Lynch shuffles his staff slightly

Following a 3-9 season, Bill Lynch has made some small changes in the structure of his staff.

The major news is that Dennis Springer, the lone assistant brought into the program by Lynch, has been elevated to assistant head coach.

It’s difficult to know what that means, exactly. Lynch was the assistant head coach to Terry Hoeppner; that title seemed as much as anything a nod toward Lynch’s considerable experience as a head coach. This move makes it clear that Lynch wants Springer to have more influence within the staff.

The rest of the offensive staff stays the same (though tight ends coach Kyle Conner will assist with the offensive line; this makes sense given the limited role tight ends play in IU’s offense.) Matt Canada is still the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach. It’s unclear if he’ll continue to call plays.

On the defensive side of the ball, co-defensive coordinator Joe Palcic will now coach the entire secondary. Former safeties coach Mike Yeager becomes the linebackers coach, while George Ricumstrict will shift his focus from the backers to the defensive ends. That leaves co-defensive coordinator Brian George to concentrate on the defensive tackles.

Here’s the whole release from IU, and a list of the current staff and their positions:


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana head football coach Bill Lynch announced realignments to his staff on Friday afternoon.

Dennis Springer has been tabbed the team’s assistant head coach. Springer joined the Hoosiers in 2008 and served as running backs coach and co-special teams coordinator and will maintain those roles once again in 2009. Kyle Conner will remain as tight ends coach and add assistant offensive line coach to his duties.

Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Matt Canada, wide receivers coach Billy Lynch and offensive line coach Bobby Johnson will remain in their current capacity.

On the defensive side of the ball, co-defensive coordinators Brian George and Joe Palcic will handle the defensive tackles and secondary, respectively. Mike Yeager will transition from safeties coach to linebackers coach, as George Ricumstrict moves from linebackers coach to defensive ends coach.

Bill Lynch – Head Coach
Dennis Springer – Assistant Head Coach/Running Backs Coach/Co-Special Teams Coordinator
Matt Canada – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
Kyle Conner – Tight Ends Coach/Assistant Offensive Line Coach
Brian George – Co-Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Tackles Coach
Bobby Johnson – Offensive Line Coach
Billy Lynch – Wide Receivers Coach
Joe Palcic – Co-Defensive Coordinator/Secondary Coach
George Ricumstrict – Defensive Ends Coach/Co-Special Teams Coordinator
Mike Yeager – Linebackers Coach/Recruiting Coordinator


  1. man, I hope that Canada will man up and admit he is bad if Lynch cannot do it himself. A change in playcalling would be HUGE for next season!

  2. Matt Canada wouldn’t know how to call a offensive plays even if someone did it for him! He’s an offensive idiot. IU ran up the middle for no gain or a loss ALL TIME LAST YEAR! Couldn’t he hear the fans constantly booing when he called the same play like a dozen times per game, usually on the same down!!! Talk about being predictable! IU can win games if an idiot isn’t calling the same play over and over again in the same predictable fashion.

    Plus, the offense went from being wide open during the Insight Bowl year, to very bad conservative offense last year. Why? It was boring from the stands and IU kept getting stuffed, again, because of predictability and repetition of the same play!


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