Indiana Hoosiers football
2019 Indiana Hoosiers
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First season 1887
Athletic director Fred Glass
Head coach Tom Allen
3rnd year, 18–29 (.474)
Home stadium Memorial Stadium (Indiana)
Year built 1960
Stadium capacity 52,929
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location Bloomington, Indiana, U.S.
Conference Big Ten
Division Leaders
All-time history
Indiana Hoosiers Historical Teams
1887 1888 1889
1890 1891 1892 1893 1894 1895 1896 1897 1898 1899
1900 1901 1902 1903 1904 1905 1906 1907 1908 1909
1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919
1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929
1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
2020 2021 2022 2023 2024
All-time record 488–681–44 (.420)
Postseason bowl record 3–9 (.250)
Claimed national titles 0
Conference titles 2 (1945, 1967)
Heisman winners 0
Consensus All-Americans Template:American college football All-Americans
Current uniform
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Colors Cream and Crimson


Fight song "Indiana, Our Indiana"
Marching band Marching Hundred
Rivals Purdue Boilermakers
Illinois Fighting Illini
Michigan State Spartans
Kentucky Wildcats

The Indiana Hoosiers are a member of the NCAA FBS Big Ten Conference, playing their home games at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Indiana. The Indiana Hoosiers football program represents Indiana University and have played their home games at Memorial Stadium since 1960.

The team has won the Big Ten Championship twice, once in 1945 and again in 1967. The Hoosiers have appeared in nine bowl games, including the 1968 Rose Bowl. The Hoosiers are currently coached by Tom Allen.

History[edit | edit source]

Early beginnings (1887-1897)[edit | edit source]

In the fall of 1884 the Indiana student newspaper made its first reference to football by reporting that a team was being organized. The following year, in 1885, a Yale graduate, professor Arthur B. Woodford, came to Indiana to teach political and social science and during the next year he introduced football to the school. Woodford coached the Hoosiers from 1887 to 1888.

By 1891 Billy Herod was coach. He had never played football but had seen it played in the East. The Hoosiers continued to struggle to find wins, even forfeiting a game to Purdue in the 1894 season. The first winning season came in 1895 under coach Dana Osgood, who led the team to a 4-3-1 record. This was followed by two winning seasons in 1896 and 1897 under coach Madison G. Gonterman, who was hired away from Harvard.

Joining conference play (1898-1933)[edit | edit source]

After coaching the Hoosiers to winning records in 1898 and 1899, coach James H. Horne and the football team joined the Western Conference (later the Big Ten Conference). Horne led Indiana to six .500-or-better records in his seven years. In 1905 coach James M. Sheldon took over and would have the longest tenure of a football coach at Indiana until Bo McMillin coached for 14 years (1934-1947). Sheldon proved to be one of the most successful coaches in Indiana football's early years, leading the Hoosiers to four winning seasons and as high as third in the Big Ten Conference rankings. In 1914 Indiana hired its first full-time coach, Clarence Childs, but continued to struggle to find success.

In 1922 construction began on the original Memorial Stadium. It would seat 22,000 fans and $250,000 was raised to erect the new facility. The new stadium was built on the grounds of the golf course and replaced Jordan Field, which had been the home of Indiana football since 1887.

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George Taliaferro running with ball against Purdue in 1945

Bo McMillin era (1934-1947)[edit | edit source]

One of Indiana's most successful coaches, Bo McMillin holds the honor of being the only coach to ever lead the Hoosiers to an outright Big Ten Championship. In 1945, he led IU to its only unbeaten record (9-0-1) and garnered Man of the Year and Coach of the Year honors by the Football Writers Association and the Football Coaches Association. Part of the team's success in this period is attributable to George Taliaferro, an African-American who helped break down color barriers in sports and played for the Hoosiers two years before Jackie Robinson suited up for the Brooklyn Dodgers. A three-time All-America, Taliaferro led the Hoosiers in rushing twice, punting in 1945 and passing in 1948. He helped lead the 1945 undefeated team.

Under Coach McMillin IU had 10 winning seasons, including a stretch of six consecutive years. His Big Ten record of 34-34-6 is the best of any Indiana coach, as is his overall winning percentage (.562). On September 23, 1946 McMillin was named Indiana's athletic director.

Post-war years (1948-1972)[edit | edit source]

With the departure of McMillin as coach, Indiana once again struggled to find success on the field. Notable bright spots were in 1958 when coach Phil Dickens guided Indiana to a fifth-place finish in the Big Ten and a 3-2-1 overall record. That same year construction began on the new Memorial Stadium, which is still the home of the football team today.

