Coach Bill Lynch Press Conference November 13, 2007
A native and lifelong Hoosier with 32 years coaching experience in the state, Bill Lynch is in his fourth year at the helm of the Indiana football program. In his three seasons, the Hoosiers reached the postseason and won seven games in a season for the first time since 1993 and won the Old Oaken Bucket for the first time since 2001. IU has boasted three All-Americans, three second-round and five total NFL Draft picks, nine All-Big Ten selections, one Academic All-American and 52 Academic All-Big Ten honorees.
The nine all-conference selections are the most in a three-year stretch for the Hoosiers since 1993-95 and the 52 Academic All-Big Ten honorees are the most in a three-year period in IU history.
Lynch's charges have received national recognition both on and off the field over the last three seasons. Indiana has produced two Ted Hendricks Award finalists, one finalist for the Lou Groza Award and one semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award. Three Hoosiers have been invited to the Texas vs. Nation Challenge, two have played in the Senior Bowl, two have participated in the East-West Shrine Game and eight have received invitations to the NFL Scouting Combine.
Additionally, the program has had six ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V selections, two finalists for the ARA Sportsmanship Award, one finalist for the Wuerffel Trophy, one finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, a member of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, a recipient of the Wayne Duke Postgraduate Award and a winner of the Big Ten Medal of Honor. Two Hoosiers were semifinalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy and one was a semifinalist for the John Wooden Cup.
Lynch is also an active member in the community, not only in Bloomington, but throughout the state. He has made more than 100 public appearances across Indiana this year. Lynch and his wife, Linda, were co-chairpersons for the 2010 Heroes for the American Red Cross campaign. The football program is also actively involved with the Bloomington Boys & Girls Club and the Riley Hospital for Children.
In 2009, the Hoosiers produced at least three All-Big Ten honorees for the second time in three seasons. Wide receiver Tandon Doss, defensive end Jammie Kirlew and left tackle Rodger Saffold earned all-conference honors. Doss collected first team accolades from the conference media and second team laurels from the conference coaches, while Kirlew garnered second team honors from both groups. Saffold was named a second team member by the coaches. Saffold, quarterback Ben Chappell, cornerback Ray Fisher, linebacker Matt Mayberry and defensive end Greg Middleton received honorable mention recognition from the media, and Chappell, Fisher and Mayberry carded honorable mention from the coaches.
Seven Hoosiers were either selected in the 2010 NFL Draft or signed free-agent contracts in April. Saffold was selected with the first pick in the second round by the St. Louis Rams. He became Indiana's highest draft pick since defensive end Nathan Davis (32nd pick, 1997).
Kirlew (Denver) and Fisher (Indianapolis) were both drafted in the seventh round, while Mayberry (Chicago) and weak-side linebacker Will Patterson (Houston) joined free safety Nick Polk (Houston) and tight end Troy Wagner (Cleveland) as free-agent signees.
Saffold, Kirlew, Middleton and Polk each participated in the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine, giving IU the third-most players at the Combine in the Big Ten. Three of the four also played in postseason All-Star games. Saffold shined at the 2010 East-West Shrine Game, while Kirlew and Polk received invitations to the 2010 Texas vs. Nation Challenge.
Kirlew was a member of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. He earned selection to the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award Watch List, along with Middleton, the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List and the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List in addition to being one of 10 finalists for the ARA Sportsmanship Award. Kirlew was also a candidate for the Lowe's Senior CLASS award and selected as the team MVP for the second straight campaign.
In the classroom, 53 Hoosiers carried a 3.0 grade-point average (GPA) or a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher during the 2009-10 academic year. Chappell, Trea Burgess and Brandon Bugg earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V honors and 18 Hoosiers carded Academic All-Big Ten honors.
Lynch completed his first season as Indiana head coach in 2007, leading the Hoosiers to a 7-6 record and a trip to the Insight Bowl. He is the only head coach in Hoosier history to guide a team to a bowl game in his debut season and just the fourth coach in IU lore to patrol the sidelines for a postseason contest. The team's seven victories were the second most for a first-year Indiana head coach, behind only James M. Sheldon, who went 8-1-1 in 1905.
Two of Lynch's 2007 charges were selected on the first day of the NFL Draft. The New Orleans Saints picked cornerback Tracy Porter with the 40th selection, while the Buffalo Bills took wide receiver James Hardy in the 41st slot. Indiana and Michigan were the only Big Ten teams with multiple selections on day one. It also marked the first time IU had two players selected on day one since 1988.
Porter, Hardy, kicker Austin Starr, quarterback Kellen Lewis and Middleton each collected All-Big Ten honors. Hardy and Middleton snared first team honors from both the conference coaches and media, while Starr and Porter added first team accolades from the media. The four first-teamers shared second most in the league with Penn State, trailing only Ohio State's six. Lewis was a second team selection by both the conference coaches and media, while Porter and Starr joined him on the coaches' ballots.
Hardy, Starr and Middleton also received All-America recognition. Hardy and Middleton both collected second team honors from the Walter Camp Football Foundation and third team laurels from the Associated Press (AP), while Starr captured second team status from the AP. Starr was a Lou Groza Award finalist, Middleton was a Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award finalist and Hardy was a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist.
Kirlew earned first team All-Big Ten honors from the conference media and second team recognition from the conference coaches and was also one of six finalists for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award in 2008. Punter Chris Hagerup was recognized on three Freshman All-America Teams. Sporting News, Rivals.com and Phil Steele each selected the redshirt freshman as a second-teamer on the heels of honorable mention All-Big Ten merits.
