Not only did Phil Dickens struggle to win games after Indiana hired him away from Wyoming, but he got the program in hot water immediately. Reports came out of 17 recruiting violations during his first three months in Bloomington. Indiana was placed on a one-year probation and Dickens was not allowed to coach in 1957.
Bob Hicks patrolled the sideline that season and only went 1-8. Dickens managed to go 5-3-1 in his first year, but in the years to follow it became clear that if he couldn’t cheat in recruiting, he couldn’t win.
Indiana went 4-4-1 in 1959, then 1-8 in 1960. Dickens coached for four more years after his 1-8 1960 campaign but never had another winning season. He finished his tenure at Indiana with a record of 20-41-2.