Indiana coach Bill Lynch said at his Tuesday press conference that he’s focusing this week on what he can control – getting his team as prepared as possible to play Purdue this Saturday.
Lynch was asked whether he’s thought about his future with the program after this year. And he was asked whether he thinks seven wins will assure a bowl trip. In both cases, he said that what he and his staff need to worry about is Purdue, and that being concerned with anything else will not be helpful in getting ready for Saturday’s game.
Nick Sexton told me after practice today that IU’s coaches and particularly Lynch – who Sexton really likes – have been selfless from the start, telling the players they want a bowl game for them. Sexton said the team is getting better each year and the players want the coaching staff back.
I’ve covered Sexton since he was playing at Bloomington North. He’ll be playing his final IU home game Saturday. He said his biggest satisfaction at IU has been being able to play in front of his friends and family who are so important to him.
Lynch gave an update on the health of running backs Marcus Thigpen (ankle) and Demetrius McCray (foot). He said both are more likely to play than they were last week.
I’d still list Thigpen and particularly McCray as “questionable” to play.