by Kent Sterling
Confident coaches tend to be winning coaches, and Kevin Wilson appears to be confident that this Indiana Hoosiers team is ready to compete. He said during today’s weekly press conference that he practice his players as though they won their game against Mizzou nine days ago.
Given the result of that game, either Wilson is crazy or confident. I believe he’s confident.
Four games into the 2013 season, the Hoosiers are 2-2, and in need of a home win. The schedule set up nicely for IU as they won’t play on the road until October 11, but the math to become bowl eligible gets murky if they end this five game homestand with a 2-3 record.
The kids continue to speak confidently too. After talking to the basketball team Thursday, and two members of the football team today, hearing “Our goal is to get better each day, rather than worry about wins and losses,” is getting a little old. It’s the right attitude to project and an even better attitude to have, but it’s the worst of all answers for the media. We like bulletin board material, and that isn’t it.
Wilson shows only respect to opponents, and than a good if boring perspective too. He thinks very highly of the Nittany Lions squad that will come to Bloomington to play the Big Ten opener for both team at Noon Saturday.
I enjoy Wilson going all in with his players. No one is tossed under a bus, and he continues to believe that whatever helps the team improve from day-to-day is the best possible tactic. Whether you win or lose has a lot to do with the players, and putting them in the best position to succeed is always the strongest strategy.
Here is what Wilson thinks of Penn State: