Indiana Hoosiers Names Oklahoma Offensive Coordinator as New Head Coach

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On the Sunday following Thanksgiving, the Indiana Hoosiers football program fired Bill Lynch as their head coach. Today, they bring in his replacement. IU has hired Oklahoma offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson to be their new coach on Tuesday. Wilson will be introduced as the new leader of the Big Ten program at a news conference at 4 p.m. ET in Bloomington.

The Hoosiers have been the doormat of the Big Ten for awhile, and that status is reflected in their instability at the top. Wilson will become the Hoosiers’ sixth coach since 1996.

Last night, Glass and Wilson agreed to terms on a seven-year deal that will pay Wilson $1.2 million per year.

“I am thrilled that Kevin Wilson will lead our football program,” Glass said. “He is committed to compliance, academics, character and winning. He has helped lead successful programs at Miami (Ohio), Northwestern and Oklahoma. I believe his leadership, vision, confidence, teaching, commitment, discipline and toughness herald a terrific new era for Indiana football.”

Wilson just completed his ninth successful regular season at Oklahoma, helping Coach Bob Stoops lead the Sooners to victory over Nebraska in the Big 12 title game on Saturday (Dec. 4). Oklahoma played in a major bowl game in each of Wilson’s nine seasons.

Additionally, he led three of the most productive offenses in college football history in 2003, 2007 and 2008. The 2008 offense set NCAA records by scoring 60 or more points in five straight games and 716 for the season.

“I’m extremely pleased that Kevin Wilson, who has been one of the nation’s top assistant coaches for several years, has agreed to come to IU to lead our football program,” IU President Michael A. McRobbie said. “He has proven to be a great innovator, motivator and teacher, while coaching some of the most prolific offenses in NCAA history and numerous All-American athletes. He clearly has the talent and experience we were hoping to obtain as we embark on what we fully anticipate to be an exciting new era of IU football. I look forward to welcoming him to IU.”

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