Hoosier offense not satisfied with 42-point effort

Indiana offensive coordinator Kevin Johns said he expects his unit to score every time it has the ball.

So, Johns didn’t especially like what he saw when he returned to the film room on Sunday and watched five Indiana drives stall without points inside the Bowling Green 35-yard line.

That the Hoosiers still managed to score 42 points and lose on the road to a Mid-American Conference program was moot to Johns, who said his offense needed to do more with the given opportunities.

“I don’t care if our defense doesn’t stop them, we need to score,” Johns said. “To me, where I sat on Saturday, that was inexcusable to have the ball where we did — we had a great interception by Nick Mangieri (at the BG 25), went four plays, got stopped and couldn’t even get a first down. That’s inexcusable. Our guys on offense know that. We have very high standards for ourselves and we know that’s not good enough.”

Despite coming away without points on a handful of occasions in Falcon territory, it was one of the better efforts Indiana has seen from quarterback Nate Sudfeld, who completed 31 of 41 passes and finished 16 yards shy of his career high with 347.

More than anything, Johns appreciated how decisive Sudfeld was within the game plan and said it was telling factor for just how in control Sudfeld turned out to be.

“You could see that on some of the velocity of the throws that he made,” Johns said. “(He) was very efficient with the ball.”

For his part, Sudfeld said there was no added burden placed on the offense due to the defense’s inability to get enough stops.

For a program that averaged 38.4 points per game last season — including 53.4 ppg in victories — Saturday’s 42-point effort wasn’t up to par.

“I really feel like if we score every drive, we’re gonna win the game,” Sudfeld said. “That’s what we expect to do. We don’t expect to bog down or anything like that. 42 points isn’t enough for our standard. Last year, we were putting up more, I feel like. We need to just keep coming. The defense gave us a nice stop — Mangieri gave us a nice interception and we didn’t score that next drive, so that’s on us. They gave us opportunities. It’s never just one drive or one play, it’s the culmination of the game. Looking back on the film, we saw opportunities where we could have put it away more. I wouldn’t say it’s a burden at all.”

52 comments

  1. ““I don’t care if our defense doesn’t stop them, we need to score,” That’s just b___s___, Johns. Those types of comments will erode the morale (hey, I got it right this time) of your offense very quickly. And it places impossible expectations on that talented group (that’s a stupid and counterproductive comment coming from a rookie manager). You’d have been better off emphasizing the positives your offense achieved in Saturday’s loss and allowing your silence about the defense’s performance to speak volumes. In fact, when asked to comment on the defense, the perfect response would have been, “my responsibility is to coach the offense. We have room for improvement. You’ll have to talk to Coach Knorr about the defense.”

  2. Thus Spoke Zarathustra Podunker,…the Queen of the Philosophers. Took exactly one week to become a venomous viper.

  3. Po, Johns said exactly what he should have said. An OC is not worth his salt if he does not feel similar to which Johns describes.

  4. In recent IU coaching BB and FB history shows many doors are open for job opportunities: Bob Knight=ESPN BB analyst, author, & public speaker; Cam Cameron=NFL coaching; Matt Canada=Wisconsin & N.C. State offensive coordinator; Gerry Denardo=BTN FB TV analyst; Dan Daukich=The Fan Sports Talk Radio, Kelvin Sampson NBA coaching; Sam Wyche=NFL coaching & currently member of Medal of Honor Bowl Board; Bill Mallory=Good Guy taking it easy @ IU; Mike Davis=College coaching @ more friendly BB places; are several examples AND MY ALL TIME FAVORITE AFTER IU IS LEE CORSO ESPN TV FOOTBALL ANALYST.

  5. Recommendation: Keep Kevin Wilson and current FB coaching staff in tact for duration of contract and see what happens. Anything else is just a waste of money, time, energy, and effort. If FB can reasonably get turned (6, 7 or 8 + wins) around extend contract/s. Of course first order of business is to get 2nd win for this year.

  6. First, the notion that an offense; any offense, is going to score every possession is just ludicrous. The reality is IU is going to have to figure out how to stop people or we will continue to lose football games…it’s that simple.

