Report claims Wilson is a done deal

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.

Plane headed to Indy from Norman

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.

Here is the link to the plane.

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.

3:04 p.m. UPDATE: Fuzzy Zoeller’s plane, which took a trip to Oklahoma on Friday, is headed to Bloomington.

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.

Hoosier Morning

Chappell named Team MVP

Indiana senior quarterback Ben Chappell was named team MVP at the Hoosiers’ annual banquet on Sunday after leading the Big Ten with an IU school record 3,295 passing yards. He also threw for 24 touchdowns, completing a school record 302 passes.

The Hoosiers also got a $100,000 gift from an anonymous donor to name the defensive line meeting room in memory of Bill Phillips, Sr. Phillips, the father of IU tight end Paul Phillips, died in a plane crash in Alaska earlier this season. The crash also claimed the life of Alaska senator Ted Stevens. The elder Phillips played football at Evansville.

The release from the banquet follows. (more…)

Big Ten not pursuing further expansion, for now

The Big Ten is apparently happy with having a 12-team league for the time being.

The conference released a statement on Sunday saying that although it is still within the 12-18 month time frame it set to look at expansion, it will not be looking to go beyond 12 teams any time in the near future. The league said it will continue to monitor the landscape, but for now will focus on “conference issues.”

The statement follows. (more…)

Wilson: ‘We’ll see. I don’t know’

Oklahoma offensive coordinator was asked Saturday night whether or not he planned on interviewing for the job at Indiana. He could have said yes. He could have said no.

He chose a different response, according to this report.

“We’ll see. I don’t know,” Wilson replied. “It’s the time of the year where you’re getting through the last game. I mean, this was a big game. This was Celtics-Lakers for the last time. Or the Cowboys-Redskins. We needed this game for the school, for the program, for the state. There’s a lot of tradition. So we threw a lot of eggs in the basket.”

Was interesting to note he was in Oklahoma at 6:30 Friday, not in Dallas. This corresponds with the flight schedule that we linked to yesterday.

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