Bill Lynch will not be retained as the Indiana football coach, a source close to the situation said moments ago.
No decision has been made on the rest of the staff. Athletic director Fred Glass will meet with the media at 5 p.m. today.
The decision comes less than 24 hours after Lynch led Indiana to a win in the Old Oaken Bucket game against Purdue, but at the end of a third-straight season that did not result in a trip to a bowl game.
Lynch was 2-2 against Purdue, but the Hoosiers were 5-7 in 2010 and 18-31 overall in Lynch’s four seasons as head coach.
He was also 6-26 in the Big Ten.
Lynch has one year remaining on his contract. Glass said during last season that he would honor contracts and that they should mean something at Indiana.
But this season had been a disappointment. Indiana scheduled four very winnable nonconference games and did beat Towson, Western Kentucky, Akron and Arkansas State, but were winless in the Big Ten until Saturday.
4:50 P.M. UPDATE
A press release has just been handed out confirming Lynch’s firing.
“Glass noted it was his sincere and oft-stated desire for Coach Lynch to coach the football Hoosiers through the full four years of his contract and beyond. Still, after evaluating the state of the program and his options with Coach Lynch entering the last year of his contract — to either extend Coach Lynch’s contract, have him coach the final year of his contract without committing to an extension (or non-extension), or making a coaching change now — Glass concluded that he needed to make the change.
“‘Bill Lynch is often described as a ‘nice guy’ and he absolutely is, but it is important to recognize he is much more than that,’ Glass observed. ‘People should know that Bill is also smart, talented, passionate, perspective, committed to his players, a great teacher, and a very good football coach. That I have concluded we need a new coach at this point in time does not change any of that. The tremendous job he did in rallying and leading the grief-stricken 2007 Hoosiers to the Insight Bowl will remain an Indiana University football milestone forever. On behalf of myself and all of Hoosier Nation, I thank Bill for his selfless commitment to Indiana University football and in particular to the student-athletes under his care.”
Glass will not have a search committee, instead using his staff and the consulting firm Neinas Sports Services. He will also consult with faculty, current and former football players, the Varsity Club, Bill Polian, Tony Dungy, and members of the national football community, the Big Ten conference, the NCAA, AFCA and Black Coaches and Administrators.
Offensive coordinator Matt Canada said earlier today that the entire staff has been let go, and the press release confirms that. In the interim, a transition team has been formed. Scott Dolson will chair it, along with director of football operations Mark Deal and legendary former player Anthony Thompson, among others.
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