After bye week, Hoosiers head into season’s final segment

In Kevin Wilson’s mind, Indiana’s two bye weeks separated the season into segments that just so happened to correspond with the three months of the football season. The bye week after the non-conference schedule ended September and Phase 1. Last week’s bye week brings October and Phase 2 to a close.

All that’s left is five games in November with a lot on the table for those five games. The Hoosiers sit at 3-4 overall, 1-2 in the Big Ten with an opportunity to go to a bowl game for the first time since 2007, but also the very real possibility of a regression from last year’s 4-8 mark. Wilson’s message heading into those five games is a simple one: Keep plugging.

“I’m really looking forward over these five games,” Wilson said at his press conference Monday. “We don’t have some results we want, but these guys have been moving in the right direction. Can we keep moving in that direction. … You want to pound the rock. Now, everybody talks about that as running the ball, right? But the rock doesn’t bust the first time you hit it. You’ve gotta keep hitting it and you’ve gotta keep hitting it, and you’ve gotta keep hitting it. Sooner or later it starts to crack. Then you speed up the process of hitting it and hitting it and hitting it. As a program we gotta keep hitting it. We’ve gotta keep hitting it and this rock will crumble. If we quit hitting it, our environment, our culture, our results stay the same. That’s what we’ve been talking about. What do we keep doing as a program to keep coming?”

Basically, that’s using a different metaphor for staying the course, a counter-argument to Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity. It’s a plea for continued faith from the players in Indiana’s system, with a promise that the wins will come if they just stick with it.

That being said, Wilson recognizes that some change is necessary for the final five games to have a better outcome than the first seven. On the defensive side of the ball, more than anything else, that means better tackling and better work on third down, problems that have been lethal for the Hoosiers. They gave up 63 points on 751 yards of total offense to Michigan and now rank last in the Big Ten in scoring defense (37.1 points per game), total defense (498.1 yards per game) rushing defense (221.0 yards per game) and passing defense (277.1 yards per game).

“Look at the number of the last couple of games of third downs that we got that we (haven’t got them) off the field,” Wilson said. “Michigan State made — what was it? — eight, nine, 10 in a row. I think Michigan scored three of their touchdowns on third downs and several times we have an unblocked guy there to make a play. You want to change the scheme, well they won’t let just put 12 out there. We’ve got a guy free and he’s there to make a tackle. Hey, shoot, you gotta make the play, get him on the ground. We just went through talking about conversions, how to keep the ball, creating some more turnovers, some fundamentals of tackles.”

Wilson said he’s not seeing the same kind of tackling issues with every player, so there isn’t necessarily one fix that needs to be made there. When it comes to working on tackling, he’s also trying to find a balance. At this point in the season, players’ bodies are weary after 14 weeks of work and the coaches have been trying to taper down full-contact work.

“You’re at a point in the year with some of these guys beat up, that some of the hitting work you do you end up doing with guys that don’t play,” Wilson said. “The guys that really need it, they’re kind of hit enough, how much do you hit them? We’ve worked a lot on how to get better fundamentally without beating ourselves up. That’s the tough dilemma at this time of year. We’ve got to get so much better blocking and tackling. … How do we keep pushing? How do we keep the energy? How do we keep the effort? How do we keep building toughness and by the way, don’t cross the line and over-practice and beat your guys up. We looked at drills. I watched our guys do some drills and I suggested, not that I have all the answers by any means, but I go, ‘The way you’re doing the drill is ‘Do less and do it harder.'”

Though the offense looks much better statistically, tied for second in the conference in scoring (42.4 points per game) and second alone in total offense (514.0 yards per game) Wilson still wants a lot more out of that group. Just one team in the conference has thrown more interceptions than the Hoosiers’ 10 — which includes two critical picks at the end of the Michigan game —and the Hoosiers are in the middle of the pack in the conference in third-down conversions, making 50 of their 107 (46.7 percent).

