News Flash: IU backs Lynch

Tom Dienhart
Yahoo! Sports

Indiana coach Bill Lynch has received a vote of confidence from athletic director Fred Glass. The school says it will honor the last two years of Lynch's contract, which runs through 2011.

"I think contracts need to mean something at Indiana again," Glass told reporters this week. "But beyond the pure letter of what we agreed on, I think coach Lynch has done a good job and will continue to be successful at Indiana beyond the length of his current contract. … Sports Illustrated picked us to win two games. We're 4-4. I'm a big fan of saying that you are what you are. And we are. We're 4-4. But we're two plays away from being 6-2. Last year we got shellacked by Purdue in one of the worst Bucket games ever. This year, you can see the improvement."

Lynch took over the program after the death of Terry Hoeppner in 2007, leading the Hoosiers to a 7-6 record and a bowl that year. It was Indiana's first bowl since 1993. But Indiana went 3-9 last year and is 4-3 this season.

Returns bolster Gators

The Florida defense will get a boost in its game against Georgia this Saturday with the return of tackles Lawrence Marsh and Jaye Howard.

Marsh has had an ankle injury, while Howard has dealt with a knee injury. Defensive end Justin Trattou may be ready to go after recovering from a ruptured biceps tendon. Best of all for the No. 1 Gators: linebacker Brandon Spikes is expected to play after recovering from a groin injury.

LSU's Jefferson to play

LSU coach Les Miles expects quarterback Jordan Jefferson to play this Saturday against Tulane. Jefferson had missed some practice time this week due to a respiratory ailment.

"I know there are questions about Jordan," Miles told reporters after practice Wednesday. "He practiced today and got bits of practice. There is no issue with Jordan's preparation for the game Saturday. His problem is non-football related."

LSU has a huge SEC West showdown on Nov. 7 at Alabama.

Licenses for 'Dawgs

Georgia offensive tackle Vince Vance was arrested this week for driving without a valid driver's license. Afterward, Bulldog coach Mark Richt said that every member of the team will be required to get a valid Class C driver's license.

"I can't even tell you what we're trying to get done in regards to making sure these things won't happen," Richt told "I'm highly frustrated and taking things a little bit more into my own hands to make sure these things get resolved."

Richt claims he will personally check the licenses of each player to determine if they are valid and if there are any outstanding tickets.