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With a struggling volleyball team, a one-win Big Ten football team led
by a new head coach and a men’s soccer team looking toward its 25th NCAA
Tournament appearance, it has been a roller coaster fall for IU
Athletics. As the leaves fall off the trees, many of IU’s fall sports
are concluding their seasons, and that brings a new set of schedules for
High expectations and sub-par results should be a thing of the past for
the Indiana women’s basketball team. However, it must first buy into IU
Coach Felisha Legette-Jack’s message of playing “fun, physical
Indiana, the Big Ten preseason favorite to take home the regular-season
crown, will likely be the No. 4 seed in the Big Ten Tournament next week
in Ann Arbor, Mich.
The No. 22 IU field hockey team (9-6, 2-3) has its eyes on a fifth
10-win season in the past seven years when it travels to Ann Arbor,
Mich., this Friday.
Midterms are underway, and the semester is halfway complete. With the
first eight weeks in the books, it is time to hand out grades to each of
IU’s fall sports teams.
A native of Brazil, Ind., Chuck Crabb, the assistant athletic director
for facilities, has served as the public address announcer for Assembly
Hall since 1977.
If it feels like all the Hoosiers have done for four years is lose, well, they have.
The football and basketball programs have combined for a staggering
41-95 record overall and a mind-blowing 14 wins and 74 losses in Big Ten
A season ago, the Indiana volleyball program swept away the
non-conference portion of the schedule before failing to register a win
in the first four conference matches of the season.
Many, myself included, thought the Hoosiers would get through the
non-conference season with, at worst, a 3-1 record. At least, they
should have, considering they only played one BCS automatic qualifying
Since the Hoosiers left South Bend, they have been the team many
envisioned at the beginning of the season. The slow start has since
become a distant memory after their solid performance in the first seven
Last season, IU finished 23-12 and had a record-setting run to the NCAA
Regional. The strong finish set the expectations high for this season.
In the decade after 9/11, Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities Chuck
Crabb said Indiana athletics has had a more diligent review for how it
operates “large crowd events,” mainly at Assembly Hall and Memorial
Classes are back in full swing, and five of IU’s 24 varsity sports have
begun their 2011-12 campaigns. From dominance to question marks, IU has
seen it all in the early part of the semester.
Surely the Hoosier soccer team will score goals, lots of them. But the
void of 2010 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Will Bruin and the
lack of offense thus far this season has left lingering questions about
whether or not the 2011 Hoosiers will repeat as Big Ten Champions under
second-year coach Todd Yeagley.
Welcome home, Hoosier Nation. IU Athletics will soon be in full swing
with the fall season. Here is a snapshot of the upcoming fall season.
This past week, Indiana football head coach Kevin Wilson joined
1260-WNDE in Indianapolis for a live phone interview on the nationally
broadcasted Zakk and Jack Show. Controversy followed. But was Wilson out of line?
The IU track and field teams continued the tradition, as they traveled
to Philadelphia on Thursday to participate in the oldest and largest
competition in the United States.
As a freshman on the track and field team, she was coached in
consistency and how to perform every day at a high level. When Bailey
was recruited, IU coach Ron Helmer saw her potential to be a great
athlete who could put up strong numbers. Now that Bailey is in her
sophomore season and first outdoor season, Helmer said she has learned
how to perform consistently.
The Indiana Track and Field teams continue their season in Philadelphia this weekend at the Penn Relays.
The Billy Hayes Track at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex is ready to show off a face-lift.