“You think these guys throw the ball well,” Wilson said. “But in competitive situations, how good really are you? When we’ve got the lead by 1-7 points, we’ve thrown 39 balls, we’ve completed 19. It’s 47 percent. We got the lead. Our defense has got us the ball. You got this really good offense. Well, let’s go really good offense. Nah, we’re just average enough to keep them in the game, lose momentum and then start playing behind. There’s a lot of things we worked on just in conversions, ball security and how to be aggressive.”

— Wilson apparently spent a significant amount of time bucking up his quarterbacks during the bye week, and had some moments where he wasn’t thrilled with either Nate Sudfeld or Tre Roberson.

“I’ve seen him both have ups and downs,” Wilson said. “I think they listen to the public perspective too much. My deal is, you’re young, and you’re not as good as you need to be, and you need to keep working hard and getting better. That’s what great players do. I kind of felt early they were all fighting to be the player. Some things didn’t go Tre’s way, I think he didn’t practice as well. I don’t know now. Nate didn’t play that well at Michigan State, I didn’t think he was as sharp last week in practice, too. Then we had the weather. We kind of got after them last week like, ‘You’ve got 30-some games in your career left. How good are you going to be at the end and what are you doing about getting better? Quit being so moody and mopey and quit worrying about who goes out there first. We’re going to throw the ball and we got good players and let’s go play. Shoot, last night Cam Coffman was as good as any of those guys out there playing. We didn’t even talk about him.”

Offensive coordinator Seth Littrell was a little less harsh on Sudfeld and Roberson, but also said they need to keep their minds right.

“They gotta understand not to press,” Littrell said. “Again, I’ve said it all along, we’re going to have to have both of those guys to win games for us this season. Both of those guys bring different things to the table. They have to understand what we’re trying to get accomplished throughout a game, how people are playing us. Both of those guys need to go out there and play their game, they don’t need to play each other’s game, they don’t need to press. I think they’re getting more relaxed in the situations.”

 

Wilson said he will monitor practice closely this week and the way the rotation works could change. Roberson started the first two games, but Sudfeld has started the five games since. However, Roberson outperformed Sudfeld in the Michigan game, throwing for 288 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 50 and a score while Sudfeld was 8-for-19 with 122 yards and a touchdown, but also an interception.

“Whether Tre’s first or Tre’s second, we’ll figure it out during the week,” Wilson said. “They both can run our offense, and when they both get going, they both have looked really good. And when they both have been off, they both have looked very poor. … It’s my job to just keep those suckers coming, keep them positive, have them be good leaders and good teammates.”

— In his first press conference after Indiana’s historically problematic defensive performance against Michigan, IU defensive coordinator Doug Mallory was self-critical but also at least a bit defensive of his general schemes and game-plan and said that the defense is not quite as bad as the statistics make it look.

“I think we’re close,” Mallory said. “We’re not there yet, but I think at times we’re awful close. Just the margin of error right now, we’ve got to get on the positive side there. If we don’t, that’s when we get exposed. I think it’s a finer line than people on the outside maybe see. I think there’s some things that are correctable, things we gotta do better, but I think it’s not as big a margin maybe as people might think. I think the attitude and the effort of these kids has been great.”

Mallory took the heat on some level and said that he and his staff have to take responsibility for giving up so many big plays to Michigan.

“As a coach, you’re going to constantly analyze yourself and are you putting your kids in the best possible position to be successful,” Mallory said. “And from there, it’s are you able to execute? That’s what we’re constantly looking at and analyzing. We’ve gotta do a better job coaching, we’ve gotta do a better job preparing and we’ve gotta do a better job preparing and we gotta do a better job adjusting. That starts with me. I’m always going to start by pointing at me first and going from there.”

But Mallory said he doesn’t necessarily think there’s anything wrong schematically with the defense.

“If you go back at that (Michigan) game, I don’t know if there was ever a time where we didn’t feel like we had a guy in position,” Mallory said. “We had a guy there. Whether it was a coverage or in a run fit. The design of the package, I think, we should’ve had a guy there, should’ve had a guy in coverage, whether or not we had a guy there, that’s something we’re going to constantly analyze and be critical on ourselves. But I think for the most part, I don’t know if we’re any different schematically than a lot of other people. It’s not like we’re doing something so out of the ordinary that no one else is doing, so I don’t think there’s a problem with the structure of what we’re doing defensively. We’ve gotta do a better job coaching, we’ve gotta do a better job developing and we’ve gotta do a better job executing. It goes across the board.”

