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IU Roundup: Mullen earns First Team All-America honors

Coach of the Year race update, and volleyball scheduling news, too

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Media members really, really like Indiana corner Tiawan Mullen.

Two weeks after the sophomore landed on the media’s All-Big Ten first team, the Football Writers Association of America announced Wednesday that Mullen is one of four defensive backs nationwide to receive its First Team All-America honor. In doing so, Mullen became the first IU corner in program history to receive first-team All-America recognition.

Mullen, a second-team All-Big Ten selection by the league’s coaches, is just the second cornerback (Tim Wilbur, 1980 second team) in Indiana history to achieve All-America status, and the first Hoosier since offensive lineman Dan Feeney (2015, 2016) to be awarded first-team distinction. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla. product is second on IU’s team with 36 tackles, 25 solo stops (tied) and 4.5 tackles for loss (tied), and third with three interceptions, 3.5 sacks and four pass breakups. Mullen also leads all Big Ten defensive backs in sacks and TFLs.

After receiver Ty Fryfogle and linebacker Micah McFadden recently landed on the Associated Press’ third team, IU now has three All-Americans for the first time since 2007 when receiver James Hardy, defensive end Greg Middleton and kicker Austin Starr picked up similar postseason recognition.

Allen runner-up for Associated Press coach of the year

It was a close race, but Tom Allen came in second in the voting for Associated Press coach of the year.

Coastal Carolina’s Jamey Chadwell won the honor with 16 first-place votes and 88 total points, while Allen was second with 14 first-place tallies and 66 points. Cincinnati’s Luke Fickell (5, 44) came in third and Alabama’s Nick Saban (8, 42) finished fourth in the voting.

Allen, the Big Ten Coach of the Year, is still in the running for the following postseason honors:

  • George Munger Coach of the Year Award (winner announced Jan. 15)
  • Dodd Trophy (winner expected to be announced by Friday)
  • Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award (winner announced Jan. 13)
  • Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year (winner announced week of Jan. 4-8)

Big Ten finalizes volleyball schedule

Steve Aird’s program finally knows when and where it’ll be playing its matches this season. The Big Ten revealed an all-league volleyball schedule for the upcoming spring season on Wednesday, a slate that features 22 conference matches for the Hoosiers.

IU will play five two-match series at home, five two-match series on the road and split a home-and-home series with Purdue in late February. Indiana’s schedule opens with a series against Nebraska at Wilkinson Hall on Jan. 22 and 23.

Here’s how the rest of the schedule breaks down:

  • Jan. 22-23 vs. Nebraska
  • Jan. 29-30 at Rutgers
  • Feb. 5-6 at Iowa
  • Feb 12-13 vs. Wisconsin
  • Feb. 19-20 at Penn State
  • Feb. 23 vs. Purdue
  • Feb. 27 at Purdue
  • March 5-6 vs. Maryland
  • March 12-13 at Michigan
  • March 19-20 vs. Northwestern
  • March 26-27 at Illinois
  • April 2-3 vs. Ohio State