Report: Indiana safeties coach Jason Jones is leaving

North Carolina is expected to hire Indiana’s Jason Jones as cornerbacks coach, Matt Zenitz of On3 is reporting.

Indiana hired Jones away from Florida Atlantic following the 2019 season, and he served as the program’s safeties coach for each of the last three seasons.  Jamar Johnson was selected in the NFL Draft in 2021 after playing a year under Jones.

At UNC, Jones will be reunited with Tar Heels’ defensive coordinator Charlton Warren, who served for one season (2021) as defensive coordinator at IU under Tom Allen.

Allen knew Jones well when he hired him.  The pair had worked together on the defense at Ole Miss for a couple years.

The Hoosiers open spring practice on March 4, and they no doubt would like to fill the vacancy before then.

One option for Indiana, at least on an interim basis, would be Kasey Teegardin.  Now the outside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator, Teegardin coached the safeties prior to Jones’ arrival.

Indiana’s second highest rated recruit in its 2023 recruiting class, Amare Ferrell, is a safety, along with junior college transfers Tyrik McDaniel and Jamison Kelly.  All three have signed with the program.

Allen said on Sunday the program was still looking to add a younger defensive back or two during the offseason.

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