Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
My apologies for posting this so late, but Indiana head coach Bill Lynch received a vote of confidence Wednesday from athletic director Fred Glass, who said he will honor the final two years of Lynch's contract.
Lynch took over the program in 2007 following the passing of head coach Terry Hoeppner. Indiana ended a 14-year bowl drought in his first season, backslid to 3-9 last fall and stands at 4-4 entering Saturday's game at No. 4 Iowa (ESPN, noon ET). He's under contract through the 2011 season.
"I think contracts need to mean something at Indiana again," Glass told reporters. "But beyond the pure letter of what we agreed on, I think coach Lynch has done a good job and will continue to be successful at Indiana beyond the length of his current contract. ... Sports Illustrated picked us to win two games. We’re 4-4. I'm a big fan of saying that you are what you are. And we are. We’re 4-4. But we’re two plays away from being 6-2. Last year we got shellacked by Purdue in one of the worst Bucket games ever. This year, you can see the improvement."
I definitely understand where Glass is coming from on this issue. Continuity has been a major problem with Indiana's football program, and Lynch certainly provides stability at the top. It was surprising to see no changes to Lynch's staff during the offseason, but Indiana has undergone way too much transition since 1995.
Lynch still must prove he can build Indiana into a consistent middle-of-the-pack Big Ten team, which hasn't been done in Bloomington since the Bill Mallory era.
Here's some good analysis of the decision from The Indianapolis Star's Terry Hutchens.
"Obviously, I really appreciate [Glass'] support," Lynch told reporters after Wednesday's practice. "I am excited, because I think we got a great future here. I’ve really enjoyed working with Fred and his staff over these last so many months. I really do appreciate the support. We got some really good things going and looking forward to the future."