Surprising news out of Bloomington, where Indiana is reportedly set to dismiss head football coach Kevin Wilson.
Gregg Doyel and Zach Osterman of the Indianapolis Star reported that the Hoosiers would end Wilson's tenure with an announcement Thursday evening.
ESPN followed shortly thereafter with a report that Wilson has been fired, adding these details about the potential reason:
Former Indiana player told ESPN on Thursday that he & at least 5 other IU players interviewed about Wilson's treatment of players— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) December 1, 2016
Former IU player suffered concussion in practice b4 '15 season. His father said son was rushed back to workouts & symptoms went "haywire"— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) December 1, 2016
If such circumstances are the cause of Wilson's dismissal, it would be a similar situation to the one that led to Illinois firing Tim Beckman just a year ago.
It seems to be a further example of the "old-school" attitude of some coaches, the kind that ended Beckman's tenure at Illinois.
A former player who was coached by Wilson during Wilson's time as an assistant at Oklahoma tweeted the following Thursday afternoon:
Kevin Wilson once ripped my buckled helmet off my head, spit on my jersey, & punched me in chest during practice.— Gabe Ikard (@GabeIkard) December 1, 2016
But the guy could coach.
That being said...Kevin Wilson got the absolute most out of his players. I will forever be indebted to him for teaching me what it took.— Gabe Ikard (@GabeIkard) December 1, 2016
Kevin Wilson was just old school. Maximum effort/toughness or you don't play for him. Unreal intensity & candor. Not for the thin skinned.— Gabe Ikard (@GabeIkard) December 1, 2016
Wilson's Hoosiers clinched bowl eligibility for the second straight season with a win over Purdue last weekend. After appearing in last season's Pinstripe Bowl, Indiana is set for a second straight bowl appearance for the first time since 1991.
Last year's trip to the postseason was the program's first since 2007 and just its second since 1993.
This was Wilson's sixth season as the head coach at Indiana. He has a 26-47 overall record and a 12-37 mark in conference games while leading the Hoosiers. This year's 4-5 finish in conference play was the team's best during Wilson's tenure.
A win in the bowl game would give Indiana a 7-6 record, its first above-.500 finish since 2007.