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Former Tiger Coach Bill Lynch Has 'Mixed Emotions' Over IU-Ball State Matchup

Former Tiger Coach Bill Lynch Has 'Mixed Emotions' Over IU-Ball State Matchup

September 19, 2008

Bill-Lynch-2004.jpgSeptember 19, 2008, Greencastle, Ind. - "Even after taking the head coaching job at DePauw in 2004 and then joining Indiana's staff the next year, he still had strong ties to Ball State," notes an Associated Press story on Bill Lynch. The article previews tomorrow night's football game between Indiana University, where Lynch is head coach now, and Ball State, a program he led from 1995 to 2002. Lynch led DePauw to an 8-2 record in 2004.

"Indiana's coach has mixed emotions about walking onto the Memorial Stadium turf Saturday to face the program he once led," writes AP's Michael Marot. "The Cardinals are now under the guidance of Lynch's friend, Brady Hoke, two of his sons played football at Ball State and his grandchildren are still Cardinals fans. Conventional wisdom suggests it would be fun to reminisce and renew old acquaintances. Instead, Lynch is dealing with an emotional tug-of-war." (at right: Coach Lynch with Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning at DePauw; October 26, 2004)

"It is hard, when you're coaching a game, not nearly as difficult when a few years ago my son was playing in it, I didn't like that at all," says Lynch, whose IU team is off to a Peyton Lynch.jpg2-0 start. "But I think most coaches will tell you when you're playing people you've got good respect for and friends that it's always a little bit tougher."

Access the article at the Chicago Tribune's Web site.

Bill Lynch's DePauw team defeated Wabash College 14-7 in the 2004 Monon Bell Classic. Highlights from the game can be seen here: Video Link [Download Video: "2004 Monon Memory" - 7774kb].