Bill Lynch is out

Bill Lynch will not be retained as the Indiana football coach, a source close to the situation said moments ago.

No decision has been made on the rest of the staff. Athletic director Fred Glass will meet with the media at 5 p.m. today.

The decision comes less than 24 hours after Lynch led Indiana to a win in the Old Oaken Bucket game against Purdue, but at the end of a third-straight season that did not result in a trip to a bowl game.

Lynch was 2-2 against Purdue, but the Hoosiers were 5-7 in 2010 and 18-31 overall in Lynch’s four seasons as head coach.

He was also 6-26 in the Big Ten.

Lynch has one year remaining on his contract. Glass said during last season that he would honor contracts and that they should mean something at Indiana.

But this season had been a disappointment. Indiana scheduled four very winnable nonconference games and did beat Towson, Western Kentucky, Akron and Arkansas State, but were winless in the Big Ten until Saturday.

4:50 P.M. UPDATE

A press release has just been handed out confirming Lynch’s firing.

“Glass noted 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, perspective, 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 will not have a search committee, instead using his staff and the consulting firm Neinas Sports Services. He will also consult with faculty, current and former football players, the Varsity Club, Bill Polian, Tony Dungy, and members of the national football community, the Big Ten conference, the NCAA, AFCA and Black Coaches and Administrators.

Offensive coordinator Matt Canada said earlier today that the entire staff has been let go, and the press release confirms that. In the interim, a transition team has been formed. Scott Dolson will chair it, along with director of football operations Mark Deal and legendary former player Anthony Thompson, among others.


  1. Once again, we can thank Miles Brand for this hiring. Brand fired Mallory in order to bring IU Football to the “next level” ( Brands words) He did…. to the basement………… thanks Miles, you managed to ruin IU athletics long after you were gone.

  2. Much thanks to Coach Lynch and his staff for representing our university well over the last four years. I will always be a Bill Lynch supporter no matter where he lands.

    Now, time to hit a home run and hire the next coach who will take us to the Rose Bowl.

  3. Not unexpected, but the timing stinks. Still enjoying the post victory gloat. Best of luck Bill Lynch. You are a quality man and I wish nothing but the best for you and Linda and your family.

  4. Thank-you to Coach Bill Lynch, his staff, and the players, for their great effort and hard work during these past years. We were oh-so-close to 2 or 3 more wins each of the last two years. I hope IU makes a great new hire. Go Hoosiers!

  5. Will the post office be able to handle the extra mail load from all the winning head coaches just dying to be IU’s next football coach mailing their resume’s to Fred?

    Even if IU offers stupid money ($1.5M a year) I have my doubts as to them finding anyone who’s truly qualified out there willing to take the job.

  6. Thanks Coach Lynch…..Congratulations on your Bucket victory….you deserved a better fate. You are number one in the hearts of many Indiana high school coaches….God bless on your future endeavors. Good luck to the university hiring new coach… not forget the importance of the Indiana high school football ties.

  7. To Mr. Glass:

    This decision is yours and yours alone. It does not reflect the opinion of TRUE Indiana Fans who understand the real state of Indiana football.

    With that said, you better pony up some real money and get a coach. If you’re going to continue to pay the lowest wage in the Big 10, you’re going to continue to be in the same position you are in now. Period.

    You are now solely responsible for making this happen. If not, the board of trustees should fire you in the same manner you fired Coach Lynch.

    Good Luck.

  8. Good luck to you Coach. Thank you.

    Good luck also to you Mr. Glass, this is a huge opportunity fir you.

  9. How has Bill Lynch been a “great ambassador” to IU when nobody outside the state knows him, and if they do, they know of him as the guy that threw his gum once.

    Further, IU football was used repeatedly this week to counter the OSU president statement that, in deed, Ohio State plays weak teams, too.

  10. The Glass motto….24 sports one team….that was Bill Lynch….the next guy needs to have the same qualities as Bill Lynch or Glass is not living up to his own words…I want to win…but as an alumnus of IU….I want class also…

  11. In the past, I have traveled to Columbus, Ohio, and East Lansing, Michigan during football season, proudly wearing my IU hat.

    I will never forget the comments made to me on separate visits to those two cities. In the lobby of a Red Roof Inn in Columbus, a young man saw my hat and said, “IU is an embarrassment to the Big Ten.” My mouthed just dropped open and I was speechless.

