Almost a week after firing 7 year head coach Tom Allen and paying out the third largest buyout in college football history, Indiana has found their replacement. Multiple sources are confirming that the Indiana Hoosiers will hire Curt Cignetti away from James Madison University.
Curt Cignetti fits most of the profile Indiana athletic director Scott Dolson was looking for. Cignetti has been a football coach since 1983. He had multiple stops at Division 1 programs such as Rice, Temple, NC State, and Alabama. At NC State, he coached Phillip Rivers and recruited Russell Wilson to the Wolfpack before bolting for Alabama. At Alabama under Nick Saban, Cignetti was the recruiting coordinator and coached all time great Julio Jones, as well as recruited Mark Ingram and Don’t’a Hightower. He was a member of the staff on the 2008 National Championship team.
From there, Cignetti got a head coaching gig at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, were he amassed a Division II quarterfinal appearance, two second round finishes, and a 53-17 overall record. From there, Cignetti went to Elon where he finished 14-9 and went to the post season twice in FCS.
From Elon, he moved to James Madison, where he has been since 2019. That inaugural 2019 season led to a National Championship birth for the Dukes, falling short to North Dakota State. JMU would reach the FCS semifinal the following two years before jumping up to FBS play. The Dukes were 11-1 this season, having only one loss to Appalachian State. Both years in FBS, JMU finished 1st or tied for 1st in their division but were ineligible to play in the championship game due to the NCAA. Cignetti was 52-9 at JMU overall.
Other names that were confirmed to have in the mix/interviewed/under consideration were: Rod Carey (Indiana Hoosiers OC), Mike Hart (Michigan Running Backs Coach), Paul Chryst (Former Wisconsin Coach), and Jason Candle (Toledo HC).