In a long-anticipated move, Indiana Universtiy football coach Kevin Wilson dismissed defensive coordinator Doug Mallory and Defensive Line coach Jon Fabris of their duties Friday.
The Hoosiers finished last in the Big Ten in defense and ranked near the bottom nationally in several categories, including points allowed, total yardage, and rushing yardage. IU's defense has struggled in recent years, and their was mounting pressure on Wilson to make staff changes on that side of the ball.
In a statement, Wilson praised both men for their contributions but looked ahead. “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.”
Wilson pledged to look hard at every facet of the IU football program following a disappointing 5-7 record that left the Hoosiers out of bowl consideration again. He gave Mallory, the son of long-time IU football coach Bill Mallory, what appeared to be a vote of confidence late in the year, but gave way to the reality that neither the defense nor individual performers had improved significantly under the current coaching staff.
While the defense struggled, IU's offense rated among the nation's best. The fast-paced, spread option attack installed by Wilson helped the Hoosiers put points on the scoreboard in bundles, and IU featured several dynamic offensive players, including receivers Cody Latimer, Shane Wynn, and Kofi Hughes. Sophomore running back Tevin Coleman emerged as a potential game-breaking back, even while the IU offensive line was decimated by injuries.
Wilson heads into an important offseason both recruiting and program wise. The Hoosiers will be expected to turn the corner and break a streak of no bowl appearances in 2014. The selection of a new defensive coordinator, or possibly the evlevation of linebacker coach William Inge to the position, should be key in determining their success.