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IU football hires Bostad as offensive line coach

Indiana football is hiring Wisconsin’s Bob Bostad as offensive line coach, the school announced on Friday.

Bostad is the first change to Tom Allen’s staff this offseason. He just finished his fifth year of his second stint in Madison, though only spending 2022 as offensive line coach. He coached inside linebackers from 2017 through 2021.

Two Wisconsin tackles and two guards graded in the top 100 in the country at their positions by Pro Football Focus this season. PFF rated center Joe Tippman as the 11th-best center in the nation.

Bostad previously coached Wisconsin tight ends in 2006 and 2007, and he led the Badgers’ offensive line from 2008 through 2011. He’s primarily worked with offensive linemen and tight ends through his coaching career, which began at Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1990. The four seasons coaching Wisconsin’s inside linebackers was the only time he wasn’t working with those offensive groups.

After leaving Wisconsin in 2011, Bostad became offensive line coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He served two seasons there before taking the same job with the Tennessee Titans for another two years. He returned to college football in 2016 with Northern Illinois as tight ends and fullbacks coach.

IU fired Darren Hiller from the position in October and elevated program alum Rod Carey into the role for the rest of the season. Hiller was part of Allen’s original staff when he became IU’s head coach in 2017.

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