IU Names Oklahoma’s Wilson Next Head Football Coach

Indiana University has put a quick end to its search for a new head football coach.

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    IU Football coach Kevin Wilson is introduced to the media.

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    Public was invited to watch the announcement of new IU football coach, Kevin Wilson.

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    IU's next football coach Kevin Wilson speaks at the press conference.

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    IU's new coach Kevin Wilson speaks at his first press conference while his name illuminates on the scoreboard in the background.

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    Jane Hoeppner and Bill Mallory look on during Kevin Wilson's first press conference.

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    Media lines up for the press conference of Kevin Wilson as IU's new football coach.

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    Athletic Director Fred Glass and IU's new head football coach Kevin Wilson during his first press conference.

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    IU football coach Kevin Wilson signs his first autograph as a Hoosier.

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    IU's new head football coach Kevin Wilson prepares for his first interview on the Big Ten Network.

Kevin Wilson was introduced at a press conference Tuesday, less than ten days after his predecessor – Bill Lynch – was let go.  Wilson benefited from the talents of Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Sam Bradford while at OU, with his offense setting a new NCAA mark for points scored in a season in 2008.  Wilson said he hasn’t hired any of his staff yet, but says he’s confident he can make the transition from coordinator to head coach with the right kind of help.

“I’m not a good enough coach to do everything by myself,” he said. “So it’s going to be these next three, four weeks.  So that’s why we’re coming in, taking some time and piecing the core of staff that we can have a lot of confidence in a group.  Because we will win as a group.  At Oklahoma, like coach says all the time, he gets more credit because it’s a total group deal.  So it’ll be interesting to see the staff we put together — we put together the right staff, I’ll look like I’m doing a good job.”

Wilson’s contract will pay him $1.2 million a year for seven years.  That’s almost a million dollars more than Bill Lynch was making when he was fired.  Athletic Director Fred Glass says the department will find the money from new broadcast deals with Learfield Sports and the Big Ten Network.  Glass said he chose Wilson because the Oklahoma coach’s name kept coming up when talking to people about possible candidates, adding he opted for a long-term contract in an effort to lend stability to a program which is about to enter its fourth coaching regime in a decade.

“I think Indiana needs to give continuity a try in its football program,” Glass said. “For reasons in its control, for reasons out of its control, for predictable reasons, for tragic reasons we haven’t stuck with anybody since Coach Mallory.”

The former coach was on hand for the announcement and liked what he heard about Wilson’s recruiting strategy.

“I know he’s going to be a good fit, come in here and do the things that need to be done. We’ve been so close and I have a great respect for Bill and know he’s leaving a lot of good players here.”

Under Bill Lynch, IU went 6-26 in the Big Ten, winning just one conference game in each of the past three seasons.  Wilson says he’s not sure if he’ll coach Oklahoma’s offense in the team’s Fiesta Bowl game against Connecticut, saying he’ll leave that decision to head coach Bob Stoops.

Stan Jastrzebski

WFIU/WTIU News Senior Editor Stan Jastrzebski spent time as a reporter with WGN Radio in Chicago and as an editor at Network Indiana, an Indianapolis news service. Stan is the winner of awards from the Associated Press, the RTDNA, the Indiana Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He hosts WFIU's Ask the Mayor and anchors WTIU's InFocus.

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