IU football scrimmage open to the public


Indiana coach Kevin Wilson announced via twitter on Friday that Saturday’s 11 a.m. spring football scrimmage will be open to the public, and of course, free. Gates will open at 10:30 a.m.

The spring game itself is April 14 and will kickoff at noon.

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47 comments:

  • Bob says:

    who would show up?
    An I.U. grad in Florida!

  • davis says:

    I would, except my parole officer probably won’t let me.

  • Dunbar says:

    Your parole officer should reconsider. An IU football scrimmage in April? Talk about cruel and unusual punishment.

  • Dunbar says:

    Oops, make that March. Can’t wait for the spring game.

  • Mike P. says:

    The IU 5K & Mini Marathon is underway this morning, it starts between the two stadiums. Good luck getting there since the event doesn’t end till near 1:00.

  • KevinK says:

    I must admit that I usually try to stay positive with IU football for my sanity’s sake, BUT I am less optimistic about this team than any in the last ten years.

    Maybe with low expectations, I will be pleasantly surprised.

    Last season was a different kind of surprise.

    Not wasting a saturday though.

  • Podunker says:

    KevinK; but how can they be worse than last year’s team? Really, they’re not going to go to the Rose Bowl this year, but they have to be better than last year!

    Setting the sarcasm aside, how can IU football ever improve if the comments posted above are representative of the Hoosier Nation’s attitude toward football? We all know they’ve been bad for so long that it seems foolish to develop any expectations, but if we don’t, they’ll never get better.

    Who would want to become the head coach at IU with a fan base that has this attitude? What great HS football player would want to play for IU when comments like these represent too many people in the Hoosier nation? I’ve heard the argument, “IU is a BB school and will never be good in football.” But I also know that “a positive attitude is a force multiplier.”

    It’s “the chicken or the egg” argument. Many IU fans say, “I’ll get excited when IU starts to have winning seasons.” But some people believe that in order to have a winning football program, a lot more IU fans need to get excited.

    IU can be good in both basketball and football. Lots of lesser colleges around the country do it every year.

  • theo says:

    kinda off the subject I think Coach Crean got no respect no only from the AP but Coaches did too. What he has done at Indiana is one amazing and has taken everything he knows to get us back where we where before they meltdown of this program. I know other coaches work as hard as he does but where this program was and to where it is now. Is all because of Coach Crean. I know where he belongs and that is at the Top he deserves more respect than what he got and scratch my head do not know what people where watching this year.

  • TsaoTsuG says:

    I am really glad that, as we move on from a great, surprising, even inspirational basketball season, we are paying due attention to what will hopefully be a sea change to the Hoosier football program. I hope that the sharing of insights begins with the spring program and lots of detail on how Coach Wilson is teaching his systems, how they are developing individual players, how assistant coaches are doing their instruction (beginning with trying to bring some clarity to how defensive backs should cover their receivers and the proper techniques to be used- not an insignificant argument left over from last year. I strongly feel analysis of this type would be better and perhaps more challenging for us readers than pointlessly speculating (and in some cases starting a rumor mill) as to which players may, could, hope, will be forced to, will be shamed into. will sadly, will discover that recruiting talk is just that as they are disillusioned…into leaving the Hoosiers. Perhaps, it is a matter we can leave to the evaluating abilities, judgment, intelligence, good nature, noble loyalty, ethics, sense of honor and integrity of Coach Crean and his staff (absolutely no sarcasm, I mean every word in this sentence).

    I would also be very happy if we did not sensationalize nor yellow the issue with the intent of inventing an excitement that would artificially promote interest and, perhaps, speculative reader interest based on little other than guessing and hyping at the issue.

    Besides the renewal of coverage of the gridiron Hoosiers, I was glad to see the baseball game coverage. It also appears that the Hoosiers have an excellent Track and Field…an outstanding triple jumper, excellent sprinters, good middle and very, very good long distance runners. They achieved great things in indoor season and, apparently are considered among the top teams nationally with some of the individuals performing at Olympic team levels. It would be a fantastic thing if we knew more about these individuals, who they are, what their times and distances mean, hhow they are training, why they came to IU, what they see as their goals and objective…etc.

