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Indiana University, Bloomington'smarker athletic teams are called the Hoosiers, and their colors are cream and crimson, though red and white have been used at times in the past. From its humble beginnings with baseball in 1867, the Hoosier athletic program has grown to include over 600 male and female student-athletes on 24 varsity teams. Sports sponsored by the university include cross country, track, baseball, golf, tennis, rowing volleyball, soccer, football and basketball. The new Athletic Director is Indianapolis lawyer Fred Glass.

The Hoosiers became a member of the Big Ten Conference on December 1, 1899. Indiana University's national affiliation is with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). National team titles (24 NCAA, 1 AIAW) have been won in six men's sports and one women's sport, including seven in men's soccer, a record-setting six straight in men's swimming and diving, and five in men's basketball. Indiana student-athletes have won 133 NCAA individual titles. Indiana University student-athletes have been named to the Academic All-Big Ten squad 2,280 times. Overall, IU student athletes have won more than 3,000 academic awards.


Men's basketball

The basketball teams play on the Branch McCracken Court in Assembly Hallmarker in Bloomington, Indianamarker.

As of 2007, the school has won five championships in men's basketball (1940, 1953, 1976, 1981 and 1987), the first two under coach Branch McCracken and three under Bob Knight. The Hoosiers' five NCAA Championships are tied with North Carolina for the third-most in history, trailing only UCLA (11), and Kentucky (7). Their eight trips to the Final Four ranks seventh on the all-time list. The Hoosiers have made the trip to the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament 32 times, fifth in NCAA history. In those 32 appearances, Indiana has posted 52 victories, the sixth-most in NCAA history.

In 1975–76 Knight led the team to an NCAA championship without a losing a game (the last men's Division I squad to achieve this feat). His 1981 team was led to the title by Isiah Thomas, and his 1987 team by Steve Alford. The 1987 championship game was capped by Keith Smart's jumpshot with five seconds left to play over the Syracuse Orangemen. Knight's volatile temper, though, often brought as much controversy to the school as success, and eventually led to his dismissal in 2000 by then-University President Myles Brand.

Many students and alumni protested the Knight firing, and several players threatened to transfer unless Knight assistant Mike Davis was chosen to replace Knight. Davis ultimately got the job and took the team to the 2002 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament title game. After this initial success, however, the team struggled under Davis. On February 16, 2006, Davis announced he would resign but remain with the team for the rest of the 2006 season.

On March 28, 2006, Kelvin Sampson, formerly a coach at the University of Oklahomamarker, was named the successor. On October 14, 2007, he was found to have violated a 3-way phone conversation sanction imposed on him by the NCAA while he coached at Oklahoma. He and his staff were also charged with making more than the maximum alloted number of phone calls allowed under NCAA rules and giving inappropriate gifts to a recruit during a meeting deemed to be against NCAA rules. Indiana University punished Sampson by denying him a previously scheduled $500,000 raise, compelling one of his assistant coaches to resign, and taking away one of his scholarships for the 2008-2009 season.

On February 8, 2008, the NCAA informed Indiana that Sampson had "knowingly violated telephone recruiting restrictions and then lied about it." After launching another internal investigation, Indiana University announced on February 22, 2008, that Kelvin Sampson accepted a $750,000 buyout of his contract and resigned as the Indiana University men’s basketball coach. On April 1, 2008, Indiana hired former Marquette University coach Tom Crean to succeed interim head coach Dan Dakich.

Women's basketball

Indiana women's basketball began in 1975. IU has compiled a record of 227–101 for an overall winning percentage of .692. The women's team has entered the NCAA tournament three times.


IU began playing football in 1884. The 52,692-seat, open-air Memorial Stadiummarker was built in 1960. There have been many renovations since the original construction, including installing artificial turf in 1970, the replacement of wooden seats with aluminum, installation of sound and lighting systems, and laying of a new Astroturf surface in 1986, which was subsequently replaced with natural grass in 1998. In 2003, AstroPlay artificial turf was installed. Plans went through on September 22, 2006 to enclose the north endzone of Memorial Stadium. This addition is part of a $55 million overhaul of Indiana University's sports facilities. In the University's Facility Enhancement Plan the following was stated:
"The Memorial Stadium North End Zone Project will house a new, state-of-the-art strength development area used by over 600 Indiana student-athletes.
In addition, coaches offices and meeting space for the football program, a Hall of Honor which will spotlight successful student-athletes and teams throughout the history of IU athletics and athletic administration offices will be a part of the plan.
The project also calls for the removal of the north and south end zone bleachers."

