State Tips Its Cap To IU Great, Bill Mallory

State Tips Its Cap To IU Great, Bill Mallory

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State Tips Its Cap To IU Great, Bill Mallory

Indiana University lost one of its greats today.  Former Hoosier head football coach Bill Mallory had a respectful connection with Michigan State and we extend a tip of the cap to an old school guy who would have looked good in Green & White. 

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Longtime Indiana head football coach Bill Mallory has died at the age of 82 after a life committed to his family, hard work, and football.

In 1984, Mallory introduced the old school approach to football he learned from Woody Hayes and Ara Parseghian to Bloomington, Indiana and resurrected a football program that didn’t have a pulse.

By 1987, he had the Hoosiers playing for the Big Ten Championship – in East Lansing against his respected rival, George Perles and the Michigan State Spartans.

After Michigan State defeated Indiana that day 27-3, Mallory demonstrated what he was made of when he visited the Michigan State locker room in the bowels of a delirious Spartan Stadium and delivered this rousing speech to the team that just beat him –

The specifics related to his career are represented in Adam Rittenberg’s terrific piece below.

I never knew Bill Mallory – but when Jamie Baisley, my brother from another mother (who’s my other mother besides my mother), played for Mallory from 1992-1995, I watched Indiana Football with focus and fervor.

Baisley loved Mallory.

He still does.

I remember the day when Mallory visited the Baisley home on Longwood Avenue in Glencoe, Illinois and offered Jamie the scholarship he proudly and gratefully accepted on the spot after four stellar years as a standout at Wilmette, Illinois’ Loyola Academy.

Sitting at the family kitchen table, when Jamie shook hands with Coach Mallory, his dad turned to him and said, “I only wish your grandfather was here to see this.”

It was a moment that stands still for the Baisley family and for those of us that are close enough with them to remember the specifics of the moment and all that came before and after it for Jamie.

Baisley went on to have four stellar years as a menacing linebacker for Mallory.

His memories of Mallory’s intensity, passion, leadership, toughness, and love for his players have helped Jamie all throughout his life – and have provided all of us with a lot of laughs over the years about the spittle that spewed from Mallory’s mouth when he’d be firing up his men.

I suspect it’s a bittersweet moment for Jamie Baisley – as well as all who ever played for Bill Mallory when he was an assistant coach at Bowling Green, Yale, and Ohio State and all who played for him when he was the head coach at Miami (OH), Colorado, Northern Illinois, and Indiana.

I’m certain of this – life has been better for anyone who ever played for Coach Bill Mallory.

And Mallory will be remembered forever as someone who worked his butt off, earned the respect of his peers, and, perhaps above all else, did it his way.

Coach Mallory can kick his feet up now and be proud of the legacy he’s left for us.

Baisley (#45) and his teammates have him on their shoulders right now…

Bill Mallory, Hoosiers’ career leader in wins, dies at 82

Bill Mallory, Indiana‘s all-time coaching wins leader who upgraded football teams at ColoradoNorthern Illinois and Miami (Ohio), died Friday in Bloomington, Indiana.

Indiana University confirmed Mallory’s passing following a tweet by Mallory’s son, Curt, the football coach at Indiana State.

Bill Mallory was 82. He underwent emergency brain surgery after falling on Tuesday. Curt Mallory tweeted Thursday that his father had been placed in hospice care.

Bill Mallory went 168-129-4 in 27 seasons as a college head coach, guiding 10 teams to bowl appearances with four AP top-20 finishes. He led Miami (Ohio), his alma mater, to an 11-0 record in 1973 and a No. 15 finish in the final poll. Mallory later coached Colorado to the 1977 Orange Bowl and Northern Illinois to its first Mid-American Conference title in 1983.

He is best remembered for boosting Indiana’s moribund program, which under his leadership reached six bowl games between 1986 and 1993 and tied for second in the Big Ten in 1987. The Hoosiers had made just one bowl game in the 16 seasons before Mallory arrived. After firing Mallory in 1996, Indiana didn’t go back to the postseason for 11 years.

On Friday afternoon, Indiana football’s Twitter account paid respect to Mallory.

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Coach Bill Mallory’s impact was felt among players, coaches, fans & opponents. He will be missed.

After being named Big Ten Coach of the Year in 1986, Mallory became the first man to win the award in consecutive seasons. He won MAC Coach of the Year honors in 1973 and 1983.

“I believe in just kick-tail, lock-jaw hard work,” he told The Washington Post in 1988. “And no excuses.”

Mallory was raised in Sandusky, Ohio. He played two-way end at Miami (Ohio) for Ara Parseghian and John Pont, earning first-team All-MAC honors as a senior captain.

“John and Ara were great mentors for me,” Mallory told the Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News in 2013. “They were excellent teachers and very caring people about their players. They had a lot of important traits that I tried to take with me when I had the opportunity to be a coach.”

Mallory’s father, Guy, coached basketball, and Bill followed him into coaching, first with Doyt Perry at Bowling Green and eventually as an assistant for Woody Hayes at Ohio State. Mallory landed his first head-coaching job at his alma mater, succeeding Bo Schembechler, who had left for Michigan.

After coaching Miami (Ohio) to a perfect season, capped by a win over Floridain the Tangerine Bowl, Mallory took over at Colorado, recording four winning records in five seasons and winning the Big 8 in 1976. He then returned to the MAC at Northern Illinois, which had not broken through in its new league. The team’s breakthrough in 1983 drew the interest of Indiana.

“Bob Knight called me and asked if I was interested,” Mallory told The News-Gazette of Champaign, Illinois, in 2008. “I asked him if there would be a commitment to football, and he said there would be. We made a commitment, and things got much better.”

They didn’t right away, as Indiana went 0-11 in Mallory’s first year. But the Hoosiers reached a bowl in 1986 and then recorded consecutive eight-win campaigns behind All-America running back Anthony Thompson, who would win the Maxwell Award in 1989. In 1987, Indiana ended a 31-game losing streak to Ohio State, leaving Buckeyes coach Earle Bruce to say, “This is the darkest day in Ohio State football since I have been associated with it.”

“You tell Earle I’ve had a couple of dark days too,” Mallory countered, “and I don’t want to hear that.”

The 1987 Indiana team became the first in team history to beat both Ohio State and Michigan in the same season. To prepare the Hoosiers for the annual Old Oaken Bucket game against Purdue, Mallory would wear a Boilermakers hat during practices that week.

“He could really work up a lather, foaming at the mouth,” former Indiana running back Cal Miller told the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel in 1994. “He’d have real foam at the side of his mouth. We’d sit there in awe of him. I remember sitting in a meeting prior to any big game and watching [Mallory] orchestrate this talk, and I’m wondering how much I am seeing of what Woody Hayes or Ara Parseghian was like when he played or worked for them.”

Mallory retired from coaching after the 1996 season but remained in Bloomington with his wife, Ellie, whom he married in 1958. Their three sons all became coaches: Mike Mallory, a former All-Big Ten linebacker at Michigan, is an assistant with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Doug Mallory, a former captain at Michigan, is an assistant with the Atlanta Falcons.

Bill Mallory was inducted into the athletic halls of fame at Indiana, Northern Illinois and Miami (Ohio), as well as the MAC Hall of Fame in 2013.

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