An extremely belated transcript of Kevin Wilson at LucasOil Stadium


What do you like about the helmets?

“We were told it was a guarantee that we’ll tackle better, block better, score more points, win more games with those helmets or we get our money back. It was a pretty good deal. We put a lot of thought into it. A lot of time. We’ve been kicking it around for several months. Not going away from our normal helmet. Some of it, all it is is just a logo, sticker. That’s like, you peel one off, stick one on. We do it every game anyway because they kind of get scuffed up. To put the state seal for the state is kind of cool. We’re the (state) university of Indiana, we’re representing our state. We talked about that. One of Mr. Glass’s things is that we’re bigger than ourselves, we represent more than just one, more than our program, more than our team, so that’s kinda cool. Wanted to do a throwback, we looked at several deals whether we put the stripe down the helmet, which they did in the Pont era. We thought it was a little cleaner look with just the Block I, which is a little more late 80s and 90s, but to do a Block I is a throwback. We could do that lettermen or Homecoming or whatever alumni kind of game to tie that in. It’s just a change of sticker. We’ve had a white helmet. Two years we added a white helmet. We just are taking our white and adding a little pizazz to it with the red. There’s some teams. I know last year Michigan State took their green and did a gold thing down it. That was one of the helmets we looked at. That’s been done a little. We can do that with our logo with the IU, I guess do it with the Block I if you wanted to or the seal. In the late 50s we actually had white helmets with numbers on the side. It actually even has a white IU on it. We thought maybe we could throw that as a little bit of a throwback whether again, alumni week or homecoming week or whatever. The chrome stuff is in vogue. When we looked at the red chrome, it just looked like our red helmet. We kind of had a red helmet. We didn’t think that was different. Candy stripe is unique with basketball, that tradition. Soccer and swimming in particularsome other sports have picked up on it with their units. We just asked the company that we’d like to look at something. That was their design. It was pretty cool. The administration got it approved by the powers that be to move forward with it. So we won’t be gimmicky. We’re trying not to be an arena team. But I think the kids like it. I think it will be good for the student body. I think it will be good for the student body. I think it will be good for recruiting. But at the end of the day, you’ve still gotta win a bunch of games and we gotta keep doing that. Helmets are cool. Let’s get back to talking about the team.”

It seemed like guys were excited about it. Is the timing of it nice because you’re getting back into workouts and you can spark the summer?

“A little bit. And also, it kind of sparks recruiting. Do you wait to pull it out until game week? You gotta wear a helmet three, four, five six times. Kind of break it in. You’ve got some liabilities. They got to be fitted properly etc. So you just don’t come out and warm up in something, put a helmet on cold duck and play with it. You guys are at a lot of practices. You’re walking around social media, Twitter. You can’t have anything new. So our deal was, we kind of kept it quiet as long as we could. We really thought with summer camps coming up, a lot of recruiting going on. It would be nice to jumpstart the summer with our kids, but our kids are going pretty good. We really hoped it would jumpstart recruiting, I think it will be big for recruits.

Where are the quarterbacks at right now?

“They were at 7-on-7 throwing, supposedly, although I’m not supposed to know where they’re at. I actually called one of our kickers. I had a question for Mitch Ewald. i said, ‘Hey, when you’re done with workouts. Hoepfully they’re coming off their first player practice. Hopefully. It’s voluntary, but they should be.”

What’s your view of where the competition is?

“It was dead heat. Sometimes you say that because you don’t have a guy doing good They’re all doing good. It was a dead heat. No one’s, and maybe that’s bad, no one’s separated. Someone needs to. I don’t believe you want to play revolving guys or a couple guys. You like to get a guy in a rhythm. You don’t want a guy looking over his shoulder. I think Tre coming off the injury was healthy, but we don’t really let him run around. We’re trying to teach him how to throw, so we’re not playing to his strengths. Cam and Nate Sudfeld both got a lot of experience. They’re a little bit more seasoned. I thought Tre did well, but we’re making him play left-handed because we’re not just going to take off running. Let’s sit back and read defenses and become a more complete throwing quarterback. The other guys were better, so the competition was solid, strong. I think they’re all very good teammates. It would be nice to see someone emerge. I don’t think that’s a problem because I think they’re all good enough. I think it is better (to have an established starter) because of repetition. I like them all. I’m glad we got them all, and I think they’re all three capable. But right now, it’s a dead heat, and again, I’m not allowed. I can’t even ask their strength coach. Who’s there? Who’s not? I’ll find out when we show back up August 1. So we saw them. Introduced our helmets. Gave them our class schedules. and said, hey now, you leaders, you run the team and we’ll see you back in August. So it’s kind of a messed-up rule. I’ve got freshmen showing up that for two months I’m limited with my contact, yet you’ve gotta teach them how to act and be in college. There’s some things you gotta work through this summer. We’ll see how the quarterbacks are involved.”

