Indiana Hires Mike Hart As Running Backs Coach

    Former Michigan Wolverines star Mike Hart has left his job as Syracuse's running backs coach after one season to take the same position at Indiana.

    March 2, 2017

    Former Michigan Wolverines star Mike Hart has left his job as Syracuse’s running backs coach after one season to take the same position at Indiana.


    Mike Hart is coming back to the Big Ten.

    The former Michigan standout has been named the running backs coach at Indiana, joining head coach Tom Allen’s staff, which already has two coaches with Wolverines ties. Former Michigan quarterback Nick Sheridan coaches that position for the Hoosiers, and former Wolverines offensive coordinator Mike DeBord holds the same title on Allen’s staff.

    Hart was a three-time All-Big Ten selection as a standout running back at Michigan from 2004-07. He set a school freshman record with 1,455 yards and finished his career with a school-record 5,040. Hart also will be heading back to the area of his only NFL stop, as he played for the Indianapolis Colts from 2008-10.

    Following his playing career, he joined Eastern Michigan as an offensive quality control assistant before being named running backs coach in 2012. Hart also held the same job at Western Michigan in 2014 and ’15 before spending last season with the same job at Syracuse.

    Although Hart had a fantastic collegiate career and has been a successful coach, he’s perhaps best known for his comment during his senior season when he referred to Michigan State as the Wolverines’ “little brother” because of their dominance over the Spartans in the rivalry, eliciting a response from Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio.

    Hart will have an opportunity to beat the Spartans regularly in the Big Ten now that he’s coaching with the Hoosiers.

    MORE: Big Ten Football Predictions, Storylines For 2017

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