Mallory’s passing -- five days short of is 83rd birthday, was particularly noted at Miami and Northern Illinois, key stops in . . .
Mallory was an assistant at Bowling Green, Yale and Ohio State before returning to Miami as a head coach in 1969. His four MU teams combined for a 39-12 overall record, topping the era off with an 11-0 record, including a win over Florida in the 1973 Tangerine Bowl. Miami finished 10th in the final AP poll that season.
Mallory moved on to Colorado, where he coached the Buffalos for five seasons, twice gaining a No.16 ranking in the final AP poll.
“Bill Mallory was a coach’s coach.” said former NIU head coach Joe Novak, who also played at Miami. “Whenever you talked to people and you said you coached for Bill Mallory, everybody, EVERYBODY respected Bill Mallory. He did things the right way, he was honest, he was caring, he was tough, he was a family man. You talk to any of his players and they have such respect for him to this day.”
Mallory’s longest coaching stint was at Indiana. The oft-struggling Hoosiers reached .500 by Mallory’s third season and followed that with two eight-win campaigns. The 1988 squad pummeled South Carolina 34-10 in the Liberty Bowl and finished 20th in the AP poll. During one stretch, Mallory’s Hoosiers played bowl games in five of six years. The last bowl appearance was in 1993 (Independence Bowl), and his final season at the helm was 1996.
Among his many accolades, Mallory was named to the Athletic Halls of Fame at Miami University, Indiana University, Northern Illinois University, the Mid-American Conference, and the Indiana Football Hall of Fame.