Tragedy struck the IU football program Tuesday night when a freshman tight end learned his father was one of five people killed in an Alaskan air crash Monday night that also claimed the life of a former U.S. senator.
The 115th season of Big Ten football will end with something many fans have been clamoring for: a conference championship game. The inaugural Big Ten Football Championship will also have importance for the Hoosiers. The December 2011 game will take place at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium — essentially home turf.
“When you have some disappointing losses that we had last year, you can go one of two ways,” IU coach Bill Lynch said of his team’s overall attitude. “Just watching what they did (Friday), they certainly did their work during the summer.”
Despite an offense with three wide receivers popularly accepted as some of the best the Big Ten will offer, the questions for IU football coach Bill Lynch weren’t about potentially mind-numbing statistics for yards or touchdowns.
Think you’ll see a furious Lynch on the sidelines again this year? You might — but expect the Hoosiers to be much improved from last year, at least based on Lynch’s preseason comments. Here are some of the highlights of Lynch’s Big Ten Media Day presser:
The man responsible for deciding the future of Bill Lynch’s tenure as head football coach at IU made one thing absolutely clear Monday: Lynch has his unwavering support.
The only quarterback ever to lead IU to victories against Michigan and Ohio State in the same season has been inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame — but that’s only part of the story. The rest is of a father of four who has twice defeated cancer and the support of a University that feels more like a family than an institution.
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound running back rushed for more than 2,600 yards and scored 32 touchdowns during his junior campaign at Bloomington High School North. Roberts averaged more than 215 yards a game rushing and ranked second in the state in that category last year.
While I have never and will never buy into the soccer hype many Americans display every four years, the World Cup does mean one thing: this dreaded, stagnant, Cubs-out-of-contention annual dead period in sports is almost over.
The Indianapolis Colts sponsored a day-long fan festival in Bedford on Wednesday as part of their Make it Personal Tour. The tour will visit 18 different cities across both Indiana and Illinois during the months of June and July.
A slew of commitments for the 2011 class have come in the past week, with several recruits verbally committing to play for Bill Lynch and the Hoosiers.
It’s only fitting that the NCAA hit the USC football program with a 2-year postseason ban, a loss of 30 scholarships, and a required vacancy of all wins from December 2004 to January 2006, after an investigation found former running back Reggie Bush received improper benefits from individuals outside the program.
When former IU offensive lineman Rodger Saffold III was a sixth grader in Bedford, Ohio, he told his father what he wanted to do with his life.
Heading into this year’s Cream and Crimson Spring Game, IU Athletics Director Fred Glass said he wouldn’t measure success by the number of people in the stands. He had no hard numbers to compare it to — because previous administrations didn’t count attendance — but Glass said the turnout was obviously better than it normally was, and he’s ecstatic to see 5,325 people in the stands.