If you follow sports, especially collegiate sports, you know all about the Hoosiers of Indiana University. That is, you know about the school’s very successful and almost legendary men’s basketball program. The “hoopsters” have won national championships and were once led by fiery and controversial Head Coach Bobby Knight.
The University of Indiana’s men’s football program is very different. It has rarely enjoyed winning records and is, in fact, a program that is still in search of an identity.
Consistent losing in the Big Ten Conference where it is a member and against non-conference foes, as well, has pretty much tagged this program as a non-winner. As a result, the school’s Athletic Director has been forced to change Head Coaches far too frequently.
The most recent change took place in 2011 when the university hired Kevin Wilson to lead and improve the football program. In his first year, 2011, Coach Wilson’s players managed only one win in a twelve game schedule.
His squad got better in 2012 and finished that season with a Won-Loss record of 4-8. The team improved once again the following year when it won five out of twelve contests. In 2013, the Hoosiers even began to win games in the very tough Big Ten Conference.
Steady improvement has clearly been the hallmark of Coach Wilson’s tenure to date. So when summer ended recently and the calendar indicated that September had arrived, fans of the Hoosiers and players, too, believed that this year, 2015, would be a breakout season for the University of Indiana men’s football program.
The team has played two games in this still very young season and early returns seem to indicate that improvement for the Hoosiers is not just a possibility, it is a reality. Consider the following.
The Hoosiers began this new season with a win at home on September 5th against the Southern Illinois Salukis. The score was 48-47. On Saturday, September 12th, the Hoosiers, while still playing at home, outscored Florida International University (FIU) by a final score of 36-22.
The 2-0 Hoosiers have five more home games on their schedule. This squad will host the University of Western Kentucky this Saturday, September 19th, top-ranked Ohio State University on October 3rd, the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers University on October 17th, the Iowa Hawkeyes on November 7th and the rugged Spartans of the University of Michigan on November 14th.
The University of Indiana will have to play road games, as well and they feature some tough opponents. The Hoosiers will find themselves on the field at Wake Forest University on September 26th, in East Lansing to compete against 4th ranked Michigan State University on October 24th, in western Pennsylvania on November 21st to do battle with Penn State’s Nittany Lions and in Purdue on November 28th to challenge the arch rival Boilermakers.
If the Hoosiers have improved as their early record indicates, the schedule facing them will provide every opportunity for this team to prove it has “taken the next step.”
Courtesy of Crimsonquarry.com