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Indiana football parts ways with offensive coordinator Nick Sheridan

<p>Indiana offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Nick Sheridan during Media Day on Aug. 5, 2021.</p>

Indiana offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Nick Sheridan during Media Day on Aug. 5, 2021.

Indiana football announced it has parted ways with offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Nick Sheridan in a press release Sunday.

“I want to thank Nick for his work and commitment to our football program,” head coach Tom Allen said in the release. “He is a good football coach and a man of tremendous character, but we are in the need of a reset on the offensive side of the ball.”

Sheridan took over as Indiana’s offensive coordinator after the 2019 season following Kalen DeBoer’s departure for the head coach position at Fresno State University. Sheridan began coaching at Indiana in 2017 as the quarterbacks coach before moving to tight ends coach prior to the 2019 season.

Previously, Sheridan had been tight ends coach in 2019 and quarterbacks coach in 2017-2018.

Prior to coaching at Indiana, Sheridan worked as a graduate assistant with the University of Tennessee under future Indiana offensive coordinator Mike DeBord from  2014 to 2016. Sheridan was a walk-on quarterback at Michigan from 2006 to 2009, starting in four games.

Indiana’s offense finished fourth in the Big Ten in scoring in 2020 with 28.9 points per game but dipped to 13th with 17.3 points per game in 2021. Indiana was outscored 94-316 against Big Ten competition in 2021.

Indiana’s four quarterbacks combined for 2,106 yards, nine touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 2021. Its nine passing touchdowns tied with Rutgers for least in the Big Ten, and its 15 interceptions were the most in the conference. Its running backs combined for 1,371 yards and averaged 114.3 yards per game, which ranked 12th in the Big Ten.

Indiana’s search for Sheridan’s replacement will begin immediately, according to the release. 

In order to make the coaching change, Indiana has restructured Allen’s contract with the university. Allen’s annual salary will decrease by $200,000 each year from 2022-25, according to the release.

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