IU Football Lets Go Two Defensive Coaches

Defensive Coordinator Doug Mallory and Defensive Line Coach Jon Fabris will not return for the 2014 season.

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    The IU Hoosiers had a 5-7 record this past year.

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    Doug Mallory was the IU defensive coordinator.

Indiana University Head Football Coach Kevin Wilson has announced that two coaches have been let go.

Defensive Coordinator Doug Mallory and Defensive Line Coach Jon Fabris will not return for the 2014 season.

“Doug and Jon are solid coaches and good men,” Wilson said. “We appreciate everything they have done for IU Football and wish them both the very best moving forward. We are excited about the future as we continue to build our program in a positive way.”

As ESPN reports, the Hoosiers had a 5-7 record this year.

The move is hardly a surprise, as Indiana gave up 38.8 points per game and ranked 120th out of 123 FBS teams in total defense. There were times during the season where that defense looked completely lost, especially in a 63-47 loss to Michigan in which the Hoosiers surrendered 751 yards.

Mallory is the son of Indiana’s most successful head coach, Bill Mallory, so firing him couldn’t have been an easy call for Wilson. But IU’s defense simply didn’t show any noticeable improvement in three years despite some recruiting successes that were supposed to upgrade the talent on that side of the ball.

On social media, the move was largely greeted with support.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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  • HeartlandLiberal

    To answer the rhetorical question quoted in the article: Because he is Bill Mallory’s son, that is why it took so long.

    Bill Mallory was a good coach, and one of the nicest human beings you could ever want in college sports coaching position. He continued to support the program and help it recover from the debacles that followed firing Knight, even though he himself had been fired, even though one of the best coaches in the history of Indiana football.

    But it has been crystal clear to us IU fans who continue to buy our season tickets and go to every game that Mallory had to go. IU football defensive program was a shambles.

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