Kevin Wilson officially introduced as Indiana head football coach

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Modified: December 7, 2010 at 8:53 pm •  Published: December 7, 2010
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After signing a seven-year deal worth $1.2 million a season to be Indiana's head football coach, Kevin Wilson said it will be Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops' decision whether he coaches the Sooners offense in the Fiesta Bowl.

Wilson, who has served as OU's offensive coordinator since 2006, on Stoops staff since 2002, said at his introductory press conference Tuesday afternoon in Bloomington, Ind., that he realizes the importance of the Fiesta Bowl since the Sooners have lost five consecutive BCS bowl games.

"The real deal for me with the bowl is truly what coach Stoops feels is best for Oklahoma," Wilson said. "We're getting some monkeys off our back down there. We couldn't win on the road. We couldn't win tough games. We couldn't come from behind. Now we've done that. Now we've got a thing we can't win a BCS game."

In a statement, Stoops said he will address filling the offensive coordinator vacancy and the coaching arrangement for the upcoming Fiesta Bowl later this week or the first part of next week.

"We want to thank Kevin for his role in helping our program win six of the seven Big 12 Championships we've accumulated over the last 12 seasons," Stoops said. "His attention to detail, innovation and ability to develop players to their fullest ability have helped us remain a strong program.

"Our offenses have been effective because they're multiple and dynamic, and yet loyal to the basic football principles of being physical and fundamentally sound. By going to Indiana, Kevin returns to a region of the country and a conference that he knows very well. He'll have a solid plan for the football program."

Wilson, 49, has ties to the Big Ten, having coached two seasons at Northwestern.

It's a major challenge. Indiana has played in only one bowl game since 1995. The Hoosiers finished 5-7 this season and have gone 1-7 in the Big Ten each of the past three seasons.

Stating he's confident he can recruit Indiana and surrounding states, Wilson was asked why he's confident he can have success in his first head coaching job at a program that's struggled.

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