BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — After a promising start, Bill Lynch's tenure as Indiana coach ended with the Hoosiers in their familiar spot at the bottom of the Big Ten.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — After a promising start, Bill Lynch's tenure as Indiana coach ended with the Hoosiers in their familiar spot at the bottom of the Big Ten.

Lynch was fired Sunday with one year left on his contract, a day after Indiana reclaimed the Old Oaken Bucket from Purdue to earn their only conference victory in a third straight losing season.

Lynch's 19-30 record over the past four seasons, three conference wins in three years, the failure to reach another bowl game after his first season and the likelihood that other coaches would use Lynch's uncertain future against him in recruiting over the next year were all factors in the decision.