Peegs.com has confirmed the reports that running backs coach Deland McCullough is leaving IU to join the staff at USC as the running backs coach for the Trojans. McCullough had been at Indiana for the past six seasons after arriving in Bloomington prior to the 2011 season. 24/7.com was the first to report the news of McCullough's departure from IU.
The Ohio native was a big part of the success that the Hoosiers' running game enjoyed the last few years. The past three season IU three running backs rush for more than 1,000 yards with Tevin Coleman accomplishing that feat in 2014, Jordan Howard in 2015 and Devine Redding doing it in both 2015 and 2016. McCullough was named the Big Ten’s running backs coach of the year by BTN.com following the 2014 season.
McCullough was an offensive and special teams intern at Miami (OH) in 2010 (Ohio) University in 2010. McCullough was a standout player for the RedHawks from 1992-95. He was a three-time All-MAC selection, and he finished his career as the MAC and Miami record-holder for career rushing yards with 4,368, and career rushing attempts with 949. McCullough was inducted into the Miami Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004.