Hoosier Morning

1. HOOSIERS HQ
Indiana must take the first step toward improved defense tonight against UNC-G, Mike writes.

The Bucket Game is the only thing that matters to Purdue, Mike writes.

Approaching his final game at Indiana, Bloomington native D’Angelo Roberts’ journey is not complete, Mike writes.

2. IT’S INDIANA
Purdue coaches are impressed by Indiana’s Tevin Coleman, the Lafayette Journal & Courier reports.

Indiana’s first-ever Old Oaken Bucket win in 1930 turned into the first-ever Old Stolen Bucket, Ken Bikoff at HoosierFlash.com writes.

The $35 question is whether Bo McMillin is to blame for the long-lasting struggles of IU football, Ken Bikoff at HoosierFlash.com writes.

Indiana’s game against UNC-G tonight is about bonding and bouncing back, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.

3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
This seems just right — Kings of Leon with “The Bucket.”

One comment

  1. Great stories written by Ken Bikoff about the (partial) origin of IU’s football troubles. It does make sense that McMillin refusal to give aid to non-married football players played a role. I had no idea of this story, but the hypothesis of its negative contribution to IU football, believe it or not, makes sense. During the time referenced by Bikoff, Indiana built its fame as a ‘basketball school’ that cared little about its lack of competitiveness in football. The absolutely shameful state of its 10th Street stadium confirmed that belief and, when Phil Dickens arrived in Bloomington and announced to the world that he would make the Hoosier football program a winner no matter what it took (translation: if it took cash on the side, so be it. he would do so by all means necessary, without regard to the BigTen’s opinion (Ohio State and Michigan would hardly give up a dominance well funded by the Galbreath fortune in Columbus (Oh), the Hoosiers were wacked with four years of strangulating NCAA sanctions in all sports that literally had people considering IU getting out of the Big Ten. (Neither basketball; nor its world’s best and most successful IU swimming and diving program- coached by the genius of Jim ‘Doc’ Counsilman and Hobie Billingsley-, were able to compete in NCAA championships it would have won with ease during the term of the sanctions),

    IU would remain the ‘black sheep’ in the BigTen until John Pont and staff took the Hoosiers to the Rose Bowl in 1967-68. The story Bikoff writes about McMillin likely began a process that gave IU an infamous reputation when it comes to football. I had no idea about this McMillin story; but it is a really interesting and very possibly true, hypothesis. Rejecting the hypothesis takes will and focus on winning football; until the story is again forgotten. Beat Purdue, Go Hoosiers, Rose Bowl in 2015!

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