    And, on a visit to East Lansing, sitting at a local sportsbar, another young man saw my IU hat
    and said, “At least when Bill Mallory was your Coach, you lost with dignity.” Again, I was floored.

    This I know. It will take another true gentleman and man of honor like Bill Mallory to get us back on track. A man the boys can all respect. A man who doesn’t yell at them thinking, somehow, that will make them play better. A man who will instill in them character, pride, and a champion’s attitude. A man who is more like a father or a good Uncle than a Coach who berates and humiliates them.

    Coach Mallory and his beautiful wife, Ellie, have, I believe, four sons. Let’s get one of them and be done with it!

    Best of luck to you, Coach Lynch, in your future endeavors.

    And, go IU! Next year WILL be better!

  12. With the hire of a new football coach, Fred Glass defines his tenure as athletic director. Forget the hoopla on game days, the new scoreboard, the Indiana Creed — how he chooses to move forward with the IU Football coaching position defines his legacy.

    I fear that without the $3million it takes to get the impact coach, we will do nothing but tread water.

  13. Great win yesterday..THANKS coach Lynch…sorry to see you go. Good luck and best wishes on your journey.

  14. Good Luck to you and your family. Gave us four good years. I U has fired more good coaches than most schools have the opportunity to hire. You are just one of the latest victims. Now you can get a good job.

  15. To Long Time Fan:

    please enlighten us. what are the opinions of the TRUE fans who actually understand the state of IU football?

    mediocrity? blowout losses? repeated finishes in the bottom of the big10? bowl-less seasons after non-conference schedules full of ‘cupcakes’?

    the persistent, blind loyalty to a man that has no business as coach of a major division one school astonishes me.

    you may be a nice man, mr lynch, but i cannot forget how quickly you flushed all progress of Hoeppner down the toilet. good riddance.

  16. Hugh,

    Just a quick note about your short summary above…”The decision comes less than 24 hours after Lynch led Indiana to a win…” You write that Lynch LED Indiana to a win…I’m not sure if you watched the game or not but Ben Chappell LED Indiana to a win..despite Bill Lynch!

  17. Leo Dorocher said,”Nice guys finish last.”. I hope he was wrong and Glass can hire one who can get us into the top of our division after the arrival of Nebraska.

  18. To #9

    This program was moving in the right direction. We should have won 7 or 8 each of the last 2 years and nearly did.

    There is a sense that Indiana will build a program to compete with Ohio St./Mich/Wisc, etc. This simply will not happen. It hasn’t since Mallory and may not likely again. We had the right man with Lynch who Indiana HS coaches respected.

    My entire comment was directed at Mr. Glass as in my mind he has only 1 decision. Find about $1M plus to pay a coach and then HOPEFULLY someone will take the job. On the other hand, who would want it with the history being if you don’t win 8+ games in less than 3 years, you’re out.

    Good luck with that one.

  19. We also now know that being an unreasonable, relentlessly annyoing prick regarding Tom Crean isn’t enough for the great 4G.

  20. I’m on the other side…dumb move to fire a coach with ONE year left on his contract. You were right the first time, Mr. Glass…contracts should mean something at Indiana. You’ll now spend a ton of money (1) buying out Lynch, (2) searching for a new coach and (3) paying a new coach a lot more money.

    …and in the end, you’ll likely get the same mediocre results. Bravo. You would have been better off to take your time next year, finding a quality replacement and honoring a contract, while seeing what Lynch could do with a pretty good recruiting class that may very well scatter now with all of the uncertainty. I hope you make me eat these words, but I’m not very optimistic at the moment.

  21. i think you’re delusional. moving in the right direction? and theres a HUGE difference between what we should have done and actually did. if this program was moving in the right direction there would be no SHOULD have done this or that crap. the results would be in the record.

    i personally dont fall into the category of thinking we can compete with Ohio St or Michigan or Wisconsin every season. I do feel that we can be a team that finishes in the top half of the conference every year. I dont believe that’s too much to ask. We were on the right track before Lynch was made the head coach. he did a great job of erasing it all.

    and Lynch isnt the only guy that can be respected by the coaches in this state. so I cannot buy that delusional comment, either.

