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Indiana's Kevin Wilson gets the dreaded vote of confidence

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer
It's never good to have your AD defending you in your second season. (US Presswire)

There's never a good time to get the dreaded vote of confidence from your athletic director, but it's a really bad sign when your athletic director feels the need to defend you even though you're only a month into your second season as coach.

That's what Indiana coach Kevin Wilson is dealing with at the moment, as Indiana athletic director Fred Glass went to bat for his football coach while talking to the Indianapolis Star.

“We absolutely have the right guy and absolutely have the right staff," Glass told the paper. “I gave him a seven-year contract, and we're going to stick with him. For a variety of reasons, both voluntarily and involuntarily, we haven't stuck with a football coach since Bill Mallory.

“Our goal was to find the right guy, give him the resources to be successful and then stick with him so we get the benefit of building something. And I absolutely believe we have the right guy in Kevin Wilson."

Glass isn't kidding about the coaching turnover in Bloomington. Since Mallory's final season in 1996, Kevin Wilson became Indiana's fifth coach in 14 seasons. None of those coaches have managed to win 40 percent of their games, with the late Terry Hoeppner coming the closest.

Wilson's start in Bloomington isn't promising, either. Through his first 16 games with the Hoosiers, he has a 3-13 record. Those three wins came against South Carolina State, Indiana State and Massachusetts. Both South Carolina State and Indiana State are FCS programs, and Massachusetts -- which Indiana beat in September -- was an FCS program just last season.

Still, firing a coach during or after his second season is too early, unless there's an exterior reason for his dismissal like an arrest. It's not like the program that Wilson, who previously was offensive coordinator at Oklahoma, took over was primed for success. It's only fair that he be given at least three seasons to show progress before Indiana considers replacing him.

Doing otherwise doesn't help anybody.

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