IU and Virginia Agree to Home-and-Home Series Starting in 2009
Feb. 9, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass announced Monday that Indiana and the University of Virginia have agreed to a home-and-home football series starting this fall.
"This is a great matchup for our players, alumni and other fans," Glass said. "Like IU, the University of Virginia is one of the country's premier public universities from a premier conference."
Glass noted that while this will be the first time that IU and Virginia have competed in football, they already compete for the best students in the country.
Academic excellence is a cornerstone of both campuses, with high achieving students, elite honors programs and outstanding faculty. Both boast premier scholarships for first-year students who have excelled as scholars, leaders and citizens - notably the Wells Scholars at Indiana University and the Jefferson Scholars at UVa. IU and Virginia both enroll students with test score and GPA averages well above the national average and the averages of their states, and are routinely ranked by national publications and organizations - including both being selected by Kiplinger's in their list of `100 Best Values in Public Colleges'. Indiana and UVa are schools committed to serving their states - with residents making up more than 60% of their student bodies, and are home to academic majors that are recognized among the best in the nation.
The Virginia game fills a slot in the Hoosiers' schedule recently vacated by the University of South Florida. USF asked to defer a game with Indiana so it could begin a series with Florida State University.
Glass said he was surprised, but pleased, to have an opportunity to impact IU's football schedule in his first year as Director of Athletics.
IU and UVa will meet next season in Charlottesville, Va., on October 10. Virginia will travel to Bloomington for the return matchup on September 10, 2011. It will mark Indiana's 16th meeting against an ACC opponent and its first since a 2001 showdown with North Carolina State in Raleigh.
"This is a great opportunity to face a very good team from the ACC," Hoosier head coach Bill Lynch said. "We have tremendous respect for the Virginia program and we look forward to two challenging games."
Virginia finished the 2008 season with a 5-7 record and a 3-5 conference mark. Former New York Jets head coach Al Groh owns a 56-44 record in his eight seasons at UVa. Groh has led the Cavaliers to five bowl games, including a 2007 appearance in the Gator Bowl, and three bowl victories.
The Hoosiers signed 18 student-athletes on National Signing Day. Head coach Bill Lynch's second recruiting class included one four-star recruit and 12 three-star recruits in the Rivals.com and Scout.com rankings.
Indiana opens spring practice on Tuesday, March 24. The annual Cream & Crimson Spring Game will kick off at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 18, at 2 p.m.
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