IU football makes staff changes official

Indiana officially announced Sunday the additions of safeties coach Jason Jones and tight ends coach Kevin Wright.

Jones comes to IU after one season at Florida Atlantic, which followed 13 seasons in either the SEC or Big 12 conferences. IU coach Tom Allen worked with Jones at Ole Miss.

“I have so much respect for Jason,” Allen said in a release. “I was fortunate to work with him for two seasons at Ole Miss. He has worked in the SEC and the Big 12, and he was a part of one of the top defenses in the country last year. Jason’s a great football coach and is the kind of husband, father and man I want in this program.”

Wright is a long-time high school coach, including 13 years in the state of Indiana. He’s spent the last five years at prep power IMG Academy in Florida.

Allen and Wright were both head coaches in Indianapolis in the mid-2000s, when Allen was at Ben Davis and Wright at Warren Central. Wright also coached at Carmel from 2010-14.

“I’ve known Kevin for many, many years,” Allen said. “He’s been one of the most successful high school coaches in the country and has done a tremendous job working with some of the top talent in the country at IMG. Kevin allows us to expand our recruiting base and continue our success in the state of Florida. He’s a great fit for our program in so many ways, and we are excited to welcome Kevin and his family to IU.”

This was an important offseason for Allen in reshaping his coaching staff.

Kalen DeBoer’s hire as Fresno State head coach created an opening at offensive coordinator, but it also created a void at special teams coordinator when DeBoer hired William Inge to be his defensive coordinator. Allen promoted two of his position coaches to take those spots, with tight ends coach Nick Sheridan moving to offensive coordinator and safeties coach Kasey Teegardin taking over special teams.

Sheridan will also coach quarterbacks, while Teegardin will oversee the hybrid “husky” position in the Hoosiers’ 4-2-5 scheme.

Sheridan and Teegardin’s replacements bring impressive resumes to the mix. In his time at Florida Atlantic (2019), Ole Miss (2013-18), and Oklahoma State (2008-12), Jones has coached four Jim Thorpe Award semifinalists and a Bronko Nagurski Award finalist.

Jones has also coached in 14 bowl games. Last season at Florida Atlantic, Meiko Dotson tied for tops in the country with nine interceptions. The Owl defense, as a whole, led the nation in takeaways with 33.

“I am so thankful to Coach Allen for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this great staff,” Jones said in a release. “IU impressed me so much last season, and I can’t wait to contribute to even more success.”

Jones and Wright will each have the opportunity to work with young talents. The safeties room includes rising juniors Juwan Burgess, Devon Matthews, and Bryant Fitzgerald. IU’s tight ends group is led by another rising junior, Peyton Hendershot, who just set program records at his position.

“It’s very exciting to be coming home to Indiana to join the IU football program,” Wright said in a release. “Coach Allen and his staff have done a great  job building a culture based on players and staff who care about each other and play the game with tremendous passion. I think Hoosier fans across the country recognize that and are excited for the future.”

Wright is also the son of Indiana high school football’s winningest coach, Bud, who holds a 424-199 record in 53 seasons at Sheridan.

58 comments

  1. The coach staff is official now and I hope it improves IU’s 2020 season. Any time you change assistant coaches you never can be sure how it will work out but these changes seem like positive changes on the field and in recruiting.

    It is important for IU to have a season even better in 2020 than 2019 was. There is enough experience coming back and talent players coming back for the team to be better in 2020. It is up to the coaching staff to use Spring practice to improve all areas of the team. If the team comes out in the Fall ready to prepare for the top teams in the B1G and beat Wisconsin in the opening game then 2020 could be a special year for IUFB.

    1. I can tell you Allen sees the urgency in recruiting since they didn’t bring in the class they expected after the 2019 season and were surprised that they were not able to close on some players they thought they had a legit shot at. He liked his staff a lot but the word has gone out to new and old coaches alike that recruiting must be better in 2021. They didn’t get the results they expected and it must improve for the program to grow.

      1. I think the odds weren’t in their favor during this cycle. It was already going to be a smaller class and the fact that the roster is young, had to be a turnoff for alot of potential targets that wanted to see the field early. We’ll likely see a slight uptick in the 2021 cycle and then another all-timer in the 2022 cycle.