    Second, replacing the coaching staff is throwing good money after bad. The issue with our defense is that we do not have enough players who can perform at the level of our competition. Let me be clear…I have nothing but respect and admiration for any athlete who sacrifices and dedicates themselves to compete at this level, so I am not criticizing or blaming the kids. That said, there are differences in skill levels and with a few exceptions, IU does not yet have enough “chops” on defense. This is one of several reasons why we typically hang OK in the first half only to blow up in the second half.

    My prediction is that at Missou, the score at half time will be manageable but by the closing whistle, we will have been shredded. Why? Not enough horses.

    The key to success is recruit, recruit, recruit.

  7. @IUfan23. “The issue with our defense is that we do not have enough players who can perform at the level of our competition”. Are you saying our defense can’t match up with MAC recruits? I can understand not being able to match up to OSU or MSU… but I’d say we definitely have the athletes to match up to Bowling Green.

  8. Juan Blanco…yes, that is basically what I’m saying. I actually think that talent wise, IU is right around the top end of the MAC. Of course, that may or may not be the case with any particular athlete but as a generalization…
    The other thing to realize is BGSU played out of their minds on Saturday and their attitude most certainly played a factor. I don’t disagree that we clearly could have and should have won that game but I dispute the notion that our athletes are significantly more skilled than BGSU.

  9. IUfan23 you are correct. IU’s team talent is far better than ever but still has a long way to go to be middle of the B1G pack. Case in point Knorr is working with somewhere around 80-85% of the same available personnel Mallory did. Scheme is not everything.

  10. Its just a tough pill to swallow, I guess.
    I currently live in South Carolina and I catch a lot of crap for being a Hoosier football fan. I was overly optimistic about this season. I guess all the “I told you your team was going to suck again” comments are taking their toll.
    I didn’t expect us to win 8 games this year but I was expecting to be 2-0 going into Missouri. I still think we have a chance this weekend. There is that darn optimism again…

  11. Well, Juan Blanco, maybe Missou will look past IU plus have a bad day like Penn State had last year…in college FB, you never know. But, in the final analysis, we were all a bit too optimistic and guided by our desire to see IU football succeed. I think eventually that will happen!

  12. Thanks for being a voice of reason HC. The loss sucked, but can easily get back on track by beating a team we’re not supposed to beat.

    Podunker, you’re being mighty harsh. Give this team a full season, and then criticize. The season is still young.

  13. Many of the contributions about the Hoosier’s loss to Bowling Green have been pretty negative, hostile and stupid, in this and other blogs as well. Many have been comments aimed at cannibalizing of the football program and, if successful, pretty stupid on what they can contribute.

    I also had some pretty stupid ‘reactive’ contributions out of frustration and anger at the thought of not closing the gap in expectations and reality.

    So…like everyone on this blog…it is time to slow down and show some thought and intelligence in the quest to finally establish a respectable Hoosier football program.

    I think there are two important factors at play about the loss to Bowling Green. First is best summarized by Hoosier Clarion above. The defensive talent we have may be and likely is as good as I remember (since 1958) at Indiana, but still not at the high (in numbers), competitive level for a year-in, year-out schedule like Indiana’s.

    Secondly is somewhat an offshoot of the first. Because KW clearly understands the problem and is trying to change the ‘quality of talent’ variable; the emphasis for a solution is on recruiting, where it is apparent he has had success and is gradually taking the individual talent quotient upwards.

    But, doing so, has made the Hoosiers very dependent on young recruits and their year-to-year improvement (the 2012 freshman class was not as good as the 2013 class, which in turn was not as good as what we hope the 2014 freshman class is). This is especially true on defense, where talent is more of a generic issue than one of finding ‘stars’. Football, more than any other sport is highly dependent on physical development and maturity. Physical preparation (including weight conditioning,… even dietary preparation) are very impacted by the athlete’s time within the program and how long he has involved himself in developing his football aptitude.

