BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- In a hastily called news conference Sunday to announce that Indiana football coach Bill Lynch and his staff would not be retained for the final year of Lynch's contract, athletic director Fred Glass made a few things perfectly clear:
He's not in a rush to hire a new coach.
He will not form a search committee but rather will make this decision on his own with guidance.
He's willing to pay top dollar to confirm IU's commitment to the football program.
"We are going to have a national search, and I will lead that personally,'' Glass said. "There will not be a search committee. I think it's important for people to understand, including but not only potential candidates, that this decision will be my decision.
"At the end of the day, the buck stops with me. I think that's particularly important to underscore given in the past it has been a little unclear (at Indiana) who has been making the choices of coaches.''
Glass said he will seek the advice of a number of people, including Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian, former Colts coach Tony Dungy, members of Glass' staff, past and current IU football players as well as a host of other colleagues in and around college football. He said IU also has hired the consulting firm Neinas Sports Services.
Asked about a timetable for Lynch's successor, Glass said, "It's more important that we get it right than we get it fast.''
As for the money issue, Glass didn't hesitate to respond. Lynch's yearly salary of just more than $660,000 ranked last in the Big Ten.
"We're prepared to make available the financial resources we need to get the person and persons that we want,'' Glass said.
Glass said IU would honor all verbal commitments the university received for the upcoming recruiting class.
One of those recruits, Lawrence Central High School quarterback Tre Roberson, said he hadn't heard about Lynch being fired when contacted by a reporter.
"I'll have to see who comes in as the new coach,'' said Roberson, who was recruited by Lynch's son, wide receivers coach Billy Lynch. "I'll wait and see and then make a decision on what I want to do. I'm still committed to Indiana.''