  2. I don’t think the size of the class or the make up of the roster was an issue at all. Every school has roster issues, and the better ones have much more talent that makes getting on the field early difficult for any player. IU just didn’t get traction, and it was a continuation of some coaches who couldn’t close the deal. Changes were coming to the staff, and a main reason was because some of the coaches didn’t deliver on recruiting. A look at who they hired, and why, is confirmation that Allen wants much better results than they’ve gotten. I know some have said that bowl seasons produce better recruiting a year later, but that’s never been a good excuse.

      1. He didn’t have to force all of them because they “forced” themselves through departures, the ability to move people around, and additions.

        And Brohm’s first recruiting class dispels the bowl must come before good recruiting excuse. It’s not fact in any way. It’s a lame excuse.

        1. Is he supposed to hire grad assistants? Of course he’s going to try and hire better coaches after the departures.

          Does Purdue have a historically bad FB program? No! Brohm is a great recruiter. Of course he’s not going to miss a beat on the recruiting trail.

    1. And as far as the bowl season year after excuse.. It’s not an excuse, it’s a fact. Recruiting classes are generally formed a year before. You can always pull a couple of the late guys but the majority of your guys come from relationships formed from HS juniors and younger.

        1. Am I thrilled with the 2020 class? No. Is it the end of the world for IUFB? Far from it.

          You’re just like T. All you ever do is criticize every single thing about IUFB.

          1. Was just tying to give you some insight from inside the program, rather than only the feel good stuff that you want but that isn’t reality. Purdue has recruited better because they’ve put more emphasis on it, and Coach Allen has now decided to do the same, know that it’s the only way they’re going to be able to compete in the top 1/2 of the BiG.

          2. I’m a realist, I know that recruiting is an intrigal part of them being able to compete in the East or just in general. I just feel like you only post negatively about IUFB. Kevin Wright has ties but we don’t know what he’s really going to bring in recruiting. And Jones doesn’t exactly have a great recruiting track record either.

          3. You seem to only want the sunny stuff and I’m going to share all of what I’ve learned, whether it’s good or not so good.

  3. These recent hires indicate that recruiting should pick up next season especially if IU can put another good season on the books with an upset or two against the “big boys”. Several posters with inside info said staff changes were coming and part of that had to do with recruiting failures. In the recruiting area it was tough to lose coach Inge but hopefully these two new hires will make up for the loss and add even better recruits to IU classes.

  4. IMO, Purdue has recruited better than IU because of the following reasons:
    1. Purdue hired an experienced head coach (and staff) who had established a relationship as a winner. He and his staff have years of experience forming relationships with High Schools throughout the region.
    2. the new coaching staff came in and had two relatively successful seasons in a row, one of which included a signature win against a top rated OSU team.
    3. Purdue’s students, fans and alumni do a better job supporting their football program than IU’s students, fans and alumni do supporting IU FB. Don’t believe me? Go to a Purdue home FB game and then go to an IU home FB game. The difference in the atmosphere is obvious.

    IU’s FB recruiting will improve when this coaching staff produces more winning seasons, wins bowl games, gets a signature win, and enjoys much better fan support at home games.

    I think the additional $500,000 in IU’s coaching compensation budget helps TA hire quality coaches.

    IU’s going to have a tough time winning eight regular season games next season. I see six or seven wins at most. Hopefully, they’ll make it to a bowl game and win it.

  5. Po,
    Your point # 3 is absolutely spot on! It is the difference between a winning program or not. If there is one thing living in SEC country has taught me is the program support is crucial. The demands are extremely high at most of the SEC schools but the support is normally equal to the task.

    The problems especially with IUFB is that has not occurred. When I say support and demands upon a program that also means the pressure the school administration feels in the matter. A failed FB program can get a university president fired. Reason, they realize how much financial support for both academics and athletics is at stake.

  6. Po and thinkaboutit are spot on about why PU is out recruiting IU. I was extremely disappointed in my fellow IU fans who made the effort and spent the money to go to the Gator Bowl like me. I expected them to cheer and make a lot of noise because they cared enough to go to the bowl, but it seemed as if 50% were content to sit on their butts and watch the game passively. Those passive fans would only grudgingly stand and start clapping at the constant urging of some of the more rabid fans around them. Something else I noticed is that there were very few IU students at the game.

