Football News and Notes 2/15/2005

With so many little ongoing changes in the Indiana football program lately, it would be best to summarize them all as "news and notes".

*Terry Hoeppner hired former Hoosier coach Bill Lynch as the offensive coordinator/ tight ends coach on Jan 31st. Lynch was originally a QB coach under Bill Mallory's Hoosiers during the 1993-94 seasons. Lynch spent last year coaching DePauw to an 8-2 record earning co-coach of the year honors in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. Lynch's son, Billy Lynch was brought to Indiana with coach Hoeppner from Miami (OH), as the two will be reunited on the sidelines in 2005.

*Indiana's leading rusher, Ben Jarvis Green Ellis has decided to transfer from Indiana to Ole Miss. The sophomore had 794 total yards last season, but only averaged 3.4 yards per carry. In regards to his release, coach Hoeppner said, "BenJarvus came to me and said that he would like to pursue some other opportunities closer to home. He has been a solid contributor here the last two years, and we wish him the best." Chris Taylor and Yamar Washington will handle the majority of the back work with Green Ellis gone.

*JUCO transfer Paul Szczesny has decided to transfer from the Hoosier program after just one year as a Hoosier. Szczesny was expected to return as a starting outside linebacker for Indiana, but will be playing elsewhere for the rest of his collegiate career. The junior had 71 tackles and an interception on the year. When asked about his departure, coach Hoeppner said, "We're disappointed that Paul is leaving, but we wish him the best in his future endeavors, especially in dealing with and overcoming the personal challenges he has faced in the last few months." The Hoosiers have several options in replacing Szczesny, however the actual decision will become clearer in the spring.

*Senior FB John Pannozzo has been moved from fullback to linebacker. Pannozzo was used mostly as a blocking and receiving back on offense, but proved to be a big hitter on the punt team. The 5'11", 230 lb senior had just one rushing attempt in 2004. He will most likely be replaced at FB by Josiah Sears, however coach Hoeppner's spread offense does not always have a FB in the mix.

*QB Graeme McFarland has rejoined the Hoosier football program after leaving it midseason in 2004. He will be playing baseball for the Hoosier Hitmen this spring and summer, but will find time for football when he isn't pitching. McFarland will be the only QB on the roster who has started a collegiate game, when he filled in for an injured Matt LoVechio in 2003 against Minnesota. McFarland is expected to compete for the starting quarterback job in Spring and Fall Football.

*Indiana is still looking for an opponent to fill the hole in its schedule created by the loss of Oregon on the schedule. Indiana has open dates on September 10th and 24th that are available to fill. There are several options available for Indiana with these two dates open, and it is unclear at this point who the replacement team will be.

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