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Kevin Wilson: The talent level is bowl-capable

Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson believes it’s entirely possible for the Hoosiers to play in a bowl game in his first season leading the Hoosier’s program.

Kevin told the Chicago Post Tribune, “The talent level is bowl-capable. You need to do little things to get over the hump.”

Reflecting on last season, Wilson explained, They lost seven games when they were up by seven, three, tied or down by three in the fourth quarter. You’re not going to win all those, but win a couple and you’re going to a bowl game.”

The Hoosiers most recent bowl game was the 2007 Insight Bowl.  Before that, you have to go back to 1993 when Indiana played in the Independence Bowl.

Wilson, however, pointed out, “Past failures and past successes have nothing to do with it unless you want to use them as an excuse to limit yourself.”

Former Indiana head coaches haven’t experienced much success on the field. The list includes Lee Corso (41-68-2), Sam Wyche (3-8), Bill Mallory (69-77-3), Cam Cameron (18-37), Gerry Dinardo (8-27), Terry Hoeppner (9-14), and Bill Lynch (19-30).

Indiana opens the 2011 season against Ball State at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.  The Hoosier’s home schedule includes Virginia, South Carolina State, Penn State, Illinois, Northwestern, and Purdue.

The road schedule appears quite challenging.  When Indiana travels to North Texas, it will be the second home game at the new on-campus stadium in Denton.  The other road games include Wisconsin, Iowa, Ohio State, and Michigan State.

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