Coaches fired from league-worst Hoosiers defense

Coaches fired from league-worst Hoosiers defense
January 10, 2014, 1:00 pm
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Vinnie Duber

The Big Ten's worst defense will be under new leadership next season.

Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson announced Friday that defensive coordinator Doug Mallory and defensive line coach Jon Fabris will not be returning to the team for the 2014 season.

"Doug and Jon are solid coaches and good men," Wilson said in a statement. "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." 

Statistically, Indiana's defense ranked last in the Big Ten in most categories. Nationally, the Hoosiers ranked 120th out of 123 in total defense, allowing a whopping 527.9 yards per game. While they weren't the conference's worst rush defense, they were shredded week after week through the air, giving up 290.2 yards per game, which ranked 118th in the nation.

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The Hoosiers also surrendered more first downs (310) than any Big Ten team and all but three other teams in all of college football.

It was hard to tell whether the Hoosiers took a step forward or not in 2013. On the offensive side of the ball, Indiana was explosive, piling up yardage and points like few other teams in the conference. But for every yard and point the Hoosiers got on offense, they just as easily gave it away on defense. It was Wilson's best finish in his three seasons in Bloomington, but it was still just a 5-7 record with only three conference wins and no bowl appearance.

Mallory is the son of Bill Mallory, one of Indiana's more legendary head coaches, who coached from 1984 to 1996 and led the Hoosiers to six of the program's nine all-time bowl appearances.