How did some of the injured guys come through the spring?

“Chase (Hoobler) and (David Cooper) would’ve been good as we ended spring. David actually practiced before the spring game. He did some light things. (Mark Murphy) is full tilt. We had a little hernia procedure with Ryan Phills, similar to what Duwyce Wilson went through. He kind of battled through spring kind of gimping around. Duwyce had the best spring he’s ever had coming off that deal. Hopefully Ryan will have a good productive summer and have a good year for us. To my knowledge, we’ve on paper, when all the freshmen show up, which is really two weeks away because some guys haven’t graduated, we’ll have 130 kids for summer. We’re allowed 105 guys for preseason. We’ve got 25 guys, a bunch of walk-ons. Potentially 50 (Dustin’s Note: I listened to this several times and I think he said 50. But it might be 15) new walk-ons coming on this year with a good signing class.

The freshmen that have been able to get on campus, it seems like they’re here earlier than they usually are. Are those two weeks that valuable?

“For the freshmen to work out, they have to be in school. So some of those guys that graduate in May, we have a June window of a four-week class. Then starting June 17 there’s a six-week class session. They have to take two classes, one in June, one in July. The kids that don’t graduate early take a six-week class the last two weeks of June through July and then the July class. If you’ve graduated, you’re here, If you haven’t graduated because your graduation date is is June 9 and they start a week or two later. That’s just how that is. To be here a week or two, I don’t know. We put the freshmen all in one group and work them all independently from the other guys and try to get them up to speed and they’ll have a week or two head start. I don’t think it’s that big a deal. It’s kinda tough. I’m limited by role in our coaching involvement. You’re trying to teach them one how to start acting and living by yourself and how to do things. Two, you’re trying to get two classes out of the way. Three, you start doing the workouts, and four they start learning their way around so when it’s the first day of practice, they’ve got two months under their belt or six weeks. Day 1 is not Day 1. Day 1 happened in a non-stressful environment.”

What are the one or two areas you feel you guys can clearly be better this year than last year?

“Well, I’d like to say victories, because again, no matter how we do it, we need to win more games. We got a little closer and a little bit more competitive, but we need to find ways to win games. Whether it means we’re playing significantly better on offense — because to me I don’t think we played very good there yet. Our defense hasn’t been very good at all. So to me when you’ve won four games last year and one the year before, you got a bunch of guys back, but a bunch of guys that gotta improve. We just gotta keep improving. Adding a decent class coming in on paper. This class is walking in to kids who have played for two years. most of these guys have played for two years, some one year. and now that they’ve been seasoned and they played, I don’t know if these freshmen just walk in. Earlier, I don’t know if guys understood what we wanted to or played at the level we wanted, if guys got it. I think these guys on the team right now, a lot of guys got it and they’ve been doing it and they’re better. You’ve got some guys that have been playing a couple of years in Big Ten football, been doing our system a couple of years. Even though this is a good class on paper, I don’t know if that paper walks on the field as easy as it did Year 1 and 2. I think Coach Crean said a year or two ago, the easiest thing to do when he first got here was to get on the court. The easiest thing to do was play. It’s going to be a little more difficult to play. Competition is going to be better. I do love these guys coming in. But I do like a lot of these guys coming back. So I’m excited. To me I’d like to think we’re going to have some more victories, and two, where I think we can improve is competition, especially on defense. I think the offense has a little competition. There’s those quarterbacks you talked about. There’s some at running back. There’s some at receiver. There’s guys fighting to get on the field. we need that on defense. If we make some improvement, it’s depth on defense where guys start earning the right to play for us on the field.

What needs to be different about this summer to step to four wins to six, seven, eight wins?

