Wilson said he's uncertain whether he will call plays from the sideline and eluded he's entertained other head coaching opportunities in the past but felt Indiana was the type of job he's been holding out for.
"I think it's time," Wilson said. "It's been time. It just hasn't been the right place. For years it's been time. My job was so good it was hard to leave because you don't walk from Oklahoma for some places. It's a tremendous job, a great place to live and great people to work for and great players you coach.
"It's a special, special place. For me to leave it was tough. I was looking for right place, a place I felt I could win, a place that would be a tremendous challenge but also a great place for our family to live."
One of several names given to him by coaching sports consultant Chuck Neinas, Indiana athletic director Fred Glass met briefly with Wilson Friday in Norman. Glass attended the Big 12 title game Saturday in Arlington, Texas. Talks began in earnest on Sunday. They flew to Bloomington, Ind. on Monday.
"You don't hire resumes. I had to find out whether I thought he had it," Glass said. "It was clear to me he had "it" almost as soon as I rode over with him in his car to his house, that I felt he had "it." I spent time with his wife, his dogs and his cat. I felt comfortable in a real live environment of a home."
Wilson showed his sense of humor when asked what it feels like to still have to play Nebraska.
Knowing the Cornhuskers aren't on IU's schedule the next two years, Wilson quipped: "We could play them in the championship game if they're good enough to win their division."