Despite some rumors to the contrary, sources close to the situation said today that IU officials have not contacted Bill Lynch this week to talk about a longer-term contract.
After hearing that news, I talked tonight with former coach Bill Mallory who spoke passionately about the urgency for IU to sign Lynch now for the years ahead. He said it would be a huge mistake to change direction by trying to find a bigger-name coach.
Mallory, a two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year who took IU to six bowl games in eight years during the mid-80s through early 90s, was excited by the Bucket win and the crowd Saturday. He said to hire a new coach – after having four head coaches in 11 years – would set the program back again just as it has momentum three years into the tenure of the current staff.
I didn’t have to ask more than a question or two for the story I’ll have tomorrow in the H-T and HoosiersHQ.com. Coach Mallory was fired up and it wasn’t because of the cajun food in Baton Rouge, where he’s visiting this week and will attend the LSU-Arkansas game Friday. I took notes as fast as I could. Here are some of his comments:
“Weâ€™ve been through enough and what we need at Indiana is stability. That should be understood.â€
â€œThis is a very critical time for recruiting. They need to get this wrapped up. We canâ€™t drag this out.”
â€œThereâ€™s nobody more respected in the state of Indiana among high school coaches than Bill Lynch. And that is so important.â€
“I feel very good about where the program is and where it is going. I really think that next year could be a darned good season.”
“Bill Lynch did an excellent job, the way this team came together. I have great respect for him, as a person, as an assistant coach and as a head coach. He just does it right.”
“The players know and understand what is expected in the program. The system of football is well ingrained. And the coaches know the players and what they have to do to get better. Iâ€™ve been through coaching transitions. That will be disruptive. We donâ€™t need that now.â€
“What we know that what we don’t need is somebody coming in with another type of program. We need to take care of this and go to that bowl game. We don’t need changes.”
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