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SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 28: Devine Redding #34 of the Indiana Hoosiers celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the Foster Farms Bowl game at Levi's Stadium on December 28, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
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For the third year in a row, an Indiana running back is going pro early

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For three consecutive seasons, Indiana has registered a different 1,000-yard running back. And for three consecutive seasons, that running back has turned pro early.

Tevin Coleman started the trend, exiting Bloomington after a 2,000-yard, 15-touchdown season in 2014. Jordan Howard transferred in for the ’15 season, rushed for 1,200 yards, then left. And now it’s Devine Redding‘s turn.

The Indiana junior declared his 253-carry, 1,122-yard, 7-touchdown season a good enough audition to land him a role as a professional running back, declaring his intention to enter the NFL Draft on Friday.

After receiving a favorable response from the NFL Advisory Committee, and a lot of thought and prayer, I have realized that now is the moment for me to pursue that lifelong dream. As a result, I have decided to forego my final year of eligibility and will declare for the NFL Draft.

I did not arrive at this decision easily, and I want to reiterate my sincerest thanks to all of the coaches, staff, and teammates who have made reaching this goal possible. Coach Wilson challenged me to be the greatest version of myself. Coach McCullough created a respectful atmosphere where running backs can grow as men and players and reach our goals. I am forever grateful to them both, as well as the training staff, Christa Sist, IU academics, and Coach Allen, who has supported me in this decision.

To my IU family: I could never be who I am, on and off the field, without your willingness to embrace me as a person. It’s because of you that I feel I’m genuinely ready for the challenge of the NFL. God bless and Go Hoosiers!

Coleman was a 3rd-round pick of the Atlanta Falcons in 2015; he’s rushed for 912 yards and nine touchdowns through two seasons. Howard, a fifth-round pick of the Chicago Bears, finished second in the NFL with 1,313 yards despite missing a game and not starting in two others.

Splitting those two’s fortunes would still prove Redding’s decision a wise one, even among a large and ever-growing list of early-entry running backs.

Indiana confirms addition of Vols OC Mike DeBord to same post with Hoosiers

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 10: Head Coach Butch Jones (R) of the Tennessee Volunteers celebrates with Offensive Coordintator Mike DeBord after the game against the Georgia Bulldogs on October 10, 2015 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Mike DeBord is officially going home again.

Following up on reports that began gaining steam Tuesday morning, Indiana announced Wednesday that DeBord has been named as the Hoosiers’ offensive coordinator.  The Muncie, Ind., native had spent the past two seasons in the same job at Tennessee.  At IU, DeBord will also coach tight ends and carry the title of associate head coach.

It had been rumored for a handful of weeks that DeBord had been seriously leaning toward retiring from the profession.  Instead of retiring, Jimmy Hyams of GridIronNow.com wrote, “DeBord… took the job at IU to be near family and grandchildren.”

DeBord will replace Kevin Johns, who is not being retained by new head coach Tom Allen.

“I was looking for a strong, experienced leader to run our offense,” Allen said in a statement. “I want him to be able to cast a vision for the direction we want to go in the future, be the head coach of the offense and to run that room. I feel like I am getting that with Mike DeBord. He has coached at the highest levels in the Big Ten and the SEC, as well as being in the NFL.”

Prior to his time on Rocky Top, DeBord spent the previous two years as a University of Michigan Olympic sports administrator.  That was his third stint at UM, the first coming in 1993-99 (offensive line the first three years, coordinator the last three) and the second from 2004-07 (first two as special teams coordinator, the last two again as offensive coordinator).  In between his latter two UM stints, he spent five seasons as an assistant in the NFL.

From 2000-2003, he was the head coach at Central Michigan.

With the Vols, DeBord’s offense was 24th nationally and second in the SEC averaging 36.4 points per game this past season.  At 35.2 ppg in his first season, UT was 29th in the country and second in the conference in 2015.

“As a native Hoosier, I am extremely excited about working for Tom Allen and joining the Indiana University football program during one of its most exciting times,” DeBord said. “I’ve been a fan of Indiana Football for a very long time, dating back to when my brother arrived on campus. I have never stopped following the team and look forward to building on its success.”

In addition to DeBord, Allen announced the addition of Ole Miss assistant Grant Heard as passing-game coordinator/wide receivers coach.  Heard had spent the past five seasons with the Rebels.

Finally, Shawn Watson has been retained by the new regime as quarterbacks coach.