I think our kids have worked hard. To me it’s thrid-party worked hard because I’m not allowed to be there. So what are they doing? I can’t say, ‘Come watch this tape.’ Or sit down, let’s talk about this or that. It’s on their own. But I do think we have stronger leaders that if I said to one of our veterans ‘Hey, take this freshman and make sure he understands how we want the locker to look and your locker space is clean, or when we say, ‘Your’e at study hall at x time, what that means. I think we’ve got a lot of guys that understand our values. This summer should be better. It’s Year 3, we’re gonna be stronger. There’s so many guys back, basically, you’ve got the whole team back except for the three D-Tackles that played and Will Matte and really Charles Love spot played a little bit and Alex Webb. Everybody else is kind of back. You’ve got everybody back, you’re only losing a handful, yet you’re signing 24. You’ve got on the team back with on paper a lot of good influx coming in. You like the direction it’s moving. But again, I won’t know what summer is until August 3, but we’ll win games in October and November based on summer, and I think they understand that now.So we’ll see, hopefully, if we’re getting those wins, it will be because of what’s going on right now.”

What do you think are the positional priorities for the recruiting class of 2014?

“We didn’t sign any linemen this year although some of those big guys can always transition into line. We’ll see how that goes. Quarterback, you got three. None of those are seniors, but you go a year without taking one. O-line. We probably need a couple of receivers because you’ve got Duwyce and Kofi getting ready to move on. Secondary, we signed several last year, but again , you’re gonna lose with Heban and Antonio Marshall and some of those guys, you’re gonna lose three or four secondary guys. We don’t lose a lot of D-line and linebackers. That being said too, technically on paper, there’s 11 or 12 true seniors in this class. There’s enough good guys on our team. Sometimes we’ve had some fourth-year guys that we’ve graduated. If we can’t find a good enough player, do we need to do that?  We’ve got some walk-ons, we’ve used their scholarship to go recruiting. Do we need to do that? So, does it need to get to 20? It potentially can get to the 20s again. 18to 21 or 2 just based on those numbers. But it’s really just that you’re a junior team with the best class we’ve ever signed on paper walking in. You look at the seniors that played, you’ve got some good ones, but the core of the team, you don’t have a senior offensive lineman or senior quarterback. you got one senior running back. One senior tight end. Two senior receivers. You’ve got four seniors on offense. Defensively actually has more graduation than offense. Our defense needs to get better. Sometimes graduation is good. Sometimes graduation is bad. Sometimes it’s nice to graduate, and you’ll get some more talent in. As we evolve, I don’t think this class needs to be — I’m not saying we’re going to sign 11 or 12, it’s gonna be closer to 20. But I’m looking forward to seeing how some of these third- and fourth-year players evolve and what their roles are. Griffen Dahlstrom really picked up last year. He might have been a guy that might not have come back for a fifth year. But he had such a good year he wants it. It will be interesting to see how some of these fourth-year guys kind of come through for us this year. That will affect recruiting a little bit.”

Is there one of the five helmets that is your favorite?

“I think there’s value, if you just look at it. We’re not trying to be Oregon. Oklahoma State’s been doing it a lot. A lot of teams are. I think we’re trying to show some respect to our state. Some respect to that Mallory-Pont era with the Block I. I don’t think that looks better or worse, it’s something we need to respect. Like I said. We play for more than ourselves. I think dressing that white helmet a little bit even though that white look is a clean look, I think that red-white is kind of unique. Chrome is big. We had no idea what it was gonna look like. It was like, hey, here’s what we’re looking to do. And that was the design that whatever helmet company came up with. We looked at a lot of combinations. At the end, I think they all kind on you more depending on what mood you’re in. We’re not going to be the gimmicky, just a gimmick, run of the mill. We’re not gonna have competitions. I know for example, I was reasonably good friends with Coach Kelly. The golf coach at Oregon picks out their stuff. The golf coach picks out their attire, what we’re wearing this week. I don’t know if we’re gonna have player votes. I’m not into that. You can get superstitious if you want to. We were guaranteed by the helmet company that we would block tackle and score more points and win more games. If not, we’re gonna ship them back.”

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27 comments:

  • Hoosier Clarion #1


    Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 9:41 AM EDT

    Thanks DD, much appreciated.