    The students are the key. TA and the athletic department and the school as a whole need to do everything in their power to enlist the students to support the team, starting with the new freshmen when they first step foot on campus. They need to provide incentives to get them to come to and stay at the games. The changing demographics of IU’s student body does not help matters. When I was at IU in the mid-60’s, most of my fellow students were from the state of Indiana. My youngest son (a Tennessee native) graduated from IU in 2012, and he used to talk about how all the rich kids from New York and New Jersey that now make up a high % of the student body don’t care about college football, and are much more interested in following their professional teams from back East. I am not quite sure how you overcome that handicap, but it has to be done to consistently put fans in the stands.

    There also has to be a concerted effort to get the local community more involved in attending the games, especially the youth of the community.

    Students and young people in the stands today means alumni and local fans in the stands tomorrow! The IU fan base has grown old and tired over the years and is in great need of an infusion of young fans to move forward.

    1. My youngest son (a Tennessee native) graduated from IU in 2012, and he used to talk about how all the rich kids from New York and New Jersey that now make up a high % of the student body don’t care about college football, and are much more interested in following their professional teams from back East.

      I don’t know how you touch that one….? Somehow I gotta believe there are plenty of hillbillies attending IU. We just aren’t marketing the hillbillies in ways to serve our advantage.

      Serving beer and wine was a decent first step. I can think of many more ideas to mimic SEC/Southern football….

      Are we offering plenty of spit buckets per seat row for tobacco chew drool?

      Do we have enough gun shops surrounding the IU campus?

      Bible as a recruiting tool? Let’s face facts, the South has a huge head start. Allen has only just begun to dabo in this art.

      How do you do a tomahawk cheer to a Hoosier? When I think “Hoosier” and tomahawk chop, I think invisible jump shot motion. Sadly, that doesn’t work at a football game. No mascots, facial painting, or chop motions work with ‘Hoosier’ football. I think our shot ended when football goal posts stop being in the H-frame design.

      The school does not have a mascot, but student-athletes are known as “Hoosiers”, a nickname for natives or residents of Indiana. A bulldog named Ox served as the football team’s mascot from 1959–1965. Indiana had a bison as its mascot in the late 1960s and introduced a mascot named “Hoosier Pride” in 1979 (courtesy: Wikipedia).

      Somehow find a mascot that works….Maybe a vacuum cleaner costume because most our history involved an incredible amount of “SUCKING.”
      We could develop the Dyson Hoosier Hose Attachment Chop….? Corporate dollars? Dyson Memorial Stadium….? “Where sucking is memorialized”….?

      Are we providing proper distractions when we get bored with really good football? When not watching the players on the field, here is the typical view for an IU fan.

      Here is the typical wondering eye view for an SEC fan. Let’s just say that’s not just tobacco chew drool….Any questions on proper distractions?

      Just a few ideas….This is why we must fix basketball because a ‘Hoosier’ is not a ferocious animal, reptile, or something that pairs well with a hatchet, cowboy, or gun. It’s unmascotable. And there you have it. Our new name: The Indiana Unmascotables.

  7. For all unrealistic expectations for season after season of what winning looks like in college football and talking about about winning traditions for IU football
    # 1 Boise State @ 731%
    # 2 Ohio State @ 729%
    # 3 Michigan @ 729%
    # 4 Notre Dame @ 727%
    # 5 Alabama @ 727%
    # 6 Oklahoma @ 726%
    #7 Texas @ 704%
    #8 USC @ 698%
    #9 Nebraska @ 690%
    #10 Penn State @ 689%
    #26 Michigan State @ 600%
    #33 Wisconsin @ 585%
    # 70 Iowa @ 540%
    # 78 Purdue @ 517%
    # 87 Illinois @ 505%
    # 122 Indiana @ 421%
    The most winning tradition equals about an average of 7.5 wins per year. Many strong programs equal about an average of 6 wins per year.
    So two things. 1. It shows IU (which is mostly known) is in a very challenging situation. 2. Those who think an average of 7 wins per year average year after year (new tradition) is completely unrealistic. The elite traditions barely have those traditional averages. As I have stated before a goal (and this is a great goal) for any IU coach and new IU football tradition is to win = 1 win more than loss for IU. Yes, 1 game above 500. That would include include preseason, conference, and post season. That’s it. As good as it gets.

  8. Making adjustments for today’s modern schedules (more games per season) vs old gone by less games schedules still playing a game above 500 in preseason, conference, and post season = IU football success.

