We had our usual Tuesday meeting with Indiana football coach Bill Lynch today. He was in an upbeat mood and seemed genuinely excited about playing the Bucket game against Purdue this weekend.
The only significant news to come from today is that the Hoosiers are healthier than they have been in a while at QB. Lynch will actually have the option of playing either Kellen Lewis or Ben Chappell, whereas the decision has mostly been predicated on who was healthy enough to lug himself on the field recently.
Other notes of interest:
- Junior linebacker Will Patterson (knee) will be a late week decision.
- Right tackle Mike Stark has been dealing with a back injury for a while, and it might finally sideline him this week.
- Running back Bryan Payton is still day-to-day.
- Mitchell Evans is feeling better and will probably return to special teams and wide receiver. He’s been limited by sciatica and the need for him to serve as a backup QB.
- Lynch said he has a lot of respect for Purdue coach Joe Tiller, who will coach his final game on Saturday. Tiller’s had heavy influence on the game of football in Indiana and is, according to Lynch, one of the true good guys in the profession.
- Lynch says his staff is doing everything it can “within the rules” (that’s a popular saying at IU these days) to convince high school seniors that the program is still on the upswing. One of the better players to verbal to the Hoosiers, Michigan safety/linebacker Jeremy Gainer, was in State College last weekend. He was not there to see the Hoosiers (nor has he been offered by Penn State, yet). Lynch and his staff will use the month of December to conduct official visits and, they hope, solidify the recruiting class that can sign in February.
- Lynch wouldn’t say that this is the most injuries he’s had to deal with as a coach, but admitted that he’s never seen a rash of them that has caused so much disruption of a team’s development.