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REPORT: Indiana football hiring members of Curt Cignetti’s James Madison staff

The Hoosiers are adding to Curt Cignetti’s first staff already.

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Indiana football is adding a few of Curt Cignetti’s staff members from James Madison, according to a report from Matt Zenitz at 247Sports:

Mike Shanahan (no, not the one you’re thinking of) was James Madison’s offensive coordinator, having held that position since 2021. Additionally, he coached wide receivers for the Dukes and was previously the program’s recruiting coordinator prior to being offensive coordinator.

In 2022, James Madison’s first year in the Sun Belt after moving up from the FCS, the Dukes’ offense ranked in the top 30 of all FBS teams in categories including time of possession (sixth), yards per completion (14.52, seventh), scoring (37 points per game, 13th), pass efficiency (157.2, 16th), total offense (452.5, 29th) and passing touchdowns (27, 30th).

Shanahan previously worked with Cignetti at Elon and IUP. He played tight end at Pitt, where he was a team captain and is among the all-time leaders in receptions and receiving yards.

Bryant Haines’ name may be familiar in the Hoosier State and in Bloomington. He played linebacker at Ball State and was a graduate assistant at Indiana.

He was hired as the Dukes’ defensive coordinator in 2018 alongside Cignetti, following him from Elon like Shanahan. He was co-defensive coordinator at JMU prior to 2022 and also coaches linebackers.

JMU’s defense was a top-10 unit at the FCS and FBS levels under Haines’ watch. JMU was second nationally in run defense, tackles for loss per game and first downs allowed per game in 2022. The Dukes were fourth in sacks per game with 3.45 and fifth in total defense (289.5). Seven Dukes were named to the All-Sun Belt Team in 2022.

Finally, Tino Sunseri was JMU’s quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator in 2023. Hired in 2021, Sunseri-coached quarterbacks have won the Sun Belt’s Offensive Player of the Year award in both of the Dukes’ seasons at the FBS level, Todd Centeio last year and Jordan McCloud this year.

Expect more updates as Cignetti’s first Indiana staff starts taking shape.