March 8, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana head football coach Kevin Wilson and the Hoosiers kick off 2011 spring practice Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. IU will conduct 15 spring practices, which includes the annual Cream & Crimson Spring Game on Saturday, April 16, at 11 a.m.
The Hoosiers will practice at 4 p.m. on Thursday before the students are released for Spring Break. Practice will resume on Tuesday, March 22.
Follow the Hoosiers this spring at IUHoosiers.com with daily updates, including videos and photos.
Below are some spring news and nuggets:
Wilson To Lead Hoosiers
Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass introduced Kevin Wilson as the new head football coach at Indiana University on Dec. 7, 2010. Glass and Wilson agreed to terms on a seven-year deal that will pay Wilson $1.2 million per year.
"I am thrilled that Kevin Wilson will lead our football program," Glass said. "He is committed to compliance, academics, character and winning. He has helped lead successful programs at Miami (Ohio), Northwestern and Oklahoma. I believe his leadership, vision, confidence, teaching, commitment, discipline and toughness herald a terrific new era for Indiana football."
"I'm extremely pleased that Kevin Wilson, who has been one of the nation's top assistant coaches for several years, has agreed to come to IU to lead our football program," Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie said. "He has proven to be a great innovator, motivator and teacher, while coaching some of the most prolific offenses in NCAA history and numerous All-American athletes. He clearly has the talent and experience we were hoping to obtain as we embark on what we fully anticipate to be an exciting new era of IU football. I look forward to welcoming him to IU."
One of the most innovative and prolific offensive minds in the country, Wilson spent the 2002-10 seasons at the University of Oklahoma. He served as co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach from 2002-05 and as offensive coordinator and tight ends and fullbacks coach from 2006-10.
Wilson led some of the most productive offenses in the history of college football to 10 consecutive bowl games, seven of which were BCS Bowl appearances, including three national championship games (2003, 2004 and 2008 seasons). OU played in seven Big 12 Title games in Wilson's nine years, going 6-1 in those appearances. His offenses were vital to accumulating an overall record of 99-24 (.805) during his time in Norman, including seven 10-win seasons.
Hoosier Coaching Staff
Kevin Wilson has assembled an experienced and dynamic coaching staff. Including Wilson, the staff has 135 combined years of college coaching experience, an average of 13.5 years per coach. In total, the group has coached in 55 bowl games, including 17 BCS bowl contests and seven national championship games with two national titles. Below is a look at Wilson's 2011 coaching staff:
Doug Mallory - Assistant Head Coach/
Mike Ekeler - Co-Defensive Coordinator/LB
Kevin Johns - Co-Offensive Coordinator/WR
Rod Smith - Co-Offensive Coordinator/QB
Brett Diersen - DE/Recruiting Coordinator
Greg Frey - OL
Mark Hagen - DT/Special Teams Coordinator
Deland McCullough - RB
Brandon Shelby - CB
IU-BSU In Lucas Oil
Indiana's 2011 football season opener against Ball State on Sept. 3 will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium, the home of the National Football League's Indianapolis Colts.
Admission prices and game time will be set at a later date. The game was originally scheduled to be played as a Ball State home game in Muncie, Ind.
Known best as the home of the Colts, Lucas Oil Stadium will host the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game to be played on Dec. 3, 2011.
Lucas Oil Stadium is a major site for conventions, exhibitions, trade shows and NCAA basketball competition. The unique retractable roof makes it exceptionally flexible for both indoor and outdoor events. The roof can be opened or closed in approximately nine minutes. Lucas Oil Stadium is a seven-level facility that seats 63,000 for football and up to 70,000 for basketball, conventions and concerts. It covers 1.8 million square feet, features 137 corporate suites, two club lounges, meeting rooms and two exhibit halls.
Head coach Kevin Wilson and the Hoosiers open the campaign with the Cardinals before kicking off their home slate against Virginia on Sept. 10. Indiana wraps up its non-conference portion of the schedule with a Sept. 17 meeting versus South Carolina State at Memorial Stadium and a visit to Denton, Texas, to face North Texas on Sept. 24.
For the general public, football season tickets are $230. Call 866-IUSports to order your tickets today or visit IUHoosiers.com for more details.
SI On Wilson Hire
Sports Illustrated's Stewart Mandel graded the 21 Football Bowl Subdivision schools that have changed head coaches since the end of the 2010 regular season. Indiana's hiring of Kevin Wilson received one of two "A" grades.
Below is what Mandel had to say about Wilson and the Hoosiers:
He brings the experience of having spent the past nine years working for a perennial BCS contender. He has Big Ten and Midwest familiarity from his time at Northwestern and Miami (Ohio). And he's an acclaimed offensive coordinator who will maximize Indiana's underrated skill talent.