— Wilson toyed with the idea of burning freshman safety Chase Dutra’s redshirt to use him to fill in for the injured Antonio Allen, who tore his ACL in the loss to Michigan and is out for the season. However, Wilson said the Hoosiers came to the conclusion that it wasn’t worth it. Greg Heban and Mark Murphy will continue to start at safety and Brandon Grubbe and Dawson Fletcher will work as back-up safeties in Allen’s stead.

“I don’t know if we’d play him that much,” Wilson said. “It would be a complementary role with five games left. He didn’t look like he was ready to crack and be the guy. Plays, how many would you get burning his redshirt year? … He didn’t do poorly, but I just don’t think it’s worth throwing him out there and losing a year of eligibility to play 10 or 15 plays a couple of games. So we kind of ride with what we got.”

Wilson also said right guard Jake Reed is back practicing after missing the Michigan game.

 

31 comments

  1. It will be interesting to see how Indiana stacks up against Minnesota this weekend. Both Wilson and Jerry Kill took over at their respective schools at the same time. Minnesota, at 6 – 2 has developed a very good defense (imagine that, and in less than three seasons) and IU has developed a very good offense. Coming off the bye week and being at home, I’m confident IU can win this game. But we’ll see if the IU defense has made an improvement since the Ann Arbor track meet.

    IU needs to win this one.

  2. Joey
    Monday, October 28, 2013 – 7:29 PM

    Some of you people must rank amongst the most miserable on the planet. Are you guys this cynical and hateful in real life too, or just on the internet?

    After Podunker’s continual cynicism and constant digs(e.g.”imagine that”)…and now this “much ado about nothing” comment from D-Bone, I tend to concur with Joey’s opinion above.

    So much defeatism and burying our football team before they even step onto the field. I don’t think Minnesota’s defense will look anymore spectacular this weekend at Memorial than Michigan’s looked in Ann Arbor.

    Hoosiers 45
    Gophers 14

  3. You guys realize Minne rushed for 271 yards against Nebraska? Not being a physical defense, not being able to tackle and deploying poor schemes means this could be a very, very long day. Our only hope is if we let the corners play on an island and play 6-2 Stack Monster on defense.

  4. And there heads will be big. UCLA beat up on Nebraska. I wouldn’t call Nebraska a powerhouse team right now(I understand their QB has been playing foot problems which probably didn’t help evading some sacks).

    We will annihilate the Gophers in the same fashion we took down Penn State.

  5. …and in Ann Arbor the GG only scored 13 but allowed Meatchicken 42…so there is always a tit for a tat…if you want to see a joke look up Minnesota’s non-conference schedule…

  6. I believe IU can beat MN, but it won’t be easy. MN is vastly improved, particularly on defense but they are certainly not invulnerable and if we have a good day offensively, we could blow them out. But, always nervous having to rely on offense in a shoot out. I agree that MN defense has developed faster than IU during the same 3 year period.

  7. Was Minnesota’s defense at the same starting point as IU’s defense three years ago? And have they had the same level of injuries to starters as experienced by the Hoosiers? And do they have the same recruiting competition in their state as an IU surrounded by OSU, ND, and Michigan? And does Minnesota have anything approaching the reinvention of a football program that is currently at IU? And does that reinvention from such a low floor a starting point necessarily evolve on both sides the ball at equal rates comparable to Big 10 programs never knowing anything remotely close to IU’s history of scavenging for the crumbs and notoriety a strong conference?

    There is nothing comparable in the Big 10 to the historic dungeon of IU football. To expect equal rates of improvement on both sides of the ball should not necessarily be expected when there is, and will never be, anything as unprecedented the project to give life where none has ever existed. There is nothing to compare the job undertaken by Wilson and his staff.

    And with programs surrounding that can put 100,000 fans in their stands and build upon decades of tradition and major bowl appearances….? It’s truly amazing to this fan that we’re even putting an offense on the field that is showing such promise.

