Jerimy Finch's arrival at Indiana in the summer of 2008 generated great excitement and anticipation. The Florida transfer was pegged as a difference-maker for Indiana's secondary in his return home (he grew up in Indianapolis).
But things never worked out for Finch at IU, and Friday the school announced that the safety is leaving the team to "pursue other options outside the program." Finch appeared in 12 games for Indiana, mostly on special teams, and recorded two fumble recoveries last season.
"We thank Jerimy for his contributions to the program and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors," Indiana head coach Bill Lynch said in a statement.
Finch dealt with some personal issues during the first part of his Indiana career, but he participated in spring practice and seemed like a good candidate to be Indiana's nickel back this fall. The Hoosiers also must replace both of their starters at safety.
"Jerimy's had a good spring," co-defensive coordinator/secondary coach Joe Palcic told me in April. "We've been a little bit down on him, but he's had a good spring, and I think he'll have a chance to help us. ... It's definitely been a process, and he's finally taking it seriously, too. His biggest problem was just his ability to stay on keys and do the right things in coverage. He's doing a good job of concentrating, and he's finally in position now where he's about ready to step up and play for us."
That's obviously not going to happen now. It will be interesting to see if Finch continues his football career, and where he catches on.