Hoosier Morning

1. HOOSIERS HQ
The Indiana football coaches, and particularly defensive coordinator Doug Mallory, took the blame Monday for Saturday’s failures against Navy, Dustin wrote.

Coach Kevin Wilson wasn’t ready to name a starter at quarterback, despite Nate Sudfeld’s impressive outing, Dustin wrote.

The Hoosiers can’t afford to take one loss to Navy and turn it into two this week against Bowling Green, Andy writes.

2. IT’S INDIANA
Kevin Wilson’s assertion that he wanted out of the games against Navy didn’t jive with AD Fred Glass’ statements, David Woods of the Indianapolis Star wrote.

From the world of soccer recruiting, Jay McIntosh’s commitment to IU this past spring keeps the Kalamazoo pipeline flowing, Scott DeCamp of MLive.com wrote.

Indiana sits No. 74 in the nation after the loss to No. 49 Navy in the top 125, Paul Myerberg of USA Today writes.

3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
Since everyone’s playing the blame game, I’d say borrow a page from Milli Vanilli and “Blame It On The Rain.” (PS — I’d forgotten what a terrible song this was.)

10 comments

  1. At least Mallory proves to be a stand-up guy for confirming what everyone already knew. His defense sucks, but he appears to be an honorable man.

    Andy, great comments. I agree completely with your points about Wilson’s comments about not wanting to play Navy, trying to get out of the game, etc. For such a smart man, Wilson said some things after the loss that were unwise. He may be a little too honest for his own good. His comments did not reflect well on him as the leader of a Big Ten football program.

    I’m going to be just as stubborn in continuing to criticize Wilson for this indecision about the quarterback position, as he is being in refusing to name Sudfeld as the starter. Someone needs to sit Wilson down and say, “what the bleep are you doing, coach? This is stupid and counter-productive. Quit messing around and name Sudfeld as the quarterback. You’ve got much bigger problems to resolve (your defense).”

  2. Though, perhaps Wilson sees the competition bringing out the best in Sudfeld, getting him to develop at a faster pace and Wilson doesn’t want to take that away just yet.

    Even going back to last year, Wilson has always been protective of Sudfeld resisting the urge to thrust him into the starting position even when it looked like Sudfeld was outperforming Coffman in games.

  3. Yes, maybe that’s it, PB. But Wilson should also consider the potential downside to this. As in preparation time, confidence, and having a talented guy just plain old getting pissed off. Not sure what message it sends when you clearly and obviously outperform someone but are not rewarded as would be normal at any other college program.

  4. I frankly like Coach Wilson’s intellect coming out through honest comments. And I’d really enjoy seeing Po in that nose to nose set down with Coach Wilson. I doubt Coach Wilson would be intimidated or influenced 1 iota.

  5. HC, that was a silly comment. Whoever said anything about trying to intimidate Wilson? I think Wilson is a bright guy too. Everybody keeps saying how smart he is. Well, he probably is very smart. But intelligence is just one ingredient amongst the many that are necessary for success as a leader. There are a lot of very smart people walking around that are not successful leaders. Judgement and wisdom are attributes that are equally, if not more important.

    Look, I’m not suddenly calling for Wilson’s head or for him to be fired. But I was very disappointed in his team’s performance on Saturday. I think most IU fans were. I was also disappointed in several of his post game comments. I was disappointed in his decision to go for it on 4th and 1 from his own 34 yard line. For such a smart man, that was just stupid. And I’m disappointed that he still refuses to acknowledge that Sudfeld is the starter. I have no dog in that hunt, and I’ve been a big fan of Roberson since he arrived in Bloomington. But Sudfeld appears to this ex-quarterback, both on the field and in the stats, to be a better quarterback. He’s doing a great job leading the offense and scoring points, and it appears obvious that he has far greater upside compared to Roberson and Coffman.

    I’ve heard people make reference to Wilson being a Riverboat gambler. Well, most gamblers are losers and end up broke. I don’t want a Riverboat gambler as IU’s coach, I want a disciplined, combat-tested battlefield commander who makes sound decisions, leads from the front, employs sound tactics, and gives his troops the best chance to achieve victory. He can be very creative and innovative, as long as he’s not risking the mission for the sake of his personal entertainment or mental stimulation. Some times, really, really intelligent people are easily bored, and that boredom causes them to experiment, just for the sake of their mental stimulation. They can visualize in their minds how their ideas are going to work, but they often forget that the people underneath them, the people who have to actually implement the idea and perform the tasks may not be as smart and can’t visualize how they’re going to convert that creative idea into successful action. That’s when a really smart guy’s idea turns into a big mistake and damages the organization he’s responsible to lead.