Ex-Indiana HC Kevin Wilson reportedly set to become Ohio State’s OC

BLOOMINGTON, IN - OCTOBER 03: Kevin Wilson the head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers runs checks the spot of the ball during the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Memorial Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Bloomington, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The revamping of the top of Urban Meyer‘s offensive coaching staff is nearly complete.

With Tim Beck leaving OSU “to pursue other opportunities” — Texas later confirmed that he was taking over as the Longhorns’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach — the Buckeyes announced Tuesday that long-time Chip Kelly protegé Ryan Day had been hired as quarterbacks coach.  Subsequent to that, SBNation‘s Crimson Quarry first reported that former Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson was set to join Meyer as his coordinator.  The Wilson hiring, while not yet announced by the program, was seconded by FOXSports.com‘s Bruce Feldman.

According to Feldman, Wilson met with OSU today.  An official announcement from the university is expected as early as Wednesday.

Ed Warriner served as the Buckeyes’ other co-coordinator. He’s expected to remain on Meyer’s staff as offensive line coach.

Wilson was fired as IU’s coach under a cloud of controversy in early December. Prior to his first head-coaching job, Wilson was viewed as one of the brightest offensive minds in the game, first as the coordinator at Northwestern (1999-2001) and then Oklahoma (2002-10).  That offensive prowess continued on with the Hoosiers.

Reports: OC Mike DeBord leaving Tennessee for same job at Indiana

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 10: Head Coach Butch Jones (R) of the Tennessee Volunteers celebrates with Offensive Coordintator Mike DeBord after the game against the Georgia Bulldogs on October 10, 2015 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Mike DeBord, much to the delight of a sizable portion of Volunteer Nation, had been strongly considering stepping down from his post at Tennessee and retiring from the profession.  Instead, he appears set to head back to his home state as a gainfully employed coach.

First reported by Rivals.com and subsequently confirmed by others, DeBord is set to leave as the Vols offensive coordinator and take the same job at Indiana on new head coach Tom Allen‘s first staff.  DeBord also served as the Vols’ quarterbacks coach; it’s unclear if he’ll hold that job with the Hoosiers as well.

DeBord spent two years on Rocky Top after spending the previous two years as a University of Michigan Olympic sports administrator.  UT head coach Butch Jones had a previous working relationship with DeBord, with the former serving on the latter’s coaching staff at Central Michigan in 2000-03.  DeBord, a Muncie, Ind., native, was an unpopular hire to begin with, and the criticisms grew louder over the years as the production on that side of the ball, according to some, never quite matched the perceived talent level.

This past season, the Vols were 24th nationally and second in the SEC averaging 36.4 points per game.  At 35.2 ppg in his first season, UT was 29th in the country and second in the conference in 2015.

It’s being reported that former Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich is Jones’ top target as DeBord’s replacement.  Additionally, current staff members Larry Scott and Zach Azzanni are possibilities as well.

Late field goal helps No. 19 Utah escape with Foster Farms Bowl win over Indiana

SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 28: Kyle Fulks #6 of the Utah Utes returns a kick off against the Indiana Hoosiers during the Foster Farms Bowl game at Levi's Stadium on December 28, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Coaches say all the time it’s not how you start a game, it’s how you finish it.

No. 19 Utah took that to heart on Wednesday night in the Foster Farms Bowl, following up an opening kickoff fumble with a game-winning field goal in the final 90 seconds to top Indiana 26-24 in a wild finish.

Running back Joe Williams was once again the focal point for the Utes offense and caused plenty of the late game drama in the first point by fumbling in Hoosiers territory to setup a go-ahead touchdown for Indiana. That put the team in a perilous position with minutes left in the clock but the veteran tailback churned his way for some big gains down the stretch — finishing with 222 yards and a touchdown — before setting up kicker Andy Phillips, who sneaked the game-winning ball inside the left upright from 27 yards out.

The Utah defense came up with one final stop after that to seal a victory on a night where they also recorded three sacks and three takeaways.

Richard Lagow had a rough outing over on the West Coast as the Indiana quarterback finished just 14-of-39 for 188 yards with one score and one interception. He was under siege most of the game by that tough Utes front seven, which only tailback Devine Redding was able to move the ball effectively through on his way to a 72 yard, one touchdown night on the ground.

There was plenty of fight in the Hoosiers in this one though and they came ever so close to capturing the program’s first bowl victory in 25 seasons. In the end though, it wasn’t enough to get past the Utes, which started slow but finished when it counted in the final minutes.