College football extra: Former Illini assistant Mallory gets head coaching shot – Illinois News

College football extra: Former Illini assistant Mallory gets head coaching shot –  Illinois News

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Check out Curt Mallory’s resume and you will see all sorts of initials: LB (linebackers), DB (defensive backs), DB, DB, DB, DC (defensive coordinator), DC, DB.

The only initials missing were HC (head coach).

“It’s always been a goal for me,” Mallory said. “The ultimate place I wanted to be was to be a head football coach.”

The former Illinois assistant had come close. He was a finalist for jobs at Miami (Ohio), Central Michigan and Eastern Illinois.

The son of 13-year head coach Bill Mallory finally has a team of his own. On Jan. 23 Indiana State hired Mallory to run its FCS program.

“It’s home for me,” Mallory said. “That’s No. 1. I fell in love with the people I was going to be around. Proximity to where I’m from, Bloomington, Ind., and where my wife (Lori) is from in Decatur, it was the perfect fit.”

Mallory hit the ground running. He quickly put together a staff and started recruiting. The Sycamores signed 24 players on Feb. 1, barely a week after Mallory was hired.

The first class had a heavy Midwest flavor, with nine from Indiana, two from Illinois and one each from Ohio and Wisconsin.

“We’ve got a great recruiting area,” Mallory said. “We’re going to hammer the heck out of Indiana and Illinois. Those are going to be our primary areas. That’s where my ties are.”

Work to do

Mallory takes over from Mike Sanford, who left to work on his son’s staff at Western Kentucky.
Sanford went 18-30 in four seasons, leading the team to the FCS playoffs in 2014.

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