I want a refund!

Posted Sunday, November 23, 2008, at 9:07 PM
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  • Bill Lynch should have never been named the head coach. It was an emotional hire done at a time when it seemed like it was the only thing to do. Emotional hires rarely work out.

    Greenspan, the AD, for the pass that everyone wants to give him on the hire of Kelvin Sampson, supposedly the IU president's hire, Lynch is on him. It's a good thing he has stepped down, because he should have been fired for all the bad hires he made, whether they were all his or not, he's the one in that position, so he's the one culpable.

    But with all that said, as much as I think Lynch hiring was a major mistake, he has signed a good class. I think he should get one more year, maybe even two, to see what he can do with it.

    But you are correct, that effort (or major lack there of) was the most pathetic thing I have ever seen in Division I college football ever. If one game and one game alone could get a coach fired, it would be this one!

    -- Posted by ClayCountyGuy on Mon, Nov 24, 2008, at 6:57 AM
  • You have clearly identified the problem in Greenspan making the "emotional" hire of Lynch. Everyone knows he was "O"-fer in his last year at Ball State so how could anyone in his right mind think he could do better at IU in a tougher conference. Terry Hoepner was special and if he had lived he would have made IU VERY respectable...but Lynch is no Hoepner. The basketball program will recover with Crean at the controls...but the football program will be awful until we get rid of Lynch. He may be a nice guy...but he's not a head coach.

    But here is what really galls me. IU has made one bone-head error after another in their sports program. Miles Brainless firing Knight, then hiring Mikey Davis and Greenspan coming in and hanging onto Davis a minimum of two years two long (and IU losing out on Sean May). Then this Adam Herbert comes in as President and even makes a bigger mess of things by "influencing" the hiring of a guy who was already in trouble with the NCAA. No sensible, well-run insitution could justify the hiring of Sampson - but IU did. Oklahoma cheered (and laughed) when IU was stupid enough to take Sampson off their payroll and went out and got a young, up-and-coming coach in Jeff Capel. While IU is still reeling from the Sampson debacle Oklahoma escaped any NCAA sanctions, has a top notch young coach and is nationally ranked. How could IU be so dumbed?

    So the cancer on the athetlic program will never be totally removed until Adam Herbert is no longer on the campus (he left as President, but still remains on the faculty). Indeed, he has cost IU its reputation and hundreds of thousands in sports revenues we desperately need. There is one way to help in the financial area - fire Herbert and use his salary to pay off Lynch and find a young, dynamic coach who wants to build a solid football program at IU. These re-treads of cheating and/or poor coaches is not what a Big 10 school does. Herbert was a key factor in leading IU to the pit we currently are floundering in and like Davis, Samspon and Greenspan he must go. Remove all of the cancer!

    -- Posted by sdshoosier on Mon, Nov 24, 2008, at 2:39 PM
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