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McCullough excited to work for Wilson again

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…)


IU hires McCullough, makes Diersen recruiting coordinator

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 continued.

“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.”

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Indiana running back Darius Willis had a protective order filed against him, stemming from an alleged domestic dispute in December. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

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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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