DiNardo hired as new Indiana coach

The University of Indiana completed its search for replacing fired head football coach Cam Cameron, hiring Gerry DiNardo to take over the Hoosiers' program. A news conference is scheduled in Bloomington, Ind., for late Tuesday afternoon.

DiNardo, who holds 51-49-1 career record as a college head coach, was one of four finalists for the Indiana job. He was selected ahead of San Diego Chargers head coach Mike Riley, University of South Florida head coach Jim Leavitt and LSU defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs.

LSU employed DiNardo for just under five seasons, releasing him ten games into the 1999 campaign. He was 32-24-1 with the Tigers, including three straight bowl apperances from 1995-97. Prior to coming to LSU, DiNardo led Vanderbilt to a 19-25 record over four seasons. He spent last season as the head coach of the Birmingham Bolts in the now defunct XFL.

Gibbs recently completed his first season on the LSU staff, helping Nick Saban's Tigers win the Southeastern Conference Championship and earn a berth in the Sugar Bowl, where they defeated Illinois, 47-34. It was the first Bowl Championship Series apperance and victory for the LSU program.

Cameron leaves Indiana after five losings seasons with a 18-37 record. One of the main criticisms placed on Cameron was his decision to move All-American all-purpose player Atwaan Randle El from quarterback to wide receiver for his senior season. By the time Cameron realized his mistake and moved Randle El back under center, the Hoosiers were well into what would be a 5-6 season.

DiNardo will have to decide which of Cameron's assistants he will keep on board. They include Hal Hunter, the Hoosiers' offensive coordinator who was offensive line coach under DiNardo at LSU. Hunter coached the Tigers in their final game of the 1999 season after DiNardo was fired. The Tigers posted a 35-10 win over Arkansas in that contest.

Another former DiNardo assistant at LSU is also on the job market. David Kelly, the former tight ends coach for the Tigers, was not retained as wide receivers coach at Georgia Tech when Chan Gailey was named to replace George O'Leary.


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