In addition to success on the field, Lynch stresses the importance of earning a degree from one of the top academic institutions in the country. A school-record 22 Hoosiers earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2008, more than 25 percent of the roster recorded a grade point average of 3.0, and Starr earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V honors for the third straight season.
Forty-one Hoosiers completed the 2007-08 academic year with cumulative grade point averages of 3.0 or higher. Starr became the sixth IU player to be named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America First Team, while Josiah Sears joined Starr on the Academic All-District V team. Kevin Trulock received the inaugural Wayne Duke Postgraduate Award, presented by the Indianapolis Big Ten Community Partnership.
Lynch signed an agreement on Nov. 26, 2007, to remain Indiana University's head football coach through July 1, 2012. He was named IU's 27th head coach on June 15, 2007. Lynch has compiled a 95-90-3 (.513) career record with stops in Bloomington, at Butler, Ball State and DePauw. He has won or shared six conference or divisional titles in his 17 seasons. Lynch has 33 overall years of coaching experience, spending 32 of those seasons in the state of Indiana.
With the Hoosiers' trip to the Insight Bowl in 2007, Lynch made his third appearance in a bowl game as a coach. He was the quarterbacks coach (1993-94) under former Hoosier head coach Bill Mallory when Indiana faced Virginia Tech in the 1993 Independence Bowl. Lynch served as the Ball State head coach and led the Cardinals to the 1996 Las Vegas Bowl.
Lynch, a 2005 inductee into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame, served as interim head coach for two games in 2006 and led the Hoosiers during 2007 spring practice. During his first two seasons in Bloomington, he was the assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and tight ends coach.
Under Lynch's leadership as offensive coordinator, Lewis posted one of the top freshman seasons in IU history. He racked up 2,221 yards passing and 19 total touchdowns in 2006. The Hoosiers scored their most points (277) since 2001 and averaged 23.1 points, 335.9 yards and 222.1 passing yards per game. Indiana scored over 30 points three times and at least 24 points on seven occasions.
The veteran coach returned to Bloomington after directing DePauw University to an 8-2 record en route to Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) co-Coach of the Year honors in 2004. Lynch was the first coach in SCAC history to earn the award in his debut campaign. DePauw finished 5-1 in league play.
Under Lynch's tutelage, seven DePauw players earned All-SCAC first team honors, and the Tigers compiled the second-best per-game rushing average (254.6 yards) in school history. Wide receiver Jamarcus Shepard was one of only two Division III players invited to the 2005 Hula Bowl Maui All-Star Classic.
Lynch was head coach at Ball State University from 1995-02. During his tenure, the Cardinals won at least six games three times, including a 7-4 mark in 1995 and an 8-4 record the following season. The 1995 team posted a 6-2 conference record and tied for third in the Mid-American Conference (MAC), while Lynch's 1996 team captured the MAC championship at 7-1 and earned a trip to the Las Vegas Bowl. Ball State also staked claim to the 2001 MAC West title after third-place finishes in 1997 and 2000.
A 1977 Butler University graduate and four-year letterwinner in both football and basketball, Lynch quarterbacked the Bulldogs to a 28-12 overall record and three conference championships. He earned Indiana Collegiate Conference (ICC) Most Valuable Player honors in each of his final three seasons. Lynch led the nation in pass completion percentage in 1975 and captained both sports his senior campaign.
Lynch, a three-time Little All-American, became the first Butler student-athlete to twice be named recipient of the prestigious Tony Hinkle Award, presented by the ICC for both outstanding scholastic and athletic achievement. He finished his playing career with 5,909 passing yards and 60 touchdowns. Lynch also set a Butler men's basketball record by handing out 121 assists during the 1975-76 campaign and was inducted into the Butler Hall of Fame in 2000.
Upon graduation, Lynch spent seven seasons as a Bulldog assistant coach, including stints as the quarterbacks and wide receivers coach, recruiting coordinator and offensive coordinator. He moved on to Northern Illinois University as quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator in 1984, and he was the quarterbacks coach of the United States Football League's Orlando Renegades in the winter of 1984. NIU and the Renegades were coached by former Hoosier head coach and current analyst on ESPN's College Gameday Lee Corso.
Lynch returned to his alma mater as head coach in 1985 and compiled a 36-12-3 (.735) record over five seasons. Butler won four Heartland Collegiate Conference titles, and he won conference Coach of the Year honors three times. Four of Lynch's five squads were ranked among the top 20 in NCAA Division II, and Lynch twice earned AFCA Regional Coach of the Year laurels.
He moved on to Ball State as the Cardinals' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 1990-92, where he worked with eventual NFL running backs Bernie Parmalee (Miami Dolphins and New York Jets) and Corey Croom (New England Patriots) before his first stint in Bloomington.
Bill and his wife, Linda, have four children - Billy (Carla), Kelly (Lucas Manor), Joey (Danielle) and Kevin - and nine grandchildren - Lindsey (4), Max (3) and Ryan (2) Lynch (Billy and Carla - parents); Joe Jr. (3) and Danny (1) Lynch (Joey and Danielle - parents); and Lexie (10), Maggie (8), Jonny (5) and Kate (3) Manor (Kelly and Lucas - parents). Billy is the Hoosiers' wide receivers coach, while Joey, who played quarterback at Ball State (2003-06), returned to his alma mater as wide receivers coach last year. Kevin spent the 2009 season as a quality control coach with the Hoosiers before being hired as the wide receivers coach with the University of Indianapolis in Feb. 2010.