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Of course we went to the airport. I tracked planes for about a week now. Of course I was going to see it through. Jeremy Hogan was there, and caught the Wilson family getting off the plane and also Fred Glass giving us the thumbs-up as he left.
A source is now confirming what others have reported and what most following the situation have been expecting since Friday. Oklahoma offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson will be named Indiana’s head coach today and there will be a press conference at 4 p.m. at the Henke Hall of Champions in the North End Zone Facility at Memorial Stadium.
A Gulfstream owned by the Cook Corporation is leaving Monroe County Airport at approximately 9:13 a.m. Eastern Time and arriving in Norman, Okla., at 9:45 a.m. central time. Can’t say for certain that it’s going to pick up Oklahoma offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson, but it would be hard to believe it isn’t.
The Associated Press and Indianapolis Star reported last night that the deal to make Wilson was finished. A late afternoon press conference has been reported, but not yet finalized.
Kevin Wilson is leaving Oklahoma to become the next head football coach at Indiana, according to an Oklahoma TV station’s report.
Every indication we have been given is that it is true, though we do not yet have a source saying a deal has been reached.
8:11 P.M. UPDATE: And now the song and dance continues.
Wilson talked to the Oklahoman, and admitted he interviewed today. But he also said he has not been offered the job.
“I talked to them,” he said. “We’ll see where it goes. Nothing’s final yet.”
Wilson flew from Norman to Indianapolis to meet with Indiana officials, including athletic director Fred Glass, and is believed to be the leading candidate for the job.
Indiana, however, is yet to announce a press conference or made an official announcement about its coaching search to replace Bill Lynch, who was fired last week.
“I don’t think there’s any sense of rush, you know, both ways,” said Wilson, who got back to Norman about 5:40 in the evening.
As Landon Turner Overdrive noted on Twitter and I then took and ran with, a charter plane left Indianapolis this morning, traveled to Norman, Oklahoma and has just now landed back in Indianapolis.
It arrived at 11:12 a.m.
Every indication is that Oklahoma offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson was on that plane. This could be the final part of the interview process, as he tours Indiana’s facilities and perhaps meets with others around campus.
1:25 p.m. UPDATE: The plane is headed back to Norman. Scheduled for a 3:10 p.m. liftoff.
Also, there were rumors of a 3 p.m. team meeting. That meeting is not going on, at least not as scheduled, Dustin is reporting.
3:29 p.m. UPDATE: Zoeller’s plane is headed to New Jersey. Probably safe to say not being used today for IU-related matter.
4:05 p.m. UPDATE: The plane scheduled to head back to Norman from Indianapolis has not left, nearly an hour after its scheduled departure.
5:34 p.m. UPDATE: The plane has taken flight for Norman.
6:18 p.m. UPDATE: Dustin Dopirak here, After a mostly fruitless four-hour stakeout of Memorial Stadium, and a visit to Bryan House that took longer than it should have because I didn’t really know where it was, there is one thing I can say with absolute certainty. It’s really, really freaking cold today.
As several others have including the Tulsa World have already reported, I can confirm that there was a meeting with Wilson. I can’t confirm this for certain, but a source indicated that the talks may have occurred entirely in Indianapolis and did not come to campus, or at least not to the athletic department’s headquarters in the North End Zone Facility at Memorial Stadium. (Which might explain why staking that out didn’t work). Online outlets have reported that Wilson to Indiana is a done deal, but there is still no official confirmation that there has been any sort of signed agreement. Direct knowledge of the interview and any negotiations has been limited to a select few in the department, but staffers have been notified to be prepared in the event of a hire.
At this point, I would be extremely surprised if this ended any other way, but again, there has been no official confirmation that it is finished.
6:39 p.m. UPDATE: Hugh again. Two sources are indicating a team meeting has been scheduled for tomorrow.
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