Belcher Back In 2011
Indiana wide receiver Damarlo Belcher announced on Jan. 10 that he will not declare for early entry to the 2011 National Football League Draft and will return to the IU football program for his senior season.
"I believe it is in my best interest to return to Indiana University for my senior season," Belcher said. "One of my goals is to earn my degree and this gives me the opportunity to accomplish that. I am also excited about what we can achieve as a team. I look forward to playing for Coach Wilson and getting back to work with the rest of my teammates."
Belcher led the Hoosiers with 78 receptions and 832 yards in 2010. His 78 catches rank second on IU's single-season list, one behind James Hardy's top mark of 79 set back in 2007, and his 832 yards put him ninth on the single-season chart. Belcher led the Big Ten in receptions and topped the league in catches per game (6.50). He also ranked fourth in the conference with 69.3 receiving yards per game and added four touchdowns.
The Fort Wayne, Ind., native became the 15th Hoosier to ever reach 100 career receptions and 1,000 career yards last season. He currently sits third on Indiana's career list with 164 catches and sixth with 1,939 yards. Hardy is IU's all-time leader in both categories with 191 receptions and 2,740 yards.
"We are very pleased Damarlo is returning for this upcoming season," Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson said. "He obviously is a tremendous talent and we are excited to continue his development into one of the top receivers in the nation. Not only is he going to improve on the field, but he is going to work very hard toward earning his degree, which is an important goal for all of our student-athletes."
Trio Participate In Combine
Former Indiana offensive tackle James Brewer and wide receivers Terrance Turner and Tandon Doss participated in the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine. The Combine ran from Feb. 23-March 1 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Brewer played in the 2011 Senior Bowl. He was an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick by the league's coaches and media in 2010. Brewer started nine games at right tackle and allowed just two sacks.
Turner played in the 2011 East-West Shrine Game. He closed out his career with 143 catches (sixth all-time at Indiana) for 1,436 yards and four touchdowns in 41 games (31 starts). Turner became the 17th Hoosier to ever reach 100 career receptions and 1,000 career yards in 2010.
Doss led the Big Ten and finished fifth nationally with 175.8 all-purpose yards per game in 2010. He closed out the year with 63 receptions, 706 receiving yards, seven touchdowns, 1,016 kick return yards, 163 rushing yards and 49 punt return yards.
Big Ten Divisions
This season marks the Big Ten's first season with football divisions and the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game. The conference announced that its two six-team divisions will be known as "Legends" and "Leaders." Indiana is a member of the "Leaders" division. A breakdown of the divisions is listed below:
LEGENDS: Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern
LEADERS: Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin
Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis was chosen as the site for the 2011 Big Ten Football Championship Game to be played on Dec. 3, 2011. The league office is in the midst of a thorough process to determine the location of the Big Ten Football Championship Game in 2012 and beyond.
Wilson On Twitter, Lexy
Indiana head football coach Kevin Wilson has joined Twitter. To follow him and everything going on with IU Football visit @IUCoachWilson.
Additionally, Wilson will reach out to Hoosier fans via Lexy beginning on March 8, as IU kicks off its 2011 spring practice. Lexy, a new entertainment medium, provides free on-demand personalized audio clips that listeners can get on any phone by dialing 877-FYI-LEXY (877-349-5399) or by going to www.Lexy.com.
Lexy is a privately-owned company on a mission to deliver through the authenticity of audio a dynamic, interactive aural network of ideas, information, arguments, entertainment, rants, raves, news and stories.
2011 Signing Class
Twenty-one student-athletes will continue their football playing careers at Indiana University, head coach Kevin Wilson announced on Wednesday, Feb. 2. Wilson's first recruiting class includes the 2010 Indiana Mr. Football award winner in addition to one four-star recruit and 16 three-star recruits in the Rivals.com and Scout.com rankings.
Seven players in the signing class reside from Indiana, seven from Ohio, three from Florida and one each from Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana and Michigan. The Hoosiers signed 12 players on the defensive side and nine on the offensive side of the ball. Indiana added four defensive linemen, three linebackers, three cornerbacks and two safeties. IU also welcomed four offensive linemen, three wide receivers, one quarterback and one running back for the incoming class of 2011.
"There is good balance on both sides of the ball in this signing class," Wilson said. "We got a good mix of guys up front and skill guys. Our staff did a great job getting in on some guys late in the game. There is great athleticism and potential in this group. We brought in help in the secondary and up front across the board, and we are excited to get to work with these guys."