Memorial Stadium also known to fans as “The Rock”has been the home for Indiana Hoosiers since its opening day in 1960. One of traditions and a feature surrounding the Hoosiers and their stadium is “Hep’s Rock” a boulder that was found in the practice field. Players and coaches touch it every time prior to the game as the rock was installed in north end zone.
There should be plenty of Indiana Hoosiers tickets as the stadium can hold over 52000 people.
Basketball games are played at Assembly Hall, one of the loudest college arenas, where there is over 17000 seats available for home games. The arena has been serving the Hoosiers very well since 1971.
Indiana Hoosiers football program came to life in 1887 and basketball was part of the university some time later in 1901. The college is member of Big Ten conference, NCAA Division I FBS.
The university’s colours are crimson and cream and the university doesn’t have an official mascot but student- athletes are known as “Hoosiers” a local nickname for inhabitants of Indiana.
The Hoosiers main rivalries are formed with Illinois Fighting Illinis, Kentucky Wildcats and Michigan State Spartans.
In football, the University has claimed two conference championships with an all- time record of 460-631-45. The Hoosiers appeared in 10 Bowl games with a combined record of 3-7; their last appearance was a loss 41-44 to Duke in Pinstripe Bowl in 2015 and their last win dates back to 1991 where the college defeated Baylor 24-0 in Copper Bowl.
The Hoosiers main objective each season is to try to qualify for 13th appearance, meaning playing an extra game after the 12-game regular season.
With not much overall success there isn’t many big names that got written into the books of NFL history; Pete Pihos is one of the most accomplished Hoosiers in NFL while Cody Latimer is one of the Hoosiers playing in NFL currently.
Pihos, played for nine seasons as defensive end for Philadelphia Eagles and he won two NFL championships with them (late forties), among being selected to Pro Bowl 6 times in a row that saw him finish his career in 1955. He was inducted to Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987. He served in the army prior to his football career and took part in Normandy landings.
Latimer, drafted in 2nd round of 2014 draft won Super Bowl with the Broncos but is yet to establish himself among the NFL wide receivers as to date he has one touchdown reception to his name.
Basketball is where all the glory and eyes are directed at, as the Hoosiers won NCAA tournament five times (last victory in 1987, last appearance in final in 2002), thus giving them third place in NCAA championships tied with two other colleges. They made 39 appearances in the tournaments placing them 7th in appearances in the NCAA history.
The program has also won conference regular season title 22 times and their most recognisable player is Isiah Thomas, who was drafted 2nd overall by the Pistons in 1981 and played point guard for them for 14 seasons forming the “Bad Boys” as the Pistons of late eighties were known as. He won two NBA championships with them, was NBA finals MVP, he went to 12 NBA All- Star games, where he was named the game MVP twice, he led the league in assists in 1985 and he is the Pistons’ franchise all- time scoring leader.
Indiana was always known for its basketball culture but there is also momentum building for football so hopefully the Hoosiers will start developing more football stars than they have done so far.