Hoosier Morning for Dec. 29

IU football couldn’t close once again in a 26-24 loss to Utah at the Foster Farms Bowl, Mike writes.

Nebraska came out swinging and outfought No. 16 Indiana in the Big Ten men’s basketball opener, I wrote.

IU women’s basketball rolled to a road win at Penn State in the Big Ten opener, we reported.

IU football’s loss to Utah made Tom Allen’s task clear — find a way to get over the final hurdle, Zach Osterman of the Indianapolis Star writes.

The Indiana passing attack whiffed on the Hoosiers’ bowl opportunity, Taylor Lehman of the Indiana Daily Student writes.

Utah grabbed a much-needed bowl victory for the Pac-12, David Lombardi of ESPN.com writes.

The Utes’ offense did just enough to beat the Hoosiers in the end, Kurt Kragthorpe of the Salt Lake Tribune writes.

The game wrap and reaction to the Hoosiers’ loss in the Foster Farms Bowl, Sammy Jacobs of HoosierHuddle.com writes.

Nebraska didn’t blink and Indiana did in the Cornhuskers’ Big Ten opening win, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.

The loss to Nebraska provides some real reasons to question Tom Crean’s Hoosiers, Matt Norlander of CBSsports.com writes.

Bipolar Indiana shows off its bad side in a home loss to the Cornhuskers, Jeff Eisenberg of YahooSports.com writes.

Wednesday night’s Big Ten opener was another example of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Bryant, Greg Gottfried of the Indiana Daily Student writes.

Nebraska lived up to its promise in an unexpected upset of Indiana, Lee Barfknecht of the Omaha World-Herald writes.

Five takeaways from Indiana’s damaging loss to Nebraska, Alex Bozich of Inside the Hall writes.

In a tip of the hat to Nebraska’s fight against Indiana, “The Boxer” by Simon & Garfunkel, live from Central Park.


  1. Just did some research for my theory on layoff effect on performance… my parameters: 6 days or longer (there were far too many 5 day layoffs), not a cupcake opponent, and I eliminated Crean’s first season since it was a waste…

    Under those circumstances, the Hoosiers are 11-15 in the last 8 seasons. Crean simply doesn’t do a good job of preparing his teams after not playing against live comp for extended periods.

  2. Theories are like Todd Learys….Every time you think you have a good one, someone comes along with handcuffs to put the bad boy away for awhile.

    If you have an average coach, the best “layoff” is the remove-from-employment variety. That’s a theory that shouldn’t take 8 years to test.

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