Former IU coach Bill Mallory placed in hospice care after fall

Former Indiana football coach Bill Mallory has been placed in hospice care after suffering a fall on Tuesday, his son, Curt Mallory, announced on Twitter Thursday afternoon.

Mallory underwent emergency brain surgery, but “sadly, there has been no improvement,” wrote Curt, now the head football coach at Indiana State.

Mallory, who guided the Hoosiers to more wins than anybody else, is a giant in Indiana athletics history. During 13 seasons in Bloomington, Mallory led the Hoosiers to a 69-77-3 record from 1984 to 1996. He took Indiana to six bowl games over an eight-season span ending in 1993, compiling a 58-38-3 mark overall and a 33-30-1 record in the conference during that stretch.

In 1987, Mallory, who also coached at Miami (Ohio), Colorado and Northern Illinois, became the first coach to be awarded back-to-back Big Ten Coach of the Year awards.

He remains the only IU football coach to ever beat both Ohio State and Michigan in the same season.

10 comments

  1. Nobody could ever fire up a group of people like Bill Mallory could, be it in the locker room or raising money for the Boy’s and Girl’s Club.
    He was a great coach, but an even greater man.
    Thank you Coach Mallory for all you’ve done over the decades for IU and Bloomington.

  2. I hope he is pain-free, at peace and surrounded by the people who love him most. He was an excellent coach and from all accounts an even better man. Reading this story and being reminded of his accomplishments while IU’s head coach made me sad to remember how inept IU’s administration was during and after his tenure at IU. They were either unable or unwilling to take advantage of the foundation Coach Mallory had built. Oh how’d we’d love to have our football program go “to six bowl games over an eight-season span” these days. Regardless of the obstacles he faced and the lack of support from IU’s administration, Mallory proved to be a winner both on and off the field.

    1. Po,
      That’s the crying shame of it all. We hear all the time you have to have a winner to gain the support of Hoosier Nation. We guess what, for those years IU did have a winner but no support to the level Bill Mallory needed to sustain and build the success. Small wonder legendary IU Football Coach Bo McMillian called IU FB the graveyard of football coaches so many years ago. Coach Mallory did his best and was loyal to a fault, the later of which in the end cost him his job.

  3. Mallory coached teams (if you take out the first two years and last two years) provided some pretty exciting good games and a sound respectable IU football program during those years between. Integrity.

  4. Damn man thats sad news hopefully he can spend whatever time he has left with his family

  5. I pray for coach and his family. It isn’t easy to say good-bye to a loved one and watch them over the final days of their life. Coach and his family did so much for IU and Indiana families. Every time I saw him he made me feel welcome and important to his camp and for letting him recruit my players. He was always down to earth and talked about our families along with football.

  6. Best coach Indiana ever saw. Firing Mallory would have been like Virginia Tech firing Frank Beamer after a couple off years.

    He is a Hall of Fame coach.

  7. think, the question I have is how much of the problem has been/is IU’s administration (President, Board of Trustees, and Athletic Director) and how much of it was attributed to the Hoosier Nation? People want to be lead, and I don’t think there is anything inherent to growing up or living in the state of Indiana that makes people apathetic about football. My personal opinion is that for decades, IU’s Administration got spoiled by the success of the men’s basketball program. As long as basketball was winning, IU’s top administrators knew the Hoosier Nation would be satiated and did not have to do anything significant to improve performance in other sports. I mean, it seems like for several decades they didn’t even try to improve football. After years of seeing the University Administration’s collective malaise about football, the lack of investment in facilities, in quality coaches (they hired Cameron for God’s sake) and in the game-day experience (parochial if not boring), the Hoosier nation got the message that football was not important, so why invest any time, money or emotional energy supporting a program that the school’s administrators treat like a club sport? Do you think IU’s administrators were taking heat rounds from angry Hoosier alum when the football team failed to produce a winning season? No way! They felt no threat at all.

    I remember, as a young boy, the 1967 IU Football team. There was plenty of excitement and fan support inside Memorial Stadium that year. And the year before, in 1966, IU had produced a terrible record, so it’s not as if John Pont’s program had given the Hoosier Nation any indication that they were poised to do something special in 1967! It can happen again if IU’s leadership wants it to. “If you build it, they will come.”

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