The Hoosiers are coached by former offensive coordinator Bill Lynch, who replaced Terry Hoeppner in June 2007 due to Hoeppner undergoing brain surgery. Hoeppner died on June 19, 2007.The team has made the following bowl game appearances.

Indiana's most successful football coaches to date were Bill Mallory and Bo McMillin.


Men's Soccer

Fans at an IU soccer game at Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium in 2004
The Hoosiers have won seven national championships in men's soccer: 1982, '83, '88, '98, '99, 2003 and 2004 - the first six teams led by six-time national Coach of the Year Jerry Yeagley. After leading the Hoosiers for 31 years, Yeagley retired after the 2003 season and was replaced by long time assistant and former Hoosier All-American, Mike Freitag. He was an assistant to Yeagley for 11 seasons before taking over the head job. Freitag added the program's seventh national title in his inaugural year in 2004. It marked the third occasion in which IU had won back-to-back national titles and it was the program's record 17th appearance in the College Cup.

In the program's 32 seasons, Indiana owns more wins (563), has appeared in more College Cups (17) and has a higher winning percentage in both regular season (.821) and post-season play (.768) than any other school in Division I soccer. Its last NCAA Title came in 2004 when it beat UC Santa Barbara in penalty kicks 1-1 (3-2 PK's).

In addition to being a six-time National Coach of the Year, Yeagley also was the recipient of the prestigious Bill Jeffery Award, in recognition of his outstanding and unique contributions to intercollegiate soccer. In 1989, Yeagley was inducted into the United States Soccer Federation Hall of Fame.

IU players have won six Hermann Trophies (including Ken Snow twice) and three Missouri Athletic Club Player of the Year awards. The Hoosiers have had 13 United States men's national soccer team players, six Olympians and six World Cup players. In addition, Hoosier players have earned All-America honors 52 times.

Every year since the NCAA began tracking men's soccer attendance in 2001, the IU program has ranked among the top three in average or total attendance. Indiana led the nation in average attendance in 2004 and 2005 and in total attendance in 2003.

On September 2, 2007, the No. 8 ranked Hoosiers defeated the No. 1 ranked UCLA Bruins in front of a crowd of 7,243, the largest ever at Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadiummarker.

Women's Soccer

On November 18, 2007, the Hoosiers defeated Purdue University in the NCAA Second Round to advance to the NCAA Third Round for the first time in program history.

Three Indiana Hoosiers played during the inaugural WUSA season: Wendy Dillinger, Atlanta Beat, Tracy Grose, Carolina Courage and Kelly Wilson, Bay Area CyberRays.

Swimming & Diving

Under former coach James Counsilman, the men’s swimming and diving program won 140 consecutive dual meets, 20 consecutive Big Ten titles and an NCAA Division I record six consecutive NCAA Championships (1968-1973). A writer for Sports Illustrated in the early 1970s said, "a good case can be made for the 1971 Indiana swimming team being the best college team ever--in any sport." [210386]

The Hoosiers have won the fifth-most NCAA Championships and their 23 Big Ten crowns ranks second in the conference's 90-year history. Indiana University has produced 79 individual swimming and diving champions, 191 Big Ten swimming champions, 24 conference diving champions and has won 45 Big Ten relay events. The 79 national champions ranks third among Big Ten schools while the individual Big Ten diving, relay and individual swimming crowns all rank second among the 11 conference schools. The success goes well beyond the Big Ten and the NCAA Championship as is evidenced by the eight straight U.S. National Diving Championships that Indiana divers have won.

In March 2006 the Hoosiers won the Big Ten title again, this time under coaches Ray Looze and Jeff Huber.

The Counsilman-Billingsley Center in the Student Recreational Sports Center is a aquatics center used by Indiana's varsity swimming and diving programs. It features an eight-lane Olympic-sized pool spanning with depth ranging from seven to eight feet to allow for greater speed. The Billingsley Diving Center, complete with one of the country's few indoor diving towers, features two one-meter and three-meter springboards as well as one-, three-, five-, seven- and 10-meter platforms.

