Wilson addresses sideline incidents during Saturday’s game #iufb

Even Kevin Wilson’s daughter wanted to know.

Was the Indiana coach responsible for the expletive heard over the Memorial Stadium public address system during an interaction with an official Saturday? The answer is no.

Wilson said Conference USA referee Ken Antee reached out to Indiana on Sunday to apologize for using an expletive while his microphone was left on after announcing a timeout during the first half of Saturday’s game.

“We moved on from that, but I do need to say that because we got recruits, parents — I got my daughter asking me, why I would say something, which was not said (by me),” Wilson said.

It happened with 9:16 remaining in the second quarter after it appeared that FIU defensive linemen may have jumped offside during a hard count on fourth-and-three. The Indiana sideline asked for a flag, but the officiating crew disagreed. Antee’s mike remained on after he announced that Indiana called timeout, allowing the announced crowd of 41,509 to hear his rationale for the no-call, and a little more.

“You gotta have contact, coach,” Antee said to the IU sideline. After a brief pause, the next thing heard over the PA was, “(expletive) you.”

“We appreciate (the apology),” Wilson said. “But at the same time, just (thinking about) the image of our program and the school and the administration, and like I say, I had no issue with that referee crew at all.”

Later in the game, Big Ten Network cameras caught a testy moment on the sideline between Wilson and linebackers coach William Inge, who wrapped his arm around the head coach’s shoulders to celebrate Jameel Cook’s win-clinching 96-yard interception return.

Wilson took exception with Inge’s celebration, ripping off his own headset and going nose-to-nose with Inge while players ran past the two coaches. Wilson then backed up Inge to the sideline and poked him in the chest.

Asked Monday about the exchange, Wilson said he had an issue with Inge celebrating while four minutes remained in regulation.

“I’m just moving on and my coaches know that,” Wilson said. “We’ve had it before, I’m like, ‘Hey, coach, coach, coach, we have great cheerleaders, our band is awesome and our fans can cheer. We’ve got to coach. Get into coach mode.’ That’s all it was. Wasn’t intense. It was just coaching.”

6 comments

  1. So According to CKW the referee apologized after the game for saying F_ _ _ You. Doesn’t seem very professional of an official… I wonder if he will be disciplined.

  2. I have had officials cuss on the field and say racial things to my team [we were 70% black and 28% white – the other 2% were Hispanic players] while praising how well we played. Officials are people just like coaches and players so they slip up now and then.

  3. We appreciate (the apology),” Wilson said. “But at the same time, just (thinking about) the image of our program and the school and the administration, and like I say, I had no issue with that referee crew at all.”

    You had how many players suspended for the first game and your worried about the team reputation?

  4. “….the announced crowd of 41,509 to hear his rationale for the no-call, ….. The ticket takers must have been double counting people coming through the turnstiles. It certainly did not appear as if there were over 41,000 people inside Memorial Stadium last Saturday night. But if there were, more than half of them left during the first half and did not return to their seats.

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