Another college program is eyeing an Indiana assistant to fill an opening on its coaching staff.
According to a report from 247 Sports, IU running backs coach Deland McCullough recently interviewed for a similar position on coach Clay Helton’s staff. McCullough, who’s guided Indiana’s running backs since 2011, has earned a reputation as one of the top position coaches in the nation.
If McCullough were to leave, he would be the third IU assistant this off-season to depart Bloomington for a new job.
In January, offensive line coach Greg Frey left to become Michigan’s offensive tackles/tight ends coach and run game coordinator. Earlier this month, quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson left to take over as Pitt’s offensive coordinator. Both of those positions have since been filled by Darren Hiller and Nick Sheridan, respectively.
USC lost former running backs coach Tommie Robinson to LSU earlier this month.
McCullough helped Tevin Coleman (third round, 2015) and Jordan Howard (fifth round, 2016) become the first IU running backs drafted in consecutive years since 1990-92. This past season, Devine Redding became the first Hoosier since Vaughn Dunbar in 1991 to rush for 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons. Next week, Redding will attend this year’s NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.
After Coleman became the 18th player in Football Bowl Subdivision history to rush for 2,000 yards during the 2014 season, BTN.com named McCullough the league’s top running backs coach.
Last June, McCullough was one of nine minority assistants selected to participate in the 2016 NCAA Champion Forum, which is designed to groom attendees to become successful future head coaches.
McCullough made $255,000 in 2016, according to The Herald-Times’ Indiana University salary database.