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It’s not easy to impress Kevin Wilson by talking about rivalries.
The Indiana football coach has been a part of some big ones in his day, the most recent being the Red River Rivalry between Oklahoma and Texas. And he’s always said, even when Oklahoma reporters asked him about that rivalry, that the biggest and nastiest one he’s ever been a part of is the one between Maiden, his high school in North Carolina, and Bandys. Maiden refers to itself as “The Biggest Little Football Town in the World,” and Wilson won a state title as a junior, so as one could imagine, the intensity level is high.
So on that scale, the Indiana-Purdue rivalry only registers so much, but Wilson said he’s still developed an appreciation for it.
“The uniqueness is it’s a state rivalry,” Wilson said. “You’ve got the two institutions of the state, the state institutions. You grow up in the state. For the most part, I’m assuming the majority of the fans are pulling for whoever the family has or their grandfather has. For decades or 100 plus years it’s one school or the other. But again, to me what makes a rivalry great is there’s a natural love. There’s kind of a respect that you have for the school. The families know each other, the communities know each other. That being said, it’s family going against family, that makes for a little heated, bad blood rival. I’ve tried to tell our kids. I don’t think every school has that. I’d say that if you’d look at 120 some schools (in the FBS) there’s probably 70-75 that has some natural true rival. Some others are searching.”
The players at least say they get that. Especially the seniors. (more…)
From IU sports info. We’ll have more on this as the reunion approaches.
1987 National Championship Team Reunion Weekend
Indiana University will welcome back members of the 1987 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship team the December 4th as the group gathers for a reunion to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the program’s fifth NCAA title.
The Hoosiers defeated #1 UNLV 97-93, in the national semifinals and Syracuse, 74-73 in the title game on a last second shot by junior Keith Smart.
Steve Alford and Todd Meier along with Deputy Athletic Director Scott Dolson (a team manager on the squad) were involved in organizing the weekend. The team will be recognized during Sunday’s men’s basketball game against Stetson which tips off at 4:30 p.m. The women’s team will have a game against Oklahoma State at noon.
The first 7,500 fans in attendance will receive a replica calendar poster from the championship season. An autograph session will take place between 3 and 4 p.m. for those with a game ticket. Fans will be limited to one item for autographs as the group will try and accommodate as many as possible.
A limited number of tickets are available for the game and may be purchased by calling 1-866-IU Sports. More specifics will be available next week.
1. HOOSIERS HQ
The warm-up games are over for IU, now the real season begins, I wrote.
Stingy Hoosiers roll over the Runnin’ Bulldogs, Dustin wrote.
Early exits clear space on IU football roster, Andy wrote.
Unpredictable IU women to head to Oxford, Jeremy wrote.
Indiana finally had a night when its outside shots weren’t falling, but in response, the Hoosiers just made sure Gardner Webb’s weren’t either.
The Hoosiers held an opponent under 50 for the first time since a 67-44 win over Wright State a year ago and won their fifth straight game by at least 20 points, pummeling Gardner-Webb 73-49 in front of 16,261 on Monday night at Assembly Hall.
The Hoosiers were just 3-for-18 from beyond the arc, but they still moved the ball well enough to shoot 49.2 percent from the field, scoring 40 points in the paint. They finished with 19 assists on 29 field goals and just 13 turnovers. (more…)
In case you hadn’t seen this yet, Indiana got two votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ poll.
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