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Report: IU to hire Miami (OH) RB’s Coach

Miami (Ohio) running backs coach Deland McCullough will be named the new running backs coach at Indiana according to a report by Tom Dienhart of Rivals.com.

McCullough was the offensive/special teams intern under Mike Haywood on last year’s Miami (Ohio) team that won the Mid-American Conference Championship. Haywood left to take the job at Pittsburgh but was fired on Jan. 1 because of domestic violence charges.

Miami’s new coach, former Michigan State offensive coordinator Don Treadwell, promoted McCullough, the only member of Haywood’s staff who stayedwith the program, to running backs coach, but if Dienhart’s report is true, McCullough will leave that position before spring practice.

McCullough was a three-time All-MAC selection at Miami as a tailback, receiving first-team honors in 1992 and 1995 and second-team mention in 1994. He ended his Miami career as all-time leading rusher in Miami and in the MAC with 4,368 yards. He played professionally with the Cincinnati Bengals and Philadelphia Eagles as well as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League.

If McCullough is hired, he would complete new IU head coach Kevin Wilson’s staff. The Hoosiers had initially hired Air Force’s Jemal Singleton for the position, but Singleton left to take a job at Oklahoma State.


George, Yeager find employment

Brian George, the former defensive line and co-defensive coordinator at Indiana, was named the defensive line coach at Kent State on Tuesday according to a Kent State release.

George joins the staff of Darrell Hazell, who was named Kent State’s new head coach in December after seven years as the wide receivers coach at Ohio State.

Last month, former Indiana linebackers coach Mike Yeager was named the defensive coordinator at Carthage, a Division III school in Kenosha, Wisc.

That would make five assistants of former IU coach Bill Lynch who have found employment elsewhere. Offensive coordinator Matt Canada was named to the same position at Northern Illinois. Running backs coach Dennis Springer is the wide receivers coach at Northwestern. Billy Lynch is coaching wide receivers at Rice.

In addition, centers and guards coach Mo Moriarity said he’s up for the head coaching position at Salem High School. And Bill Lynch himself took a position as the associate athletic director for development at Butler, his alma mater. If Moriarity is hired, that would leave defensive backs coach Joe Palcic, defensive ends coach George Ricumstrict and tight ends/tackles coach Kyle Conner as the only assistants not known to have found positions.


Moriarity interested in position at Salem High School

Former Indiana offensive line coach and former Bloomington South coach Myron “Mo” Moriarity could soon find a home back in the high school ranks.

Moriarity said Tuesday that he is in discussions to become the head coach at Salem High School a Class 3A school in Southern Indiana. Moriarity said he hasn’t been hired yet, but that something could be finalized by the middle of the month.

“ I’ve turned down a couple of jobs,” Moriarity said. “This is the only job I’m looking at it. I got interested, they contacted me and pretty much had been making it a situation for me that would be very hard to turn down. They just have done a lot of things to make it an attractive position.”

Moriarity, who turns 56 later this month, said he decided after he and the rest of former coach Bill Lynch’s staff were let go that the high school ranks were likely where he’d finish up. He won three Indiana state championships as a high school coach, claiming two at South in 1993 and 1998 and one at Carmel in 2007. He owns a career mark of 241-56 in 25 years as a head coach.

He was Indiana’s tight ends coach from 2002-04 under Gerry Dinardo but left that position when Dinardo and his staff were dismissed. He joined Lynch’s staff this year to replace Bobby Johnson, who left for a job with the Buffalo Bills, but was there just one season until Lynch was fired.

“For a couple of days, you kinda let the dust settle and kind of think through things,” Moriarity said. “I wanted to be a head coach again. I wanted to finish my head coaching career as being a head coach. Working for Bill allowed me a lot of flexibility, and each time I went to college, I learned a lot, that’s been good. But the last time I went to Carmel it worked out well. Wherever I end up this time, I just want to finish up as a head coach.”


COMMENTARY: Indiana has not done enough to earn the call

The list reads a bit like a prospective nonconference schedule for the 2011-12 season: Jackson State, Alabama State, Cal St. Northridge, Central Michigan, Arkansas Pine Bluff, Middle Tennessee, Wagner and Denver.

Actually, it is the eight programs in Division I with a worse free-throw rate than Indiana’s 51.7.

The other 10 Big Ten programs all rate in the top half of Division I in free-throw rate (free throws attempted divided by field goals attempted).

In more conventional terms, Indiana’s opponents have made nearly as many free-throws, 533, as Indiana has attempted, 584.

As Basketball Prospectus’ John Gasaway wrote Tuesday, “the 2011 Hoosiers are setting a new hacktastic standard.”

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Fun with numbers

You find a lot of interesting things if you stare at a stat sheet long enough. And I have been looking at IU’s season statistics for about an hour now, and found a wide array of them that were either telling, intriguing or otherwise entertaining that I thought I might share while I wait to head to Tom Crean’s radio show. Some of them can simply be explained by the varying positions of some of the individuals in question, but I still think they provide some interesting perspective.

  • With his shot volume increased and with opposing defenses focusing more of their attention on him, sophomore guard Jordan Hulls has seen his season field goal percentage fall under .500 for the first time since Nov. 21.
  • Hulls still hasn’t missed a free throw since Dec. 11
  • Christian Watford and Verdell Jones are the only two players who have had more field goal attempts than Hulls’ 229. However, they’ve also done it in far fewer minutes. Watford has attempted 315 shots in 758 minutes. Jones has taken 248 in 688 minutes. Hulls has taken 229 in a team high 895 minutes. (more…)

Steve McClain cites individual improvements

Indiana assistant coach Steve McClain took questions on the Big Ten teleconference Monday morning in place of coach Tom Crean. He faced several questions on topics other than Indiana, including Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger and the growth of the pick-and-roll as an offensive play, but he was also asked about the individual improvements of players and what that can do for IU going forward.

“I think you start with Verdell,” McClain said. “Has he been better? Yes he has. Up until the point he got hurt for that little bit of time, his game was continuing to grow. He was taking better care of the basketball. He was getting in areas where he knows his shot is. I think his overall leadership of the team has definitely grown.  I think when you look at his numbers taking care of the basketball  and just being a leader, he’s really grown. Jordy Hulls. I think again for me, I have to go back and watch film of last year to see where he was a year ago, but to become a guy that teams now have made an emphasis on, so he’s had to learn how to raise his level of play and where to get his shots. We’ve seen him do that. His overall strength and his ball handling has improved, so he’s really grown. Christian. We all look at young players, and I think that’s the part sometimes when you’re building something young players get thrown in at the beginning. I think Christian his growth has continud to come. He was coming off his best game maybe ever in an Indiana uniform at Michigan State when he had the hand injury, then had to go through a little setback there. I think his growth overall in his ability to score. Here’s something I’d say about all of them. I think their growth physically and in the weight room and that area has shown in all of them and will continue to show. That’s another area I think as Christian gets another year older and gets more strength, he’ll even score better in the post. He’s really developed himself into a very good 3-point shooter. I think his game has shown growth.” (more…)


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