There’s no way Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson could have prepared for this. Four of Wilson’s initial hires have already bolted for other jobs.
To be honest, it’s hard to blame coaches that leave for Boise State, Nebraska, Michigan, and Oklahoma State.
It all started with Brent Pease. Wilson hired Pease, who served as the wide receivers coach at Boise State, as his offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach. Pease was recognized as the FootballScoop Wide Receivers Coach of the Year. But when Boise State offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin left for Texas, Pease opted to return to Boise State as the offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach.
Next up … Jerry Montgomery. The former Wyoming defensive line coach lasted less than two weeks in Bloomington. He jumped ship when Brady Hoke offered him the defensive line job at Michigan.
Next up … Cory Raymond. After leaving Utah State, Raymond joined the Indiana staff, but moments later shot deuces and said, “Holla, I’m heading to Nebraska.” Something like that.
And today… it was Jemal Singleton’s turn. Singleton was recently hired to coach the Indiana running backs. Today, he’s on a plane for Stillwater, where he’ll be joining Mike Gundy’s staff at Oklahoma State.
So who is on the Indiana staff? Rod Smith (Co-offensive coordinator / quarterbacks), Kevin Johns (Co-offensive coordinator / wide receivers), Greg Frey (Offensive line), Mike Ekeler (Co-defensive coordinator / linebackers), Doug Mallory (Co-defensive coordinator / safeties / assistant head coach), Brett Diersen (Defensive ends), Brandon Shelby (Corners), and Mark Hagen (Special teams coordinator / defensive tackles).
We’ve heard that Wilson will be bringing in an new group of grad assistants and quality control assistants. Our sources tell us the only one of that group that will be retained is David Elson, the former head coach at Western Kentucky.
It should be noted that 12 coaches accepted two jobs during last off-season. That number is down this year. We're pretty sure that number is six. Des Kitchings went to Furman, but is now at Air Force. Also, Justin Frye went from North Texas to Temple.
Here’s the complete list of coaches that accepted two jobs in 2010:
Kippy Brown (University of Tennessee to Seattle Seahawks)
Pep Hamiton (New Mexico to Stanford)
Hugh Freeze (San Jose State to Arkansas State)
Clay Helton (Arkansas State to Southern Cal)
Willie Martinez (Stanford to Oklahoma)
George Edwards (Florida to Buffalo Bills)
Brian Mitchell (Memphis to East Carolina)
Steve Ensminger (Texas Tech to LSU)
Clancy Pendergast (Oakland Raiders to Cal)
Greg Peterson (North Texas to Northern Colorado)
Ron Turner (Stanford to Indianapolis Colts)
Glen Elarbee (Toledo to West Georgia)