Is there some dissension within the ranks in Bloomington after Saturday’s 41-35 loss to Navy? Say it isn’t so Mr. Wilson. But there does appear to be some confusion between the third year head coach and Indiana’s Athletic Director, Fred Glass, in regards to scheduling the series with the Midshipmen.
In an article from yesterday’s edition of the Indy Star.com, the paper interviewed Glass after perusing university documents signed in October of 2010 stating rather than the two schools playing annually from 2012 to 2017, the series would only occur in 2012, and 2013. This is very intriguing, as the paperwork for the pared down agreement was produced on October 12, 2010, before Bill Lynch was officially terminated on November 28, 2010 and Wilson was hired on December 7, 2010.
On his radio show last evening, September 9, Wilson stated he wanted the university to avoid playing Navy as their three option offensive attack is troublesome to stave off for a team not known for its defensive prowess. Could be a little bit of that and Coach wanting to win some games? As a Big Ten member, it’s not like the Hoosiers have a weak schedule and I’m sure Wilson really wants to get the team into a bowl ASAP.
“Kevin made no bones about the fact that Navy is such a unique opponent with a unique style that it’s hard to prepare for and takes a disproportionate amount of time to prepare for,” Glass said.
When the original deal was struck, if either one of the schools wanted to reduce the amount of contests between they had to fork over $200,000 per game, but Glass maintained Navy was willing to sever the arrangement without a penny being exchanged. He also contended that Wilson was “being a little facetious” when he said the university was attempting to extricate itself from that contract.
“We weren’t trying to get out of that series,” Glass said Monday. “He (Wilson) and I were on the same page to do that series.”
Whatever the reason, and Glass claims it was merely the result of the university reexamining their obligations for their own best interests, the situation arose from what “teams our fans want to see” and how the football program can best achieve a high level of success. Ticket sales are up this year and Wilson has been quite vociferous about getting the fans more involved at Memorial Stadium.
One thing is for sure and the second straight demolition job of the Hoosiers by the Midshipmen has left a bit of a sour taste in some peoples’ mouths.
“I think this loss will look less and less bad as the season goes along,” Glass said.
He’s definitely 100 percent correct. The Hoosiers need to prepare for the Falcons this weekend and it’s a long season with Big Ten heavyweights looming on the horizon. Some things are best put to rest and behind you to move forward. Looks like this is one of those situations, as Bowling Green State University will be on campus this weekend.