Ekeler has established himself as a rising star in the coaching profession
"Mike Ekeler has accepted a job at Southern Cal," WIlson tweeted. "He is an excellent coach and we appreciate the contributions he made to our program.
"We wish Mike, Barbie and their family continued success at USC."
Ekeler was an energetic presence on the defensive staff for Indiana, and a crucial cog in the Hoosiers' recruiting machine. He was solid both in-state and on the junior college circuit, from which IU has pulled 10 players in the last two seasons.
Over two seasons in Bloomington, Ekeler served both as co-DC, alongside Doug Mallory, and linebackers coach as well.
• Mike Ekeler is in his third season as Indiana's co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.
• In his first season coaching David Cooper in 2012, the sophomore middle linebacker finished second on the team with 86 tackles and added three sacks, nine tackles for loss and one forced fumble.
• Middle linebacker Jeff Thomas received honorable mention All-Big Ten recognition and strong-side linebacker Chase Hoobler earned a spot on the Yahoo Sports and BTN.com Big Ten All-Freshman teams in 2011.
• Spent 2008-10 as linebackers coach at the University of Nebraska. Middle linebacker Lavonte David, who was selected in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft by Tampa Bay, finished 2010 11th in the country with 152 tackles, which set a school record.
• David was the Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year, runner-up for Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, an All-Big 12 selection, a first team CBSSports.com and Rivals.com All-America honoree, and a second team Associated Press and SI.com All-America member.
• In 2009, Phillip Dillard earned second team All-Big 12 accolades and both Will Compton and Sean Fisher collected All-Big 12 freshman team honors. Dillard was selected in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the New York Giants.
• Cody Glenn moved from running back to linebacker as a senior and was drafted in the fourth round by the Washington Redskins.
• Served as an intern for the Louisiana State University football program in 2007, helping the Tigers win the SEC and national titles. He spent the 2005 and 2006 seasons as a graduate assistant coach, working with the Tigers defense.
• The Tigers were a perfect 3-0 in bowl games, winning the 2005 Peach Bowl, the 2006 Sugar Bowl and the 2007 BCS National Championship Game. LSU closed the 2007 season 12-2 after posting records of 11-2 in each of the previous two seasons.
• In each season assisting the defense, LSU finished third nationally in total defense. Tiger defenders Glenn Dorsey and LaRon Landry each earned first team All-America honors in 2006.
• LSU finished in the top 10 nationally in 2005 in all four major defensive categories and allowed less than 270 total yards per contest. A pair of Tiger defensive tackles - Kyle Williams and Claude Wroten - each earned first team All-America accolades.
• At LSU, linebackers Jacob Cutrera (Jacksonville), Perry Riley (Washington), Kelvin Sheppard (Buffalo), Ali Highsmith (Arizona) and Cameron Vaughn (Denver) moved on to the NFL.
• Spent the 2003 and 2004 seasons as a defensive graduate assistant at the University of Oklahoma. The Sooners participated in the national championship game each season and posted a combined record of 24-3.
• A four-year letterman at Kansas State University, Ekeler was a linebacker and special teams standout for head coach Bill Snyder's teams, including the 1993 Copper Bowl and the 1994 Aloha Bowl squads.
• Snyder appointed Ekeler as a captain in 1994, the only self-appointed captain during Snyder's tenure as Wildcats head coach.
• Earned academic all-conference honors and graduated from Kansas State in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in social science.
• Mike and his wife, Barbie, have one son, J.J. (11) and three daughters, Cameryn (10), Abigail (8) and Bella (4).
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