LWritten By Sammy Jacobs @Hoosier_Huddle
Just under an hour prior to the National Title Game on Monday night the Indiana Hoosiers announced that they have agreed on a six-year $15.3 million contract that would keep head coach Kevin Wilson (20-41 in five years) in Bloomington through 2021. Wilson's new deal will pay him more than $1 million more than his previous deal. Is this a good move from Hoosier AD Fred Glass? Only time will tell, but what it does show is that Glass and IU are committed to continue building IU football back to respectability.
"This contract reflects our commitment to Kevin, to continuity, and to Indiana University Football," said Glass. "Kevin has done a great job building our program into one that is competitive with the great teams of the Big Ten and the nation. We are confident that he will continue to lead us to sustained success on the field and in the classroom."
Continuity is something that IU football has lacked since Bill Malory roamed the sideline in the mid-1980's through the mid-90's. Prior to Wilson, the Hoosiers had four coaches who failed to reach a second contract. This new contract should allow Wilson to continue to build the program through recruiting and stabilize a program who desperately needs to continue their upward trend.
While the details of the contract have yet to be disclosed, one thing is clear is that Glass is paying attention to the football program and is willing to open his wallet to put a winner on the field.
After thanking the Board of Trustees, President McRobbie, and Glass, Wilson said, "Coupled with an already solid foundation, this ensures stability as we continue to build a winning program in the Big Ten East, one of the great divisions in college football. The administration has shown a total commitment to our program development, continuity, staffing, recruiting and facilities, and has invested heavily in the development of and experience for our students. We are excited for the opportunity and embrace the challenge ahead."
So Hoosier fans will have to wait and see if this contract was the right thing to do, but right now the Hoosiers needed stability and this new contract has given it to the program.