Former Tennessee Titans assistant named associate head coach at Indiana


Craig Johnson, who spent more than a decade as an assistant coach for the Tennessee Titans, was named associate head coach and running backs coach at Indiana University.

The school announced the move on Monday, a week after reports first surfaced that the move was on hold.

“I am thrilled to be at Indiana University,” Johnson said in a statement. “I plan to bring a wealth of knowledge both on and off the field. It has been a blessing to have worked with some of football’s top athletes at the college and professional levels, and we look forward to a big hit at IU.”

Johnson, 61, has 38 years of coaching experience split almost evenly between the NFL (20 years) and college football (18 years). He spent the last two seasons as a senior analyst at the University of Maryland.

His first job in the NFL was as an offensive assistant with the Titans under Jeff Fisher in 2000. He remained with the team until 2010 and spent the majority of the time as quarterbacks coach (2002-09 ). In his senior season, he served as an assistant head coach/running back.

After that, he was quarterbacks coach with the Minnesota Vikings (2011-13) and running backs coach with the New York Giants (2014-19) before moving to Maryland.

This will be Johnson’s second job with the Big Ten program. He was quarterbacks coach at Northwestern from 1992 to 1996.

“Craig is the complete package,” Indiana coach Tom Allen said. “His background and character fit perfectly with our culture and will greatly benefit the young men in our program.”

Johnson replaces Deland McCullough, who left to become running backs coach at Notre Dame.


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