John Ohlson will try to bring home a state championship for the Penn Kingmen while playing with a heavy heart.
Thanksgiving is one of the great sports weekends on the calendar, and for people in Indiana it is filled with a multitude of events worthy of your time.
There is a time to sit on the couch and scream at the TV, but this weekend is not among them, unless you’re a Notre Dame fan as the Irish will be playing for their playoff lives tomorrow at Stanford. This is a weekend filled with reasons to climb into the car and haul the family to one or more of the great sporting events being held in central Indiana.
1 – The Bucket Game – Neither Purdue nor Indiana is in the upper tier of the Big Ten, but for the first time in several years, a bowl bid is on the line for one of these perennial doormats in not exactly a rivalry game for the ages. Either the Hoosiers or Boilermakers will walk out of Ross-Ade Stadium tomorrow with a second conference win, but if it happens to be the Hoosiers, they go bowling. If the Hoosiers lose, a decision will need to be made about the future of the program. This is year five of the seven-year contract Kevin Wilson signed to become Indiana’s coach, and the assumption is that either that contract will be extended after this season or he will be replaced. Purdue’s Darrell Hazell has a buyout that would cost the university almost $7-million, which would be 700-million pennies. Purdue president Mitch Daniels knows where every penny at Purdue is spent. Translation – Hazell’s job is safe. (more…)