Bloomington – IU Athletic Director Fred Glass' announcement that Bill Lynch would be back on the sidelines next fall was welcomed news not only to the current staff and players, but incoming recruits as well.
After all, those are the players that have verbally committed to the idea of not only playing football for the Hoosiers, but doing it for Lynch's staff. With Glass' public backing of Lynch, the remaining 22 recruits have had their minds put at ease about not only who will be coaching IU next fall, but also the status of their scholarships.
Among those who was most relieved was Brookfield (Wis.) Central running back Xavier Whitaker. Whitaker's senior season came to an abrupt end with a torn knee ligament in his team's second game, and he has been rehabbing ever since.
"It's huge for me because I tore my ACL and if coach was fired I would possibly have to switch the school I would be attending next year," Whitaker said this morning.
Whitaker said he's currently on pace to be ready to go by late February or early March.
It was also well received by junior college cornerback Andre Kates, who may now be the biggest name in Indiana's 2010 class. With Ray Fisher graduating at season's end and the depth issues Indiana has at cornerback this season, Kates figures to have a chance to step in right away and make a big impact next fall.
"I'm glad that IU football and Coach Lynch has the support of the AD," Kates said this morning. "You can't have a good program if the AD isn't confident in who he has leading the troops to war."
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