IU gives game ball to manager battling cancer

A difficult year for Matt Stauder began on Sept. 1, 2017.

That’s the day the Indiana football student manager lost his father to a heart attack. Mere months later, Stauder was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in April. The past 12 months have been terrible and sad, tragic and trying. But it hasn’t kept Stauder away from what he loves — Indiana football.

After Saturday night’s 38-28 win at Florida International — the one-year anniversary of his father’s death — Stauder received the game ball from IU coach Tom Allen.

In the center of the visitor’s locker room at Riccardo Silva Stadium in Miami, Allen gifted Stauder with the special token of appreciation. Afterwards, Stauder led the Hoosiers in the customary singing of the IU fight song and embraced teammates who have appreciated his dedication to the team.

And that work hasn’t gone unnoticed.

“Even though he doesn’t feel great after treatments he comes to practice, doesn’t miss,” Allen said. “(It) was the same way a year ago when he lost his dad. He wrote me a note (after Saturday’s game) and just said that that would have been the happiest moment of his dad’s life (to have been) able to be there for that to see that transpire. So just a special time. I just respect him so much and I know our players do, too, and we’re just pulling for him and praying for him.”