Thursday, June 3, 2010
Critical Season Looms For IU Football, Lynch
Fred Glass is a man of his word. He insists football coach Bill Lynch will get the final two years of his contract to produce a consistent winner. If Lynch does, a new contract will come. If not ... well ... no sense in being negative.
When you look at what IU has, the prospects are intriguing. It has one of the Big Ten’s best receiving corps with Damarlo Belcher, Tandon Doss, Terrance Turner and Dre Muhammad. It has a big-time tailback in Darius Willis, although he’s been prone to injury his first two seasons. It has a veteran quarterback in Ben Chappell (pictured), plus QB depth (and some dual-threat athleticism) with Edward Wright-Baker. The defensive tackles are solid with Nicolas Sliger, Jarrod Smith, Mick Mentzer and Larry Black.
There is some uncertainty on the offensive line, more at linebacker and the secondary. Young players will have to step up, and if they do, the Hoosiers have a chance at a special season. If they don’t … well … it’s not like we haven’t seen Cream ‘n Crimson struggles before.
Anyway, Lynch and his staff seem to have recruited well. They’ve redshirted most of their freshmen to better prepare them for Big Ten opportunity.
Come August, opportunity will arrive. After seasons of 3-9 and 4-8, it’s time for the Hoosiers to show their football patsy days are over.
“This is a real important season,” Glass said. “We feel we’ve been putting the right building blocks in place. Coach Lynch has done a great job. He’s taken the long view. He could be making decisions with a short-term payoff in nature. He’s taken a long-term approach which is important in redshirting.
“Last year we were 4-8 and I get that. You are what your record says you are, but we were really close to being 8-4, 9-3, and the talk of the conference. Those are reasons to be optimistic.
“I am optimistic, but at some point all those things we are doing the right things in, the building of the team leadership core, a good redshirting policy, being academically successful, having a good off-season, at some point that needs to translate into wins. I’m hopeful we’ll start seeing that in a positive way.”