It would have understandable for Fred Glass to use the emotions of Saturday's 34-31 overtime win against Purdue to sway his decision regarding Indiana's coaching staff.
But Indiana's athletic director looked at the big picture, and decided a change was necessary.
Three Big Ten wins in three years was just too much to overcome. IU has shown progress during Lynch's tenure, but it still had many of the inconsistencies, and most importantly losses, that have come to identify the program.
One of the problems with the program throughout the years is that it's tough to build when there is change at top every four years or so (the next coach will be the team's fifth in 11 seasons).
But the fan base never truly warmed to the coach, even after he guided the program to its first bowl appearance since 1993 in incredibly difficult circumstances. As the losses piled up in the three years that followed, with the 83-20 loss at Wisconsin on Nov 6 serving as the exclamation point, it became clear some type of change was coming.
So now what's the next step for Glass? He plans on keeping quiet throughout what he called a "national search." No timetable has been established.
If IU is serious about becoming serious in football, it will have to spend more money. Glass said he's ready to make that commitment.
Get ready for an interesting couple of months.