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John Koluder

Men's soccer not high enough on NCAA's priority list

So I'm sitting in the press box at Ericsson Stadium. I've filled up on complimentary BBQ beef, chicken sandwiches and soft drinks all weekend. I've eaten enough cookies to single-handedly keep those Keebler elves busy through February. I got the chance to broadcast a final four game in what can only be described as an extremely nice booth.

A bumpy ride with a happy ending

Just minutes after winning last season's national championship, my thoughts drifted to the future. After hearing Nick Garcia announcing his choice to jump to MLS, I knew the 2000 edition of the soccer Hoosiers would be vastly different than the two squads who brought the hardware home to Bloomington.

Good to be back home

You know what? Dorothy was right… there really is no place like home. After traveling more than 10,000 miles during the first three rounds of the NCAA tournament, the men's soccer team finally caught a break.

An open letter to the NCAA

To whom it may concern, Greetings from lovely Bloomington. Now, I hate to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but I truly believe that you, the fine people at the NCAA, have something against our fine soccer team here at IU. You can throw phrases like "competitive balance" and "a variety of factors determine these sites" at me, but I'm not buying it. I know that the only factors you care about are money, exposure and money. And once I lay down the following facts, I believe that even the NCAA (whoops, that's you) will see the pattern of bias that has been shown against the Hoosiers by your selection committee during the past two weeks.

Hoosiers' confidence helps in first-round NCAA win

I arrived in San Jose and tried to adjust accordingly. Although I was promised sun and warmth, I quickly found out shorts are not necessarily appropriate attire year-round in "Cali." Getting to the hotel at 5:45 p.m., I turned on the television to find out the Duke-Villanova game that started at seven was actually almost over. The time change was worse than I thought, but I did get a kick out of watching the 11 p.m. PST SportsCenter at 11 p.m. The time change allowed me to get to the second half of the Stanford-Fullerton match Saturday night, where I was fortunate enough to listen to the best hecklers I've come across so far at a soccer match. Although I was 2,000 miles from home, for the first time, I felt I was truly among my people.

Men's soccer team advances

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The men's soccer team began its quest for a third consecutive national championship title Saturday, blanking previously undefeated San Jose State 4-0 in the first round of the NCAA tournament. But the situation didn't look good for IU going into the match. The Hoosiers started the tournament on the road for the first time in eight years, playing the eighth-seeded Spartans and having lost their scoring touch in a three-game losing streak.

Team awaits decision

Once again, the men's soccer team made history this weekend. But not the way they wanted to. In a season that has had its share of ups and downs, Friday's 1-0 loss at the hands (or feet) of Ohio State in the second round of the Big Ten tournament was the team's most upsetting result to date. After the game, the Hoosiers seemed to be in a state of shock. Part of it was because it was their first loss in more than five years against a conference opponent. And part of it might have been because the Buckeyes were celebrating as if they had won the National Championship.

Roller coaster season ends

You know, it's funny how things turn out sometimes. Before the season, people asked me what was in store for the 2000 edition of the men's soccer team. My answer was, "With five starters from last year's team gone, it would take this team a while to get on the same page with each other. But when they do get it together, and they will, good things will happen."

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