IU football coach Kevin Wilson signs new six-year contract

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BLOOMINGTON, IN - SEPTEMBER 5: Head coach Kevin Wilson of the Indiana Hoosiers is seen during the game against the Southern Illinois Salukis at Memorial Stadium on September 5, 2015 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS (January 11, 2016) — After leading Indiana to its first bowl appearance since 2007, the school has rewarded head football coach Kevin Wilson with a new contract.

Wilson signed a new six-year deal that keeps him in Bloomington through the 2021 season, the school announced Monday.  He’ll be paid an average salary of $2.55 million per year.

“Thank you to President McRobbie, the Board of Trustees, Mr. Glass and the entire athletics administration for their support,” Wilson said in a statement. “Coupled with an already solid foundation, this ensures stability as we continue to build a winning program in the Big Ten East, one of the great divisions in college football.”

The 54 year-old just completed his fifth season with the Hoosiers.  IU finished the year 6-7 with the final loss coming to Duke in the Pinstripe Bowl.

“This contract reflects our commitment to Kevin, to continuity, and to Indiana University Football,” Director of Athletics Fred Glass said in a statement. “Kevin has done a great job building our program into one that is competitive with the great teams of the Big Ten and the nation.  We are confident that he will continue to lead us to sustained success on the field and in the classroom.”

Wilson and Indiana open the 2016 season at Florida International on September 3 and kick-off the home portion of its schedule against Ball State on September 10.