Former IU coach Bill Mallory has died, according to his son

Mallory coached the Hoosiers to 6 bowl games
Posted at 7:47 AM, May 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-26 00:33:15-04

BLOOMINGTON -- Former Indiana University football coach Bill Mallory, who guided the Hoosiers through one of their most successful eras, has died according to his son.

"Bill Mallory, beloved husband, father, grandfather, coach and friend, passed away peacefully Friday, May 25, 2018. He was surrounded by his extended family these last days with love, gratitude and celebration,"  said Curt Mallory, Bill Mallory's son in a tweet.

Earlier, Curt tweeted that Bill had emergency brain surgery following a fall on Tuesday and that his father was in hospice care. 

Mallory, who would turn 83 next week, coached IU from 1984 to 1996.  Though his overall win/loss record was only 69-77-3, Mallory's Hoosiers were competitive almost every year he was in Bloomington.

He took the Hoosiers to six bowl games in his 13 seasons, including back-to-back Top 20 rankings in 1987 and '88.

Indiana won the 1988 Liberty Bowl and the Copper Bowl in 1991 under Mallory - the only other bowl victory in school history was the 1979 Holiday Bowl under Lee Corso. 

He was inducted into the IU Hall of Fame in 2002.

IU beats Ohio State 31-10, Oct. 10, 1987, snapping a 35-year winless streak against the Buckeyes

Bill Mallory won 168 games overall in 27 seasons as a head coach.  His first job was with his alma mater, Miami (Ohio), where he played for Hall of Fame coach Ara Parseghian. 

After leading Miami to an unbeaten season in 1973, Mallory went to Colorado.  He took the Buffaloes to two bowl games in five seasons and won a share of a Big Eight Conference title in 1976, in an era in which the Big Eight was dominated by Oklahoma and Nebraska. 

Mallory then went to Northern Illinois for four years, leading the Huskies to a 10-2 record in 1983 before taking the position at IU.

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