    If I was interviewing Wilson this week, I’d ask him three questions. What was the basis for his decision to start Tre Roberson on Saturday and his refusal to name Sudfeld as his starter this week? If he tried to avoid answering that question, I’d do a follow up pulling out the relevant stats about Sudfeld’s performance and ask Wilson to explain, in the face of that information, his reluctance to name Sudfeld the starter.. And then I’d ask Wilson how concerned is he about his defense and does he think the problems with the defense can be solved in short order?

    It’s not a matter of intimidating anyone, it’s about holding them to account. It was a game IU should have won, but they lost. The performance of the defense was terrible, really, really bad. Wilson is in charge, so he’s accountable for that.

  6. Some guys need to get pissed off. And there’s nothing wrong with a coach pushing a few buttons some of his most talented kids on his roster to test and give ability to harness frustration at the intersections of will. Why is it essential, in the eyes of our limited view(four quarters a 1/week game), for a coach to pamper blossoming star? A coach may employ many techniques to guide a young star to the pinnacle his/her gifts meshed with his/her internal drive.

    I can only imagine the ferocious and unchained dominance of a Cody Zeller if he could have somehow got “pissed.” The greatest disservice to any athlete is to coddle them onto a perpetual complacent plane of comfort and contentedness with their skills.

    Roberson seemed destined to be last year’s starter until the misfortune and heartbreak a devastating injury while pounding his way toward the goal line. Wilson has already shown that he can balance loyalty vs. talent/readiness/effectiveness issues as it pertains to the tough decisions a head coach. I don’t envy any coach in such decision making positions that can cut deep into the heart any athlete that has been determined and dedicated to their sport beyond what most of us can likely imagine. I tend to think I would have given Tre a much longer level of patience than what I’ve already seen from Wilson. I guess that’s why I could never be a head coach. All three QB’s are at the center stage of a program looking for a hero.

    We can all arm chair quarterback…But many of these young men have upon their thoughts and memories fused years of imagined ascents to the highest level their sport. Memories of dad taking them out to the backyard and throwing their first wobbly spiral…Memories of a father beaming in pride that his boy will one day be the next Michael Vick or Joe Montana. I don’t deceive myself in believing snuffing out those dreams and memories for any of these three QB’s is a favorite part of being a coach.

    And why do we never hear of a right tackle controversy…or a safety controversy…or a cornerback controversy…?

    Wilson has inherited controversy at every position. The controversy is “where have you people been for 30 years” vs. unreasonable fan expectations that every minute decision he makes can turn around IU football faster than a firework shot out of Fred Glass’ bum. We are laughing at Wilson and already suggesting he is unequipped the challenges before him? Hey, how ’bout a little introspection? There must be a lot of pot smoking still going on at IU…Thirty years of neglect, only the beginning blueprints of a coach’s vision his full and deep roster…fans that are suddenly hungry for their pig roast dinner because hoops Final Fours no longer seem to spin back as quickly a turnstile at Assembly’s ticket gate.

    ‘Yeah, I tried football, but I never inhaled.’

  7. That last line in post #8 is Kravitz in a nutshell(a nutless nutshell).

    My dad built the dream home of all dream homes…It was a marvelous structure of beams and Montana fir. Decks and 300-year-old oaks that seemingly grew within the house..He did everything possible to save the trees and make them part of the architecture…I’ll cut this story short and get to the point..The point…? The house had flat a flat roof..All the ceiling were made of the 12″ wide planks of the Montana fir. I loved everything about that home…But do you know what memory of his castle still brings a tear to my eye…? It’s the late fall when the giant oaks would drop their acorns. I would lay in bed in the darkness my room and listen every night to those damn monstrous acorn falling from trees that towered the length a football field above my head. They would bombard my ceiling and talk in so many varied personality tones their size and weight. I had an appreciation for a tree that was a gift from my father. Those acorns were a song I shall never forget.

    When you look at IU football, don’t just look at a towering oak..Find the leaves..Find the blossoms..Find the song of the acorns at night that few will never hear. All things that pass get reborn. IU football is an acorn and one day they will sing and stretch to the heavens.

  8. My love for ’70’s songs…

    Jeremy, ever hear this one(reached #3 in 1976)? I would choose it as an intro for a Seattle Seahawks football broadcast.

    n March 2011, Moon stepped back in the limelight while working as a “mentor” to Cam Newton, who became the Overall #1 2011 NFL Draft Pick to the Carolina Panthers. Moon publicly stated that Newton was being unfairly criticized for character flaws, lack of experience, and low football IQ and that the only reason that Newton was being targeted by football analysts and sports-writers was because he is African-American(courtesy: Wikipedia).

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