Indiana Calls Out SEC, Burns Pat Forde
Yahoo! Sports national columnist Pat Forde decided this was a grand opportunity to take a shot at Indiana’s football program, sharing this sardonic tweet with his 246,000+ followers:
“Don’t everyone call Indiana all at once, SEC schools.”
Not bad, but he probably could have came up with something a little more clever – especially since he set himself up perfectly for a rebuttal.
Whoever mans Indiana football’s official Twitter account had a prompt (and awesome) answer, handing out the athletic department’s phone number for Forde – and potential opponents – to see:
Granted, there’s a reason Forde pulled Indiana’s name out of the lower-tier hat (and you can throw in the fact that the Hoosiers are a Big Ten school). IU hasn’t been to a bowl game since 2007 – its only one over the last 20 years.
But the joke is on him. Indiana has certainly seen improvement under coach Kevin Wilson’s three-year tenure, and is undoubtedly on the rise. The Hoosiers scored 38.4 points per game in 2013, possessing a Top-20 passing game, blowing out MAC champion Bowling Green, beating Penn State by 20 and nearly topping Michigan in a 63-47 shootout.
Not to mention Indiana’s recent endeavor against SEC East champion Missouri, where it showed a surprising amount of competitiveness and promise for the future. The Hoosiers left 28 points on the board with 475 yards of offense in route to a 45-28 loss and showed that they can score on an elite opponent.
Indiana plays Missouri again this fall as the latter end of a home-and-home series, but doesn’t have another member of the SEC on its schedule from 2015 on. However, by the looks of things, I’m sure it would be open to taking on anyone (we’re looking at you, Nick Saban).
I am a fan of Forde's work, but he would have been much better off harassing Purdue or Illinois.
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