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Indiana RB coach Deland McCullough being ‘targeted’ for opening at USC, per report

McCullough, widely considered one of the best position coaches in the country, has already interviewed, per 247Sports.


Per a report from 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong, Indiana running backs coach Deland McCullough is being targeted for a job on USC’s staff -- and has already interviewed for the position.

That’s not good news for Indiana.

McCullough reigned over Indiana’s rise in the running game over the 2013-2016 seasons, responsible for recruiting & tutoring Tevin Coleman and Jordan Howard to NFL success and Devine Redding to back to back 1,000-yard seasons. He’s also been instrumental in his role as a recruiter for the Hoosiers, including in this cycle after Kevin Wilson’s departure.

He’s currently the lone remaining offensive staff holdover from the Wilson era. If McCullough were to depart, only Noah Joseph, William Inge, and Brandon Shelby would remain from Indiana’s 2015 Pinstripe Bowl coaching staff.

Here’s a quick summary of all the offensive turnover for the Hoosiers since Kevin Wilson’s resignation.

Head Coach

OUT: Kevin Wilson (resigned — OC, Ohio State)

IN: Tom Allen (Promoted from DC)

Offensive Coordinator

OUT: Kevin Johns (not retained — OC, Western Michigan)

IN: Mike DeBord (OC, Tennessee)

Wideouts/Passing Game

OUT: Johns

IN: Grant Heard (WRs, Ole Miss)

Offensive Line

OUT: Greg Frey (left — OL, Michigan)

IN: Darren Hiller (OL, Houston)


OUT: Johns

OUT AGAIN: Shawn Watson (left — OC, Pittsburgh)

IN: Nick Sheridan, (RBs, Central Michigan)