In the fall of 1960 the program was hit with devastating NCAA sanctions. The sanctions resulted from violations that included the offering of free plane tickets to several athletes along with financial stipends, according to an NCAA report, while other recruits were delivered envelopes filled with cash.[1]

Indiana denied the charges, arguing that possible recruiting violations were just the work of overzealous alumni. The NCAA, however, didn't buy the claims and saddled Indiana with four years of probation. During this time all Hoosier varsity sports were barred from postseason play.[1] The NCAA also disallowed any Indiana win during the 1960 Big Ten season because of Indiana's improper recruiting practices. That year the Hoosiers lost seven games on their own anyway.

The sanctions were a stain on the University’s notoriously clean record and undermined the ability to convince talented athletes to play for Indiana. But, the University stayed faithful to its coach, and Dickens remained on the Hoosier sidelines for another five years until 1964.

In 1968 Indiana made its first and only Rose Bowl appearance. Under coach John Pont that year (1967-68), the Hoosiers had a 9-2 record and a Big Ten co-championship. In the 1968 Rose Bowl Indiana lost to eventual national champion USC. Perhaps more remarkable than the Hoosiers' strong showing against the national champs was the fact that this same team could only muster a 1-8-1 record the previous season, thus making the 1967 Big Ten Champions a true "rags to roses" story. Pont earned unanimous national coach of the year honors that season and was selected as head coach of the East team in the 1968 Coaches All-America game.

Lee Corso era (1973-1982)[edit | edit source]

Lee Corso took over as head football coach in 1973, leading the Hoosiers to two winning seasons in 1979 and 1980. The 1979 regular season ended with 7-4 record and earned a trip to the 1979 Holiday Bowl. There the Hoosiers would beat the previously unbeaten BYU Cougars. Indiana's victory over the Cougars propelled the team to 16th in the UPI poll, the Hoosiers' first top-20 ranking since 1967.

Bill Mallory era (1983-1996)[edit | edit source]

After one season under coach Sam Wyche in 1983, Bill Mallory took over as head coach. Although he finished with an 0-11 record during his first campaign at Indiana in 1984, it would take Mallory just three seasons to lead the Hoosiers to their first bowl appearance under his direction. Indiana finished with a 6-5 regular-season record in 1986 and capped its season by playing a talented Florida State team in the 1986 All-American Bowl on New Year's Eve. Despite losing 27-13, the Hoosiers put up a good fight. Indiana running back Anthony Thompson, who was playing in his first bowl game, finished with 127 rushing yards on 28 carries.

In 1987 the Hoosiers earned an 8-4 record (with wins over Ohio State and Michigan), a second-place finish in the Big Ten, and a Peach Bowl appearance. Mallory became the first Big Ten coach to be awarded back-to-back coach of the year honors. In 1988 Indiana finished the regular season with a 7-3-1 record, a 5-3 mark in the Big Ten, and a top-20 ranking. It earned the team a postseason berth for the third consecutive year with a game against South Carolina in the 1988 Liberty Bowl. The Hoosiers dominated the game and cruised to a 34-10 victory before 39,210 fans. Indiana set a Liberty Bowl record with 575 yards of total offense.

Indiana finished with a 6-4-1 regular-season record in 1990, a mark good enough to earn the Hoosiers a berth in the Peach Bowl for a game against the Auburn Tigers, which Indiana would lose 27-23. Part of Indiana's success can be attributed to star running back Anthony Thompson. In 1989 he broke the record for career touchdowns in college with 65 touchdowns. The record stood until 1998 when it was broken by Ricky Williams. Thompson finished his college career with 5,299 rushing yards, and won the Chicago Tribune Silver Football twice, becoming one of only three people to do so. In 2007 he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

In 1991 Indiana played in the Copper Bowl and dominated a highly-regarded Baylor team 24-0. Led by future NFL quarterback Trent Green, it was one of the most impressive performances by any team during the 1991 bowl season. Indiana finished the 1993 season with an 8-4 record, with two of its three regular season losses by seven points or less. The team went on to play in the 1993 Independence Bowl.

Coach Mallory ended his career at Indiana with six bowl games overall in 13 seasons. He is Indiana's all-time winningest football coach with 69 wins.

Cam Cameron era (1997-2001)[edit | edit source]

Indiana alumnus Cam Cameron began coaching the Hoosiers in 1997 and in five seasons complied a record of 18-37. Cameron brought an explosive offense to Memorial Stadium and a new look to Hoosier football, including a new oval logo (it has since been discarded). With highly effective offensive players such as Antwaan Randle El, Indiana averaged 23.6 points per game under Cameron's guidance. In fact, Randle El became the first player in NCAA Division I history to pass for 40 career touchdowns and score 40 career rushing touchdowns. He finished his college career as fifth on the all-time NCAA total yardage list, and became the first player in college football history to record 2,500 total yards for each of four consecutive years.[2]

The Hoosiers enjoyed success in the classroom as well, as Indiana was recognized by the American Football Coaches Association for its exemplary football graduation rates in each of Cameron's final four seasons.