  9. Ranger 67, you’re on to something about the percentage of out-of-state students, and even foreign students attending IU relative to the past. Unlike schools such as Alabama and Clemson, where a big reason why so many out-of-state students enroll because of their dominant football programs (this has been well documented), at IU, those out-of-state students didn’t apply to IU because of either FB or BB. They enrolled at IU for completely different reasons. Through neglect and incompetence, past IU Administrations have created this apathetic culture over many decades! So let’s be honest. With brief exceptions (a few years when Mallory was coach), at least three generations of IU students have never experienced a winning football program (not a season, a program)! A disturbingly large percentage of IU alumni went to few if any FB games while they attended IU. I have three nephews, born and raised in Indiana, while students at IU for four years each, never attended one IU home FB game. And as alumni, they still haven’t. Not one game! They used to boast about it, as if it was some type of counter-culture badge-of-honor. For many years, and I believe to this day, a large number of IU students showed up outside Memorial Stadium on game days just to tailgate, eat free food, play Cornhole and get drunk. They had/have little or no interest in entering Memorial Stadium to watch the game, and they really don’t care who wins. Those former students are now alumni, and many of them could care less about IU Football because it was a non-issue, as if Football didn’t exist, when they were students.

    I think it’s going to take a long time, and several consecutive winning seasons, before IU FB starts getting the level of fan support that Purdue now enjoys. Until then, TA and his staff must work magic with recruiting classes ranked between 40 and 50 in the nation and continue to get grad transfers. The key will to consistently recruit quarterbacks who are difference-makers. I believe TA understands this and is hiring coaches who embrace the challenge.

    1. Po,
      There is no point in any of us dancing around the obvious. The IUFB problem always has been, still is, and unless there is a major change – Hoosier Nation and all that entails. There is no way the alumni, student body, and extended fan base of winning programs would tolerate what Hoosier Nation has. This is why I periodically talk about the tale of 2 football campuses, one in Madison and one in Bloomington. The Madison campus has it figured out, but Bloomington is clueless.

      1. And let’s also remember Madison, WI is tucked between two of the most iconic NFL franchises in football history, The Chicago Bears and The Green Bay Packers. Football still flows in the DNA of a very concentrated blood up in them there meat packing plants and stockyards of the Midwest. This is where football has its origins and was born of men not afraid to brutalize more than pig and cattle screaming for their lives. It was played in the brutal cold temps and winds…and snow…and sleet. It was played on frozen tundra where hands turned to frozen stone.
        It’s the origins of football before it was ballerina shoes in year-round sunshine. Madison is not Bloomington….We have a bicycle race. Indy has a car race…and stole their pro football never a result their own early love from Baltimore.
        Madison still rests near the crib of football’s first parents.

    2. Purdue probably has at least as many out of staters and foreign students, and their in state alumni base is less than IU’s, but they still draw many more to their games. So the out of state argument doesn’t really hold up. It’s about building a consistent winner that draws people to the stadium, period. Just because IU has become an admissions “safe school” for out of state kids doesn’t mean they those same kids won’t support the football program. They just haven’t been given a reason to support it.

      1. A big part of Purdue’s attendance is due to Northern Indiana being a football mecca in this state as they support football more than basketball up there. When I coached in that area we had 8k to 10k when both of our teams were ranked #1 in our classes. People up North just support football more than here in Southern Indiana.

        1. Indy area support for high school football is huge. Nothing to say that the NWI high school football attendance factors into Purdue’s numbers. Purdue has committed to their program in ways IU hasn’t, and the support for the program is reflected in that commitment.

        2. V13- I tend to agree with you…The southern half of Indiana is much more attached to hoops (simply look at all the “Everything Hinges” candidates over the last decade.. .e.g. Eric Gordon (North Central H.S./Indy), Jordan Hulls (Bloomington), Cody Zeller(Washington) , Romeo Langford (New Albany), Trayce Jackson-Davis (Center Grove H.S./Indy).
          That’s not to say that “northern/northwest” Indiana kids can’t be instrumental in getting a college team to a Final Four (e.g. Mitch McGary, Chesterton, IN).

          And Purdon’t (a.k.a. West Lafayette-to-have-a-banner) can kiss my ass.

        3. Skjodt Hall would be packed if Daffy the Dayton Duck was the coach who succeeded Goofy gone Georgia.
          Football is a different animal in the limestone hills. I believe it will take a very big name coach to draw fans. Not holding my breath. thinkaboutit’s slow and steady formulas he uses for basketball examples (Virginia, Villanova, etc) won’t work at football in Indiana.

