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Ex-UA offensive coordinator lands in the Big Ten

Seth Littrell watches over the UA offense last spring. Photo by Michael Chow/The Arizona Republic

Arizona and Indiana basically completed a trade of offensive coordinators on Tuesday.

Indiana hired former UA offensive coordinator Seth Littrell for the same position, helping replace Rod Smith, who spent one year with the Hoosiers before leaving last month to rejoin new Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez.

Smith was Indiana’s co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach last season. He played for Rodriguez at Glenville State and coached for him at West Virginia and Michigan.

Littrell was at Arizona for three seasons. He coached running backs and tight ends in 2009 and 2010, also adding the title of co-offensive coordinator in 2010, when he was the primary play-caller. He was the full- coordinator last season, coaching H-backs and tight ends.

“We received a large amount of interest from a talented pool of applicants, but I kept coming back to Seth,” Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson said in a statement.

“Seth is one of the most innovative, young coordinators in the country. We are excited to incorporate his successful background with the spread passing game into our offense.”

Littrell is the third assistant from last season’s staff to land a job. Offensive line coach Robert Anae was re-hired at Arizona, and defensive line coach Joe Salave’a joined Mike Leach’s new staff at Washington State.

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