Indiana’s hire of Oklahoma offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson as its next head football coach drew some rave reviews in Indianapolis — from the Colts.
Colts coach Jim Caldwell, who wanted to hire Wilson has his offensive coordinator when he was the head coach at Virginia: “He’s got an outstanding football mind,” Caldwell told Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz. “Like me, (Oklahoma head coach) Bob Stoops is also an Iowa guy, so we speak once in a while, and I can tell you, there’s not anybody in the country who doesn’t respect what he (Wilson) has done.
“It’s not just what he did with (former Oklahoma and current Rams quarterback) Sam Bradford. Even the quarterbacks before him, and going back to Northwestern, he created a very potent, spread-you-out kind of offense. He was really the first to maximize the kind of offense where the quarterback stands at the line of scrimmage, they get into a formation, then all of a sudden, they make adjustments according to how the defense lines up. He started that trend — or at least put it in vogue.”
Former OU tight end/center Brody Eldridge, now a backup with the Colts: “Those guys are going to love playing in his offense.”
Unfortunately for Wilson, the curse of Kelvin Sampson has already reared its head. It was only a matter of time when Indiana went to the Oklahoma well once more for a head coach. Writes Kravitz: “There’s only one small red flag: In 2008, Wilson committed a secondary violation by responding to a recruit’s text or e-mail with a text of his own. Compared to Kelvin Sampson, that’s rolling through a stop sign versus committing grand larceny.”
Indiana athletic directory Fred Glass on that Wilson’s secondary violation: “Yeah, we knew that, and we weren’t particularly bothered by it. We did an exhaustive check, and his reputation is that he’s one of the good guys. That wasn’t reflective of some chronic behavior. If the litmus test was hiring somebody who never had a secondary violation, I don’t know who I’d be standing up here with.”
This was Kravitz’s I-told-you-so to IU for the Sampson debacle. That wrote 16 paragraphs before mentioning it showed great restraint, in my opinion. Read the entire column here.