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B1G 101: Get to know Indiana

DerekJohnsonDerekJohnson Administrator, Swaye's Wigwam Posts: 60,894 Founders Club

Our next B1G 101 installment focuses on a school that Washington
hasn’t often played against, but one whose path the Huskies have crossed
in a cosmic sort of way.

Where would UW have been in 2023, after
all, if Kalen DeBoer and Michael Penix Jr. hadn’t spent the 2019 season
together at Indiana? DeBoer’s lone season in Bloomington not only put
him in touch with the quarterback who would help him to last year’s
national title game, but it also supplied him with two members of the
Huskies’ former coaching staff — Nick Sheridan and William Inge — and
Sheridan is now his offensive coordinator at Alabama. There’s another
former Hoosier on UW’s 2024 roster, too: redshirt freshman defensive
back Jordan Shaw, who originally planned to transfer to Arizona.

Washington visits Indiana on Oct. 26, its second trip to Bloomington and first since 1978. 

Let’s get to know the Hoosiers a little better.

Prior installments:

Indiana fast facts

Location: Bloomington, Ind., (pop. 79,107), an hour-plus south of the Indianapolis International Airport.

Founded: 1820

Undergraduate enrollment: 35,660 (fall 2022)

Acceptance rate: 82%

U.S. News & World Report ranking (national universities): No. 73 (tied)

Alumni of note: Dallas
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban; former executive director of the MLBPA
Donald Fehr; actress Laverne Cox; Olympic swimming champion Mark Spitz. More here.

Athletics budget: Indiana reported $144.7 million in athletics revenue during the 2023
fiscal year, per the Indianapolis Star. That was down from the $166.7
million it reported in FY22, though that figure was inflated by a
one-time gift from the university’s foundation to help cover
pandemic-related losses. As the Indy Star wrote:
“The too-long-didn’t-read version of all this is straightforward: For
the first time since COVID-19 began affecting revenues in college
athletics, Indiana’s finances have returned more or less to normal.”

Football national championships: None.

Conference championships: Just two — one in 1945, and another in 1967, which culminated with the school’s only Rose Bowl appearance.

Rivals:
Indiana’s only protected rivalry is with in-state foe Purdue; the
Boilermakers enjoy a 77-42-6 edge in the series, which was first played
in 1891. Purdue has won five out of the last six after Indiana beat them
four years in a row from 2013-16. The schools play for the Old Oaken
Bucket, which is not college football’s only bucket trophy, nor is it
college football’s oldest trophy, though it is certainly college
football’s most oaken trophy.

Indiana also has a rivalry
with Illinois, which the Illini lead 46-25-2, though the schools have
met only three times since 2013, and with Michigan State, which the
Spartans lead 50-18-2. There’s a nonconference rivalry with Kentucky,
too, last played in 2005 and won by the Hoosiers, giving them an 18-17-1
lead in the series (the basketball rivalry has often been of slightly
greater interest). 

Stadium

Memorial
Stadium opened in October 1960, and replaced a prior Memorial Stadium
(also known as Tenth Street Stadium) that had been Indiana’s home since
1925, though not at the same location. Capacity is 52,626. Indiana
actually has a pretty impressive setup, with a new weight room scheduled
to be completed this year following a 2019 renovation to open a new
football operations facility. They have full-length grass and turf
practice fields, plus an indoor facility with a full-length turf field.
The stadium footprint serves as a central location for all of it.

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    DerekJohnsonDerekJohnson Administrator, Swaye's Wigwam Posts: 60,894 Founders Club

    Head coach

    Curt
    Cignetti, 63, decided to take a swing at perhaps the toughest job in
    the Big Ten after leading James Madison to a 52-9 record over the past
    five seasons, including an 11-1 finish last year in the school’s second
    season of FBS membership. Indiana fired Tom Allen after seven seasons,
    only two of which ended with a winning record, and negotiated a $15.5
    million buyout to do so (the original figure was $20.8 million). The
    school is paying Cignetti an average of $4.25 million over the next six
    years.

