ScoopTalk: The best Indiana recruiting class since they started ranking classes

4 comments by   |   Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 8:24 pm EDT

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4 comments:
#1
Punjab
Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 3:12 AM EDT

Great work, gents. I’m as excited about IU football as I’ve ever been since riding the bus to Tri-North middle school in the early nineties. I just have two questions, which you may or may not be able to answer:

Does Wilson give you the feel that he’s here for the long term– the “key to recruiting” as you put it– or is this a stepping stone for him? We’d all love to have a Frank Beameresque situation where he builds a football program from relative ruins and sticks around for us to be perennial contenders. Maybe I’m just a little gunshy from coaches with Oklahoma ties. My hope is that Wilson is for real. Do you get that sense?

Secondly, Andy. The hat? I’m currently based out of St Louis and I have one thing to say about that. Go Cubbies!

 
#2 Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 4:05 AM EDT

Honestly, I just feel like it’s way too early to have that discussion. I mean, he’s 5-19 right now. He’s obviously making progress, but other coaches have made progress and still not survived this job without being fired. I might be so bold as to guess that before his first season, he might have thought about what he would do if he won at Indiana and got a better offer. (And honestly, I think if you told him in December of 2010 then that he could be the head coach at North Carolina or Oklahoma State or something like that in 2014 he would have asked where he could sign up) But I don’t think he’s spent 10 seconds thinking about it since 1-11. He knows it’s going to be an absolute battle to make this program a winner, and I definitely don’t think he could tell you right now what he would do if he won enough to get a bigger offer. In that vein, though, coaching is just like any other job. You don’t know what you would do with a better offer until you get it. You take an open mind into the situation, you weigh what’s best for you and your family and you make a decision.
I don’t think Wilson’s looking for the first train out of town (at least I don’t anymore) but there are jobs I don’t think he could pass up and there are other jobs I don’t think he’d know what he would do with if offered.
So I guess the short answers are that I really have no idea, and that I think Wilson is way too locked in to trying to win than thinking about what options he’d have if he does win, because he knows just how much winning is going to actually take in this program.

 
#3
Chet
Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 11:20 AM EDT

Leave to take the job at UNC? That’s brutal. Larry Fedora is the head coach at UNC. Larry Fedora. With the exception of Mack Brown, who was just passing through town, UNC is where you go to end your career and not in a good way.

 
#4
Podunker
Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 1:34 PM EDT

It is my opinion that within weeks after Wilson’s IU team secures its first winning record, other top BCS teams will begin trying to hire him. They will offer him a significant increase in compensation to coach for what will appear to be a more powerful BCS-conference school.

Glass, being a smart man, must know that scenario is highly likely. Therefore, he must be prepared to either lose Wilson or take steps to reward Wilson for turning IU football around immediately after Wilson completes his first winning season (7 wins). My out-the-butt guess is that if IU were to increase Wilson’s compensation, to the mid-point compensation level of Big Ten FB coaches, say about $2.5 M per year, and allow him the budget to keep his best assistant coaches, then Wilson would choose to stay at IU. Two reasons! First, it’s hard to turn a broken program around. It’s exhausting and losing takes its toll, regardless how much money you’re making. Wilson wants to win, and if he believes he can continue to build the IU program into a more successful program, it’s easier to do so at IU than it is to start over somewhere else and repeat the process. Secondly, he seems to like Bloomington. He’s on record making numerous positive comments about what a great place it is to live, how much his assistant coaches like B-town, etc. He has a large family. Relocating kids is hard on them, especially if they are in High School. You can justify doing that if someone offers to double your salary, but as long as you feel you’re not being grossly underpaid where you’re at, why would you put your family through the trauma of relocating.

If Wilson is the man for IU football, and he produces a winning season, I would hope Glass would reward him with a contract extension and a major salary increase immediately after Wilson’s team secures his seventh win. I mean, the very next day. And assuming Glass gives Wilson the budget he needs to keep his best coaches, why would Wilson want to leave IU?

Break it down. Conference, good. Football facilities, very good, if not excellent. Support from your boss; strong. Quality of campus, excellent (perhaps the best anywhere). Quality of life for your family, excellent. Quality of school, very good. Fan support, poor but improving. Tradition, terrible, but an exciting opportunity to build one (he’d be immortal). If money is not an issue, why would you leave Bloomington after working so hard to raise the program up out of the ashes?

If Wilson produces a winner, either Glass will be prepared to reward Wilson and keep him long term, or he will have identified Wilson’s successor, and be prepared to hire him immediately. Either way, to sustain the program’s momentum, IU will have to spend more money on coaching compensation to either keep Wilson or hire a quality replacement. College football is highly competitive and a big money business. You have to pay to play.

If Wilson wins, the cost of football at IU will have to go up. If it does not, IU football will fall back to where it was when Wilson arrived. Sooner or later, that cycle must be broken!

 


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