Bob Kravitz: I'm still not sold on IU -- or Coach Kevin Wilson
September 2, 2012INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- As it's been since time immemorial, the question remains, "Are the Hoosiers any better?''
Not going-to-a-bowl-game better, or even playing-.500-ball better, or even winning-a-handful-of-games better. We're talking mildly-competitive-better, good enough to keep fans awake beyond the second quarter of Big Ten games.
If you were looking for hints in IU's season-opening 24-17 victory over Indiana State, you were probably looking in the wrong place.
We didn't learn much of anything watching the Hoosiers do what they're supposed to do -- namely, beat the Football Championship Subdivision-level Sycamores at Memorial Stadium in a game that was a lot closer than it should have been -- a game that would have been lost if not for some dropped ISU passes and some questionable officiating.
Well, check that: We learned that IU should have offered a scholarship to former Warren Central running back Shakir Bell, who ran for 192 yards on 24 carries for the Sycamores.
But beyond that? Zilch.
Truth is, we probably won't get any hints until the Hoosiers get a rematch with a nice Ball State team the third game of the season. There's just not much to learn after watching them squeak past Indiana State, or next week at Football Bowl Subdivision newbie UMass.
Again . . .