    Finally, spring season also means soccer, a sport in which Hoosiers are a national elite power with hopes to add to all-time numbers in terms of Big Ten and NCAA competition. Hoosiers are proud of this program. The usual bias about our state being ‘provincial’ and ‘unsophisticated’ and inbred was laid bare as Indiana led the rest of the country in establishing a second-to-none program in the clearly world’s most popular sport. No inward, narrow hicks are we, a disillusioning fact to many but clearly established as soccer grew into one of the state’s most popular competitive sports.

    So…we would hope we follow Indiana soccer, Track and Field just as intensely as other basketball, football, and, of course the sport which is so traditional to us Americans, baseball. I realize that in many other state’s the education of breadth and depth of sports is neither instinctive nor well taught, but HT writers are a talented, curious and thinking bunch who will look at all of IU sports and learn and take interest in those in which they may not be so expert because of the narrow mindedness they may have faced in other not so sophisticated states.

    I so look forward to a Hoosier Scoop column that satisfies the hunger of a worldly Hoosier following for all things sport. Thank your for your interest in ours and for dedicating the sport section column inches to our hunger, excitement and love for our diverse and intense Hoosier culture.

  • TsaoTsuG says:

    For those of you who follow all-things Hoosier top-notch athletes, some outstanding national and likely Olympic level athletes posted great times and distances at the nationally re-known Texas Relays and the Mike Poehlein Invitational (West Lafayette) on Friday. Olu Olamigoke bettered 51 feet in the triple jump and Dan Galos neared the fifth hammer thrower in IU history to surpass 60 meters, adding a stunning 13 feet and five inches to his career best.

    Another IU triple jumper, Rex Parker took sixth in the competition with a career best 15.40m (50-6.25), ranking him 12th in NCAA Division I. These two Hoosiers rank 1-2 in the Big Ten. Kind Butler ran the 100 meters in 10.42 and his time ranks second in the Big Ten this season.

  • TsaoTsuG says:

    Theo, I’d rather go back to Podunker’s excellent point. rather than see the bitter. We know what a monumental jump the round-ball Hoosiers took this year and we celebrate their accomplishments and Coach Crean and staff’s brilliance in putting it together and bringing us along.

    Don’t let the AP, ESPN or other hype machines get to you. Think about the interests behind their opinions, polls and hyperactivity. I find their shallowness obvious, transparent and cute.

    Now, as Podunker suggested, (his are as good an example of intelligent, enthusiastic yet sober, demanding and knowledgeable posts as you’ll see in the web), it’s time we do the same with football. We (mostly) feel we have the right man(Coach Wilson), he’s recruiting talent according to his vision, specification and gives us every reason for getting ourselves involved in bringing about an equally satisfying, honestly competitive program establishing IU as a model competitive sports program that does things the right way, supports all sports and spends no time whining…in other words, Hoosiers!

  • Chet says:

    Speaking of basketball, while it would be a stretch to say we are the second best team in the country we are, without a doubt, the toughest match up for Kaintuck.

  • Teter84 says:

    I remember the excitement the football brought to campus under Coach Mallory. We would have unrealistic expectations for the team going to a major bowl. But that was part of the fun of following the football program. It was a great way to lead into the basketball season. I want November – December excitement of football & basketball back on campus again!

    I believe in Coach Wilson and his staff to make the football program into something we will be proud of again. I liked the way the team didn’t quit at the end of the year. I expect this team to win 5-6 games next year. I also expect them to improve the in year 3 and beyond to where they become a Iowa type program. There is no reason why our football team can’t achieve this goal!

  • Chet says:

    Remember when Indiana played in the national title game?

    OK, it takes a little extrapolation.

    In 1984 BYU beat the sixth place team in the Big Ten, Michigan, to complete an undefeated season and take home the national championship.

    In 1979 an undefeated BYU team took on the 4th place Big Ten team, Indiana, in the Holiday Bowl. Despite being 8 point underdogs the Hoosiers bested the Cougars 38-37.

    The 1979 national champ was the 1 loss Alabama Crimson Tide. Back in the day it was all about your record, not your schedule. As demonstrated in 1984, had BYU bested the Hoosiers they would have, in all likelihood, have been named the national champs.

    So…in 1979 Indiana played in the game that determined the national championship.

    How about that.

  • Chet says:

    Actually, that was the second time. They also played #1 USC and O. J. Simpson in the Rose Bowl.

    How many schools have played in 2 national title games?

