Former IU football top man Kevin Wilson gets another head coach position

It took Kevin Wilson six years to find the right fit, but the former IU football head coach is back to leading a college program.

The University of Tulsa confirmed Monday night Wilson will be introduced Tuesday as the school’s 34th head football coach.

Wilson, who has 31 years of coordinator experience, has directed some of the most innovative and prolific offenses in the nation over his 37-year collegiate coaching career. He comes to Tulsa following six seasons as the Ohio State offensive coordinator and tight ends coach.

Before that, Wilson spent six years in charge of the IU program.  After a slow start as he rebuilt the Indiana program, Wilson had the Hoosiers in bowl games in each of his last two seasons in Bloomington.  Overall he had a 26-47 record over six seasons at IU.

He has also coached at Oklahoma, Northwestern, Miami (Ohio), North Carolina A&T, and Winston Salem, and North Carolina as a graduate assistant.

Wilson has coached in four national championship games and has been a part of 13 seasons with 10 or more wins.

At Ohio State, he was a part of four consecutive Big Ten championships plus a Cotton Bowl win over USC in 2018, a Rose Bowl win over Washington in 2019, advanced to the College Football Playoffs in 2020 and defeated Clemson in the 2021 CFP Semifinals to advance to the CFP championship game.

It will be a return of sorts as Wilson heads back to the state of Oklahoma.  Previously he coached under Bob Stoops for nine years at Oklahoma, serving as co-offensive coordinator from 2002-05 and offensive coordinator from 2006-10. During this time the Sooners won six Big 12 championships and played in three national championship games (2003, ’04 and ’08).

At Indiana, his teams led the Big Ten Conference in passing three times, in 2012, 2013 and 2015, while finishing second in 2016. His 2015 offense led the Big Ten in passing, total offense and scoring.

Wilson resigned as the Hoosiers coach following the 2016 season over what then athletic director Fred Glass called “philosophical differences.”  There were multiple reports at the time of alleged mistreatment by Wilson of Indiana players.

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