Cross Country

Men's cross country

Men's cross country began on the IU campus in 1910. Since the inception of cross country as an NCAA sport, Indiana is one of only nine schools in the nation to have won more than two men's national titles, and is one of seven programs to win at least three national titles. The school's three team national titles came in 1938, 1940, and 1942. IU's 29 NCAA men's championship team appearances are tied for ninth-most in the sport’s history. Indiana has found itself in the top five at the NCAA Men's Championship on nine different occasions. A Hoosier has captured the men's individual crown three times, making Indiana one of only six schools in the country, and the only Big Ten school, to have more than two individual NCAA men's cross country champions. The three individual titles rank as the fourth-most by any school.

Women's cross country

Women's cross country began in Bloomington in 1978. The NCAA began sponsoring the sport in 1981. The women have had a pair ofindividual national champions, something only three other schools in the nation, and just one other in the Big Ten, can claim. On four occasions, the Hoosiers have competed for the NCAA crown as a team (1988, 89, 90, 2002). The 1988 season saw Indiana winning an individual men's and women's national cross country championship, a feat that had never happened before in the sport, and has never happened since.



The Hoosiers' biggest traditional rival is the Purduemarker Boilermakers. The West Lafayettemarker (Purdue) and Bloomington (IU) campuses are the largest in the state of Indiana and are flagship campuses of the Purdue University and Indiana University systems respectively. IU and Purdue have competed for the Old Oaken Bucketmarker in football since 1925, a series which Purdu leads 68–35–6. In basketball, IU's 20 Big Ten Championships are second only to Purdue's 21; however, since 1936, IU leads in this count 18–12. The Boilermakers also lead the men's basketball series 107–83, although IU has a big series lead since 1970. Since the 2001–02 year, IU and Purdue have also competed for an all-sports trophy called the Crimson & Gold Cup. IU leads the series 4–3–1.

IllinoisAfter Purdue, the Hoosiers' biggest football rival would be the Illinois Fighting Illini. Often pitting two basketball schools who are consistently struggling in football, the series usually remains fairly competitive. IU's rivalry with UI in basketball, however, is much more heated. IU leads the all-time series on the hardwood 82–80. The rivalry has lasted through the ages, from Lou Henson and Bob Knight publicly feuding to Kelvin Sampson and Bruce Weber's heated interaction recently.

KentuckyIU also has a heated border rivalry with the Kentuckymarker Wildcats. The annual basketball game between the two often carries national significance as they have combined for 12 national championships Since 1991, the game has rotated between neutral sites in Indianapolismarker and Louisvillemarker. This neutrality ended during 2006 when the game was played at Rupp Arenamarker in Lexington, Kentuckymarker with the 2007 game played at Assembly Hallmarker in Bloomington, Indianamarker. Basketball games between the Hoosiers and Wildcats have at times drawn over 30,000 fans. The rivalry also spreads over into a very competitive football series with Indiana leading all-time 18–17.

Michigan State

Indiana also has a rivalry with Michigan Statemarker Spartans which started in 1950. They battle for the Old Brass Spittoon in football. Michigan State is leading 40–12–1 with Michigan State winning the last two years.

Little 500 Bike Race

See main article Little 500
What began as one man's idea of a bicycle race to raise scholarship money has become annual IU springtime tradition. The Little 500, which was first held in 1951, inspired the 1979 Academy Award-winning film Breaking Away. Sports Illustrated and USA Today have featured the race in their pages, and it has been covered on national television by CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports, the Outdoor Life Channel, and live in high-definition television by HDNet. Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong called the Little 500, which has raised more than $1 million in scholarship money, "the coolest event I ever attended." [210387]

Olympic Participation

Prior to the 2004 Olympics, at least one IU student-athlete had medaled at every Summer Olympics since the games hosted in Los Angelesmarker in 1932. Mark Spitz captured seven swimming gold medals in seven world record times at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munichmarker. A total of 167 IU athletes have competed in the Olympics, and these individuals have represented 14 nations. On 12 occasions, Olympic coaches have come from IU. The IU medal count is 84 including 48 gold, 16 silver and 20 bronze.


NCAA team championships

  • Men's Soccer (7): 1982 • 1983 • 1988 • 1998 • 1999 • 2003 • 2004
  • Men's Swimming & Diving (6): 1968 • 1969 • 1970 • 1971 • 1972 • 1973
  • Men's Basketball (5): 1940 • 1953 • 1976 • 1981 • 1987
  • Men's Cross Country (3): 1938 • 1940 • 1942
  • Men's Outdoor Track & Field (1): 1932
  • Wrestling (1): 1932

