Former Miami University standout running back and Kansas City Chiefs running backs coach Deland McCullough has joined Indiana University's coaching staff as a running backs coach and associate head coach, per an announcement Monday via Twitter from @IndianaFootball.
McCullough was the Hoosiers' running backs coach from 2011 to 2016. He spent one year with USC before becoming an assistant with the Chiefs in 2018.
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McCullough would replace Mike Hart, IU's RBs coach from 2017 to 2020, who left last monthto become the Michigan Wolverines' RBs coach.
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McCullough finished his Miami career as the school's all-time leading rusher with 4,368 yards. Only Travis Prentice has since eclipsed McCullough's rushing total at MU.
McCullough played for the Bengals for parts of two seasons and briefly played for the Philadelphia Eagles, the CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the XFL's Chicago Enforcers.
He was the head football coach at Harmony Community School and an offensive and special teams intern - and later running backs coach - for the RedHawks in 2010 and 2011 before leaving for Indiana.
In 2018, Deland's search for his biological parents was the subject of an E:60 episode in which he discovered that his father was none other than Sherman Smith - then MU's running backs coach, McCullough's mentor and "the man he had looked up to since he was 16 years old," according to ESPN.com's Sarah Spain.
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When the Chiefs hired McCullough in Jan. 2018, they promoted former Bengals running back and kick returner Eric Bieniemy to offensive coordinator.
McCullough's son, Dasan, a Class of 2022 linebacker who grew up in Cincinnati, committed last August to play for the Ohio State University Buckeyes. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound McCullough attends Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park, Kansas, but said OSU is "like a hometown pick for me," per espn.com's Tom VanHaaren and Gerry Hamilton.
Dasan's older brother, Deland, is a cornerback for the Miami RedHawks.
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