IU athletic director Fred Glass said money wouldn't be an issue when he began the search for a new coach. Kevin Wilson's $1.2 million contract backs that up.
Where did the funds come from?
"There are really two sources on that. It is not that we are wishing or betting that it will come with more ticket sales or anything like that, although with the success that I anticipate that will happen. But that would be irresponsible to bet on it to come that way," Glass said.
"What we are going to do is we have re-negotiated our deal with Learfield Sports, our marketing partner, and that is going to provide a bunch more guaranteed money for the university that we will dedicate to supporting our football program. And then there will be some additional monies coming to the university through expanded revenues from the Big Ten Network and we are going to dedicate substantial amounts of that to the football program. That is one of the reasons, of many, that I wanted to thank President (Michael) McRobbie because ultimately the allocation of those funds goes through the university. And while I think the university will appropriately retain some of those for non-athletic purposes, they will let us have enough to do the things that we need to do to show our commitment to the football program."