          I would go for the big name home run…Pull out the check book, Mr. New AD. We really have nothing to lose. We wasted 30 million on the last basketball coach. I’d risk a quick 30 million giving a big name football coach a 5-year deal of 6 million/year. And I guess we would have to chuck up whatever would be required to buyout Allen. He’ll be fine.
          Money talks. Football rosters are simply too big for a slow and steady ascent …or the lightning in a bottle a basketball coach can get with one or two All-American recruits. The big name/recruit in football must start with the coach (especially in the lost limestone hills of southern Indiana). Just my opinion…for whatever it’s worth.

  10. For starters IU pre game football could bring out an old lady sweeping the bleachers in Memorial stadium and an old man sweeping the field with an old Hoover sweeper while someone or them singing the Indiana Our Indiana.

    1. t- EXCELLENT. May be an issue with the vacuum mascot. Just wondering if the decibel levels from a vacuum would drown our crowd noise?

  11. Sort of on topic (concerning schools that supposedly have identities in both major sports)…..

    Thad Matta got Oden and Conley to really help propel his first years at OSU. OSU really hasn’t done much since…And while continuing to nab coaches from Butler, they really haven’t made a hell of a lot of deep NCAA tournament noise.
    Holtmann was pegged to be the next best thing since a football playoff appearance. We keep hearing of these examples of schools that do both….But are there really that many? OSU looks just as much a football school as ever. They’ve had moments over the last couple decades(mainly via stealing key Hoosier talent…or coaches who worked at Butler), but it’s really a lot of over-selling something as equally relevant that isn’t.

    I believe OSU may have just taken the fastest ranking dive in the history of rankings. They were ranked #3 on Dec 17th. Today, Jan 20th, they have failed to make the Top-25. Wow….just…wow. Holtmann on the hot seat.
    Dakich’s ruin programs….Dakich goes to Michigan. Michigan loses Beilein. Dakich goes to OSU. OSU loses Matta….OSU hires Dakich. OSU taking dive. This must be some sort of Indiana curse….lol. I have nothing against Dan’s son…Matter of fact, I’m thanking him.

      1. Yes, that Final Four run in 2007 with Oden and Conley sort of helps recruiting going forward. Duh. And it certainly didn’t hurt Matta to get a commitment from 2010 Indiana Mr. Basketball, Deshaun Thomas (part of the 2012 OSU Final Four team)….lol. And Deshaun committed to Matta in his freshman h.s. season …(coincidentally the same season OSU was heading to the Final Four with Oden and Conley).

        Thad Michael Matta (born July 11, 1967) is an American college basketball coach. From 2004 to 2017, Matta led the Ohio State Buckeyes to five Big Ten Conference regular season championships, four Big Ten Tournament titles (2007, 2010, 2011 and 2013), two Final Four appearances (2007 and 2012), and the 2008 NIT Championship. He is the winningest coach in Ohio State history.[

        Oden, a 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m), 250-pound (110 kg) center,[1] played college basketball at the Ohio State University for one season, during which the team was the Big Ten Champion and the tournament runner-up in the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship i>[….]
        Oden blocked a potential game-winning shot in the final seconds against Tennessee to preserve an 85–84 victory, and went on to lead Ohio State past Memphis and Georgetown to advance to the 2007 National Championship. In the title game, Oden scored 25 points, and had 12 rebounds and 4 blocked shots in a losing effort against the Florida Gators.

        Mike Conley Jr.

        College career
        In his freshman year at Ohio State, Conley averaged 11.3 points and led the Big Ten Conference in assists with 6.1 per game. Conley, together with fellow freshman star Greg Oden, led the Buckeyes to a Big Ten conference championship and a runner-up finish in the [2007] NCAA Tournament.
        On the road to the [2007] championship game, the Buckeyes defeated Central Connecticut State, Xavier, Tennessee, Memphis, and Georgetown, only to lose in the championship game to the repeat national champions Florida. Conley’s best performance in the tournament came in the contest against Xavier. He recorded 21 points, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 3 blocks as Ohio State defeated the Musketeers in overtime. Greg Oden fouled out in regulation, and Conley scored 11 of his 21 points in the extra period to lead the Buckeyes to a victory.[3]

        And in 2012 it certainly didn’t hurt That Matta to have the 2010 Indiana Mr. Basketball, Deshaun Thomas (Fort Wayne Bishop Leurs H.S.) , on his Final Four team.

