Report: Indiana to hire Brian Knorr as defensive coordinator

Brent Briggeman, the Air Force beat writer for the Colorado Springs Gazette, reports that Brian Knorr — who was hired on Jan. 10 as Air Force’s defensive coordinator after six seasons at Wake Forest including three as its co-defensive coordinator— has accepted the job as defensive coordinator at Indiana. A text message to Kevin Wilson for confirmation was not returned and an IU spokesman would not confirm the report.

Knorr went job searching after head coach Jim Grobe resigned following the Demon Deacons’ 4-8 season. Wake Forest hired former Bowling Green coach Dave Clawson as its new head man.

Knorr’s Wake Forest defense finish fifth in the ACC in both scoring defense (24.1 points per game ) and total defense (366.2 yards per game). Just two teams — BCS national champion Florida State and Orange Bowl champion Clemson — scored more than 30 points on Knorr’s defense. The Demon Deacons struggled in large part because their offense ranked last in the ACC in both scoring and total offense.

Before working at Air Force, Knorr was an assistant at Ohio University from 1995-2000 and the head coach there from 2001-04. He finished with an 11-35 record there and was fired after four seasons.



  1. Just as in Wilson’s past hires I never saw this 1 coming. I like the idea of having a military academy player/grad on board. His bio is interesting as he has spent many years with Coach Jim Grobe. He also has HC experience. As a DC at Wake Forest he ran a 3-4 D. They were aggressive causing many forced fumbles. Has a masters in business administration. I read his wife is from Fort Wayne. Now I wander who the last assistant hired will be. I am sure Knorr will be asked for his input.

  2. Coach Wilson and new DC Brian Knorr are in Fort Wayne interviewing someone from Michigan (not sure if UM or just the state)for the D line position. His wife Julie is very excited to be back in Indiana close to family and friends.

  3. Maybe not a sexy hire, but looks to be solid one. Has had some good defenses at a school that doesn’t pull in highly rated recruiting classes.

  4. I agree that this appears to be a good hire! I understand that in addition to coaching there, Coach Knorr is himself an AFA graduate. Sounds like the kind of guy who will emphasize discipline with our Defense which is SORELY needed.

  5. Sounds like a substantive and competent choice. Whatever, I’m glad Coach Wilson didn’t select Manny Diaz. Though Diaz is a good person, those of us who observed his body of work know he was a bust at UT-Austin. And it doesn’t take much to see that. When Coach Mack Brown replaced him with an experienced defensive coordinator, after the blowout at BYU, UT’s defensively play rose to the standard of defensive play of past UT teams to which UT fans were accustomed.

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