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Indiana defensive line coach Larry McDaniel won't return for 2016

Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson announced Monday that defensive line coach Larry McDaniel will not return for the 2016 season after spending the last two with the program.

For the second time in 24 days, Indiana has made another change to its coaching staff.

The program announced in a state Monday that defensive line coach Larry McDaniel will not return for the 2016 season. McDaniel had held the position over the last two seasons. 

"We want to thank Larry for his contributions to our program,” Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson said in the same statement. “He has represented IU well as a coach and former player. We appreciate Larry’s efforts and wish him and his family the very best.” 

McDaniel, an IU alumnus who played nose tackle from the program from 1989-92, came to Indiana in 2014 after spending the 2011 through 2013 seasons with Bowling Green. 

After finishing 11th in the Big Ten in sacks in his first year in Bloomington with 23, Indiana's defensive line improved to seventh with 30 total this season. Standouts from both groups included defensive end Bobby Richardson, an undrafted free agent who landed with the New Orleans Saints last year after ending his career with All-Big Ten honorable mention accolades, and defensive tackle Darius Latham, who declared early for the NFL Draft. Latham and senior defensive end Nick Mangieri followed in Richardon's footsteps with All-Big Ten honorable mentions at the conclusion of the 2015 season. 

While Indiana saw improvement in getting pressure on the quarterback, it also regressed in rush defense between those two years. After finishing 10th with 182.7 rushing yards allowed per game in 2014, Indiana fell to 13th out of 14 conference teams in 2015 with 195.7 rushing yards allowed per game. 

McDaniel is the second coaching staff change made on the defensive side of the ball by Indiana, which also dismissed last season's defensive coordinator Brian Knorr on Jan. 16 and replaced him with South Florida defensive coordinator Tom Allen. 


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