  8. This team has demonstrated the ability to compete all season. Minnesota provides another opportunity to demonstrate program growth. I won’t rehash our deficiencies, as all here are well aware of them. At this point in the season the players AND the fans must remain focused. Mindset and good fortune determine the victors. We fans, nor our players can control the latter. We can choose to believe in this program, or give in to the historical pattern of so many jaded IU pseudo fans. Build or Destroy, the choice is yours.
    Go Hoosiers.

  9. HfH, you’re one warped piece of work. Do you even read the posts before you go off about someone else’s comments? Apparently not. If you had, you would have read this, “Coming off the bye week and being at home, I’m confident IU can win this game.” Does that sound like cynicism to you? As for my comment about Minnesota’s good defense, I sure was pointing out that Minnesota seems to have defied the rule that says it takes longer to develop a good defense than it does a good offense. Both coaching staffs started at the same time, taking over diminished programs from under-achieving predecessors. Now Minnesota is 6-2, having beaten Northwestern and Nebraska in back-to-back games, is bowl eligible and have built a solid defense. Compared to IU, Minnesota appears to be ahead of the curve. Why is that? Is Minnesota a better school? No way. Does Minnesota have better football facilities? No. Does Minnesota enjoy a better climate? No even close. So what is it about Minnesota that has allowed their football program to excel at what appears, at least at this point, at a faster rate than IU?

    If you love IU, if you care about IU, if you’re a competitive person, you care about things like that, because you want IU to be successful and to be a winner, in everything. You don’t want to accept that another Big Ten school, in almost identical circumstances, is doing something better. IU is a better University than Minnesota. IU has a much better campus. IU has a better athletic program (we don’t play Hockey). I want Indiana to have a better football program than Minnesota. That’s not cynicism, that’s being competitive.

    This Saturday, we’ll all be able to see if IU has kept pace with Minnesota or if we’ve fallen behind the pace of their program’s development. If IU wins, I’ll celebrate like all Hoosier fans and recognize the progress. If IU loses, I’ll be frustrated that another Big Ten school, with a coaching staff that started at the exact same time as IU’s coaching staff, and under very similar circumstances, has made better progress than IU has. And then I’ll ask “why.” I’m confident the answer will not be because of a bad offense.

  10. Dredging up the past about IU’s historical lack of success in football is just another way of making excuses. I commend Wilson for refusing to discuss IU’s past in football. He does not make excuses, he focuses on winning. Wilson knows that winners don’t make excuses, they overcome adversity. Wilson also knows that other, lessor schools have turned losing football traditions into winning programs (Kansas State). Wilson knows it takes leadership, commitment, money and fan support. It also takes a little bit of luck. But excuses are not a part of the formula.

    IU has a beautiful new stadium, new and excellent football facilities, a bigger athletic budget and an Athletic Director who is competent and committed to having a successful football program. Those assets outweigh the liability that is IU’s football history. But one key question remains; does IU have enough passionate and committed football fans necessary to make IU a winner? As IU fans, we will get the football program we deserve.

  11. I also commend him for it. I’ve stated upon numerous occasions that Wilson chooses the opposite of the public condemnation of players, the villain chasing and use of the past, historical mistakes, and untouchable symbols of his own holiness to put a wall of protection around himself. He is a completely different packet of DNA than the head of our far more historically successful major program. It is completely refreshing….Reminds one of a Bob Knight in his early years. I’m amazed that Crean doesn’t realize he’s worth an equal chase around a parking lot as the old ‘General.’

    And, yes, Podunker…Every bit of leakage out your cake hole wreaks of cynicism and measured conniving backhanded compliments( when they’re offered to this team or its coaches). It smells of nothing different than all those “friends” that have no real belief or investment of the heart in IU’s teams. Your words are always at the price your belief of what you’ve given from your pocketbook turns it into your personal ownership rights. It’s like the parent that never shuts up with doses of guilt about feeding and clothing and educating their own child. “So lucky to have me…so lucky to have me….so lucky to have me.” Make one want to throw up the “lucky” meal you’re always cooking up with a pot full of your bitter contempt. We saw the bitter contempt the day you gave birth to your first Mallory comments three years ago. In reality, it’s dreadful you ever put your butt in the stadium. There’s far too much cold and calculated than anything honest you could put in a cheer.

