Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Indiana Head Coach

Bill Lynch was fired as head coach at Indiana after four seasons and a record of 19-30. Lynch must be credited for keeping the team together after the death of their previous head coach, Terry Hoeppner, and leading them to a bowl game in his first year. Unfortunately he was unable to finish with a winning season after that. The coaching tree has come up with three potential replacements:

Scott Shafer is the defensive coordinator at Syracuse, where he is in his second season. Shafer has also been a coordinator at Michigan, Western Michigan, and Northern Illinois.

  • Graduate assistant at Indiana in 1991 and '92

Vic Fangio is in his first season as defensive coordinator at Stanford. He came back to the college ranks after 24 seasons in the NFL, including stints as defensive coordinator with the Panthers, Colts, and Texans.

  • Defensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts from 1999-2001. Bill Polian, the Colts' president, is advising Indiana athletic director Fred Glass during the hiring process.
  • Defensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers from 1995-98. Polian was the Panthers' general manager from 1994-96.

Jay Norvell is the WR coach at Oklahoma, where he is in his third season. While he hasn't been a head coach, Norvell has been an offensive coordinator at UCLA and Nebraska and was an NFL assistant for six years.

  • WR coach for the Indianapolis Colts from 1998-2001, working under president Bill Polian

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