  • Tsao,
    I see that you’re trying to be complementary and such, so I will refrain from launching into a passionate defense of the “not-so-sophisticated state” of Pennsylvania.
    Basketball is always going to rule and football gets the fall, and I don’t not cover the other sports because I don’t understand them or respect them or don’t think they matter. I just know where my bread is buttered. But spring frees me up a little bit because there isn’t the same constant grind of keeping up with the two main beats. There will be track coverage and such, but to hold you over, I will post links to the track features we ran last year before you had a subscription so as to fulfill your hunger and worldliness and such.

    The first on Andy Bayer
    http://www.heraldtimesonline.com/stories/2011/01/26/iusports.qp-8111162.sto

    On Derek Drouin
    http://www.heraldtimesonline.com/stories/2011/03/15/iusports.qp-5784063.sto

    On Faith Sherrill
    http://www.heraldtimesonline.com/stories/2011/05/11/iusports.qp-8944882.sto

    On DeSean Turner
    http://www.heraldtimesonline.com/stories/2011/06/06/iusports.qp-4746286.sto

    Another from this year on Andy Bayer
    http://www.heraldtimesonline.com/stories/2012/03/08/iusports.qp-8091011.sto

  • TsaoTsuG says:

    DD- You don’t need to convince me of the ‘sophistication’ of the state of Pennsylvania. To its credit the Germanians were one of the early and most solid soccer teams in the US, even before the 1970 surge of soccer as one of America’s most widely played games. Few individuals in sports have even come close to being able to equal the great Walter Bahr, Penn State’s coach for decades (a good friend of mine). However, I do feel that Indiana as a state and its State university, IU are indeed leaders in creating a cosmopolitan culture equaled by few.

    DD- Wow,…”I just know where my bread is buttered”. So sorry and saddened to hear that the belief limits you. I, for one- and because I was a journalist as well-, always enjoyed learning, exploring, discovering and working towards understanding, absorbing and becoming proficient in what I didn’t know and thought I may not particularly enjoy. I found exploring all sides of culture so enabling.

    Yes,…sports is an important part of a culture, that makes rounding worthwhile. When I moved to this country as a kid, I had never, ever, ever seen a baseball game. At first it seemed slow and boring and beyond understanding. It was big in New York, where I first played it on the roof of a big parking garage. If you hit a foul ball, we had to chase the ball three floors down the ramps. A home run? well…we played for hitting it on the ground or the game was over.

    As I got interested I discovered intricacies about baseball that opened up a whole new world to be interested in.(The first time I hit the ball I got called out because I slid into first while still carrying the bat and used it to shove the first baseman out of the way). But, understanding it and liking it was slow. Still, learning was fun in our days. Today, from March until normally, mid-September (explanation-I’m a huge Cub fan, so it is a shorter season than others)), it is an every day mandate.

    The way I see it DD, the bread is buttered in the entirety of the Hoosier programs. I have followed IU roundball since the days of Branch Mc Cracken, through the great and only Bob Knight, and now Tom Crean; football since Phil Dickens, the great John Pont and Bill Mallory…it is all Hoosier. And, like other Hoosiers,the pride of the greatest program in the history of national, international and Olympic swimming, the greatest coaching legend and genius in the history of the sport, James ‘Doc’ Counsilman, diving coach Hobie Billingsley- Ours! IU! Hoosiers!. The best soccer program in the history of U.S. intercollegiate soccer and Jerry Yeagley- Ours! IU! Hoosiers!!-more national champs than I can actually recall (6 or 7) and now his son (we all watched him grow up)a former IU player Todd Yeagley. The great names of track and field, and cross country James Lavery, Bill Perrin; wrestling under Charlie Mc Daniels and Doug Blubaugh; tennis (Bill Landis?); gymnastics (Otto Ryser?); and of course, now and hopefully a resurgence and rise to national prominence of baseball.

    Interestingly,…Being a Hoosier opened my taste for sports other than those I knew as a child. Never even thought about which activities actually buttered my bread in my role as a journalist. Always thought it was my job and was expected to be open, to expand my interests and grow and learn even about those things I did not know nor (at the time) thought I liked so well. Learn, find the gusto and the passion in it and share it with my readers so they could grow as I grew, learn as I learned and love life and become curious as I became curious. It would have been sad any other way and only… just a job… after all. Not much fun to just and only bread and butter every day.