NCAA individual champions

  • Men's Swimming & Diving (79)
  • Men's Outdoor Track & Field (21)
  • Wrestling (10)
  • Men's Indoor Track & Field (10)
  • Men's Cross Country (3)
  • Women's Cross Country (2)
  • Women's Indoor Track & Field (2)
  • Men's Gymnastics (1)
  • Women's Swimming & Diving (3)
  • Women's Outdoor Track & Field (2)

Big Ten championships

  • Men's Swimming & Diving (24): 1961 • 1962 • 1963 • 1964 • 1965 • 1966 • 1967 • 1968 • 1969 • 1970 • 1971 • 1972 • 1973 • 1974 • 1975 • 1976 • 1977 • 1978 • 1979 • 1980 • 1983 • 1984 • 1985 • 2006
  • Men's Basketball (20): 1926(co) • 1928(co) • 1936(co) • 1953 • 1954 • 1957(co) • 1958 • 1967 • 1973 • 1974 • 1975 • 1976 • 1980 • 1981 • 1983 • 1987(co) • 1989 • 1991(co) • 1993 • 2002(co)
  • Men's Indoor Track & Field (15): 1932 • 1933 • 1941 • 1957 • 1973 • 1974 • 1975 • 1979 • 1980 • 1983 • 1984 • 1985 • 1990 • 1991 • 1992
  • Women's Tennis (13): 1982 • 1983 • 1984 • 1987 • 1988 • 1989 • 1990 • 1991 • 1992 • 1993 • 1994 • 1995 • 1998
  • Men's Cross Country (13): 1928 • 1929 • 1930 • 1931 • 1932 • 1938 • 1940 • 1942 • 1946(co) • 1967 • 1972 • 1973 • 1980(co)
  • Men's Outdoor Track & Field (12): 1936 • 1941 • 1950 • 1957 • 1970 • 1971 • 1973 • 1974 • 1979 • 1985 • 1990 • 1991
  • Wrestling (12): 1914 • 1921 • 1924(co) • 1925(co) • 1931 • 1932(co) • 1933 • 1934 • 1936 • 1939 • 1940 • 1943
  • Men's Soccer (11): 1991 • 1992 • 1994 • 1995(co) • 1996 • 1997 • 1998 • 1999 • 2001 • 2003 • 2007
  • Men's Golf (8): 1962 • 1968 • 1970 • 1973 • 1974 • 1975 • 1991 • 1998
  • Women's Golf (7): 1986 • 1987 • 1990 • 1992 • 1995 • 1996 • 1998
  • Baseball (6): 1925 • 1932 • 1938(co) • 1949(co) • 1996 • 2009
  • Men's Tennis (5): 1921 • 1952 • 1953 • 1954 • 1964
  • Softball (3): 1983 • 1986 • 1994
  • Women's Indoor Track & Field (3): 1988 • 1991 • 2000
  • Football (2): 1945 • 1967(co)
  • Women's Cross Country (2): 1989 • 1990
  • Women's Outdoor Track & Field (2): 2000 • 2001
  • Women's Swimming & Diving (3): 2003 • 2007 • 2008
  • Women's Basketball (1): 1983(co)
  • Women's Soccer (1): 1996

Notable alumni and former athletes






Mixed Martial Arts

  • Julie Kedzie, Two-time Hook n' Shoot Tournament Champion, National Karate Champion & fought in first women's MMA match on cable television


Swimming & Diving

  • Mark Spitz, 1968 and 1972 Olympic gold medalist swimmer—1971 Sullivan Award
  • Fred Tyler, 1972 Olympic gold medalist swimmer
  • John Kinsella, 1968 silver and 1972 Olympic gold medalist swimmer—Sullivan Award winner 1970
  • Gary Hall, Sr., 1968, 1972 and 1976 Olympic medalist swimmer
  • Lesley Bush, Olympic gold medalist diver
  • Jim Montgomery (1976 Olympics/3 Gold Medals 100 free, 2 relays )
  • John Murphy, (1972 Olympian-gold medalist 400 free relay)
  • Charlie Hickox (1968 Olympian 3 time Gold medalist)
  • Larry Barbiere (1968 Olympian)
  • Michael Troy (1960 Olympian Gold Medalist)
  • Michael Stamm (1972 Olympian Gold & Silver medalist)
  • Cynthia Potter, Olympian and inductee to International Swimming & Diving Hall of Fame
  • Mark Lenzi (1992 Olympian Gold Medalist)
  • Don McKenzie (1968 Olympian Gold Medalist)
  • Bob Windle (1964 Olympic gold medallist in the 1500 m freestyle for Australia)

Track & Field




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