IU president congratulates baseball team

A press release from IU:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie issued the following statement upon the IU baseball team earning a berth in the 2013 NCAA Men’s College World Series, which will begin with Opening Celebration Day on Friday, June 14, in Omaha, Neb.

“I join the entire university community in congratulating the IU baseball team for continuing its historic season with its first-ever trip to the College World Series.

“It is fitting that the baseball team’s season for the ages would coincide with the opening of our superb new facility, Bart Kaufman Field, and we are all immensely proud of the team’s accomplishments this year and the positive attention it has brought to the university.

“Winning the Super Regional on the same weekend that our standout high jumper Derek Drouin won his fifth national title adds an exclamation point to what has been one of the finest years for IU Athletics in recent memory.

“But, as coach Tracy Smith would say, there’s more work to be done starting next weekend in Omaha. I, and IU fans everywhere, will be rooting on the Hoosiers as they swing for a national championship.”

8 comments

  1. True. What a week and what a year so far for IU.

    And, whoever it was last week who said
    ‘Glass has no clue’. Ouch

  2. Did our President attend? And, out of curiosity, did he attend the NCAA Championship finals won by our Hoosiers?

  3. All I can say is awesome. This team went to the home field of a Program which has been to the CWS 21 times and took it to them! To a man this team was focused, did not panic and made plays. They made the necessary adjustments, learned from miscues and left Tallahassee with a sweep. Congrats to the University, Athletic Department, Coaching staff and most importantly the players. The nation has been officially put on notice.

  4. Everything Keith said… Plus, the one conclusion to the Nation comes from the legendary FSU coach’s wisdom…”they’re a pretty good team all the way up and down…!

    No doubt, proud day to be a Hoosier!

  5. Geoff, I don’t think so. Not that it was out of character but I remember the post and I don’t think it was Harvard.

  6. Geoff, got to be honest …that was me, not Harvard. I have my moments of pettiness (which you probably already now). And, as much as I’d love to sit down and talk to him about the All Black- New Zealand’s National Rugby Team which I’ve heard he’s passionate about (they are so called for their uniforms and without a doubt, they are the world’s best), I was surprised (and slightly peeked off) he did not attend the finals of the NCAA soccer championship where IU’s role has been so, so prominent.

    This moment for IU baseball is not just another moment for a press release. No B1G team has ever won the Super Regionals, no Big Ten team has been to the Omaha World Series since the 1980’s (as I understand it). Since our University’s goal is to achieve Indiana’s academic greatness with an equally superior greatness in intercollegiate athletics, I feel symbolic gestures are indeed important. Thanks for having my back anyway,…and hope the three of you had a great weekend.

    By the way, what Chet said is right…give the kid (and his system)a chance to get acclimated to the planet (even Superman had to initially acclimate to the change from the planet Krypton)…before long he’ll be running you into the ground and dunking over your extended arms with fierceness. (I was laughing, my old man, an old country old man used to say ‘Let them’, when he’d see my kids putting dirt in their mouths- ‘it’s the best way to get antibodies in their system and build their defenses. He’d rail when my wife started getting bottles of purified water, ‘jorr gonna keel my bload eef yoo donn feed eet somm bugs!’

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