    Yesterday, I went to the Art Institute (of Chicago). Someone had said something about the way different artists treat the subject of light in their paintings (Monet or the Spaniard Sorolla) for example. Until I did so specifically to see that, I was not even close to aware of how intricate their use of colors and hues of white to simulate light and shadows separates one from another. It is so…alive!…to learn, even at 70. (I really think I want to figure out what cricket, the sport, is all about. I do so for the worse of reasons, I never bothered nor wanted to before…sad, isn’t it?

    It would be a big loss to us readers if you DD felt restricted (by the need to nourish your body) to football, basketball and that so American of sports (Cubans, Dominicans, Mexicans, Japanese, Koreans, Nicaraguans love it too) alone. For our sake as readers, and because you are insightful and a good writer, I hope you take the time to expand your vision beyond just hunger.

    (BTW- Just after I wrote the comment you answered hoping I would be able to read good provoking pieces on ‘developments’ of spring football, I was happy to see a really great, deep and fun article by Andy Graham (he seems to do that a lot and really enjoy it)on the changes he saw and the infusion of new players as well as the progress by old ones. I had also read a couple of pretty good ones earlier written by you and which now only add to mystifying me about your response).

  • Chet says:

    We have some lovely Germanians in the yard. I expect they will bloom early this year.

  • TsaoTsuG says:

    Chet- You prove my point…we Hoosiers are not merely barbarian meat and potato guys…we love all sports, have an appreciation for poetry, are lovers of art, seduced by music and enthralled by a simple flower. Go Hoosier!

  • TsaoTsuG says:

    Chet- Before I forget, please do not forget to up load a picture of the Germanian when it blossoms. I will center it in a collage with a picture of Watford’s shot, Bob Knight, Tom Crean and the Hoosier fans rushing on court.

  • Tsao,
    Take it easy on the grandiosity and idealism. You know what I meant. My primary job at this paper is to cover the Indiana men’s basketball team. Football is the second most important thing and the time for expanding the horizons comes when those are in the offseason. That’s not being narrow-minded. It’s just understanding one’s assignment and position. I didn’t mean that from a financial perspective. I don’t get paid extra by the basketball story. I mean that’s what I was hired for, that’s what my employers expect, and for that matter, that was the draw. August through March it’s nose to the grindstone. After that you come up for air, look around and smell the roses a bit and try to do something different. Don’t act like you don’t know how this business works. If they hire you to cover cops, you cover cops. If they hire you to cover basketball, you cover basketball. Move outward when you can, but don’t forget what you’re there for.

  • Lord of the Genteel says:

    I’ll never forget the day a rather plain and uncomplicated young journalist named Dustin from the “not so sophisticated” state of Pennsylvania first arrived in the worldly village Bloomington. I believe Dustin once offered a retelling of the story on Scoop..He told of how JPat(exhibiting a certain flair of refinement by wearing a yellow baseball cap instead of his favorite red and white with the Hoosier logo), a mere passerby strolling the streets of B-town with a small collection his understated genteel friends, decided to take the time and extend a warm welcome and invitation to show DD an his family the cultural mecca that is IU.

    It’s all rather inspiring and uplifting. If I recall correctly, Dustin said they all went out for pancakes later that morning at the Uptown Cafe…or was it IHOP?

    Here’s the the old link to the original Scoop story.

  • HT says:

    ^Rich in humor, Lord of the Hillbillies. I totally forgot about that scene from Witness. Who was the rough-and-tumble bully that harassed the Amish JPat? Was it Tsao? Laffy? Chet?

  • Harvard for Hillbillies says:

    Nice. The bully is JPat..Dustin is Harrison Ford. Did you notice Viggo Mortensen riding as one of the Amish passengers in the first carriage? I never picked that up in my previous viewings/postings of this clip. One of my favorite actors…It must have been one of his first roles as an extra.

    Note: Tsao(a.k.a. Dave Stoller) is actually found in a different clip from 1970s Bloomington. More cycling coverage!

  • Chet says:

    HT, I don’t ALWAYS look that good but it is a flattering likeness.

    Geoff, I didn’t see all of it but I did see that sick alley oop over the head dunk. He made it look like a lay up on an 8 foot goal, too. Easy peasy.

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