    Prior to James Madison, Cignetti spent two successful
    seasons at FCS Elon, and before that coached Division II Indiana
    University of Pennsylvania (IUP) for six years. Those jobs followed a
    28-year assistant career that included stints at Pittsburgh (twice),
    Davidson, Rice, Temple, NC State and, from 2007-10, Alabama, where
    Cignetti coached receivers during Nick Saban’s first four seasons in
    Tuscaloosa. 

    Cignetti played quarterback at West Virginia, where
    his father, Frank Cignetti Sr., had coached from 1976-79. West Virginia
    fired Frank after Curt’s freshman year, but he resurfaced at IUP, where
    he coached 20 seasons, and was eventually inducted into the College
    Football Hall of Fame.

    History against Washington

    Washington is 1-2 against Indiana:

    2003: Washington 38, Indiana 13 (Seattle)

    1978: Indiana 14, Washington 7 (Bloomington)

    1976: Indiana 20, Washington 13 (Seattle)

    • UW’s
      only win against Indiana, in the 2003 home opener, was the first of
      coach Keith Gilbertson’s brief tenure (the Huskies had lost the week
      prior, 28-9, at No. 2 Ohio State). Reggie Williams caught two touchdown
      passes against the Hoosiers, including a 70-yarder from quarterback Cody
      Pickett on a short crosser. Indiana finished 2-10 that season under
      Gerry DiNardo.
    • Ranked No. 11 and coming off Don James’
      first Rose Bowl season, the Huskies stumbled in their opener against
      UCLA, then were upset by the Hoosiers two weeks later. Indiana’s coach
      was none other than Lee Corso, then in the sixth year of a decade-long
      tenure in Bloomington. Indiana finished 4-7 that season, but did notch
      Corso’s first two winning seasons at the school in 1979 (8-4) and 1980
      (6-5). The Huskies recovered well enough, finishing 6-2 in conference
      and tied with UCLA for second place behind co-national champion USC.
    • Indiana
      got James in his second season, too. Both programs went 5-6 that year,
      but the home defeat still was perceived as a massive upset, and James
      was furious. He told reporters afterward: “It looks like we are going to
      have to go out and beat the hell out of them in practice this week. …
      This week we’ll be scrimmaging. We’ll be hitting a lot more.”

    The pinnacle

    Indiana
    does claim one unbeaten season, under coach Bo McMillin in 1945, which
    the Hoosiers finished 9-0-1 — they tied Northwestern — and ranked No. 4
    in the final AP poll, still tied for their highest finish ever. They
    ranked No. 20 after going 6-3 the following year, and were unranked but
    above .500 at 5-3-1 in 1947, McMillin’s final year at Indiana before he
    left to coach the Detroit Lions. 

    The school’s only Rose Bowl
    appearance came at the end of the 1967 season, under coach John Pont,
    who guided Indiana to a 9-2 record (though USC defeated the Hoosiers in
    Pasadena, 14-3, en route to a national title). Indiana also finished
    that year ranked No. 4 nationally. 

    Since its four consecutive
    winning seasons from 1944-47, Indiana has yet to put together more than
    two winning seasons in a row. Still, the 13-year tenure of Bill Mallory
    (1984-96) was a relative success, as he guided the Hoosiers to six bowl
    games, winning two of them, and finished the 1988 season ranked No. 20.

    The
    next time Indiana finished a season in the top-25, Penix was the
    starting quarterback (though an ACL injury cut his season short).
    Indiana still went 6-2 during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season,
    defeating Penn State and Michigan in the same year for the first time
    ever. The Hoosiers’ No. 12 final ranking remains their third-best ever.

    Rock bottom

    Things
    were pretty bad in 2021, when Indiana finished 2-10, went winless in
    Big Ten play and scored only 10 total touchdowns against conference
    opponents, one year after their 2020 breakout. But Indiana also has a
    winless season to its name — an 0-11 finish in 1986, Mallory’s first
    year — and had just one winning season from 1995 through 2018.

    That
    period encompassed seven different head coaches, including DiNardo’s
    three-year tenure from 2002-04, which yielded an overall record of 8-27
    and 3-21 in Big Ten play. In eight of 10 seasons from 2002-11, Indiana
    won either one or zero conference games.

