Hoosier Scoop Sage Take of the Day, Nov. 5, 2012

If you haven’t yet seen coach Chuck Pagano’s post-game address to his Indianapolis Colts following Sunday’s well-fought win over Miami, by all means check it out.
Here’s an attempted YouTube link:
The printed page hardly does justice to the powerful way Pagano, who will start his second chemotherapy regimen for leukemia today, delivered his message. But below is a partial transcript of what he told the Colts, now 5-3 after starting the season with little hope of success according to the pundits, given the daunting circumstances of having a first-year head coach, a rookie quarterback and a massive rebuilding project underway in the wake of a 2-14 record last year and the departure of Peyton Manning:
“I mentioned before the game that you guys were living in vision, and you weren’t living in circumstances,” Pagano said. “Because you know where they had us (picked) in the beginning — every last one of them. But you refused to live in circumstances, and you decided consciously, as a team and as a family, to live in a vision. And that’s why you bring things home like you brought home today. That’s why you’re already champions, and well on your way.
“I’ve got circumstances. You guys understand it. I understand it. It’s already beat. And my vision that I’m living is to see two more daughters get married, to dance at their weddings, and then hoist that Lombardi [Trophy] … I’m dancing at two more weddings, and we’re hoisting that trophy together, men. Congratulations. I love all you guys.”
To add much to that would, to borrow Lincoln’s phrase, be beyond my poor power to add or detract.
I would only note that it is an eloquent example of the exactly the same sort of message Kevin Wilson has preached within his Indiana program, and to anybody else who bothered to listen, since his arrival in Bloomington.
Wilson had no use for those who harped on the difficult historical and logistical circumstances concerning IU football. He had no patience for negativism in any form. His vision for Hoosier football was positive and proactive. He looked at the potential, not the problems, and believed that quality people would eventually respond to the program he would put in place.
Indiana, three-fourths of the way through a season many outside observers felt didn’t harbor much promise following a 1-11 downer last fall, has now won two straight Big Ten contests and is and preparing to play the biggest game it’s had since Wilson arrived. Wisconsin’s Badgers visit Saturday, with circumstances now creating a context where the winner has a leg up to represent the Leaders Division in this year’s Big Ten title game.
Wilson’s Hoosiers are just another Indiana-based football team currently surprising people by focusing less on circumstances and more on a vision about what unity and belief and sustained hard work can achieve. They’re all about where they feel they’re going — maybe sooner than later, and certainly sooner than a lot of people expected — rather than where they’ve been.
Coach Pagano is dealing with actual life and death issues, a wholly different level of experience, but I’m still pretty sure he’d approve.


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    It also, more or less, mean pertaining to, or deriving from, wisdom.

  2. The Best part of IU football getting better is this message:

    Hey Jack Trudeau!

    Illinois still stinks. Now go insult their Coach in an interview.

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