Former Indiana linebacker and assistant coach Mark Hagen is leaving Bloomington to take the linebackers coaching position at Texas A&M.
IU head coach Kevin Wilson confirmed the move via his Twitter account. “Mark Hagen has accepted a job at Texas A&M University,” Wilson said over four posts on his account. “We appreciate the job Mark has done on the field, in recruiting and within the IU community. Mark, Denise and the entire Hagen family leave with our gratitude and best wishes. In our time here, our track record shows we have hired top, quality coaches and recruiters who fit our program and Indiana University. We are confident we will do so again.”
Hagen coached the last two seasons at IU. He was previously an assistant at Purdue. At Texas A&M, he'll serve under rising coaching star Kevin Sumlin, himself a former Purdue assistant.
Extra Points: There's been some minor roster movement. Wilson announced that cornerback Lawrence Barnett and wide receiver Jamonne Chester decided not to return for their fifth seasons of eligibility. Wilson also mentioned several other players that are giving up their eligibility, including punters Mitchell Voss and Chad Roggeman, defensive end Javon Cornley and offensive linemen Charile Chapman and Tyler McGuigan.
Meanwhile, defensive end Justin Rayside transferred to Division II Tarleton State in Texas. Running back Matt Perez (back) and linebacker Ishmael Thomas (shoulder) both became medical non-participants after not playing all of last season. The remain on scholarship, but do not count against the 85-man-limit.