Archive for the ‘IU’ Category

Thanks Coach Hep

June 19, 2007

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/columns/story?columnist=maisel_ivan&id=2909527

On a football level there is no higher praise than this: Terry Hoeppner made me care about Indiana Football. Furthermore, I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that if this man was given a chance he was going to make it work at IU. If anyone could it was Coach Hep.

When you are the Indiana Football coach you don’t need to be the smartest, best coach in the world to overcome the barriers, but you do have to be the most passionate coach. You have to make people care who are used to caring 0%: the players, the recruits, and especially the fans. He did it better than anyone ever has.

I’ll remember Hep talking after the Hoosiers upset Iowa in 2006, telling the ESPN sideline reporter to “get on board because the Hoosiers are a rocket ship and we’re headed up.” They went on to win 3 out 4 Big Ten games (when has that ever happened in Bloomington?) including an absolute dismantling of Michigan State. I just wish they could have taken that last game in West Lafayette. Coach deserved it.

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Tourney Time or "Its only 7:00 pm out west"

March 15, 2007

I woke up this morning singing the following chant “It’s tourney time, tourney time, tourney time, tourney time…” These four days rule, and they are even better when your team is still alive.

On a related note: I think everyone probably has those weird dreams where, even if you have long since graduated, you think you are still in school and you are supposed to take an exam but you don’t even know where you classroom is. I wonder if Indiana AD Rick Greenspan has reoccuring dreams where it’s 10:15 pm and he’s late for a tournament game in San Jose. Or it’s 9:55 pm on a Thursday and his team is supposed to be playing in Sacremento but he can’t find Arco Arena.

Who schedules this crap? Can the NCAA just get it over with and switch the Hoosiers to the PAC-10.

The pick: Texas A & M, mainly because I have rooting interests against most of the other top seeds. They played a wicked schedule and lost a lot of 2 point games. I don’t know if they will win it all, but I see them in the Final Four.