Tom Allen promised from the day he was hired as Indiana's head coach that he'd address the Hoosiers' struggles on special teams.
Now he has the guy to do it.
IU has added former Central Connecticut head coach Jeff McInerney to the staff to oversee the special teams units, Allen said Saturday.
McInerneywas with Central Connecitcut from 2006-13 as a head coach and served as the defensive coordinator at Rhode Island the two years before. The 56-year-old played at Slippery Rock from 1978-80 and bounced around as a coach for the better part of the last 30 years.
Indiana does not have room on its staff to add another assistant coach on the playing field, so McInerney's job duties aren't quite as involved as someone like linebackers coach William Inge or running backs coach Mike Hart. Instead, McInerney works behind the scenes and then passes information along to the other IU assistants to teach the specialists on the field.
"We basically have divided the responsibilities on the field with our current coaches," Allen said. "Jeff McInerney is an analyst and will work with the organization of it off the field and has done that all spring long. He can't instruct on the field, and he doesn't do that, but he's able to coach the coaches in meetings and get them squared away. He has a tremendous amount of knowledge."
Allen and McInerney met while studying special teams with the New Orleans Saints.
McInerney already made an impact on the recruiting trail, too, having helped convince Colorado kicking standout Cameron Braaten to join the Hoosiers as a walk-on in the next recruiting class.
"He brings a vast amount of knowledge to us in that area," Allen said. "It's even showed up already in our spring drill work and everything we've done in special teams, so I'm excited about that."
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