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As per usual, we’ll be here. Same time, same place.
Wednesday at Indiana basketball availability was essentially Jeremiah Rivers Day.
Rivers is the only senior on the Indiana basketball team and therefore the only person who will be honored after Thursday’s 9 p.m. game. Rivers said his post-game address will be short. “I’m not going to make an Oscar speech,” he said.
I don’t believe him. I told Jeremiah I’m taking the over. Rivers can talk.
Indiana coach Tom Crean has had days when he’s been satisfied with Rivers and days where he hasn’t been so satisfied. But on Wednesday he pointed out that the 6-foot-5, 210-pounder helped the program a lot once he found a role and bought into it. (more…)
Deland McCullough knows very well how demanding Kevin Wilson can be.
Indiana’s new football coach was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Miami (Ohio) when McCullough was the star running back there. He saw that Wilson didn’t take any excuses from anybody. Certainly not his linemen, and not anyone else in the offense either.
“Coach Wilson is all about results,” McCullough said. “He’s all about working hard to get those results. He’s about the details, making sure the guys get the maximum effort. That’s some of the things that made me into the player that I was.” (more…)
Indiana made the hiring of Deland McCullough as running backs coach official today and also announced that defensive ends coach Brett Diersen would be the recruiting coordinator.
Shortly after the press release was sent out, Indiana coach Kevin Wilson said on his Twitter account that “Deland was a great player, is a better person and is on track to be an excellent coach.”
“He is a guy that was on my radar from the start,” Wilsons said. “We have a great relationship dating back to our days together at Miami. And Deland is on board with what we want to accomplish.”
The release follows: (more…)
Indiana running back Darius Willis had a protective order filed against him, stemming from an alleged domestic dispute in December. Chris Howell | Herald-Times
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.
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.
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