It’s official – Lynch to be head coach in 2007

Here’s the complete media advisory and press release we just received from IU:

Indiana Director of Athletics Rick Greenspan and Coach Bill Lynch will hold
a press conference today at 2 p.m. in the Hoosier Room in Memorial Stadium.

Because of the volume of requests, we are unable to accommodate one-on-one
interviews for the two during this opportunity. No players are being made
available today, but comments from James Hardy and Charlie Emerson are
included in the release.

Further interview requests for Coach Lynch and selected players should be
made to Jeff Keag (812) 855-6209 or beginning on Monday.

For Immediate Release
June 15, 2007


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. ­ Indiana University Director of Athletics Rick Greenspan
has announced that Bill Lynch, who has been the Hoosiers assistant head
coach and offensive coordinator since 2005, will assume the title of head
coach for the 2007 season as Terry Hoeppner continues his leave of absence.

“Most importantly, I wish Terry well with his ongoing health issues,”
Greenspan said. “Hep means a great deal to so many of us and his health is
a primary concern. As we rapidly approach the season, we believe this
clarity is needed regarding the leadership of our football program. Bill
Lynch and our staff have done an admirable job under trying circumstances
and the leadership they have displayed with our student-athletes has been
exemplary. I am confident that we will be capably led and thank Bill for
his willingness to serve as our head coach for the 2007 season. At the end
of the campaign, we will re-evaluate the circumstances and move forward from
that point.”

Indiana President Dr. Adam W. Herbert echoed Greenspan’s sentiments.

“Indiana University is extremely grateful for the outstanding job Coach Hep
has done to transform the IU football program,” Herbert said. “His
leadership and dedication provide the foundation on which we continue to
build the highly competitive football teams he envisions. The Hoosiers will
aggressively pursue Hep’s goal of playing 13 in 2007 as he fights to restore
his health. His spirit and determination to overcome adversity are an
inspiration to us all.”

This decision was made after recent consultation between Greenspan and the
Hoeppner family.

“Our family continues to be very grateful and humbled by the tremendous
support from the athletic administration, IU fans and friends around the
country,” Jane Hoeppner said. “For the past several months, Terry has
received chemotherapy and radiation treatments. This battle requires us to
focus our energy and attention on aiding his recovery in every way we can.
The faith we have in God more than sustains us and grows stronger every day.
Our family is confident that Bill and the staff will do a great job this
season. These comments would be incomplete without Hep’s ultimate statement
to all of you ­ DON¹T QUIT!”

Lynch owns an 81-67-3 record in 14 seasons as a head coach at Ball State,
Butler and DePauw. He came to IU with Hoeppner and also oversaw the
quarterbacks for the Hoosiers in 1993 and 1994.

“His courage serves as an example to all of us and we are prepared to follow
his example as we look to achieve great things this season,” Lynch said.
“All of us in the IU football family wish Terry the best as he fights
through this significant health challenge.”

Freshmen report August 4 and the Hoosiers open the season September 1 at
home against Indiana State.

“As a group our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with Coach Hep and
his family. I think our coaches have brought this team along and made it
even closer. We are focused on having the best season we can possibly have
and Coach Lynch will continue to bring out the best in us.” – Junior wide
receiver James Hardy

“In times of adversity, everyone has to step up. We are all pulling for
Coach because we know he will never quit fighting. This team thinks the
world of our coaching staff and will play its hearts out for them. Our
ultimate goal will never change and that is to perform at the highest level
we possibly can week in and week out.” – Senior offensive lineman Charlie


  1. While Coach Hep will be missed, Coach Lynch and the staff are a very big part in the success we had last year. I think Coach Lynch will take the reigns and run with it this year, and not be conservative like he was against UConn and Southern Ill.

  2. Doug and Chris,

    I know your first job is as reporters, but I feel now and in the next coming months is time for you guys to write some opinion pieces. We need a push from every aspect to get the fans to pack the Rock on September 1st against Indiana State. Coach Hep, Coach Lynch, and the res of the staff and players need to know that they are supported and we believe they can over come this and play 13 this year!

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