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IU names defensive line coach

Indiana football coach Kevin Wilson turned to the program's past to fill a vacancy on the defensive coaching staff.

Wilson announced Tuesday on the school's athletic website that Larry McDaniel is the Hoosiers' defensive line coach.

McDaniel was a four-year starter at nose guard for IU from 1989 to 1992, and was a captain in his senior season.

"I am so happy Coach Wilson reached out to me and gave me this opportunity," McDaniel said in a release. "It's a thrill to come back to Indiana University. Where I am in the coaching industry is a direct result of what I learned from my mentors at IU.

"Coach Bill Mallory was instrumental in my development as a coach and a man. To have the chance to give that knowledge back to these young men at Indiana is a dream come true."

McDaniel spent the last three years as the defensive line coach at Bowling Green. The Falcons recorded 30 sacks and held opponents to 150.6 rushing yards last season.

McDaniel was also a member of Kent State's coaching staff from 2003 to 2010, Ball State's staff from 1999 to 2003, Southwest Missouri State's staff in 1998 and was a graduate assistant at IU in 1997.

"Larry is a very impressive coach and has always been on our radar," Wilson said. "He is a former Hoosier captain, graduate assistant and Kelly School of Business alum.

"Larry has coached the MAC Defensive Player of the Year two of the last four seasons. His linemen are always fundamentally sound, physical and well coached. Larry is a great fit for what we want to accomplish on defense."

McDaniel replaces Jon Fabris, who was let go Jan. 10 after IU finished last season with 20 sacks and giving up 237.8 rushing yards per game.

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