Gerry DiNardo era (2002-2004)[edit | edit source]

In 2002 Gerry DiNardo took over as head coach but finished with just an 8-27 overall record.[3] He never won more than three games in a season, and was fired after the 2004 season.[4]

Terry Hoeppner legacy (2005-2010)[edit | edit source]

In 2005 Terry Hoeppner ("Coach Hep") was named head coach and made an immediate impact. In his second season as head coach, Hoeppner led the Hoosiers to a successful season that was just shy of a bowl appearance in 2006. With 49 true or redshirt freshmen and 72 underclassmen overall, that team was the youngest team in the Big Ten. Despite such youth the team garnered five victories, the most since the 2001 season. The 2006 Hoosiers picked up three Big Ten wins for the first time since 2001. Coach Hep rejuvenated an Indiana fan base and sparked a 39-percent increase in per game attendance, a 46-percent increase in overall season ticket sales and a 110-percent increase in student season ticket sales. But in 2007, Hoeppner passed away following a lengthy battle with brain cancer. Despite his short tenure he is remembered as one of the most influential coaches in school history.

In 2007 Hoeppner's assistant Bill Lynch, a native and lifelong Hoosier, took over the reigns of the program. In his first season Lynch led Indiana to a 7-6 record (the most wins since 1993) and its first Old Oaken Bucket victory since 2001. The success earned the team a trip to the Insight Bowl. Lynch became the only head coach in Hoosier history to guide a team to a bowl game in his debut season. However, after four seasons, Lynch compiled just a 19–30 overall record and was let go by the school.

Kevin Wilson era (2011-present)[edit | edit source]

In 2011 Kevin Wilson was named head coach of the Hoosiers.

Big Ten Championships[edit | edit source]

Bowl games[edit | edit source]

Indiana has featured in only nine bowl games in 120 seasons, so consistently reaching the postseason is considered a primary goal of the program. An oft-spoken mantra, coined after Terry Hoeppner's death in 2007, is to "play 13", meaning to play an extra game (a bowl game) after the 12-game regular season.

Date Bowl W/L Opponent PF PA
January 1, 1968 Rose Bowl L USC 3 14
December 21, 1979 Holiday Bowl W BYU 38 37
December 31, 1986 All-American Bowl L Florida State 13 27
January 2, 1988 Peach Bowl L Tennessee 22 27
December 28, 1988 Liberty Bowl W South Carolina 34 10
December 29, 1990 Peach Bowl L Auburn 23 27
December 31, 1991 Copper Bowl W Baylor 24 0
December 31, 1993 Independence Bowl L Virginia Tech 20 45
December 31, 2007 Insight Bowl L Oklahoma State 33 49
December 26, 2015 New Era Pinstripe Bowl L Duke 41 44 (OT)
December 28, 2016 Foster Farms Bowl L Utah 24 26
Total 11 Bowl Games 3-8 222 257

Home Stadiums[edit | edit source]

Indiana's two Memorial Stadiums are entirely distinct venues and share only the same name, though never at the same time. The current Memorial Stadium was called Seventeenth Street Football Stadium until 1971, when it was renamed Memorial Stadium and the original stadium was renamed Tenth Street Stadium. Tenth Street Stadium hosted the Little 500 bicycle race until Bill Armstrong Stadium was built in 1981. It was demolished in the same year and its former place on campus is currently occupied by the arboretum.

Seasons[edit | edit source]

2020s[edit | edit source]

Season Coach Record

2010s[edit | edit source]

Season Coach Record
2019 Tom Allen
2018 Tom Allen 5-7
2017 Tom Allen 5-7
2016 Kevin Wilson; Tom Allen 6-7
2015 Kevin Wilson 6-7
2014 Kevin Wilson 4-8
2013 Kevin Wilson 5-7
2012 Kevin Wilson 4-8
2011 Kevin Wilson 1-11
2010 Bill Lynch 5-7

2000s[edit | edit source]

Season Coach Record
2009 Bill Lynch 4-8
2008 Bill Lynch 3-9
2007 Bill Lynch 7-6
2006 Terry Hoeppner 5-7
2005 Terry Hoeppner 4-7
2004 Gerry DiNardo 3-8
2003 Gerry DiNardo 2-10
2002 Gerry DiNardo 3-9
2001 Cam Cameron 5-6
2000 Cam Cameron 3-8

1990s[edit | edit source]

Season Coach Record
1990 Bill Mallory 6-5-1

1980s[edit | edit source]

Season Coach Record
1989 Bill Mallory 5-6
1988 Bill Mallory 8-3-1

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Spegele, Brian. "History repeats itself: Violations reminiscent of 1960 scandal", 22 February 2008. Retrieved on 9 April 2012. 
  2. Apple, Annie (2010-10-19). Raising a Star Athlete with Jaqueline Randle El. Retrieved on 2011-01-07.
  4. Brown, C. L.. "Indiana gives DiNardo the pink slip", USA Today, The Louisville Courier Journal, 2004-12-01. Retrieved on 2010-08-13. 

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