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Indiana State counting on Mallory pedigree

(STATS) - Curt Mallory's father is Indiana University's winningest football coach.

Not far to the west, Indiana State is hoping for great success from Mallory, who was introduced as the Sycamores' 21st head coach Wednesday.

The 47-year-old arrives from Wyoming, where he spent the last two seasons as the pass defense coordinator and secondary coach under Craig Bohl, who coached three FCS national championship seasons at North Dakota State, which, like Indiana State, is a Missouri Valley Football Conference member.

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As Indiana State athletic director Sherard Clinkscales said in announcing Mallory's hiring Monday, the first-time head coach has "coaching in his DNA" - the son of Bill Mallory, who in addition to leading the Indiana program was the head coach at Miami (Ohio), Colorado and Northern Illinois.

The younger Mallory has spent 22 years as a college assistant, with two stints at both Michigan, his alma mater, and Indiana, as well as stops at Ball State, Central Michigan, Illinois and Akron.

Mallory replace Mike Sanford Sr., who was 18-30 in four seasons with the Sycamores, including 4-7 (2-6 MVFC) this past year. Sanford resigned last month to work on his son's new staff at Western Kentucky.

Indiana State will kick off the Mallory era on Sept. 2 at home against Eastern Illinois.