  • TsaoTsuG #2


    Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 4:17 PM EDT

    DD- Yes, thanks, very much appreciated. These types of statement are a great window into CKW’s way of looking at football and do give an insight into the values we hope lead to a great surge in Hoosier football. Thus the anticipation and the desire for more and frequent reports.

    It may be that some, out of ignorance, think the Hoosiers are a one sport culture, but nothing could be further from the reality. If anything, our interest in several sports and the degree to which follow them, explain why our athletic program is not only comprehensive but quality in each and all of Hoosier sports. We depend on you and your colleagues to keep us informed that this is not only true but constant and permanent.

    Enjoy Omaha we look forward to great reports and writing. And, when you return, we’ll be ready and anticipating your columns on Hoosier football’s rebirth and soccer’s setting the curve for soccer in America.

  • psych #3


    Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 10:00 PM EDT

    I care mainly about the basketball team, and that is plenty okay too, Tsao. Just because you use the terms “we” and “our” in your sentences as to be the sole representative of Indiana University, does not mean the rest of us agree with you. I also understand that plenty other Hoosiers love and enjoy other sports like football, soccer, track and field, and swimming. That is totally cool. But just because someone like me happens to follow mainly the basketball team while holding a small interest in other IU sports does not make me ignorant or wrong.

    That said, I definitely am enjoying the baseball team’s ride to Omaha. I wish college baseball was on television more. It seems faster paced than the pros, and I love the enthusiasm the players bring to the table. I always think college sports > pro sports, whether that be baseball, basketball (by far), football, or hockey. I love the postseason format college baseball uses, too. Lots of drama, yet the better team tends to win out since it takes two or three wins to advance a round, rather than one.

  • TsaoTsuG #4


    Friday, June 14, 2013 - 12:50 AM EDT

    “…our interest in several sports and the degree to which follow them, explain why our athletic program is not only comprehensive but quality in each and all of Hoosier sports. We depend on you and your colleagues to keep us informed… we’ll be ready and anticipating [your (DD's) columns]…”

    Can’t even imagine why the first person, plural (not that it would bother you given your issues with reading comprehension and obvious discomfort with the English language above fifth grade level. Don’t get yourself all hot and bothered. Notice the post right above mine(from HC who had also been advocating for the promised comments by Coach Kevin Wilson)was about OUR interest in them.

    And, you are right…I have a hard time understanding how anyone who claims to be a Hoosier fan (I guess one could be a good Hoosier fan and a s___ Hoosier fan) can be so passive and hostile about other Hoosier sports.

    Truthfully, I could give (a dump) what you like or don’t like but generally I would be a supporter of Hoosier competitors even if the subject was ‘poetry readings’.

  • Hoosier Clarion #5


    Friday, June 14, 2013 - 11:13 AM EDT

    HT Guys, Are the HS FB camps this week at IU anything you get to observe? The bits and pieces of info I connect with are pumped about quality participants.

  • davis #6


    Friday, June 14, 2013 - 8:43 PM EDT

    “cold duck”? A new Wilsonism. Anyhow, I really like the head to toe white (no stripe on the helmet) travel uniforms. It’s clean and distinctive. A red block I on the white helmet would be better, to my eye, than the pitchfork.

    Best of all for road uniforms would be white trousers, white jerseys numbers only with no stripes or accents, and completely white helmets with no logo of any kind. (Never mind PSU, their helmets have a stripe.) Wouldn’t that be a unique statement?

  • Hoosier Clarion #7


    Friday, June 14, 2013 - 9:56 PM EDT

    davis, neither do to my way of thinking.

  • Mariner Tom #8


    Friday, June 14, 2013 - 10:41 PM EDT

    Tsao, in my experience, the only people who insist that the Hoosiers are a 1-sport culture are Harvard and his alter egos. As for the rest of us: Over my last 8 years of living here in Bloomington (a period which is sadly coming to an end) I have sat next to innumerable fellow Hoosier fans at local bars, coffee shops, and in classrooms. In the conversations I’ve had, while everyone is undoubtedly devoted to basketball (because that’s what we do best), there isn’t a single person I’ve come across that isn’t itching and ready to jump on a football bandwagon and wouldn’t give up a limb or body part to see meaningful games on Saturdays in the fall.