  12. This Saturday, we’ll all be able to see if IU has kept pace with Minnesota or if we’ve fallen behind the pace of their program’s development. If IU wins…

    Just listen to that BS. It’s the game of the century! I have all outside variables under control. No, let’s not watch and simply cheer and enjoy the game. Does anyone know how to spell Bennett? Let’s just prepare my audience for more of the dragging my select name a coach that I will encourage a dragging to the gallows if we don’t prove superior to Minnesota based on my moving variables to be determined at the outcome of on one afternoon game in my test tube world for what I deem appropriate progress for IU football.

    This fan doesn’t give a rat’s ass to your measures. You’re a villain chaser. Mallory is your Jeff Meyer. Even in victory, you will desire to make this about “you” vs. “him” rather than than the young men on the field/court attempting to represent IU far better than often their own coaches and cynical fans.

  13. “IU has a beautiful new stadium”….? New stadium? I thought it was just putting a dozen beautiful roses at the base an ugly and cheap tombstone they call a Memorial for a deceased program? But I thought it was too small…? I thought it was baby bear’s chair sitting next to papa bear and mama bear’s Big 10, “Big House” chairs…? I thought it was still stuck in its diaper days and a sorry excuse for the 100,000 screaming adult and matured “intelligent” fans they can pack into the “Big House”..or OSU…or USC…or Penn State…on any given Saturday?

    I thought it was wasted improvements since we can rarely fill 3/4 a Memorial…? And once basketball starts, nobody gonna care if Doug Mallory stole baby bear’s porridge. Waa-waa………..

  14. I saw the comment by Podunker published yesterday and thought exactly- what a cynic!, then thought ‘nahhh…just Podunker trying to do another subtle stab. He’s just not smart enough to be subtle with any success”. So…pass.

    The first comment by Podunker(#1) earned every bit of the description as ‘cynical’. It is the same cynicism, with the same purpose of undermining the present football coach Podunker has used promoting his own agenda for the length of the two years I have read Scoop. While it is dressed in a fine gown of “I love IU’, “I want nothing but good for IU football”, let me add a couple of other descriptions of the “Podunker Posts”…’completely useless’ and redundantly ‘wasteful’ and ‘self-serving’.

    Yes cynical; but I’ll also add dishonest, ill-intended, ‘spoken with two tongues’, two-faced, disrespectful… I’ll stop.

    I’d also like to point out a point made by Podunker. First, he points out that the misery of the program has gone on for nearly twenty years. Second, I’d like to point out a common point between Indiana’s Hoosier football and its misery in achieving its ‘loser’ status. Podunker has been a prominent part, by his own admission, of that misery and humiliation.

    Podunker…you are one of those who screwed it up and, for twenty years, led to this humiliation. ‘All we are saying is… give us a chance’.

    There is a good side…many other loyal Hoosier fans are as offended by Podunker’s constant and ‘slithering’ opposition to the direction and philosophy of the program under CKW. Most of us intend to keep our faith and stand firm with Wilson’s leadership.

  15. I see this as a win-lose/lose-win game.

    If we win, we lose one more week of taking to the streets for Mallory’s head. We lose on keeping the fires burning for those that can think logically and realize all aspects of a team improve and progress at the same rate. A victory will be nothing but a squirt of perfume upon the skunkfest a pathetic defensive effort for most of the year. Time is running out and more victories is nothing but detrimental to our long term defensive vitality. We need to get the dead weight off one side of the ship..The voyage is long and Mallory puts nothing in our sails. Give him a nice burial at sea and watch our sails fill next season with the winds once halted by his incompetence.

    If we lose, we actually win! We win on watching a head roll for the glory of the “intelligent” fan base that realizes any victory is only short-lived, bittersweet “Little” pizza bowl bland slices of bland rubbery cheese, and simply a hollow postponement of the inevitable all need to come to terms; a need to remove the incompetent coach and his incompetent supporters. If they our defense under Mallory refuses to tackle, then we must tackle the singular source all our misery. A momentous Minnesota loss on our field of OSU dreams should leave no room for doubt that change begins with FIRE MALLORY NOW!