    With few exceptions, a junior and a senior in football will be much further ahead than a sophomore and, especially, a freshman who only 18 weeks ago was in high school. Generally, a confrontation between the two should go to the older athlete. Physical attributes are much more a factor on defense than on offense where a combination of football aptitude and, especially, subtle skills have a much heavier influence.

    A team like Bowling Green, which I believe was significantly ‘older’ than the Hoosiers, should be much more advanced, even if the talent quotient of the Hoosiers is greater. All things falling according to their nature, BG as a MAC team clearly showed their ‘competitive level’ was equal to the Hoosiers’. And, if we are breaking the comparison down to its parts and consider that BG scored 48 points on the Hoosier defense; also consider that the Hoosier offense scored 42 on BG’s defense. And, analyze and include in the equation how many BG points scored on the Hoosiers were, in fact, caused by the Hoosier’s offense’s breakdowns. Now, we have a much clearer, true idea of what the 48-42 defeat was all about, without getting into which coach lost his way or had never found it to begin with.

    Several of the more mature comments here pointed out the one undeniable truth: Once the game started, the overwhelming responsibility was clearly what the players did or didn’t do. This is what the coaching staff will have to address- correcting here, changing there; adding and subtracting everywhere- this week in the continuing effort to bring some semblance of respectability to the Indiana Hoosiers football program.

    Most important is that we look at the entire season as one project and focus on the changes made, the objectives accomplished and those where we fail, as we go along. If we are in a ‘good place’ as many of us hope we are, the answers should be self evident and Indiana should be closing in on the rest of the B1G.

  14. So, let’s cut to chase.

    Do any of you believe the growth curve may be hampered by the fact that Wilson has to defer every problem in preparing and coaching the defense to a “set of experts” locked in a different room down the hallway?

    Upon his hire, I understood that Wilson’s expertise was on the offensive side of the ball..But when I watch the games and watch the press conferences where defensive issues with the team are, obviously, the giant ugly wart on the program, it begins to feel like such a wonderful convenience that the head coach can claim personal ignorance and say “talk to the other guys on the other side of the hallway…I handle the offensive side of things.”

    It’s not that Wilson needs to be at the level of expertise his defensive coaching panel of experts/coordinators, but can he even partake to the degree that defensive coaches/players see him as credible enough to even be minimally active in a discussion of defensive tactics as it involves personnel and critical in-game adjustments/decisions?

    And simply because it can work by design at other premier college football programs that get pools upon pools of the elite recruits on both sides of the ball, can it necessarily work at IU?

    I often wonder if Wilson would have ever been considered for a head coaching job where his offensive genius/skills were already on full display….? If not, why not?

    Will a premier college football program take a risk on a head coach that defers every question concerning defensive lapses/deficiencies to someone across the hallway? I just feel a bit uncomfortable with such an easy out and deflection when a head coach is ultimately responsible for the entire product on the field. And how does it effect recruiting top defensive talent at an already historically struggling program when a solely offensively designed brained of a solely offensively-minded head coach basically claims zero expertise at answering straightforward reporters questions regarding habitual defensive issues/weaknesses?

  15. Will a premier college football program take a risk on a head coach that defers every question concerning defensive lapses/deficiencies to someone across the hallway?

    That never happens in basketball. There questions are deferred to Joyce (Let’s pray!).

  16. no long winded excuse’s here….just the bottom line….IU FB will never change…..been like this forever except for just a few decent seasons….they don’t care about football there and the comment saying BG was more “mature” team….lol…then how did IU beat them by 32 last year….was IU more “mature” last year but not this year…some of u guys come up with some of the lamest excuses….thats why I come on here….for the laughs 🙂

  17. Firing Wilson at seasons end would be like setting a grenade off in the locker room. The recruiting classes are the best I’ve seen since I’ve started to follow in 1995. The team is even starting to look like a Big Ten team as far as bodies go.

    Much progress has been made. It’s not worth it to can the coach yet.

  18. Could be wrong(sorta scanned), but I didn’t read a comment on this thread asking for Wilson’s head at “season’s end.”

    It’s a glass half full Hoosier Football team….There’s still a certain level of excitement with a team that can be a dangerous offensive threat. Have to give the new defensive coordinator more than a couple games to prove his worth.