    A smaller but still impressive number of fans I’ve talked to are loyal soccer followers, and when the baseball ride is over, there will be many of those fans that extend their loyalties to the diamond (although college baseball, anywhere in the country, has a pretty low ceiling).

    Most Hoosier basketball fans are avid sports fans in general. If you are an avid sports fan, then you enjoy success wherever it comes at your alma mater, especially if its in one of the big 2 sports. Notre Dame and Oregon football fans love their quality basketball teams, KU and UK fans get on board when the football team plays well, and I guarantee you that if IU comes out one of these years, smacks Wisconsin or OSU in the mouth, and wins 8 games, there will be volcanic eruption of football interest here.

  • Harvard for Hillbillies #9


    Friday, June 14, 2013 - 11:25 PM EDT

    Many a limb has been lost watching Hoosier football.

    Personally, I like a seat high in the stands far removed from the savagery chilling the core of my bones in viewing one beast overpowering another. A warped sense of pleasure, maybe even a bit of contentment in knowing the certainty and invertible unfairness moving through the sands of earth’s hourglass is nothing other than natural order of things. I do not see the bloodshed as unfair. Evolution is long and you must learn to love from different perspectives. And though the inferior abilities in battles sometimes hits to the species my patterned uniforms, it still brings a balance to my sports world.

    I like my view. I have no need for the bland even playing fields and Pollyanna neatness found in the eyes of shallow tastes searching for order, equality across the horizons of tastes, and the wasted strides of passion in correctness rather than in heart….For this is the happy and lonely climb without limbs I contentedly cheer.

  • Harvard for Hillbillies #10


    Friday, June 14, 2013 - 11:32 PM EDT

    Meant to type “inevitable unfairness”…Invertible works fine too.

  • Harvard for Hillbillies #11


    Friday, June 14, 2013 - 11:53 PM EDT

    Husky-

    Good luck to you. To happier times on Basketblog. We had something unique there. We moved freely and embraced the windmills our fears. Your gifts with writing inspired my own feeble attempts to be on the same stage. I will forever cherish those expressive days on the island.

  • TsaoTsuG #12


    Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 2:41 AM EDT

    I don’t disagree at all Mariner. Other than basketball, some of the Olympic sports where we could be financially competitive, our football failures are explained by (mostly) historically poor leadership, beginning at the highest levels- Trustee/Administration and AD glaring weaknesses were reflected in poor and, too often, incompetent coaching leading to insufficient fan support.

    My concern is and has always been that (in my opinion)the media seems to confuse fan frustration in football) with disinterest, thus the imbalance. The media generally seems seduced by its own theory: that Hoosier fans are fall basketball fans warming up for basketball season. Of course, it’s not true but I have read its (the media’s) sometimes open dismissal and ‘down-the-nose’ approach towards Hoosier football. Renewed promise by Wilson’s approach should change some minds, especially if we readers pressure to insure balanced and deeper coverage of football, soccer,swimming and diving, track and field, etc., now that technology has given us a clear way to express our interest as consumers.

    The change also is evident in the growing awareness of the importance of all IU athletics as fundamental to the national reputation of the University. Historically, Hoosier football had fought media perceptions to some extent and had inadequate university support from [most of the] past administrations. No doubt the program was previously trying to operate at 50% the funding of other Big Ten schools and we paid the price. Previous coaching salaries and budgets were hardly competitive. Even facilities were questionable until the last ten years or so (though, at times) we saw rays of sunshine: the Pont years and the great Mallory era. Other than that, mostly, ‘nada’.

    I am very happy to this point with what seems to be Glass’ dynamic approach and his very ambitious vision for the entire athletic program. No doubt the growth and commercial/marketing success of the B1G in general and the BTN network, in particular is now a key factor that levels the field (of budgets). We are well positioned and should be in tremendous shape; especially, if we have enough success to consistently fill Memorial Stadium.

    Mariner, I do wish you great luck ‘after Bloomington’ and hope you remain a reader, a Hoosier fan forever (you’ve been a great one) and a contributor to Scoop wherever you are. Go Hoosiers!