        High school career

        Thomas attended Bishop Luers High School in Fort Wayne, where he was ranked as one of the top basketball players in the nation for the class of 2010. [….]
        As a freshman, Thomas orally committed to play for coach Thad Matta at the Ohio State University.
        For the season, Thomas averaged 28.95 points per game, finishing second in the state behind the 28.96 average of former Indiana Hoosier Eric Gordon.
        Prior to Thomas, the Knights had never won a Summit Athletic Conference Holiday Basketball Tournament, and their overall history in the tournament still stands as the worst record of all-time. However, in 2007-2009, Thomas led the Knights to back-to-back-to-back three-peat tournament titles as a sophomore, junior and senior.[6]

        All quotes courtesy: Wikipedia

        Yes, Matta’s two Final Four runs don’t happen without Indiana kids. But, as I stated, it is marvelous timing to have Oden and Conley in your first season. Without the foot injuries, some believe Oden could have been one of the most dominant centers to ever play in the NBA. Conley has done alright….

        1. You said they hadn’t done much since Oden and Conley were there, which wasn’t true. You stepped it back to acknowledge the facts. All good now.

          1. Here’s what I said:

            Thad Matta got Oden and Conley to really help propel his first years at OSU. OSU really hasn’t done much since

            “first years at OSU”…meaning Matta didn’t do nearly as much in his last five years (2012-2018) than his stent fueled by Indiana recruits (2007-12) in his first years(plural). And Matta’s last four years fell off the cliff in terms of NCAA tournament.

            Yes, we’re all good. And I know exactly what I accurately meant. Oden, Conley and a very early commitment from Thomas (committed during his freshman h.s. season and soon to be on the 2012 Final Four team) propelled Matta’s early success at OSU. Matta faded when key Indiana recruits began to dry up….

  12. Dayton appears to be stealing the hoops “it factor” from OSU…in the same manner Butler usurped it from Indiana during our last couple decades. Smaller schools have a great formula for stealing niches while the big schools get concentrated and obsessed with the money machine of college football.

    Very interesting…..It only takes a handful of really good basketball players to change fortunes. Loyola of Chicago in a Final Four…..adding to most recent example. But very few of the smaller schools sustain the way Butler did for quite a while….Though always strong due to such great basketball talent found in the Hoosier backyard, Stevens probably deserves the credit for taking them to sustained big stage relevance.

    Guess I’m done BSing for now….Just some food for thought while we try to be everything for everyone. Sometimes the money machine simple feeds itself. It’s really no measure of relevance or greatness at anything.

    1. Yes, the Flyers are back on the map. Since they are a top echelon b-ball program again, makes me wonder how valuable CAM really was? A lack of financial committment for the basketball program isn’t the problem. IU officially spent more $ on recruiting travel etc. than ANY school in the country since 2018. CAM comp is plenty. Actually, for what he’s getting they could/should have done much better. For those that propose bailing on CTA,….really? It’s not Allen. It’s the endemic decades old peripheral situation he, or anyone, has to deal with that you guys have so eloquently pointed out. Maybe Robbie will run for congress and you guys can get D Shalala to resign her seat and come to IU.

  13. Just a good story on Tre Roberson to lighten things up:

    “When Tre Roberson arrived in the NFL in 2016, he was an undrafted rookie trying to move from college quarterback to pro cornerback, and he didn’t last long. Now he’s coming back, and NFL teams believe Roberson has staying power.

    Roberson played two strong seasons at cornerback for the Calgary Stampeders and is now a free agent looking to get to the NFL, and about half the league is interested: According to Mike Reiss of ESPN, 14 teams will work Roberson out, and he has as much momentum as any CFL player in recent memory.

    Among teams that have already worked Roberson out are the 49ers, Vikings, Lions, Bears, Chargers, Buccaneers, Colts, Patriots and Cardinals, and he has more workouts coming.

    Roberson originally played quarterback at Indiana, but lost the starting job to Nate Sudfeld, who is now a backup for the Eagles. He then transferred to Illinois State and was their starting quarterback for two seasons. As an undrafted rookie in 2016, Roberson signed with the Vikings and spent most of the 2016 season on their practice squad. He then spent the 2017 offseason on the Vikings’ roster before being cut just before the start of the season.

    Now Roberson will have his pick of NFL teams. He will likely choose a team some time in the next few months, before offseason workouts begin.”

