Northwestern's Ingalls leaves for Saints

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Northwestern offensive line coach Bret Ingalls has left to take a position with the New Orleans Saints. An official announcement from the Saints is expected soon.

Ingalls, who spent three seasons with Northwestern, accepted an offer to coach the Saints' running backs last Wednesday. He has previously served as offensive coordinator at Louisville, San Diego State, Indiana State and Northern Iowa.

He coached the Big Ten's youngest line this season and got decent results, as Northwestern tied for second in the league in fewest sacks allowed (22) and went 9-4. Ingalls' biggest contributions have come as a recruiter, as he helped land top line prospects like Brian Mulroe, Nick Adamle and Jeff Radek last February.

Northwestern continued to upgrade its line with a 2009 commitment from Patrick Ward. So the pieces are in place for continued improvement up front. It's up to head coach Pat Fitgerald to find someone to coach them up. Northwestern likely will announce Ingalls' replacement very soon.