Reports Say Wilson Is Hoosiers' Choice

According to several published reports, Indiana has chosen Oklahoma Offensive Coordinator Kevin Wilson as its next football coach. He's expected to be officially introduced...

According to an Oklahoma television station, Indiana has settled on its next football coach.

Citing unnamed sources, KFOR-4 out of Oklahoma City is reporting tonight that Oklahoma Offensive Coordinator Kevin Wilson will leave the Sooners to replace Bill Lynch as the Hoosiers' head football coach.

The Norman, Okla., based Oklahoman newspaper, meanwhile, is reporting that isn't necessarily the case. Wilson confirmed to the Oklahoman that he interviewed for the IU job, but said he hadn't been offered the position yet.

" "I talked to them," Wilson told the newspaper. "We'll see where it goes. Nothing's final yet."

Wilson's name first surfaced as a possibility last week when ESPN.com reported that IU Athletics Director Fred Glass interviewed him on Friday. When questioned about his interest in the Indiana job after Oklahoma's 23-20 win over Nebraska in the Big 12 championship game Saturday night, Wilson was vague and neither admitted or denied interest or involvement in the Hoosier coaching vacancy.

If the TV report is true, Indiana is getting a veteran assistant coach who has been the architect of some explosive offenses in the Big 12, Big 10 and MAC. At Oklahoma, Wilson has spent the last eight years as the offensive coordinator of one of the nation's most potent offensive football teams. Led by Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford, the Sooners' 2008 squad scored 716 points, including nine outings of at least 50 points, during a 12-2 season that ended with a BCS title game loss to Florida. This year's recently-crowned Big 12 Championship team, meanwhile, ranked fourth nationally in passing offense (336.7), 13th in total offense (478.1 yards/game) and 17th in scoring offense (36.3).

Before his success at Oklahoma, Wilson enjoyed more of the same under the late Randy Walker at Northwestern. His Zak Kustok-led spread-option attack was one of the Big 10's most dynamic from 1999-01, and the 2000 Wildcats earned a share of the Big 10 championship.

Before his three-year stint in the Big 10, Wilson spent nine years at Miami (Ohio) – along with the late Terry Hoeppner – on Walker's staff. His stay there was highlighted by the 1998 season when the Redhawks went 10-1.


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