  22. this was the correct decision under the circumstances. sorry it had to happen to a guy like bill lynch, but to paraphrase the wizard of oz, he was a good man, but a bad coach.

    whomever iu gets as a coach, the best they can realistically hope for is a top 25 finish and winning 8 or 9 games and going to a midrange bowl. but they should be able to rise above being at the bottom of the big ten barrel, except somebody’s got to be there…

    the new divisions of the 12 team big ten and championship game will make it virtually impossible for iu to ever win the big ten championship outright. ohio state and nebraska will rule the conference, with occasional winners being wisconsin, michigan, iowa and penn state.

  23. the formula for the coach at IU should be simple: build that type of program that yields 8 or 9 wins a year and that can compete EVERY saturday. and from time to time that may translate into 10 or more wins and maybe finally playing on new years day again.

    again, to those that are so against Bill Lynch being fired please explain to me why that is so much to ask? we are a division one school in a major conference. bill lynch is simply not cut out to coach at that level.

  24. decision had to be made, thanks Glass. Lynch, you got a win on your way out, good for you, you deserved that. now IU deserves more a coach that can bring intensity, and give the program hope. as for the complaints about recruits decommitting, sorry but our recruitment class is one if the worst in the bigten, we arent losing anything to let the new coach and staff start from scratch

  25. Delusional.

    Insults measure the true character of a man.

    I’m sure the Hoeppner family might have some words for you in regards to your thoughts on Coach Lynch “throwing it all away”.

    We’ve had 3 winning coaches in over 100 years of Indiana football. See a pattern here? We’ve tried it all, an up and coming assistant (Cameron), a coach with success at major program (DiNardo), all who came here and lost. Changes are then made because of people like you who have unrealistic expectations and who only care about winning.

    This program would have been fine with Coach Lynch and I am not delusional for believing that.

  26. I covered Ball State as a student reporter during Lynch’s tenure. During that time we lost 21 games in a row. It was brutal, but Bill Lynch always handled reporters with class. He is indeed a very nice person.

    I think Coach Lynch knows his football, but that doesn’t mean he is cut out to lead a Big Ten team. I always thought Coach was a bit too conservative. But who am I to really judge? I feel bad for Coach Lynch and his family and wish them the best.

    As a Hoosier fan, I hope Glass goes after a coach with the pedigree to help Indiana football reach new heights. There is no reason IU can’t have success in football.

  27. Need to do this quickly, all knew it was coming. For the amount of money and effort IU has put into the Football program of late a change needed to be made. If Lynch were to stay another year, the support and following as bad as it is now would be much worse if retained. Change this quick is needed for recruiting purposes and also to start getting candidates available ready to interview, eventhough I’m sure there has been some quiet back channeling by Glass. Hoake would be the great hire here. Wins with little and well, IU doesn’t have much talent when it comes to the football program. He gets the best out of his players, knows the area and will make IU competitive and bowl eligible within year 2 I believe.

  28. LTM:your mentality is exactly why the program has sucked, IU has not made winning the top priority. I bet you tell your kids that its OK to lose, as long as they are nice and tried. the next coach will have unprecedented administration and $ support. things will improve.

  29. LT Fan,

    you say, “Changes are then made because of people like you who have unrealistic expectations and who only care about winning.” You are right, college football IS all about winning. This isn’t a youth league program. IU is in the Big Ten which is apart of the NCAA. The NCAA is a business, centered around the money they make off of these amateur athletes. One of the reasons IU can’t pay a top level coach is because they don’t win enough to make enough money. Like it or not, college sports is run by wins and losses and wins bring in more money than losses!

  30. “3 big10 wins in 3 seasons is not the basis for an extension” – Fred Glass

    looks like im not the only one with unrealistic expectations…

  31. I think that Bill Lynch is and always be a nice guy, but the world is full of nice guys, I am a nice guy and I used to coach youth football, but some people get in over there head by circumstances. I the tadgedy had never happened to coach Hep, Lynch would not have ever been the head coach at I.U. ps. Ball State is looking for a coach..Bill Dennis

  32. how about steve mariucci for new coach. i get the feeling he misses coaching.

    i get tired of people saying that a football champion can’t be built here. i remember when the following teams were horrible programs:

    wisconsin, oregon, boise st., kansas, kansas st., cincy, va tech, louisville, tcu, stanford, northwestern. i’m sure there are more. the right person can build it. people often say our stadium is too small. if we win for a few years, we’ll sell out. sell out for a few years, we’ll build a new stadium.

