Shortly after the show ended, Lynch got a cell phone call with the news that his new grandson had just been born. Lynch, who now has five grandchildren, left Coaches with his wife Linda to visit Billy and his wife Carla at Bloomington hospital. The baby, surely one of top prospects in the class of 2025, weighs nine pounds and three ounces.
In the last segment of the show, Lynch said he’s not usually a big stats guy but the statistical similarities between Indiana and Michigan State are striking. They mirror each other in several offensive and defensive categories, including total defense in which Indiana has allowed one more yard than Michigan State this season.
A caller asked Lynch what Indiana’s plans are to improve attendance. Here’s his response:
“Our job is weâ€™ve got to go out and play as good a football as we possibly can and make it so everyone in the parking lot wants to come in and watch us,” Lynch said.
Don Fischer said the team has done everything it can to attract fans.
â€œItâ€™s the fans loss if theyâ€™re not watching this team,” Fischer said. “Itâ€™s not the playersâ€™ loss.â€
Unfortunately, the reality of today’s college sports is that the bad attendance is everybody’s loss in the IU athletic department. Having only 32,000 fans on hand as the team goes 5-1 is a huge problem when trying to field teams that are competitive against the rest of the Big Ten, which as a whole averages more than 70,000 for home games.
I just heard that Bill Lynch has a more pressing matter tonight than his radio show. He’s about to have a new grandchild at any moment. His son, assistant coach Billy Lynch, is at the hospital right now awaiting the birth of his second child.
Backup linebacker Tyler Replogle is out for the season after tearing an ACL, Lynch just said. Replogle, a true freshman, has played very well on special teams, Lynch said, and has impressed coaches and teammates with his play at linebacker.
Bill Lynch’s review of Saturday’s game is the same tonight on his radio show as what we heard after the game. He thinks the offense played well, but needs to do better in the red zone and the defense played hard and physical, even if it missed some tackle by bouncing off ball carriers.
Indiana scored on its first seven drives, Lynch noted, but four of those scores were field goals.
“Great job by Austin Starr, but weâ€™ve got to score touchdowns because thatâ€™s going to come back and bite us,” Lynch said.
Don Fischer is urging the Hoosier nation to jump on the bandwagon