  • Harvard for Hillbillies #13


    Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 3:19 AM EDT

    The preceding message has been brought to you buy Quaker Oats. Taste them again for the very first time…Watch it wiggle, see it jiggle. It’s the real thing, Tsao is. That’s the way it should be. I dare you to knock this off. Cleans like a white tornado. The quicker picker-upper. Takes a licking and keeps on Tsaoing. Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t. Hamm’s, the beer refreshing, Hamm’s. We need more Calgon. The taste of a new generation. Have you driven a Ford lately? You got chocolate in my peanut butter. Mr. Bubble, he’ll bubble you clean. There once was a man who was an engineer, Choo-Choo Charlie was his name, you here? He had an engine and he sure had fun, he used candy-striped chrome helmets to make his team run. Win Today. Because it’s? What would you do for a KitKat now? Nothing get’s between me and my Calvin’s. Stouffer’s, be what you want to be. Set yourself free, set yourself free, with marketing slogan phrases and Stouffer’s. Are you ready for some football, some Monday night football! Look, mom, it’s Shake ‘N’ Bake, and I helped. Nothing comes closer to home. Oh, how I wish I were an Oscar Mayer wiener, that is what I’d truly like to be. Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun. Band on the run, band on the run. And the jailer man and sailor Sam, were searching every one, for the band on the run, band on the run, band on the run, band on the run. Here’ssssssssssssss, Johnny. I’d like to build the world a home, and furnish it with love, grow apple trees … in Steve Alford’s UCLA hair. I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect eharmony. Facebook, Twitter. What would you do for a Klondike bar? It’s a process. You wrecked the program! Everybody needs a little KFC! The End.

  • Harvard for Hillbillies #14


    Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 3:33 AM EDT

    I have one thing to say to LeBron.

  • Mariner Tom #15


    Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 11:59 AM EDT

    Tsao and Harvard, thanks for the well-wishes. Although I’ll be physically leaving Hoosierland, I’ll be checking in from time to time around here to see what’s up and to stir up a little commotion if I need to. The way I see it, I’m simply moving to Chet and Geoff status: satellite contributors to Hoosier sports but no less devoted of a fan because of it.

    I’m hoping in some demented way that me leaving Bloomington will a good luck charm for Kevin Wilson’s team.

  • Harvard for Hillbillies #16


    Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 12:26 PM EDT

    I expected a warmer goodbye…Will your travels be as cold and distant as your heart?

    Future of Scoop? In the future, you won’t be able to stir up too much ‘commotion’ from your parents basement rental in Seattle.

    Dustin will get his well-earned gig between the beautiful babes at Total College Sports.

    Jeremy will don his rhinestone cape and run this place in a purely democratic, Globetrotter, fashion. It will look something like this.

  • Harvard for Hillbillies #17


    Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 12:31 PM EDT

    Scoop shall live 10,000 years!!!!

  • Mariner Tom #18


    Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 1:03 PM EDT

    It’s not a goodbye, that’s why. I’ll be just as present as I ever was; just a different IP address in a neighboring state (not Seattle).

  • Lou #19


    Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 12:29 AM EDT

    More negativity from Harvard. Needs banned again. Wise up.

  • Hoosier Clarion #20


    Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 7:50 AM EDT

    Husky, Maybe it is your presence that created the good luck that brought Wilson to IU giving him the chance to be the Don James of Bloomington.

  • Mariner Tom #21


    Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 1:05 PM EDT

    Clarion, I like your spin. For Wilson to arrive at a stature where he could be called “The Don James of Bloomington” would be a dream-come-true. Though at this point, I’d settle for him becoming “The Rick Neuheisel of Bloomington.”

  • Harvard for Hillbillies #22


    Monday, June 17, 2013 - 12:33 PM EDT

    As a dedicated Hoosier football fan, I don’t think anyone on the blogs did as much as Husky Tom in advocating the removal of Bill Lynch as coach. When many were clinging to the gentleman-like qualities of Lynch, Husky was seizing every opportunity on Scoop and Basketblog(IDS) to change the course of discussions, redirect conversations, hit the zombies of Memorial with cold showers, a shock treatment of words from his creative arsenal of verbosity, aiming his Washington Husky cannons at the ships of pride in our basketball program, he targeted his explosions of words into the deeper hulls an examination of a denial in truth that had consumed Bloomington, where every Hoosier fan had lived far too long in their comfortable cabins of unfounded Indiana traditions of basketball arrogance while sitting idly in the abyss of their ignorance to live in the contented acceptance of a football mediocrity that had grown into an evil misguided happiness with the darkness at Memorial; the idle state of conditioned complacency for the pigskin in the land of limestone quarries filled with the years and buckets of Damon Bailey tears our washed-up elite basketball status.

