Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)
The college football coaching carousel began spinning early in the 2015 season and has not slowed down as the season went on (As I write this Georgia coach Mark Richt has been terminated), and Indiana's head coach Kevin Wilson's name has been thrown around on both the hot seat side and the deserving of an extension side. In five full seasons Kevin Wilson is 20-40 overall and (7-24 in the Big Ten).
As the Hoosiers were taking photos with the Bucket after their third straight victory over Purdue at a very chilly and gray Ross-Ade Stadium, Indiana athletic director Fred Glass entertain questions about the future of his school's football program. When asked about an extension for the coach that had just ended IU's eight-year bowl drought, Glass was adamant that he just wanted to enjoy today saying, "It's three (wins) in a row (against Purdue) for the first time in almost 70 years. I'm just going to soak in this Bucket win, and then Kevin and I will get together and talk in the next several days."
Glass addressed the fact that IU has one possession losses to top-ranked teams like Ohio State, Iowa, and Michigan at home telling reporters, "I've been really proud of this team this season. As Kevin likes to say, some of the losses have been disappointing, but not discouraging."
Glass believes there has been clear progress with the program and had a "longtime season-ticket holder, who's kind of a curmudgeon, send me a text and say, 'This is some of the best Indiana Football I've seen in my 70 years going to games."
So Glass said a lot of words, but none saying that an extension is a done deal. As Kevin Wilson and his staff hit the recruiting trail with both a third straight Bucket and a bowl bid in tow trying to build the program for continued success down the road. In order to do this Kevin Wilson needs at least a two-year extension and a raise for his assistants. While it is great to soak in the victory, the rule of thumb is that a victory should be celebrated for 24-hours, then you have to move on. The hope is that Glass and the Wilson camp will hammer out a contract extension soon.