  19. Ben, what am I being “a bit too harsh” about? As for this string, I offered my opinion that Johns made a stupid comment, which I believe was a rookie manager’s mistake. For the record, I like Johns and think he’s taken up where his talented predecessor left off. He just said something to the media which I believe was nonsense and counterproductive. That was not a harsh criticism.

    I’m not calling for anyone’s termination. A lot of disgruntled fans are, but I am not. IU has little choice but to stick with Wilson and staff. And it would be foolish to consider forcing any kind of coaching change at this time. In fact, if Wilson wins five games this year, Glass should probably produce some type of new, creative contract extension. One that allows IU to inform the sporting public (and potential recruits) that we’re keeping Wilson’s, while at the same time giving IU the flexibility to terminate the contract in the future without paying a king’s ransom in severance. Allowing Wilson to be a lame duck at the end of this year will hurt IU football. It will affect recruiting, probably affect player morale, and could cause some assistant coaches to get anxious and bolt the program. Given that his top two coordinators are new to their jobs (Johns and Knorr), it’s going to take some time for them to become acclimated and improve their players’ performance. They need time, so unless the team’s performance in 2014 implodes, Glass should find a way to extend Wilson’s contract with a new, incentive based contract that protects the Athletic Department’s bank account. Offering Wilson and staff an extended performance-based contract should protect IU’s interests while giving Wilson more time to achieve his goals of turning IU football into a competitive Big Ten program.

  20. “it’s going to take some time for them to become acclimated and improve their players’ performance”

    Podunker…since it’s IU FB how many years do u give them….5…10…20 ?

  21. so funny:

    Illinois actually played a better game than the 44-19 score against Washington indicates. In fact, head coach Tim Beckman had an incredibly poignant quote that really put the game in perspective: “You take out the 21 points on three plays and we’re in this football game.” Which is technically correct and that’s the best kind of correct so get out of Timmy B’s face.
    If you take out all those points Bowling Green scored, Indiana would have win 42-0 and we’d all be feeling pretty happy about our football team so why don’t you all back off a little bit.

  22. Po, You are more than just a little correct about a contract extension. Even though this program may not yet be improved enough for a positive “bottom line” examination it is fair to say you, I and others see measurable improvement. That means an extension is imperative for the future of the program.

    1. Not sure about this contract extension discussion, but just to clarify, Wilson was hired with a seven-year contract, not five years, so he still has three remaining after this season.

  23. Completely agree with Hoosier Clarion; and, although it is happening somewhat too often recently, I have to make a sacrifice sacrifice for my belove Hoosiers and say it: I also agree with Podunker (cough, uufghh!!..UFFGHH! UAHHH! uahhfghhh!-sound of wheezing). So, I’ll make it good…

    For Indiana to succeed we need to show commitment, consistency and faith in our present coaching staff. The years of rotating have done nothing for us…we need commitment. It is clear to me and others that the level of football we are playing is much, much improved. The players coming to Indiana are of a much higher quality than the ‘posing for Halloween’ we’ve had since Bill Mallory. And, the football being coached by Coach Wilson is creative and solid offensively and a work-in-progress defensively. That is very good enough for me.

    Since I want to stay on course,believing in Wilson and his future I would love to make the following exchange with CKW. We extend his contract by three more years (to six), he extends his commitment to Indiana by the same amount of time. Remuneration should include substantial but reasonable increases but should have solid bonus for achievements (a Bowl, a major Bowl, a Rose Bowl, a national championship playoff.

    The contract should include negotiations on staff remuneration, especially coordinators and guarantees. The contract should also spell out the authorities and responsibilities over the program.

    While to many it may seem premature, it is a matter recognition of clear improvement already evident independent of the won-lost record; of faith and a commitment to a future that includes a major and substantially successful football program at Indiana University. It is important that the new contract and the history and reason behind it be publicized as widely as possible as it represents our (IU fans and alumni bet on the future).

    You just have to take a chance and show you believe once in a while!

