What Bill said

We had our usual Tuesday meeting with Indiana football coach Bill Lynch today. He was in an upbeat mood and seemed genuinely excited about playing the Bucket game against Purdue this weekend.

The only significant news to come from today is that the Hoosiers are healthier than they have been in a while at QB. Lynch will actually have the option of playing either Kellen Lewis or Ben Chappell, whereas the decision has mostly been predicated on who was healthy enough to lug himself on the field recently.

Other notes of interest:

  • Junior linebacker Will Patterson (knee) will be a late week decision.
  • Right tackle Mike Stark has been dealing with a back injury for a while, and it might finally sideline him this week.
  • Running back Bryan Payton is still day-to-day.
  • Mitchell Evans is feeling better and will probably return to special teams and wide receiver. He’s been limited by sciatica and the need for him to serve as a backup QB.
  • Lynch said he has a lot of respect for Purdue coach Joe Tiller, who will coach his final game on Saturday. Tiller’s had heavy influence on the game of football in Indiana and is, according to Lynch, one of the true good guys in the profession.
  • Lynch says his staff is doing everything it can “within the rules” (that’s a popular saying at IU these days) to convince high school seniors that the program is still on the upswing. One of the better players to verbal to the Hoosiers, Michigan safety/linebacker Jeremy Gainer, was in State College last weekend. He was not there to see the Hoosiers (nor has he been offered by Penn State, yet). Lynch and his staff will use the month of December to conduct official visits and, they hope, solidify the recruiting class that can sign in February.
  • Lynch wouldn’t say that this is the most injuries he’s had to deal with as a coach, but admitted that he’s never seen a rash of them that has caused so much disruption of a team’s development.
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  • peegs_anti_reverse_pick_pocket #1

    Tuesday, November 18, 2008 - 5:54 PM EDT

    Keep us posted on any recruits that flee the sinking ship that is IU. I couldnt blame him if he takes a PSU offer.

  • RJ H #2

    Tuesday, November 18, 2008 - 5:59 PM EDT

    Man the bucket game this year is really depressing….no need to even make the trip north

  • HiggiStardust #3

    Tuesday, November 18, 2008 - 6:21 PM EDT

    Funny about all the stink that revolved around the recruitment of Eric Gordon, when other Big Ten universities continue to do just the same or worse – can you believe Penn State invited Jeremy Gainer to the game against IU when he already gave a verbal commitment to Indiana? Hmmm…wouldn’t it be ironic if JG eventually ended up at Illinois??

  • HBK #4

    Tuesday, November 18, 2008 - 9:49 PM EDT

    Bill probably should recruit with coloring books and crayons. Because they coach like a gd 5 year old. Seriously, someone lead the charge to get this guy fired.

  • mikey #5

    Tuesday, November 18, 2008 - 9:56 PM EDT

    Lol!Gotta agree Lynch needs to go! I’ts not starting over when you are already at the bottom!

  • M.W. #6

    Wednesday, November 19, 2008 - 1:58 PM EDT

    If Gainer goes then at least half of the 14 or 15 3-star guys remaining will as well.

    Once, that happens then Bill’s days should be numbered. The 2009 class signing intact as of today is the only reason to keep Bill on. If the class falls apart then Bill should fall out of sight for IU.

    Bill’s a nice guy, but I just don’t see the passion a coach needs like a Heoppner, Crean, Knight, etc… An animated coach gets kids fired up to play and bust their @$$es. Not reserved coaches, at least in college.

    I am a season ticket holder by the way. So I do put my money where my mouth is.

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