NORMAN â€” 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.
â€œI talked to them,â€ said Wilson, who flew to Indianapolis on Monday morning. â€œWe'll see where it goes. Nothing's final yet.â€
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.
â€œWhen 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,â€ said Wilson, who interviewed with Southern Miss in 2007 and Mississippi State in 2008. â€œI 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.
â€œI know the Midwest, I know the state reasonably well and have recruited it some ... but I don't know if I fit them. I'm an unproven guy so they'd be taking a leap of faith. We'll see how it works out.â€
If hired, it's unclear how much Wilson will make at Indiana, but it figures to be more than the $660,000 Lynch earned this past season. Wilson, who received a raise two months ago, makes $430,000 as OU's offensive coordinator with a base salary of $230,000 and a personal services income of $200,000.
While Wilson was still pumped Monday night about the Sooners' win over Nebraska in the Big 12 Championship, it's doubtful that as Indiana's head coach he would stay on the OU staff for the Fiesta Bowl against Connecticut. Instead, the Sooners would probably delegate play-calling duties to either assistant offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Jay Norvell and/or quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel.
Norvell and Heupel would also be the favorites to succeed Wilson, perhaps even as co-coordinators. All five times, Stoops has replaced a vacancy at coordinator by promoting one of his assistants. That includes Wilson, who replaced Chuck Long in 2006 after Long was hired as San Diego State's head coach.
Norvell has experience as a coordinator. He called plays for one season at UCLA in 2007. He was also the offensive coordinator at Nebraska from 2004-06, though head coach Bill Callahan was the team's primary play-caller.
Heupel has never been a coordinator, but the three quarterbacks he's coached â€” Paul Thompson, Sam Bradford and now Landry Jones â€” have all led their teams to Big 12 Championships. Heupel also quarterbacked the Sooners to the 2000 national championship.