    (If it works out as planned, I promise that upon indications of Hoosier success, I will then become Podunker’s bestest buddy and friend. Promise- X’d fingers do not count!!!)

    (Harvard, no rejection of you…but you understand…It’s Indiana!)

  24. Jeremy, it’s not the duration of the contract that matters, it’s the way the buyout clause is structured. I doubt that the full amount of Wilson’s contract is guaranteed. Most of these long term contracts front load the severance payout (penalty) in the early years of the contract, with the University’s financial risk associated with terminating the coach diminished as the year’s pass. I believe Crean’s contract is structured in a similar manner. It protects the coach from a “whimsical” termination while allowing IU to reduce the annual cost of the contract. It exchanges time (duration of the contract) for money (amount per year). Do you know what the buyout amounts are in Wilson’s contract after the fourth or fifth year of his contract?

    1. Podunker,
      IU would be liable only for Wilson’s base salary of $500,000 per year should he be terminated. That amount would then be offset by whatever salary he received from his ensuing job.

  25. JP had a point…there were a couple of posts that did wrongly ‘suggest’ the present contract would expire after next year by suggesting adding one year to avoid a ‘lame duck coach’. Those suggesting that seemed to not know that CKW’s contract was for seven years (the wisdom of AD Glass here shows). So, JP’s comment was probably directed at those uninformed of the true status.

  26. We should avoid discussion of buy-outs on CKW’s contract. If we are saying we are committed to the staff, then be committed without hedging. I believe that most of us ‘deep Indiana fans’ (HC is a good example) believe that what KW has brought is a good think that will significantly jump Indiana to another level in the not-so-distant-future.

    I would like to speak of our commitment to CKW in the same voice that may become a strong consideration for him when others approach to ‘poach’ him to other programs.

    Loyalty is the strongest currency one can show under stress. Only the weak show doubts at the first reversal. I’ve heard stories of injured/maimed veterans who spent their six months at Walter Reed and only wanted to rejoin their units as soon as released. That’s commitment, that’s loyalty, that’s strength. Not looking for the first opportunity to get out and looking around for more comfortable options.

  27. Yes, this team has showed signs of significant improvement under Wilson. Recruiting is much better. The players are bigger and more athletic. He’s getting players transferring from other major programs (i.e., Arizona). The offense’s performance is greatly improved and is consistently effective. Last year, special teams were very good. As everyone knows, IU’s defense is the problem. But I believe Knorr is a quality coach and his unit has already shown glimpses of improvement (if you watch carefully). Until our defenders are bigger, faster, deeper and better, I’d rather see IU play with much more aggression on defense. I’d rather see IU’s defenders making “aggressive” mistakes as compared to the passive mistakes I witnessed Saturday. If they go down, I want them going down with their preverbal clips empty. I’d rather see IU give up a touchdown because they got burned on a blitz than to see IU get picked apart by an endless series of four-yard dink and dunk passes. IU made BG’s back-up QB and receivers look like the Denver Broncos on Saturday. I want Wilson to turn his youngsters loose and play with the same aggression on defense as he does on offense.

  28. Instead of crapping entirely on the IU defense, is it possible that the backup QB on Bowling Green had some talent…and deserves some credit for some very accurate clutch passing? The young man rose to the occasion.

    Knapke had a decorated high school career highlighted by being the only quarterback in the state of Indiana’s history to win three state championships. He was First Team All-State as a senior, and owns school and conference records for both passing yards and passing TDs(courtesy: SB Nation).

    Do you think this young man was a little pumped up playing against a college from his home state? Was he recruited by any college in his home state? Was he offered a scholarship by IU, Purdue, or ND?

    When we fail to recognize accolades where accolades are deserved(any many MAC schools bring different components and styles teams may not see in BIG football….Speed often trumps size), it does just begin to sound like bashing our own shortcoming for the sake of bashing is preferred. It’s a shallow form of arrogance to never get out of the mirror…Show some respect for yourself by respecting a quality game with an opponent our administrators scheduled and believed to be worthy to share a field with IU Football.

  29. There’s also a thing called “loyalty” to the fans and appreciation for their undaunted support in the face of decades of mediocrity.

