INDIANAPOLIS — Tables filled up in Lucas Oil Stadium Tuesday evening as fans and boosters came to celebrate the Big Ten and NCAA tournament success of four of IU’s most promising athletic programs and hear what the coaches had in store for the upcoming season.
The occasion was what IU calls the Tailgate Tour.
Some of the latest buzz centered around the football team’s release of their new uniforms, which will include a rotation of five new helmet designs, including a retro design of a block “I,” one with a candy stripe design and one that includes the Indiana state seal.
IU football coach Kevin Wilson said the program looked at several schools and their helmet designs to find a few that he hoped would both energize his players as they begin off-season workouts as well as attract prospective recruits.
“To put the state seal for the state is kind of cool,” Wilson said. “The University of Indiana is representing our state…we’re bigger than ourselves, more than just one, more than our program, more than our team.”
And with the new helmets came an interesting promise from the design company, he said.
“We were told there’s a guarantee that we’ll tackle better, block better, score more points and win more games or we’ll get our money back, so it was a good deal,” Wilson said.
But some of the biggest buzz surrounds the IU team that had the highest hopes last season, yet came up short.
As former Hoosiers Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo prepared to workout for the Phoenix Suns, who have the fifth pick in the draft, on Wednesday, IU Coach Tom Crean said that he and the remaining players from his squad that made a second-straight Sweet 16 appearance last season have already started working to replace the production they lost in the offseason.