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Wommack to coach at IU through bowl season

Indiana’s soon-to-be-former defensive coordinator isn’t leaving just yet

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A busy few weeks are on deck for Kane Wommack.

Named South Alabama’s next head coach on Saturday evening, Wommack confirmed during his introductory press conference on Monday morning that he will continue in his role as Indiana’s defensive coordinator through the end of the postseason.

That’s what former offensive coordinator Kalen DeBoer did last year, sticking with IU through the Gator Bowl before fully transitioning to the head role at Fresno State. It’s also good news for the Hoosiers, who have executed Wommack’s calls to outstanding results this fall. What’s unclear is how many games remain in Wommack’s Indiana stint — there was no update Monday on Friday’s scheduled Champions Week crossover against Purdue.

There’s also no word yet on candidates who might replace Wommack in Bloomington, and it’s possible that Wommack’s old job won’t be the only opening on Indiana’s staff. The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman reported over the weekend that Dwike Wilson, IU’s director of player personnel and high school relations, is expected to join Wommack’s staff at South Alabama in an on-field role.

At least, with football activities currently paused, Tom Allen has some time to figure things out.