    Contract extensions without sings of valid achievement gives me a sour feeling in the gut of cronyism and fraternities within the power players at IU. The dollars generated from college athletics and the size of the institutions funding such beasts have grown to levels that make it difficult for skepticism to not creep into a the idea of a collective protectionism.

    We’ve also become so consumed with drafts and the obsessions on individual talent, that coaches are measured as successful purely on their ability to lure talent rather than develop winning teams that blossom from full development at all levels of talent on the roster/bench and the actual expertise brought to the craft of “coaching.”

    No matter our losing history in football, we were found to have redeeming value by the current head coach that came to Indiana with no qualms on his ability in changing the course of such of a dismal past. Sometimes you have to believe in someone enough to let them walk away. If not, it may be difficult to decipher if they’re staying with the same fully invested faith in their heart or simply because they’ve opted for the comforts that protect undelivered results(with full protection of a long contract extension).

  30. Harvard, not sure who you’re writing your post(s) to…but, I generally agree with you.I had no idea who Knapke was until I heard his name as the qb against us (since I don’t follow IN hs football) and I’ll say now that I wished we had recruited him after he tore us up as he did. I was most impressed by his intelligence and his control of the team. Since, I understand that CKW did want him but he was probably aware that he would start out behind Robertson and XXXX and he wanted to have his shot at playing the last real football he would probably really play. In his shoes, I’d go to a school like BG too.

    I’m also aware that the MAC is about as ‘football-crazy’ a conference as there is. I’ve never, not ever thought that any game played against any MAC team is a sure thing. Like Knapke, the kids who go there are kids that are maybe an inch too short, 10 lbs too light or have just not had the hs exposure the ‘prime’ recruits have had. Put them together on a BG, a Miami (of Ohio), an OU, a Western Michigan, a NOrthern Ill, a Toledo, a Kent State; and on any given Saturday; some, maybe two or three Big Ten coach(es) have to take their full dose of Rol-Aids after the loss to a MAC team. Any kid acholarshipped there is a football player and there is absolutely no reason to ever think ‘we shoulda’ when it comes to them. Ask Indiana, Purdue, NW, Mich,Illinois…

    Knapke proved why CKW wanted him. More important, he proved why BG and its coach wanted him.

    On the other issue. My point is Wilson is just fine. Undoubtedly, he quite a thinker when it comes to offense. And, I think he’s got a clear idea of what he needs to do defensively. We, the fans, are the ones who need to step back, quit the complaining and let the professionals do those things e are not qualified to do. Can you imagine a ‘Bob’ running a football program? or coaching your kid, even at the fourth grade level. I’d be afraid for his safety.

    Good to see you blogging away. You’ve developed quite a following. Not one of these ratch-it heads will ever admit it, but they turn to your posts first, get their pressure up, answer it in spite of themselves and wait until they hear themselves pass some gas before they can take another breath. Das a followin! And their wives calling ‘honey, are you coming to bed…it’s ten o’clock!’

    Do let me know the next time you head to CHI. I’ll show you the real ‘mean streets’ (and buy the hot dogs).

  31. Mean streets can still have loving homes. And lovely homes can have their share of very mean parents.

    Thanks for the invitation. Most of my trips are very quick turnarounds…I look at the beautiful skyline knowing that there is a true lifeblood to the place that I missed out. Did I ever tell you that I tried to get accepted into Northwestern? Fail. Had lots of lofty dreams….

  32. PO- KW’s contract is not as you assume in post #30. If he is terminated without cause (Article 6.02 G) he gets his base salary ($500k per annum, Article 4.01) continued (in monthly installments) until the expiration of the contract. There is no sliding scale. See http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/449498/kevin-wilson-contract.pdf

    KW should not be on the hot seat, but disagree with you and HC that his contract should be extended. Glass should reiterate that a seven year contract means just that. Glass knew that it would take years to make something out of this dog of a program we love; that’s why the contract was made for seven years.

