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Wilson to coach fullbacks, tight ends at Fiesta Bowl

Oklahoma made it official a few moments ago that Indiana coach Kevin Wilson will serve as an assistant for the Sooners against Connecticut in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1, but he will only coach the fullbacks and tight ends and will not serve in his former role as offensive coordinator. Quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel and wide receivers coach Jay Norvell will share the spot and Heupel will call the plays.

This is what Wilson expected and mostly hoped for. He said last week that if he would coach in the game, it would likely be as a position coach and not as a coordinator.

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Tulsa World: Wilson likely to assist at Fiesta Bowl

The Tulsa World is reporting that newly-minted Indiana coach Kevin Wilson could serve as an assistant for Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl, but he likely won’t be calling plays as the offensive coordinator. Jay Norvell is expected to fill that role. The World expects an announcement to be made shortly.

That story would come close to what Wilson said his expectation was earlier this week. He said he would only coach if Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said it was best for his team, and he said he probably wouldn’t be able to put in the preparation time to call the game.

UPDATE, 2:46 p.m. : An Oklahoma release said Wilson will coach fullbacks and tight ends in the Fiesta Bowl. Jay Norvell and Josh Heupel will serve as the offensive coordinators and Heupel will call the plays.


Crean: Jones day-to-day with ankle injury

Indiana coach Tom Crean just got off the season’s first Big Ten teleconference. He said junior guard Verdell Jones is day-to-day with his ankle injury. Crean said Jones was very much a game-time decision for Saturday’s game at Kentucky. The injury was clearly aggravated during the game, and he did not play in the second half.

The Hoosiers don’t play again until Friday because of final exams. Crean said he wouldn’t shut Jones down for the whole week, however, unless team doctors and trainers told him that was what should be done.

Crean said he gave the team yesterday off. He has practice time scheduled today and tomorrow but hasn’t decided whether he will actually use it or not.


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IU falls short in second half

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Indiana stayed shot for shot with Kentucky for all of the first half of Saturday’s game and most of the second. However, the Wildcats held the Hoosiers without a field goal for 9 minutes and 8 seconds and Kentucky outscored Indiana 25-5 in the final 9:42 to run away with an 81-62 victory.

Junior guard DeAndre Liggins led Kentucky with 19 points and nine rebounds. Freshman point guard Brandon Knight had 18 points, four assists and six rebounds, knocking down all 10 ofhis free throws. Senior forward Josh Harrellson posted a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds, and freshman forward Terrence Jones managed 10 points and eight rebounds.

The Wildcats won the rebounding battle 45-33 and scored 21 second-chance points to the Hoosiers four. They also took advantage of a gross free throw disparity, hitting 31 of 44 foul shots while Indiana was 12-for-16.The Wildcats won despite shooting 36.1 percent from the field.

Indiana sophomore forward Christian Watford had 19 points and nine rebounds for Indiana while sophomore guard Jordan Hulls and freshman guard Victor Oladipo had 10 points each.


Kentucky 81, Indiana 62: In photos


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