a special place,” I could see Littrell coming back in five or six years, after Wilson decides to move on or retire.

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