Following a 3-9 season, Bill Lynch has made some small changes in the structure of his staff.
The major news is that Dennis Springer, the lone assistant brought into the program by Lynch, has been elevated to assistant head coach.
It’s difficult to know what that means, exactly. Lynch was the assistant head coach to Terry Hoeppner; that title seemed as much as anything a nod toward Lynch’s considerable experience as a head coach. This move makes it clear that Lynch wants Springer to have more influence within the staff.
The rest of the offensive staff stays the same (though tight ends coach Kyle Conner will assist with the offensive line; this makes sense given the limited role tight ends play in IU’s offense.) Matt Canada is still the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach. It’s unclear if he’ll continue to call plays.
On the defensive side of the ball, co-defensive coordinator Joe Palcic will now coach the entire secondary. Former safeties coach Mike Yeager becomes the linebackers coach, while George Ricumstrict will shift his focus from the backers to the defensive ends. That leaves co-defensive coordinator Brian George to concentrate on the defensive tackles.
Here’s the whole release from IU, and a list of the current staff and their positions:
Chris Howell | Herald-Times
Head coach Tom Crean stares toward the floor as he sits on the bench during the final minutes of the Indiana Wisconsin basketball game at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, Feb. 20, 2009. Wisconsin won 68-51.
Kim Roberson became IU’s career leader in steals, Jori Davis scored a career-high 25 points and the Hoosiers shot 78.6 percent on 3s (11-of-14) to set a school record for 3-point percentage in a game.
It all added up to an 85-67 win at Northwestern Thursday night in Indiana’s final road game of the regular season. The Hoosiers (17-8, 10-6) needed all of that, trailing by 3 with 12 minutes to go before a 22-8 run over the next nine minutes broke the game open.
Game starts at 9; chat starts around 8:30.
Indiana has released the 2009 football schedule, which includes six home games â€” including a Thursday-night opener.
The Hoosiers will begin the season against Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 3. Gametime will be 8 p.m.
Indiana will also play host to Western Michigan, Ohio State, Illinois, Wisconsin and Purdue.
The Hoosiers will go on the road to face Akron, Michigan, Virginia, Northwestern, Iowa and Penn State.
No other gametimes have been released.
You can view the full schedule here.
I won’t be at tonight’s game in Evanston, Ill., but the IDS’ Jeremy Rosenthal will. He will be hosting a live in-game chat and updates on his Above the Rim blog. Click the link to join, and I’ll check in a few times to see how the Hoosiers are doing in their final regular-season road game.
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