A Huge Mistake – Little 500 & IU Spring Football

Posted: April 10, 2011 by drunkonsports in Little 500
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The 2011 editions of the Little 500 and the IU Football “Cream and Crimson Spring Game” will both take place this coming Saturday, April 16th. This is the first time in recent memory when scheduling resulted in both happening on the same day.  

While large crowds are not usually the expected norm inside Memorial Stadium during Spring Football, having “The World’s Greatest College Weekend” going on at the same time will not do the people setting up the event any favors.

Coach Kevin Wilson in an address to students at an event last month said they would be piping in music and making it a big party-like atmosphere so that people will make the short walk from Armstrong Stadium and the surrounding areas.

The downside to all the plans IU Football are making is that there is no buzz surrounding the event….at all.

Having worked in IU Football recruiting the last two seasons inside the Bill Lynch administration, I know how important the game is for the prospective recruits they bring in for the game. They want to make the atmosphere exciting enough that these high school kids will sign on the dotted line while in Bloomington. Places like Alabama where they nearly sell out their stadiums for the annual games honestly expect the recruits to be so blown away that they sign in the middle of the game. IU Football does not have that luxury.

This is supposed to be a turning point for IU Football. If you get past the Little 500 aura that is surrounding this campus right now, people are excited, but hiding the Spring Game behind the Little 500 just slows that momentum moving forward.

Some people would argue that it was the Little 500 organizers who moved the date back a week and IU Football had no other options. I don’t buy this argument because you could schedule it at another time. You can schedule it as a night game on the Friday before or even during the week as a standalone event. I guarantee someone thought they could get a boost from having it a couple hours before the race and they will see it was just a bad idea.

I wish IU Football the best and I will most likely be at the Spring Game because I enjoy it, but the rest of the campus has what they believe are more “important” things going on that day.

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