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Lynch out as Indiana's football coach

Bill Lynch is out as the football coach at Indiana.

Athletic director Fred Glass announced the decision to go in another direction during a news conference Sunday at Assembly Hall.

Indiana went 5-7 this year, 1-7 in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers have won just three conference games in the last three years. Lynch had a 6-26 record in Big Ten games and was 19-30 overall in four seasons.

"My judgment is the university is best served by making a coaching change," Glass said. "The bottom line is three Big Ten wins in three years isn't the basis for an extension. While it is a tough decision, I am confident that it is the right one."

IU ended the season with a 34-31 overtime victory at Purdue. The Hoosiers won in West Lafayette for the first time since 1996, which was the last game for coach Bill Mallory.

Lynch has one year remaining on a four-year deal. He took over on an interim basis in 2007 shortly after the death of Terry Hoeppner. The Hoosiers went 7-6, including a loss in the Insight Bowl. It was the school's first bowl appearance since 1993.

Lynch was given the four-year deal, but IU hasn't had a winning season since, going 3-9 in 2008 and 4-8 last season.

For more on the story, see Monday's Journal Gazette.

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