Indiana football coach Kevin Wilson was asked again Saturday about assistants leaving the program and again had the same answer. Running backs coach Jemal Singleton makes four since Wilson was hired on Dec. 7 to be hired and leave before the first spring practice.
“It is what it is, you gotta deal with it,” Wilson said. “… I think we hired some good guys. Unfortunately, they thought they had some other opportunities. My deal as a coach, you gotta do what’s best for you, your family and your career. … A couple of them have tremendous futures. I guess they think the grass is greener somewhere else. That’s their choice.”
Wilson said he expects to hire a running backs coach soon, perhaps as early as the first of the week.
Wilson also announced that the team has lost a few players since he was hired. He said linebacker Damon Sims, who challenged for the starting job at weakside linebacker this year, has left the program. He also said that two fifth-year seniors had decided not to return. An IU spokesman confirmed those to be cornerback Matt Ernest and running back Zach Davis-Walker. Ernest started this year and Davis-Walker saw significant time toward the end of the year.