The Big Ten coaching carousel has finally come to a stop -- I think -- as Indiana on Monday named Myron "Mo" Moriarity as its new offensive line coach.
Moriarity replaces Bobby Johnson, who left last month to become assistant offensive line coach with the Buffalo Bills. A 33-year coaching veteran, Moriarity will begin his second stint with the Hoosiers after coaching IU's tight ends from 2002-04.
He has spent most of his career coaching high school football in Indiana, most recently at Carmel High just north of Indianapolis. Moriarity won three Indiana state high school championships and coached three Indiana Mr. Football winners, including NFL quarterback Rex Grossman.
“I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to work with Bill Lynch and be a part of what I feel is a program heading in the right direction,” Moriarity said in a statement. “Coach Lynch and I have been friends for a long time and after talking with him about IU Football, I really can’t wait to get back down to Bloomington.”
Moriarity obviously will be a familiar name to Hoosiers fans, and as a longtime head coach, he'll know how to command respect from his players. His lack of college coaching experience raises some concerns, but he clearly knows the state and could be a valuable asset in local recruiting. He takes over a Hoosiers line that loses standout tackle Rodger Saffold (doing very well at the NFL combine this week) but returns three starters from 2009.