Indiana Football: Hoosiers want to be 'more than a bowl team'

Kevin Wilson: We want to be 'more than a bowl team'

6/4/13 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

Indiana hasn't been to a bowl game since the 2007 Insight Bowl, and hasn't won a postseason game since the 1991 season when it shut out Baylor 24-0 in the Copper Bowl.Blog Photo - Indiana Football: Hoosiers want to be 'more than a bowl team'

After winning four games in 2012 and building a lot of confidence over the offseason, the Hoosiers are expected to compete for a bowl berth this fall—but that's not on coach Kevin Wilson's list of goals.

"This year, we're trying to find ways to make those plays, get the points, get the stops and get a few more [wins]," he said on SiriusXM College Sports Nation. "Our goal, though, is not to be a bowl team. You can be .500 and be a bowl team. Our deal is to build a winning, competitive program that our players, our fans, our alumni, our students take pride in.
 
"Not that we have unrealistic, lofty goals, but we want to be more than a bowl team. We want to build a quality, winning football program here."

Almost had you there, right? Wilson doesn't want a 6-6 record heading into the postseason. He expects more from what has been one of the youngest groups in the country over the last two years (hence the 5-19 overall record).

Indiana lost four of its eight games by four points or less, including a 31-27 loss to Michigan State and 52-49 heartbreaker to the Buckeyes in back-to-back weeks.

This was all without starting quarterback Tre Roberson, who broke his leg early in Week 2. The Hoosiers return nearly their entire starting roster with 19 and are bringing in a very strong recruiting class (No. 41 in 247Sports' Team Rankings).

"We've got a lot of guys back, eight home games and we are moving in the right direction," said Wilson. "It's a challenging league, we're a program trying to find our niche."

Indiana hasn't had a winning season when it went 7-6, and hasn't won more than seven games in 19 years, when it finished 8-4 during the 1993 campaign.


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