    Gentlemen, start your engines.

  16. The chief difference between Minn. and IU right now is that for Minn., its only the head coach who spazzes out during games- for IU, its the whole defense.

  17. Frank ‘n’ Dawgs did have delicious looking corn dogs….described as “a bratwurst sausage dipped to order in our Anson Mills polenta batter.”

  18. Getting attacked from HfH and TTG on this site is a badge of honor, and lets me know I’m doing just fine. When people of integrity and high character take exception to my comments, then I’ll be concerned.

    The comments you referred to as being cynical were simply poking you so called expert excuse makers in the eye for lecturing everyone that it takes longer to develop a good defense than it does a good offense. Apparently Jerry Kill didn’t get that memo.

    Hey TTG, is it cynical to accuse someone you disagree with of being a “terrorist” and “a member of Al Qaeda in America?” When you dive into the gutter and come up throwing crap like that around on this site, you are forever classified as a scumbag and have forfeited your ability to participate in a legitimate discussion, or have any affect on me.

  19. Yeah, your posts aimed at Mallory in December 2010 showed oodles of integrity and character. It showed nothing other than a desire to undermine a hire and questions Wilson’s judgment from the very beginning stages a momentous task we entrusted upon him.

    Every cynical post from that day forward is built upon that plethora of digs and your stick-to-itiveness an agenda/vendetta. You even suggested the man’s competence should be questioned because of his age and the fact he had never taken a head coaching job. Talk about a bigotry and discrimination…?

  20. Worth mentioning for perspective.

    Wyoming fires Chris Tormey

    Updated: October 29, 2013, 1:10 PM ET
    Associated Press

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming coach Dave Christensen fired defensive coordinator Chris Tormey on Tuesday after two straight losses in which the Cowboys surrendered more than 50 points a game.

    “I felt that we needed to make a change at this time to give our football team and the young men on it the best opportunity to win our remaining four regular-season games,” Christensen said in a statement. “The last two weeks, our defense has not performed up to the expectations of our coaching staff, our players, nor our fans.”

    Wyoming (4-4, 2-2 Mountain West) has a bye this week. The Cowboys next play No. 16 Fresno State (7-0, 4-0) in Laramie on Nov. 9.

    In the last two games, Wyoming lost to conference opponents Colorado State (52-22) and San Jose State (51-44).

    Wyoming is giving up 31.6 points and 465.8 yards per game this season. .

    To expand a little. Wyoming gave up 3 more points per game last year. So an improvement. Wyoming gives up only 4 more yards per game than they did last season.

    IU gives up 6 more points and 65 more yards per game than Wyoming does this season. IU gives up 60 more yards per game than last year. Improving? It should also be considered that a number of IU’s games (particularly last season) were blowout losses in which the opponent had non-starters and ran (literally) plays between the tackles to run out the clock. So – the numbers that seemingly could not be worse – actually could have been.

    It says a lot when Wyoming’s football standard is higher than IU’s.

    Please hope this guy has no IU connections. I’ve heard rumors about bringing him in to be Co-DC with Mallory. He does have better stats. All kidding aside – I did appreciate the HC’s comments about why he let him go.

  21. PO, Tsao, H4H (and some others)- the most aggravating thing about all this bickering is that you’ve all made insightful comments here in the past. Can’t you go back to doing that? Now you guys devote yourselves (and make the rest of us wade through) childish name-calling.

    OK, some of your comments I disagreed with, and others I thought were just plain stupid. But when HC called one of my recent posts “lunacy,” did I freak out? No, I took it to mean that he strongly disagreed. Is that so difficult?

  22. IUGRAD89. Thanks for the fact-based post. Wyoming took advantage of the bye week to change DCs- as IU should have done in the week off before Minn.

