Indiana's coaching search has centered on three current or former Big Ten assistants.
Indiana this week interviewed Michigan State offensive coordinator Don Treadwell, Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Doeren and Oklahoma offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson, sources tell colleague Pat Forde and I. Wilson, who served as Northwestern's offensive coordinator from 1999-2001, could be the frontrunner for the job.
All three would be solid choices for a Hoosiers program that must find a way to compete in a tougher Big Ten.
Treadwell did a masterful job this season at Michigan State, especially when he took over the head-coaching duties during Mark Dantonio's health-related absence. Doeren has done very well at Wisconsin and brings a defense-oriented background to a program that has struggled on defense for more than a decade. Wilson helped orchestrate Northwestern's record-setting offense in 2000 and worked the late Terry Hoeppner at Miami (Ohio).
Although Hoosiers fans might prefer a proven head coach, the job likely will require some rebuilding. Wilson, Treadwell and Doeren all have familiarity with the Big Ten and would bring a spark to the program.
It'll be interesting to see where this goes in the coming days.