The director of Indiana University’s athletic department said he’s not afraid to spend money to lure a big name football coach to IU. This after Bill Lynch and his staff were fired yesterday.
Athletic Director Fred Glass said Coach Lynch’s lack of “tangible success over multiple years” is what led to his firing.
“Three Big Ten wins in three years isn’t what we want to have perceived as meriting an extension here,” said Glass.
In his career at Indiana, Lynch’s team never finished with a winning record in any year in which he coached the team for a full season. Compared to other coaches though, Lynch was not paid well. In fact, his salary of just more than $660,000 made him the lowest paid in the Big Ten. Glass says he realizes IU is going to have to spend money to attract a talented coach to lead the football program.
“We’re prepared to make the resources available to get the group we want and understand that that’s probably going to be significantly more expensive than what we’re spending now.”
Glass will be personally overseeing the search for a new coach, though he will be discussing the team’s options with various faculty and community members, along with an athletics consulting firm.