Indiana athletic director Fred Glass said this morning that he’ll honor the final two years of head football coach Bill Lynch’s contract.
“As I said last November, I think contracts need to mean something at Indiana again,” he said. “But beyond the pure letter of what we agreed on, I think coach Lynch has done a good job and will continue to be successful at Indiana beyond the length of his current contract.”
Glass said he had not discussed an extension with Lynch. It can be difficult for football coaches to recruit if they have only a few years remaining on their contracts. Players want to be assured of stability.
“I think that’s a fair question, but I don’t really want to get into speculation or ‘what-ifs’,” Glass said. “That’s really a personnel issue that I have to discuss with all of our coaches.”
A lawyer and civic leader before taking over IU’s athletic department in January, Glass has said that he would measure Lynch on progress and not win-loss record. He has been pleased with the year.
“It’s been an up and down year,” he said. “I think early in the year they improved game-to-game. The Virginia game was not good, and the question became whether that was indicative of where the program was going. We found out against Illinois that it wasn’t, because the team had its best performance of the year.”
Glass disagrees with those who have been critical of the coaching staff for the 29-28 loss at Northwestern over the weekend.
“They were a unique matchup for us, and I don’t agree with those who put it solely on the doorstep of the coaches,” he said. “There was good and bad in all three phases of the game, and ultimately the bad lingered a bit longer. But I didn’t see it as the coaching staff getting too conservative or going into a deep freeze or anything like that. It’s legitimate and fun to look at it that way, but ultimately not a round vision of what occurred.
“Sports Illustrated picked us to win two games. We’re 4-4. I’m a big fan of saying that you are what you are. And we are. We’re 4-4. But we’re two plays away from being 6-2. Last year we got shellacked by Purdue in one of the worst Bucket games ever. This year, you can see the improvement. The student and fan support has increased, partly due to what we’ve done to make the atmosphere better. But also because the team has had such solid performances. The fans appreciate that.”
Indiana athletics director Fred Glass said this morning that football coach Bill Lynch will finish out his contract, the Indiana Daily Student’s Sean Morrison is reporting.
“I think contracts need to mean something again at Indiana University,” Glass said. “He’s in the second year of a four-year contract … I hope that and really think that coach Lynch will be very successful.”
At Big Ten Media Days in Chicago in July, Glass replied with a quick “No” when I asked if a contract extension had been discussed for Lynch.
I suspect we’ll have more on this later.
Indiana coach Bill Lynch gets in the face of an official as the team leaves the field at halftime Saturday against Northwestern. Chris Howell | Herald-Times
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ESPN.com is reporting that former Indiana men’s basketball coach Bob Knight will not accept a $75,000 check from donors to settle a lawsuit he had filed against IU.
Former Indiana basketball coach Bob Knight said Tuesday that he won’t be accepting a $75,000 check from school alumni to settle a lawsuit Knight had filed against the school.
Knight, now working as an ESPN college basketball analyst, filed the lawsuit against the school claiming it didn’t properly defend him when he was sued by a former assistant coach.
“The Indiana University administration recently made a public announcement on a very private issue that I was being sent a check for $75,000 from alumni donations to cover expenses I incurred as an employee at Indiana University,” Knight said in a statement. “Indiana University has refused for nine years to take care of their obligation in this matter. I did not know until [Monday] that this check was sent to my attorney. Upon finding out about it, I immediately gave him instructions to send the check back.
Bill Moore, Kellen Lewis’s attorney for his pending misdemeanor battery charge in Valdosta, Ga., said Tuesday that the former Indiana quarterback will plead not guilty.
“We’re going to insist on his innocence,” Moore said of Lewis, who transferred to Valdosta State after being dismissed from Indiana for a team rules violation. “It’s just an unfortunate thing. Especially in this day and time. We’re all behind him and going to support him through this.”
Moore said it was premature to comment on how he would attempt to have Lewis exonerated, but he expected to be successful.
“We full well expect him to be vindicated,” Moore said.
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