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Though Bill Lynch’s job would certainly appear to be in peril with one year remaining on his contract and a 12-game Big Ten losing streak hanging around his neck, the Indiana football coach said at his weekly press conference on Monday that athletic director Fred Glass, the man who will have to make the decision on Lynch’s future, has stayed behind him.
“His support has been unbelievable,” Lynch said. “We’ve had a great relationship and everything that he’s said has been exactly what it’s been throughout the year. He’s been as supportive as can be, week-by-week.”
Glass did not immediately return a call about Lynch’s status.
Lynch said he’s not at all concerned about whether Saturday’s game against Purdue will be his last as the head coach.
“I’m worried about Purdue,” he said. “Just like I was worried about Penn State. That’s my job.”
Senior quarterback Ben Chappell admitted, however, that the players are starting to become concerned.
“We’re probably trying to put ourselves in a black hole as much as possible and we’re in the grind and week-by-week trying to win football games on Saturday,” Chappell said. “But we’re all not dumb. … It’s tough. I think you feel kind of personally responsible because we’re the guys who are playing. I think he’s done a great job of getting us prepared every week. We’ve said this a lot where it’s come down to very few plays where if one of us steps up and makes a play, we have some different outcomes. That’s obviously tough, but I have the ultimate respect for coach. I love playing for him, and I’d do anything for him.”
Tyler Replogle didn’t acknowledge the elephant in the room in quite as straightforward of a fashion.
“We’ve been trying to win for Coach Lynch all year,” Replogle said. “We talk as players all the time. We love Coach Lynch. We want to go undefeated for him because he means the world to us. But you try to win for him every week, and I think that’s what we’ve tried to do. If there’s anything left that we can give more, we’re going to try to.”
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