Fred Glass admits he’s concerned. With four departures of assistant football coaches before Kevin Wilson’s staff’s first spring practice, it’s hard not to be.
But the Indiana athletic director said he believes the deflections have little to do with what’s going on and IU and can all be explained by the fact that the coaches in question are receiving offers they don’t believe they can pass up.
“Each one of these guys left because what they perceived to be better opportunities,” Glass said Thursday. “Not because they had any concerns with the staff or the community or the university. I think when you run with the big dogs and hire guys who are in demand and making upward ascension, you can have this. We’re especially susceptible because we’re in transition.”
Jemal Singleton, who was the running backs coach for just over a week before taking a job at Oklahoma State, became the latest Wilson hire to make the leap. At his national signing day press conference, Wilson announced that defensive tackles coach Jerry Montgomery had left for Michigan and cornerbacks coach Corey Raymond had left for Nebraska. Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Brent Pease left the program shortly after New Year’s to return to Boise State, his previous employer. He had been the wide receivers coach there before taking the IU job, and the coordinator position opened up when Bryan Harsin left it to become the offensive coordinator at Texas.
Glass pointed out that Pease was the only coach at a coordinator level to leave, and that the circumstances were particularly unique. As for the other three, they were all young, upwardly mobile coaches looking to work their way up the ladder who got job offers they felt they could not pass up.
“I’m not going to criticize those guys,” Glass said. “They gotta do what they gotta do. That’s not the way I think I would want to comport myself, but then I’ve never been in their shoes….I don’t feel slighted. I like that we were going after high-quality guys that are upwardly mobile.”
Glass said that though each individual move made sense as a step-up, he was concerned that it may be indicative of an issue within the program. He said that after his own investigation, he doesn’t think it is.
“I’m getting kind of tired of it,” Glass said. “But I’ve looked into it and I’m convinced it doesn’t signal some kind of issue with the staff or the program.”
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