Kevin Wilson Did It Again … and It Cost Indiana This Time

New Indiana University football coach Kevin Wilson is quickly developing a reputation as a riverboat gambler … to a fault.

He unsuccessfully attempted a fourth-down conversion rather than kicking an easy field goal last week in the Hoosiers’ season-opening loss to Ball State, but it didn’t make a difference in the final score of that game.

This time, it did. Wilson tried a fake field goal in the third quarter of Saturday’s 34-31 home loss to Virginia that would have greatly affected the outcome with an easy three points.

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Indiana Hoosiers Open Kevin Wilson Era with Loss

I’m not quite sure that was the way the Indiana University football team wanted to begin its new era.

Playing their first game of the 2011 season and under new coach Kevin Wilson, the Hoosiers looked pretty much like, well, the Hoosiers — the IU teams of the last three seasons under Bill Lynch and the IU teams throughout the program’s history — in a 27-20 loss to in-state foe Ball State on Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Granted, it’s still early, and let’s be honest: we’re kidding ourselves if we couldn’t see this coming from IU. Even so, it’s clear this team is still a work in progress.

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College Football 77 in 77: #76 Indiana Hoosiers

hoosiers cheerleader

To say that Indiana University is a college basketball haven but at the same time a dead zone for football is kind of like saying that porn star/stripper/target of Anthony Weiner lust Ginger Lee is a bit skanky; an obvious understatement.

There’s a serious drought going on in Tom Crean’s hoops program, but unfortunately for the gridiron Hoosiers, they’ve done nothing to pick up the slack and get the fanbase focused on college football.

At least they were fun to watch last year. They threw the ball all over the place for big yards, but unfortunately at the same time, their running game and defense was a train wreck. (What else is new in Bloomington?)

Oh yeah, the head coach

Regime change comes suddenly, but big progress takes time as Kevin Wilson takes over at IU.

By Paul M. Banks

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