    Always liked Tre and hope the best for him.

    1. Wilson’s arrogance and lack of flexability absolutely ruined Tre’s Big Ten career. Not only for himself, but for the program.
      If you’ll recall, whenever IU got in the red zone Wilson would call his number. He’d score then go back to the bench. His pass completion % was within a point of Sudfeld’s. His athletic ability was obviously far superior. One other thing, a state all star from Lawrence. In Wilson’s mind, unless you were 6’5″ from out west, a stiff who couldn’t outrun a sloth, then ‘you’ weren’t QB material.

      1. Come on, dude. Allen is running the bejesus out of Ramsey. Coaches do what they have to do.
        Tre’s injury is not on Coach Wilson….anymore than Allen must take responsibility for the pounding a frail freshman named Penix had to withstand in an attempt to save a season against PSU.
        It could be argued that Penix still had no business being out on the field this season.
        And he certainly shouldn’t have been getting the call to run the ball….

        1. Duuude,… who’s referring to CTA, Ramsey or Penix. How did you extrapalate that from my comment?
          Roberson went into the ‘doghouse’ BEFORE his injury.
          It happened in a game where he ran in for a TD instead of passing, as the play was called.

  14. If Tre stayed at IU he would have been qb because of N.S. injuries. It could have been a little interesting for IU football.

  15. Tre’s career trajectory took a hit when he suffered that terrible broken leg. I hope he makes it in NFL.

  16. think, let’s remember that Madison and the immediate surrounding area has a much bigger population than Bloomington. Let’s also remember that Wisconsin is the only Power-five conference school in the state. But the difference between the two FB programs today results from the contrast in the leadership of both schools going back decades. Wisconsin had a great leader in Donna Shalala, who was smart enough to hire Barry Alvarez and raise huge amounts of money to upgrade the FB program and FB facilities. The rest is history.

    1. One of the prime candidates for IU’s open AD position has always looked to Wisconsin’s football success as the model to follow, and he would work to emulate much of what was put in place in Madison after Shalala and Pat Richter brought in Barry Alvarez. Let’s hope the powers that be in Bloomington see the vision this person has and give him every consideration.

    2. Po,
      You are correct that Shalala was instrumental in the hire of Alvarez, but I’m wondering if it was more luck than anything. Her stewardship of the University of Miami’s FB program over a much more extended period of time was catastrophic for the once dominant FB school.

      1. There’s no evidence or support for the argument that Alvarez was a lucky hire. His coaching and playing pedigree was impeccable, so much so that Shalala tried (and failed) to get him to go to Miami after she was hired. Wisconsin couldn’t get him to Madison from South Bend quick enough, and it was considered a slam dunk when he was hired.

    3. Large population base,…hmmm. Then that explains North Dakota State’s unparrallelled dominance at the FCS level.
      Tuscaloosa also Auburn Alabama. Huuuge.

  17. Comically, as in the Stanford student band legend, I keep coming back to the ‘fightin’ stethascopes’ as a moniker.
    IU would benefit from a realistic, easy to identify mascot.
    To me, about the only thing that wouldn’t look or sound stupid, be offensive to any segment while giving instant recognition, a rallying focal point if you will, would be:
    A vivacious person wearing a red and white (cream/crimson) costume shaped like the state with a star where Bloomington is located. He could be called ‘Hurryin’ or ‘Fightin’ Hoosier.

  18. Maybe this team’s version of Tre Roberson, Reece Taylor, will make it to the NFL without having to spend a couple of years on practice squads and Canadian Football rosters. At least IU has enough talent now to play guys where they can maximize their potential.

  19. Bison is supposed to be very lean…And we are certainly lean on winning seasons. Seems appropriate.
    I’m not sure if we will win in the next 200 years…We could have a Bisontennial.

  20. ‘Bisontennial’ that’s a good one. That state seal also has Abe chopping wood. Unfortunately, they were both outta’ here by the time the Indiana Seminary College held its first classes in 1822. The buffalo idea sounds robust but has as much to do with the perception of IU as ‘Jazz’ does to Utah.
    Now there’s a real screwup. Just because you snag a franchise from New Orleans doesn’t mean you should keep the name.

  21. I think there is a lot of traction and mileage available with the use of a buffalo for a mascot. Buffalo lived and thrived on the prairie. A very large portion of Indiana is prairie. It would work.

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