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    Big football names

    Indiana
    counts six College Football Hall of Famers, including running back
    Anthony Thompson, a two-time All-American (1988-89) who rushed for 5,299
    yards and scored 65 career touchdowns. He finished a close second in
    the 1989 Heisman voting behind Houston’s Andre Ware and is widely
    considered the best player in school history. McMillin is the only
    Indiana coach to be inducted. Pete Pihos is the school’s only Pro
    Football Hall of Famer.

    Antwaan Randle El became a household name
    and finished sixth in the Heisman voting in 2001, a year in which he won
    Big Ten MVP despite Indiana’s 5-6 record; Randle El passed for 1,664
    yards and rushed for 964, and had a nine-year NFL career as a receiver.

    The
    Hoosiers’ NFL Draft history is relatively scant but not barren. Former
    Falcons, 49ers and Jets tailback Tevin Coleman is one name you might
    recognize, as is former cornerback Tracy Porter, a second-round pick of
    the New Orleans Saints in 2008 who wound up on the wrong end of a
    Marshawn Lynch stiff-arm one January afternoon in Seattle

    Indiana’s best sports

    You
    know about Indiana’s rich men’s basketball history, though the program
    hasn’t been to a Final Four since 2002. The women’s basketball team is a
    consistent NCAA tournament presence and has advanced to the Sweet
    Sixteen in three out of the last four years. 

    Men’s soccer is a
    powerhouse, winning national titles in 2003, 2004 and 2012, and losing
    in the championship game in 2022. Women’s golf won the Big Ten
    championship last season. Swimming and diving has a strong history.

    Indiana finished 41st in the 2023-24 Directors’ Cup standings and ninth in the Big Ten.

    2023 football season in review

    Record: 3-9 (1-8)

    Bowl game: N/A

    The
    Hoosiers ranked 105th in scoring offense and 101st in scoring defense,
    beat only Wisconsin in conference play and needed four overtimes to beat
    Akron. Though the Penix era offered some fond memories, Allen won only
    three Big Ten games in his final three seasons, and his seven-year
    tenure ended with an 18-43 record in conference play.

    2024 football outlook

    FanDuel
    set Indiana’s over/under win total at 5.5, which is largely a
    reflection of the Hoosiers’ ultra-soft nonconference schedule of FIU,
    Western Illinois and Charlotte. Indiana ranks 58th in FBS in returning
    production, per Bill Connelly’s metric.

    Former
    Ohio University quarterback Kurtis Rourke transferred in this
    offseason, giving Cignetti a veteran starter to helm an overhauled
    offense. The Hoosiers’ top receiver, Donaven McCulley, is back after
    tallying 644 yards and six touchdowns last season. Indiana also added
    four FBS transfers, including James Madison’s Elijah Sarratt, who led
    the Dukes with 1,191 yards last season. Similarly, Cignetti will rely on
    a couple of JMU transfers in a new-look running back room: Kaelon Black
    and Ty Son Lawton, a duo that combined for more than 1,200 yards last
    season. Indiana also added transfers from Wake Forest (Justice Ellison)
    and North Carolina (Elijah Green), and another from James Madison,
    Solomon Vanhorse, who missed most of the last two seasons due to injury.

    Cignetti
    also is relying on JMU transfers at several other positions on both
    sides of the ball, including the offensive and defensive lines. As at
    Washington, there was a lot of portal activity, in both directions, in
    Bloomington this offseason.

    2024 schedule

    Aug. 31, vs. Florida International

    Sept. 6, vs. Western Illinois (Friday)

    Sept. 14, at UCLA

    Sept. 21, vs. Charlotte

    Sept. 28, vs. Maryland

    Oct. 5, at Northwestern

    Oct. 19, vs. Nebraska

    Oct. 26, vs. Washington

    Nov. 2, at Michigan State

    Nov. 9, vs. Michigan

    Nov. 23, at Ohio State

    Nov. 30, vs. Purdue

    Final thoughts

    Like
    Rutgers, Indiana competed for the past decade in the Big Ten’s East
    division, which meant, cruelly, that the Hoosiers faced Michigan, Ohio
    State and Penn State every year (it’s no wonder their nonconference
    slate is so weak). Their all-time records against those opponents: 10-62
    (Michigan), 12-79 (Ohio State) and 2-25 (Penn State). They’ve beaten
    the Wolverines twice since 1967, the Buckeyes twice since 1951 — and not
    at all since 1987 — and Penix’s pylon-scraping score in 2020 granted
    the Hoosiers just their second win ever against Penn State. The gap
    between Indiana and the top of the conference is immense. 

