Rivals.com’s Tom Dienhart is reporting that Purdue linebackers coach Mark Hagen will coach Indiana’s defensive line and special teams.
Hagen has been a coach at Purdue since 2000, but he is an Indiana alum and was a two-time second-team All-Big Ten linebacker in 1990 and 1991. He also worked in the IU athletic department as a graduate assistant to the strength coach in 1992 and ’93 and an administrative assistant from 1993-95.
Hagen was also an assistant at Northern Illinois as a defensive tackles coach for three years before going to Purdue. He served as a defensive tackles coach for the first five years and worked with special teams for the first eight years.
Also, a source says New Mexico defensive coordinator Doug Mallory and Nebraska linebackers coach Mike Ekeler are expected to officially be named co-defensive coordinators at some point today. Whether Hagen’s hiring will also be released today is unknown.
UPDATE, 5 p.m.: Hagen was not part of Monday’s release that Doug Mallory and Mike Ekeler are co-defensive coordinators. However, Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan tweeted “Sad to see Coach Hagen go but I wish him all the best! Thanks coach for getting me to Purdue.” That obviously adds even more credence to the report that he will be joining IU.
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