Indiana will have stability at the top coaching position on staff for the forseeable future.
Head coach Kevin Wilson and IU agreed to a new six-year contract Monday, the program announced in a press release. Wilson's previous contract, signed in 2012, was scheduled to expire after the 2017 season.
"This contract reflects our commitment to Kevin, to continuity, and to Indiana University Football," IU Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass said in a statement. "Kevin has done a great job building our program into one that is competitive with the great teams of the Big Ten and the nation. We are confident that he will continue to lead us to sustained success on the field and in the classroom."
In his fifth year at Indiana, Wilson led the team to its first bowl game in eight years and just the second in its last 22. The Hoosiers fell 44-41 to the Duke Blue Devils in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Dec. 26th.
Despite the loss, Indiana still finished with six wins this season - its highest total since the 2007 season. The regular season was also highlighted by Indiana winning the Old Oaken Bucket game for the third year in a row, a feat which had not been accomplished since 1944-47.
According to the release, Wilson's new contract will be worth $15.3 million over those six years, or $2.55 million annually.
"Thank you to President McRobbie, the Board of Trustees, Mr. Glass and the entire athletics administration for their support," Wilson said in the same release. "Coupled with an already solid foundation, this ensures stability as we continue to build a winning program in the Big Ten East, one of the great divisions in college football."
Indiana started the nonconference season 4-0 before losing six straight. However, they managed to win their final two Big Ten games, which were on the road, for the first time since 2001 to become bowl eligible.
Including the Pinstripe Bowl loss to Duke, five of Indiana's seven losses this season were decided by eight points or less. That competitiveness resonated with the fan base as well.
According to Jon Solomon of CBS Sports, Indiana's six percent attendance increase was tied with Kentucky and Purdue as fifth-highest increase among Power Five programs this season.
As for the players, right guard Dan Feeney and left tackle Jason Spriggs marked the second and third Indiana standouts to earn All-America honors. Former IU running back Tevin Coleman also earned the same recognition following the 2014 season.
Additionally, a record 12 Hoosiers earned All-Big Ten honors this year. Overall, 38 have received such recognition under Wilson.
The administration has shown a total commitment to our program development, continuity, staffing, recruiting and facilities, and has invested heavily in the development of and experience for our students. We are excited for the opportunity and embrace the challenge ahead. My family and I love Indiana and we are all proud Hoosiers. Go IU!"