Report: Kevin Wilson to be named Indiana coach

By Jake Trotter, Staff Writer, jtrotter@opubco.com Modified: December 7, 2010 at 8:53 am •  Published: December 6, 2010
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NORMAN — Bob Stoops has seen five of his Oklahoma assistants go on to be head coaches.

It appears that offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson will be the sixth.

Wilson interviewed for the vacancy at Indiana University on Monday, and is expected to be named its head coach at a 3 p.m. press conference Tuesday, according to the Indianapolis Star. The Hoosier players have a scheduled team meeting for 2 p.m.

Two hours before the Star's report, Wilson spoke with The Oklahoman at about 5:40 Monday evening, shortly after returning to Norman from his trip to Indianapolis, where he met with Hoosier athletic director Fred Glass.

As of then, Wilson confirmed to The Oklahoman he had interviewed, but said he had not yet been offered the job.

“I talked to them,” said Wilson, who flew to Indianapolis on Monday morning. “We'll see where it goes. Nothing's final yet.”

Wilson, 49, has been OU's offensive coordinator since 2006 and a Sooner assistant since 2002. Two seasons ago, he won the Broyles Award, presented annually to the nation's top assistant coach after his offense set an NCAA record for points.

Wilson's several ties to the Big Ten and to Indiana make him an attractive candidate for Indiana, which has had only one winning season since 1994 and fired Bill Lynch last week after the Hoosiers finished last in the conference this season.

Wilson was an offensive coordinator in the Big Ten at Northwestern from 1999-2001 under Randy Walker. There, Wilson implemented the spread offense. In 2000 the Wildcats were ninth in the country in scoring, averaging 39 points a game, and shared the Big Ten crown with Michigan and Purdue.

Wilson was also best friends with Terry Hoeppner, the former Indiana coach who passed away from brain cancer in 2007. Wilson, Walker and Hoeppner all became close while coaching together at Miami of Ohio, where Wilson was before following Walker to Northwestern. Over the weekend, Hoeppner's widow told the Star she thought Wilson would be a terrific hire for the Hoosiers.

“When you're an assistant and you're in my position, you're a coordinator working for Bob, you're in a great place to live, great teams, great time, great run, you just don't want to uproot and leave,” said Wilson, who interviewed with Southern Miss in 2007 and Mississippi State in 2008. “I don't know if there's a lot of jobs that fit, but from the outside I thought maybe Indiana could because it's a great academic school.