    The
    Huskies really are getting the full Big Ten experience this season, with
    games against historic powers like Michigan and Penn State … but also
    against Northwestern, Rutgers and Indiana. Nothing is ever guaranteed,
    especially on the road, and Indiana could be an interesting team this
    season under Cignetti with so many experienced transfers. As with
    Northwestern and Rutgers, though, it’s hard to envision a successful
    season for Washington if it involves losing to Indiana. This is a game
    the Huskies simply must have, and that will largely be true whenever the
    Hoosiers appear on the schedule.

    — Christian Caple, On Montlake

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    rodmansragerodmansrage Member Posts: 6,074

    we? never had to play a greased up charlotte team.

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    haiehaie Member, Swaye's Wigwam Posts: 20,884 Swaye's Wigwam

    We already saw it in 2022. B1G teams will bring more fans, even from across the country.

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    Purple_PillsPurple_Pills Member, Swaye's Wigwam Posts: 1,852 Swaye's Wigwam

    Supposedly a good source material university for The ‘Wam™. A good sauce told me IU and MSU are the most talent rich in the former Big 10.

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    Purple_PillsPurple_Pills Member, Swaye's Wigwam Posts: 1,852 Swaye's Wigwam

    Who else is going to Bloomington in October? I am flying in and out of Nashville, where I’ll bookend the trip staying there three nights and three nights in Kentucky visiting bourbon country and seeing the autumn races at Keeneland

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    dtddtd Member Posts: 4,227 Standard Supporter

    God I fucking hate the offseason.

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    CFetters_Nacho_LoverCFetters_Nacho_Lover Moderator, Swaye's Wigwam Posts: 29,383 Founders Club
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    CFetters_Nacho_LoverCFetters_Nacho_Lover Moderator, Swaye's Wigwam Posts: 29,383 Founders Club

    Alaska flies non stop to Indianapolis. I think that’s relatively new.

    Delta and Alaska both fly non stop to Cincinnati as well but then you have a 2.5 hour drive through southern Indiana which I don’t recommend.

    If you want to do a bourbon experience, see Keeneland, go for a ride on the back of my rascal (I’ve had the suspension upgraded), flying into Cincinnati is a great option. About 90 minutes to Lexington or Louisville from the airport.

    It’s really too bad Mike Damone fagged out and isn’t here to chime in.

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    whlinderwhlinder Member Posts: 4,407 Standard Supporter

    This Nolan Harrison erasure will not stand!

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    huskyhooliganhuskyhooligan Member, Swaye's Wigwam Posts: 5,226 Swaye's Wigwam

    Probably just found my tickets for the gayme.

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    huskyhooliganhuskyhooligan Member, Swaye's Wigwam Posts: 5,226 Swaye's Wigwam

    I'm actually doing the Cincy directs on Delta. Round trip tickets were 200 - 300 cheaper and I enjoy a good country / corn fields drive through small towns. When I looked at the map actually driving further and up and through Indianapolis took about the same amount of time. Cincy also gave me the opportunity to check off Kentucky and Ohio in one trip.

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    PostGameOrangeSlicesPostGameOrangeSlices Member, Swaye's Wigwam Posts: 24,892 Founders Club

    So many funny posters over the years got so fucking weird about an online message board. Damone, Sven, DDY, HeNeedsMoreTime

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    Purple_PillsPurple_Pills Member, Swaye's Wigwam Posts: 1,852 Swaye's Wigwam

    The SEA-IND route on Alaska has been around for awhile. I took it in 2019 to see basketball games at IU and Kentucky, and see one of Tom Brady’s last games with the Patriots against the Bengals in Cincy.

    The SEA-CVG route is newer. I flew it when we played at Michigan a few years back and the route was only a few months old. I got a free upgrade to first class💪 for that flight.

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    JaWarrenJaHookerJaWarrenJaHooker Member Posts: 2,000

    always wanted to go to Keeneland. Maybe one day soon. It’s on my list. Past few years I hit Oaklawn and Gulfstream both in the spring. Both were very cool experiences.

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