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IU needs less than a day to hire quarterbacks coach

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Friday, February 03, 2017 07:18 pm
IU football coach Tom Allen wasted no time in filling his vacant quarterback coach position. Basically a day after Shawn Watson was officially hired as the offensive coordinator at Pitt, word broke that Allen will hire Nick Sheridan as his new quarterback coach.

Who’s Nick Sheridan?

For one thing, he’s a former Michigan quarterback. For another, he had just been named the Central Michigan running backs coach. For the previous two years he was a graduate assistant at Tennessee. While there he worked with Volunteers offensive coordinator Mike DeBord, who recently took the same job with the Hoosiers.

DeBord also coached Sheridan when the two were at Michigan.

In other words, for Sheridan, as it is for so many coaches, connections matter.

In 2013, Sheridan was the quarterback coach/passing game coordinator at South Florida. Before that, he did the same thing at Western Kentucky.

He played at Michigan from 2006-09 as a backup quarterback. He played in 12 games and started four. He threw for 701 yards and two touchdowns.

As far as Watson, he had spent the past two months as IU’s quarterback coach, getting the job permanently in the wake of former head coach Kevin Wilson’s resignation and Allen replacing Wilson. He spent most of last season as IU’s offensive quality control assistant.

Watson got a promotion, and almost certainly a pay raise, by moving to Pitt. He has been friends with Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi for a long time, starting from when they worked together at Miami of Ohio in the early 1990s under late coach Randy Walker.

Meanwhile, Allen has reportedly found the replacement for offensive line coach Greg Frey, who left recently to join the Michigan staff. Frey is considered one of the nation’s best offensive line coaches. He helped develop IU offensive linemen Jason Spriggs and Dan Feeney into All-Americans.

Houston offensive line coach Darren Hiller is reportedly set to join the Hoosiers. He had just joined the Houston staff in early January after spending one season as South Florida’s co-offensive coordinator. He also had worked as the offensive line coach for the University of Cincinnati.


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