  33. TTG, Glad somebody brought up the subject of the FB crazy MAC. They are wild about football. That fact hit me square on about 2 decades ago. I do believe it is so intense because 6 of the institutions are from the FB crazy state of the Buckeye. Their temperature runs high. They know FB like Hoosiers know BB.

  34. Absolutely HC, no question. That’s exactly how I grew up thinking about the MAC. The list of legendary, great coaches who came from that conference is as long as the history of college football, Off hand, Woody Hayes, Bo Schembechler, Ara Parseghian, Earl Blaik, Paul Brown, Bill Arnsparger, Weeb Ewbank, Sid Gillman, John Pont (later Indiana), Bill Mallory(now at Indiana), Paul Dietzel, John Harbaugh, Gary Moeller, Urban Meyer, and yes, Missouri’s Gary Pinkel. At no point did I consider that playing Bowling Green was anything but a B1G level game. If some thought otherwise, it is a commentary on their ‘shallow’ take on college football.

  35. Davis…I don’t think we’re anything near anywhere having to obtain, quote portions of and calculate buy-outs of KW’s contract. How did you happen to get it? Did you simply request it?.

  36. The only point here was within the context of bashing our defensive effort, I saw absolutely zero references or comments recognizing how well the backup QB(a standout h.s. player from Indiana)played for Bowling Green.

    Easy to go back at this point and claim your complete respect and admiration for the opponent. Easy for many to now act like they were fully aware that this backup QB had some pretty strong credentials. I honestly don’t believe you had a clue. I don’t remember a lot of blown coverages….I just saw a QB that put the ball where it had to be…and did it when the game was on the line.

    Instead of the endless analyzing on whether coaches deserve to stay or go, maybe we should simply recognize that sometimes it comes down to big plays in big moments. Sometimes its tipped ever so slightly on the side of the opponent. Accept the fact and be a little more gracious in defeat.

  37. I agree that coaching is dominantly not the issue with our program. As I’ve stated before, the issue with both defense and special teams is skill level and depth, both of which have improved significantly under the current stewardship. Despite those improvements, we are not on par with B1G teams for the most part. We are probably competitive with upper end MAC teams like BG which means that any given game could go either way. This time it did not go our way, though it was close. As others have states, we played a decent first half but a combination of adjustments on offense by BG coupled with fatigue on our part contributed to a deficient second half. We’ll likely see the same at Missouri. If we can recruit some top end pass rushers and a few big play guys, we’ll see this thing improve a whole lot!

  38. davis, thanks for digging that out and sharing it with us. My assumption was wrong. I am surprised that Glass guaranteed Wilson’s salary for the full seven year term. Maybe that’s why Wilson feels free to gamble and experiment as much as he does. Good to know. Thanks.

  39. Tsao- it’s on the internet. It’s a open govt. record, as are all the coaches’ contracts for public universities. Penn St. fought for years (and spent how much $$$ on attorneys’ fees?) to keep Paterno’s contract secret, which tells you how much clout sports has in our society.

    PO- you’re welcome. I’ve read quite a few of these contracts and I can’t recall any with a sliding scale.

  40. I agree that Wilson should be given a full 7 years. As davis said, glass probably knew it would be awhile before this team leaves the salt mines.

  41. Thanks Davis. I did read it (now). I was under the impression these contracts (not necessarily IU’s, nor in a reference to KW) involved parallel contracts/agreements for commercial endorsements, tv-radio programs and appearance fees that can more than double the base coaching contract. It all looked pretty up-front to me regarding KW’s. I do completely agree that the seven year length of this contract was absolutely necessary to break a cycle that was very much responsible for the programs failure to break out of its hole.

    Maybe those who say, ‘ok…that’s the contract, let now focus on turning the program around’ are correct. Definitely improving the quality of the raw material we bring is key to that and coaching (development) the other vital ingredient.

  42. Yeah, these contracts play all kinds of games with the compensation. When Tiller was at Pee-yew his base salary was $300k, but he got another $300k to supervise some kid of “summer sports camp” there. I’m sure his actual duties were negligible. At Washington, Willingham got more money as the Nike (or Adidas, can’t remember which) representative to the university than he did as his base pay.

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