Wilson Officially Becomes Indiana Head Coach

NORMAN, Okla. — In what was basically a formality, the Sooners have now lost their offensive coordinator, as Kevin Wilson accepted the head coaching position at Indiana Tuesday.

"Thank you very much, again, [I'm] very honored to be here, very humbled to be here," Wilson said. "I'd like to first start by throwing some multiple thanks out, first to President McRobbie for the commitment to our football program and to make a strong push to get ourselves to being a competitive, strong force in the Big Ten. I think he's taking a great push on his part, but also a strong leap of faith with a guy that's just been a coordinator, assistant guy and the same with our athletic director here, Mr. Glass.

"It's great to maybe be on the radar, but it's really great to be someone's guy and to become a part of a team, a part of a family and excited here to be a part of the Indiana family. I know it wouldn't be possible without those two guys."

Then, he extended those thanks to the Oklahoma community.

"I need to also thank our people at Oklahoma, President Boren, Joe Castiglione, athletic director," Wilson said. "They're extremely supportive in what they've done through our time, Coach [Bob] Stoops, nine years with him, if not the best in the profession, tremendous environment, family environment, competitive environment, winning environment, just so special to be a part of that."

Stoops returned his gratitude in a statement released Tuesday afternoon.

"We want to thank Kevin for his role in helping our program win six of the seven Big 12 Championships we've accumulated over the last 12 seasons," Stoops said. "His attention to detail, innovation and ability to develop players to their fullest ability have helped us remain a strong program. Our offenses have been effective because they're multiple and dynamic and yet loyal to the basic football principles of being physical and fundamentally sound.

"By going to Indiana, Kevin returns to a region of the country and a conference that he knows very well. He'll have a solid plan for the football program there and the dedication required to carry it out. Kevin, Angie and the entire Wilson family leave with our gratitude for a job well done with the Sooners, and our best wishes for continued success with the Hoosiers.

Wilson traveled to Indianapolis early Monday morning, and returned back in the early evening, saying "nothing's final yet."

Less than an hour later, a report from The Indianapolis Star said he would be hired at 4 p.m. ET/3 p.m. CT Tuesday.

And that's exactly what happened.

The hire by the Hoosiers leaves a void for OU at the offensive coordinator position, which will likely be picked up by quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel, wide receiver coach Jay Norvell, or a co-coordinator responsibility.

Head coach Bob Stoops still has the option of allowing him to help out with the Fiesta Bowl against UConn, something that Wilson said he'd be open to.

"The real deal with me and the bowl will start with truly just what Coach Stoops feels is best for Oklahoma and because, again, that's a bowl game," Wilson said. "We're getting some monkeys off the back down there. One of them was we couldn't win on the road. We couldn't win tough games. We couldn't come from behind. And all that, we've done it down the stretch, so we've got a thing that we can't win a BCS game because we've lost the last three."

Stoops said he'll address that coaching arrangement as well as the process for filling the position later in the week or early next week.

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