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.
Reactions to Doug Mallory and Jon Fabris' firing today? It's unfortunate, but it had to happen. The defense simply regressed.— Doctor Hoosier (@doctorhoosier) January 10, 2014