  33. Bill Lynch is a nice guy, but he simply was not going to be the long-term coach at IU, especially with the significant investment to upgrade the facilities. The odds on favorite to replace Lynch is Brady Hoke – now at San Diego St. Hoke is a midwest guy and, unless he is now enamored with the sand & surf of the west coast, he will likely jump at the chance to return to Indiana and become 1 of 12 coaches in the new Big Ten (12) conference. Hoke has the pedigree to become the coach that we all believed Hep would become. Go IU!

  34. While I am pleased with Mr. Glass’ decision today, for tonight I will merely thank Coach Lynch for his service in running a clean (even if unsuccessful) program.

  35. Well now we will find out who in the collage football coaching world 4geeks has a man crush on. Does he have room for another picture under his pillow next to Steve Alford’s ?

  36. Good luck in your future endeavors. As far as TRUE Indiana fans and their understanding of the state of IU football…hogwash. Bill Lynch is a nice guy but there probably isn’t more than 1 IU fan in 10 that wasn’t calling for a change. Glass probably spends the better portion of each workday dealing with outraged alumni demanding Lynch’s firing. There are plenty of great people in the world that are floundering in the wrong job. It makes people sad when they get fired but it doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be fired.
    As to the timing, when should he be fired? Did you ever think that maybe Bill doesn’t want to be left hanging, either?

  37. I am all for Brady Hoke ….I watch LOTS of college football …and for him to do what he did at Ball State …then VERY quickly bring a ho-hum San Diego State that plays in a baseball stadium with zip fan support …well, that speaks volumes to me ….I don’t know if he is nice like Lynch, but I’ve never heard anything negative about him …would he want to come to IU? I did breathe a sigh of relief when Glass said there WILL be money …substantially more ….I mean a buddy of mine makes what Lynch made and he lives in a small 2 bedroom condo ….gotta pay to play

  38. San Diego St. announced today that they are in talks with Brady Hoke on a contract extension… IU and Minnesota are both interested.

  39. ^^^ Sorry, the report did not say that IU and MN were interested…that was my editorial opinion. Well, MN is definitely interested as their AD was in San Diego a couple of days ago…

  40. Chet …you are spot on …there are 15 of us displaced Hoosier fans in the middle of no-where Arizona …and after each loss …ie every week …would make it a point to call Glass and voice our extreme displeasure with the enormous losses that happened every year …um …except with Heps last class ….As sweet and nice as Lynch is …the guy could NEVER win anywhere at anytime …and walks with a quarter MILLION …you know he knows he made out to a degree …Let’s go Glass …git ‘er done …

  41. It is ridiculous to fire a person a day after a hard-fought game and on a Sunday!!! It’s not bad enough that Glass said he would honor Lynch’s contract, but he couldn’t even give the man one day’s rest to enjoy his win and hard work! Who would ever, ever, ever fire a person on a Sunday unless 1) the person fired had committed a criminal act, or 2) the person doing the firing is a jerk and proud of it. Well, Mr. Glass, you’re a liar and a jerk and that’s a lot worse than not winning college football games!!! Don’t worry, what goes around, comes around. Always has and always will. I wish Coach Lynch the very best in the future.

  42. Some of the comments from Hoosier fans are the crux of why we are a LOSER program and the laughingstock of BCS football ….poor widdle Lynch fired on …OMG … A Sunday !!!! You people make me want to vomit on your church clothes ….grow some nuts you dweebs ….You losers seriously think 3 BT wins in 3 years is really sweet and cuddly ? This isn’t church bingo LADIES ….its big time college football where Indiana is and has been getting smoked by every other BCS program under Bill Lynch ….I mean seriously you retards …the man is getting paid approximately 500,000 to sit home and watch TV for the next year ….some of these comments about poor Bill …on a Sunday ….are disturbing if not laughable ….Thank you Fred Glass for having the brains to make changes and expect results on the field and in the classroom …..If you loser mentality Hoosier fans think ONE WIN a year is sweet, cute and tidy ….you should go root for your favorite church dart team …the MAJORITY of Hoosier Nation expects more ….

  43. And just one more thing ladies …I just bet a dollar to a donut that Bill Lynch was classy enough to understand the on field expectations ….and will come out with an honest statement soon saying that he and his staff just didn’t get it done on the field as hard as they tried ….Bill Lynch will be fine …but how in the world can anyone say that Indiana didn’t give him a chance ? Please explain WITH some substance rather than …it was a Sunday …if Belcher hadn’t have dropped that pass …if Beliema wasn’t such a meanie …if we had more fans ….IF IF IF ….

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