    After his long voyages of comments amassed as the product of great sails his gifted tongue, he turned the passionate storms of basketball hearts that beat in unison a at Assembly into calm lifeless seas his trailing wake built of weak Hoosier minds that bought into his darker purpose, a long brainwashing task of his rational examinations that Hoosier basketball had lived for decades in a status far less elite than Washington Husky hoops. The cure for such ills could only be found in the heavy baggage of guilt we should all carry for gorging on IU basketball while the misfit child of Memorial was left hungry and unloved.

    FIRE LYNCH NOW!! FIRE LYNCH NOW!!! KILL THE BEAST!!

    And now he leaves with mission fulfilled. Rejoice in Wilson and Sweet Sixteens! The storms of Bloomington from seed and sapling, Oscar and Bird, Alford and Turner, McCracken and Knight, broken through the limestone into earth where banners sprouted as natural to feed in the sun as the roots in earth our maple planked hearts drank from the mist of the moon, now built into Husky boxes a Hoosier ship his personal latrine.

    To covet his deceitful wishes, nothing more obscene. The end to all Hoosier glory was the only truth in his eyes. The bitter formulated into the sweet, his green Washington apples thought sweet in the hold, were cannons of hope charged with envy, a pirate come aboard to trivialize our mighty hoops ship, pocket the Indiana treasure chest of innocence and passions found on hardwood. The envy grew from knowing the rotted apples his Washington football could never fill a single sail the passions found in a Hoosier hoops heart. The apples turned to soup heavier than the chests of gold and the sturdy ship went down while firing upon the ghosts of an enemy never was, twisted and demented wishes our entire irrelevance in sports, his hope for our complete demise.

  • Mariner Tom #23


    Monday, June 17, 2013 - 11:02 PM EDT

    Bravo, Harvard, you really reached back into the years to come up with that last post. It has the freshness of 2009 all over it. Very enjoyable and full of authentic Downingness. Not sure I understood much of it (just like old times!), but the flowing imagery of ships, ghosts, and emotions brought me right back to those glory years of Basketblog crossfire. Thank you.

  • Harvard for Hillbillies #24


    Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 10:52 AM EDT

    Not sure I understood much of it

    Here’s the shortened version.

  • Harvard for Hillbillies #25


    Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 11:21 AM EDT

    ^^^Might want to bookmark that link….It’s also very handy during a Tsao post.

    Hoosier baseball dedication.

  • Reggie #26


    Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 12:04 PM EDT

    So your saying youu rather have Lynch then Wilson Harvard?

  • Harvard for Hillbillies #27


    Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 1:12 PM EDT

    Reg-

    We did have Lynch, “then” Wilson….Much like we had Husky Tom, then Mariner Tom.

    A few questions for you, Reggie…

    Can we lose ourselves and our identity in storied hoops traditions amidst a calm sea of political correctness where we will forever spend guilty hours and catch-up dollars attempting to build two equal powers?

    Can you market/create preferences, loves, and passions?

    In the ledgers of administrators that so desire larger margins in sports balance sheets for all, can the filling of every seat in every hall eventually undermine the greatness that was always our unique beauty, the reason a date with destiny never failed to call?

    Should we feel so much guilt for the program lagging that we douse the success and passions that brought to the house the bragging?

    Do you think Tom Crean solely resurrected Hoosier basketball?

    Would Hoosier Basketball have remained dead if Tom Crean didn’t get offered the IU job?

    Can one cheating coach douse the decades of pride we should feel when looking at those five banners in Assembly?

    Could the shame we righteously and puritanically carry as a result of Sampson fiasco(the dark “you wrecked the program” ghost ship at sea) be used as a reason to concentrate excessively on the bastard child, prop up football into something it will never be in Hoosier hearts, by those that want Indiana to lose its national identity and fail in all sports?

    Can you ever earn our trust that you are the “real” Reggie when we all know that you hid behind a fake Reggie name to rip into a kid that Tom Crean wanted to put in a Hoosier uniform?

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