Former IU football assistants find new homes #iufb

A pair of Kevin Wilson’s former assistants have landed new jobs for the 2016 season.

Brian Knorr, Indiana’s defensive coordinator during the past two seasons, has accepted a quality control position at Ohio State. Larry McDaniel, IU’s defensive line coach during the past two seasons, has taken a similar position at Toledo. The Columbus Dispatch reported Knorr’s hiring Thursday, while a Toledo spokesman confirmed McDaniel’s position to The Herald-Times.

Knorr was fired by IU in January and McDaniel, who played nose tackle for the Hoosiers from 1989-92, was let go in February. Former South Florida defensive coordinator Tom Allen replaced Knorr, while former Hoosier player and assistant Mark Hagen replaced McDaniel.

Generally, quality control coaches can assist with all coaching duties except on-field roles that are directly involved with players. They can help with film reviews, game preparation, among other duties, but are also prohibited from recruiting off campus.

Earlier this spring, Wilson also hired a quality control coach with a Power 5 resume, adding former Louisville offensive coordinator and Texas assistant head coach Shawn Watson as IU’s offensive quality control coach.

At Ohio State, Knorr is joined in the quality control role by former Kentucky head coach Joker Phillips, The Dispatch reported. According to The Herald-Times’ salary database, Knorr made $364,140 as IU’s defensive coordinator in 2015. McDaniel made $182,070 for coaching the defensive line.


  1. It is good to see where both of them ended up. They were good people but didn’t do the job Coach Wilson wanted for the defense; it is good to see them at good schools.

  2. We let a guy the quality of an OSU coach slip away!!!!? IU Football: It’s the gift that just keeps on giving.
    Can we somehow convince the Buckeyes just how stellar of a b-ball coach we have? Bobby Knight moved from OSU to Indiana…..(in a roundabout fashion). We’ll call this finally making good on an exchange program.

  3. Thanks, Mr. Miller, for catching on to my earlier sarcastic posts about what the heck, anyway, is a “quality control coach” and offering a clearer explanation of what it is Knorr and McDaniel will/will not be doing in their new gigs. You sportswriters should probably get a foreign language credit on your resumes for having learned “major-college-sports-program-speak” on the job.

  4. Crean hires ‘quality free’ coaches. There is no quality to control emanating from above.

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