  23. Davis, you’re right. It got personal and, therefore, childish. Sort of like drawing two-pair, …should put it down, but can’t. End of issue. Thanks. TTG

  24. For all who want to know why we can’t be like Louisville…I direct you to the following link. (You may also want to continue to monitor their ‘football growth’ through a close (but not unbiased) source, The Louisville Courier-Journal.

    http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20131022/SPORTS02/310220062/-1/topics/Tom-Jurich-decides-to-let-Clint-Hurtt-keep-Louisville-football-job-amid-NCAA-sanctions

    Personally, I like what the name of the hard-earned diploma on my wall, “Indiana University” says. Two different places.

  25. davis, it is more than “bickering” when someone accuses you of being a terrorist, questions your patriotism, and suggests you are a member of Al Qaeda in America, just because they disagree with your opinion and comments about IU’s Defensive Coordinator. I hope IU’s defense shows improvement through the remainder of the season so that the issue evaporates, but if IU continues to play terrible on defense, I’ll feel free to express my opinion about what I believe the problem is.

    I’ve been a passionate IU football fan since I was six years old. Since becoming an adult, I have never been able to tolerate terrible performance, bad coaching, or incompetent administrators that deprive Hoosier fans of the ability to enjoy their school’s football program. I’m just not wired to sit still and be quiet in the face of incompetence or a lack of effort. I can accept IU losing to superior teams. I can accept mistakes that cost IU games. But its hard for me to watch the same players making the same mistakes, game after game after game without any evidence that their coaches are helping them improve their performance. These coaches and administrators get paid big bucks and they should be held accountable for their job performance (results).

    I think one of the biggest problems IU football has is that for decades there have not been enough passionate IU fans willing to hold IU’s administrators accountable for having a bad football program. The double standard between IU football and IU basketball is incredible. If IU fans had half the interest and passion for football that they do for basketball, IU football would have winning seasons eight out of every ten years.

    Fortunately, we now have AD Glass. He’s smart, he’s an IU alum and a native of Indiana, and he is really committed to IU. I’ve met him and he is impressive. I love his ambition for IU athletics, and respect that he has been willing to terminate coaches that were not living up to his high standards. So far, it appears the coaches he’s hired have been major upgrades. I trust he’s the right man for the job after IU’s administrators paraded five Athletic Directors through Bloomington in eight years (gross incompetence). I’m impressed with Wilson so far. Sure, he’s made mistakes, but that’s normal for anyone going through the learning curve associated with a major promotion. Obviously, I’m not impressed with Mallory. I loved his Dad, was furious when IU fired him, have no reason to believe he’s not a fine human being, but he does not seem to be a very effective Defensive Coordinator. And while IU football was definitely a reclamation project, coming to IU was not a major career advancement. Mallory had years of experience as a Defensive Coordinator before he retuned to Bloomington.

    But hey, there are at least five games remaining in the season. That’s plenty of time for the defensive players to demonstrate that they’re getting better as a result of sound coaching. I hope they convince me that I was wrong about their coach.

  26. Ron, yes…, (as well as wondering why the NCAA is afraid to go after Calipari) as well as the disposition of the cases and follow up on the careers of the other Miami U. coaches who accept that they ‘cheated’ while coaching there.

    I agreed at the time when Sampson was smacked for violating the ‘calling’ rules, lied about it (all this at Oklahoma) and then, we got sanctioned for a number of years…etc; since I was always a ‘don’t cheat’ type. But, it is incredible how much harsher our punishment was (in relative terms, for a lesser ‘crime’…i.e. we weren’t giving cash and certainly nothing close to what Miami employees and supporters did).

    You are right, the really good story is for a good sports writer to pull together 3 or 4 coaches together and the entire Miami U. story on the outcomes in terms of their careers, where they are now and what ‘didn’t’ happen. Dona Shalala , the President at the U. of Miami was the Secty of Health under Bill Clinton and threatened legal action vs the NCAA. Were they afraid of her clout? She practically defined the ‘limits’ mof the penalty she would allow the NCAA. Something really smells in this shrimp boat.

    Then again, most newspaper people are not very enterprising about deep digging. They are just happy to rework and reprint the University’ press release announcing self-imposed sanctions. This was Miami U’s second set of major, major infractions.

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