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IU news release on search for new coach

Here is the official Indiana news release on the search for a new football coach.

Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass announced today that Bill Lynch will be replaced as the head coach of the Indiana University football team. A search for Coach Lynch's successor is underway.

Lynch had been head coach at IU for four years: starting in 2007 after the untimely death of Terry Hoeppner and three years (2008–2010) pursuant to the four-year contract entered into by former Athletic Director Rick Greenspan with Lynch after he led the Hoosiers to the 2007 Insight Bowl.

Glass noted that it was his sincere and oft-stated desire for Coach Lynch to coach the football Hoosiers through the full four years of his contract and beyond. Still, after evaluating the state of the program and his options with Coach Lynch entering the last year of his contract - to either extend Coach Lynch's contract, have him coach the final year of his contract without committing to an extension (or non-extension), or making a coaching change now - Glass concluded that he needed to make the change.

"Bill Lynch is often described as a 'nice guy' and he absolutely is, but it is important to recognize he is much more than that," Glass observed. "People should know that Bill is also smart, talented, passionate, perceptive, committed to his players, a great teacher, and a very good football coach. That I have concluded we need a new coach at this point in time does not change any of that.

"The tremendous job he did in rallying and leading the grief-stricken 2007 Hoosiers to the Insight Bowl will remain an Indiana University football milestone forever. On behalf of myself and all of Hoosier Nation, I thank Bill for his selfless commitment to Indiana University football and in particular to the student-athletes under his care," Glass concluded.

Glass noted that he will be personally leading the search for IU's next football coach with the assistance of his staff and the nationally recognized intercollegiate athletics consulting firm Neinas Sports Services. He will also consult with appropriate representatives of: the IU Bloomington faculty; current and former IU football players; the IU Varsity Club; Tony Dungy, Bill Polian, and others in the national football community; the Big Ten Conference; the National Collegiate Athletic Association; the American Football Coaches Association; Black Coaches and Administrators; and many others.

In noting that there would be no formal "search committee", Glass said: "While I look forward to soliciting and receiving input from a variety of diverse sources, I think it is important for people to know that selecting this coach will ultimately be my decision, particularly given some of the past confusion in that regard. The buck stops with me."

Pending the appointment of a new head coach, Glass has organized a transition team to help oversee the football program comprised of the following: Deputy Athletic Director Scott Dolson (Chair); Senior Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations Kevin Clark; Assistant Athletic Director for Student Engagement Services Mattie White; Assistant Athletic Director for Football Operations Mark Deal; Assistant Athletic Director for Strength and Conditioning Mark Wateska; and Assistant Director for Development and IU football legend Anthony Thompson.

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