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    Field of Dreams Pep Rally Set for Friday at 6:30

    Go Hoosiers! IU's cheerleaders will be among the groups performing at this year's Homecoming Pep Rally on Friday.
    Go Hoosiers!
    IU's cheerleaders will be among the groups performing at this year's Homecoming Pep Rally on Friday.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Oct. 22, 2008

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The annual Field of Dreams Pep Rally will kick off Homecoming weekend on Friday night, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Sample Gates on the corner of Indiana and Kirkwood in downtown Bloomington. The pep rally will include appearances from several guest speakers - including football coach Bill Lynch, men's basketball coach Tom Crean and women's basketball coach Felisha Legette-Jack - and performances from a number of campus organizations.

    Longtime basketball PA announcer Chuck Crabb will serve as emcee for the event. In addition to the head coaches, Director of Athletics Rick Greenspan, football captains Christopher Phillips, Marcus Thigpen and Will Patterson and University President Michael McRobbie will speak at the event.

    Indiana's cheerleaders, the Marching Hundred and the Redsteppers will all take part in the event as well. Making a special guest performance will be IU's own Straight No Chaser, widely regarded as one of the best all-male a capella groups in the nation. Additionally, the event will feature the introduction of this year's Homecoming Court and the night will be capped off with a fireworks display.

    Kicking off the second half of the Big Ten season, the Indiana football team returns home to face No. 24 Northwestern on Homecoming this Saturday at Memorial Stadium (49,225). Kickoff is set for noon EDT on Saturday, Oct. 25, and the game will be televised by the Big Ten Network with Thom Brennaman (play-by-play), Charles Davis (analyst) and Charissa Thompson (sideline) on the call.

    Indiana owns a 41-48-6 record on Homecoming, including wins in three of the last four seasons. Last year, the Hoosiers gave Penn State all it could handle before coming up short, 36-31, on Oct. 20. In 2006, IU knocked off Michigan State, 46-21, following a 36-13 victory over Illinois in 2005. Indiana upset No. 23 Minnesota, 30-21, back in 2004. The Hoosiers are 7-7 all-time against the Wildcats on Homecoming. Northwestern earned a 37-31 overtime victory over Indiana the last time the teams met on Homecoming in Bloomington (Oct. 11, 2003).

     

     

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