Originally Posted by SunDeck
Admittedly, I don't know word one about the college coaching scene, but it seems to me the biggest problem for Indiana is trying to compete in the Big Ten recruiting game, which I figure might require a coach of some notoriety. To which I say, Kevin who?
How many high school standouts know who he is? No matter how good a coach, that has to handicap him at least in his first few recruiting seasons. He would need to survive a few years, work a few minor miracles with the personnel on hand and compete in the Big Ten, with hopes that success would breed familiarity and desirability for the program, an uphill climb, to say the least. My prediction is this pick (if true) will be derided by the Hoosier faithful.
That would probably be true if they hired a MAC level coach too. He may know his way around the state a little bit better, but there's no kid who grows up dreaming of playing for Jerry Kill or for Mike Heywood.(Both fine coaches.)
One of the positives Bill Lynch brought was a good recruiter in state. He was well received and well respected by all the football coaches in the area, and he held up pretty well on the instate players. But that didn't get him very far.
Anyway, obviously he'll need to make some inroads in recruiting, but with the state of the art facilities, and a guy who has been offensive coordinator for two Heisman Trophy winning candidates, that will hopefully be easier.
One concern I've heard expressed was IU bringing in an offensive guy when the defense has been the anchor on the team for the past 10 years. I addressed that in my column here. DANGER CONTAINS SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION.