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Indiana Hoosiers

Indiana University Bloomington

The Indiana Hoosiers are the intercollegiate sports teams and players of Indiana University Bloomington, named after the colloquial term for people from the state of Indiana. The Hoosiers participate in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in 22 sports and became a member of the Big Ten Conference on December 1, 1899. The school's official colors are crimson and cream.


The Indiana Hoosiers have won 24 NCAA national championships and one with the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW), in addition to 141 NCAA individual national championships. Titles won by teams include eight by the Hoosiers men's soccer team, a record-setting six straight in men's swimming and diving, five by the Hoosiers men's basketball team, three in men's cross country, one in men's track and field and one in wrestling.

The Hoosiers' athletic program is perhaps best known for its basketball program, with its five NCAA Championships tying for third in history. Indiana's 1976 squad squad remains the last undefeated NCAA men's basketball champion. A 2012 study listed Indiana as the third most valuable collegiate basketball program in the country. Additionally, Hoosiers' athletics is well known for its soccer program; by a number of indicators, it is one of the greatest college soccer programs in the history of the sport. Since the program began in 1973, Indiana owns more National Championships, more wins, has appeared in more College Cups (18) and has a higher winning percentage in both regular season and post-season play than any other school in Division I soccer.

Indiana has two main rivalries including in-state, with the Purdue Boilermakers (see Indiana-Purdue rivalry), and a border rivalry against the Kentucky Wildcats (see Indiana–Kentucky rivalry).

School colors

The school's official colors are cream and crimson. The official IU Crimson is Pantone® 201. However, in the 1970s former basketball coach Bob Knight and football coach Lee Corso started using uniforms that were more scarlet or bright red. During the same time, cream gave way almost universally to white. But those colors reverted mostly to cream and crimson in the early 2000s, after then-athletics director Michael McNeely decided that the team uniforms needed to reflect the school's official colors of cream and crimson. Indiana cheerleaders still chant "Go Big Red". The changes over the years has led to some clashing of colors in some varsity sport uniforms, as is the case with the baseball team's jackets being a different color than their caps and uniforms. Athletic Director Fred Glass said, "My view is that we're an awfully big and diverse place. I think cream and crimson and 'Go Big Red' can survive in one place." Only four other major college programs claim crimson as their dominant color: Alabama, Harvard, Oklahoma and Washington State. And only Oklahoma pairs crimson with cream.


The school does not have a mascot, but student-athletes are known as "Hoosiers", a nickname for natives or residents of Indiana. A bulldog named Ox served as the football team's mascot from 1959–1965. Indiana had a bison as its mascot in the late 1960s and introduced a mascot named "Hoosier Pride" in 1979. But that mascot didn’t go over well with fans and was quickly abandoned.

School songs

The Indiana Hoosiers have two fight songs – "Indiana, Our Indiana" and "Indiana Fight!" – along with an alma mater song, "Hail to Old IU". Indiana's most recognized fight song, "Indiana, Our Indiana", was first performed by the IU Band in November, 1912 at a football game against Northwestern. The song has since been played at every Indiana football and basketball game. Indiana's popular fight song melody is "Indiana Fight!", though the words are rarely sung at an Indiana sporting event. The crowd usually just sings "GO! IU! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! Indiana, we're all for you!" at the end of the song. Indiana's official Alma Mater song, "Hail to Old IU" was first performed on March 10, 1893 in Indianapolis. J.T. Giles, who organized the IU glee club wrote the words to a Scottish song in order to give the Hoosiers a school song for a performance at a state contest. The song has been a mainstay at Indiana events since that day.

Men's basketball

The Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball team is the intercollegiate men's basketball program representing Indiana University. The Hoosiers play on Branch McCracken Court at the Assembly Hall on the IU campus. Indiana has won five NCAA Championships in men's basketball (1940, 1953, 1976, 1981, 1987) — the first two under coach Branch McCracken and the latter three under Bob Knight. The Hoosiers' five NCAA Championships are tied for third in history with Duke (5), and North Carolina (5), trailing only UCLA (11), and Kentucky (8). Indiana's 1976 squad remains the last undefeated NCAA men's basketball champion.

The Hoosiers are also sixth in NCAA Tournament appearances (36), sixth in NCAA Tournament victories (62), seventh in Final Four appearances (8), and 11th in overall victories (1,665). The Hoosiers have won 21 Big Ten Conference Championships and have the best winning percentage in conference games at nearly 60 percent. No team has had more All-Big Ten selections than the Hoosiers with 53. The Hoosiers also rank seventh in all-time AP poll appearances and sixth in number of weeks spent at No 1. Every four-year men's basketball letterman since 1973 has earned a trip to the NCAA basketball tournament. Additionally, every four-year player since 1950 has played on a nationally ranked squad at Indiana.

A 2012 study listed Indiana as the third most valuable collegiate basketball program in the country. Indiana has ranked in the top 15 nationally in men's basketball attendance every season since Assembly Hall opened in 1972, and often in the top five. When asked if Indiana basketball fans were the most passionate in the country, ESPN commentator Dick Vitale said, "I don't think there's any doubt about it. They eat, sleep and drink the game." Basketball sportscaster Gus Johnson called Assembly Hall, "the Carnegie Hall of basketball."

Indiana has intense rivalries both in-state, against the Purdue Boilermakers (see Indiana-Purdue rivalry), and out-of-state, against the Kentucky Wildcats (see Indiana–Kentucky rivalry). The team is currently coached by Tom Crean.

Women's basketball

Women's basketball began as a varsity sport in the 1971–72 season. The Hoosiers were co-Big Ten champions the 1982–83 season and won the Big Ten Tournament in the 2001–02 season.


Indiana began playing football in 1884 and currently plays in the 52,692-seat, open-air Memorial Stadium, built in 1960. The current head football coach of the Hoosiers is Kevin R. Wilson. The team has won the Big Ten Championship twice, once in 1945 and again in 1967. It has appeared in ten bowl games, including the 1968 Rose Bowl:

  • 1968 Rose Bowl: Lost to the University of Southern California 14–3.
  • 1979 Holiday Bowl: Defeated Brigham Young University 38–37.
  • 1986 All-American Bowl: Lost to Florida State University 27–13.
  • 1987 Peach Bowl: Lost to the University of Tennessee 27–22.
  • 1988 Liberty Bowl: Defeated South Carolina 34–10.
  • 1990 Peach Bowl: Lost to Auburn University 27–23.
  • 1991 Copper Bowl: Defeated Baylor University 24–0.
  • 1993 Independence Bowl: Lost to Virginia Tech 45–20.
  • 2007 Insight Bowl: Lost to Oklahoma State University 49–33.
  • 2015 Pinstripe Bowl: Lost to Duke University 44-41OT
  • Men's soccer

    By a number of indicators, the Hoosiers are one of the greatest soccer programs in the history of the sport. The Hoosiers have won eight national championships in men's soccer (1982, 1983, 1988, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004 and 2012), second only to St. Louis' 10. Indiana owns more wins, has appeared in more College Cups (18) and has a higher winning percentage in both regular season and post-season play than any other school in Division I soccer.

    The Hoosiers have also dominated conference play. Since the Big Ten began sponsoring men's soccer in 1991, Indiana has won 11 Big Ten tournament titles. Indiana has also been crowned regular season champion 14 times, including nine-straight seasons from 1996–2004. A league-record 11 Big Ten Players of the Year come from Indiana, including three of the last five seasons.

    Indiana players have won six Hermann Trophies (including Ken Snow twice) and three Missouri Athletic Club Player of the Year awards. The Hoosiers have produced 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. The Hoosiers are currently coached by Todd Yeagley, the son of former Indiana Hall of Fame coach Jerry Yeagley.

    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

    Both the Hoosier men's and women's teams compete at the Counsilman-Billingsley Center in the Student Recreational Sports Center, a 44,651-square-foot (4,148.2 m2) aquatics center. It features an eight-lane Olympic-sized pool spanning 30,512 square feet (2,834.7 m2) 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 four one-meter and two three-meter springboards as well as one-, three-, five-, seven- and 10-meter platforms. The Indiana University Outdoor Pool serves as the team's training facility in the summer months. It features a ten-lane Olympic-sized pool along with a diving pool that includes a 10-meter platform.

    Men's swimming & diving

    The Hoosiers won six straight NCAA national championships from 1968–1973, giving them the fifth-most in NCAA history. Their 24 Big Ten crowns, including every Big Ten championship from 1961–1985, rank second in the conference's 90-year history. Indiana has produced 80 individual swimming and diving national champions, over 191 Big Ten swimming champions, 25 conference diving champions and has won 45 Big Ten relay events. The 80 national champions ranks third among Big Ten schools while the individual Big Ten diving, relay and individual swimming crowns all rank second among all 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.

    Under former coaches James Counsilman and Hobie Billingsley, 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), most of which were won under swimming great Mark Spitz. 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."

  • NCAA Team Championships: 1968 · 1969 · 1970 · 1971 · 1972 · 1973
  • Big Ten Championships: 1961 · 1962 · 1963 · 1964 · 1965 · 1966 · 1967 · 1968 · 1969 · 1970 · 1971 · 1972 · 1973 · 1974 · 1975 · 1976 · 1977 · 1978 · 1979 · 1980 · 1983 · 1984 · 1985 · 2006 · 2017
  • Women's swimming & diving

    The Hoosiers have produced 4 individual national champions and five Big Ten championship teams in 2003, 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2011. Fourteen Hoosier women count themselves as Olympians, winning six medals in all.

    Men's cross country

    Men's cross country began on the Indiana 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. Indiana'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. Bob Kennedy, regarded as one of the greatest U.S. distance runners in history, graduated from the program in 1992.

    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 of individual 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, 1989, 1990, 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 Indiana Hoosiers Wrestling began in 1909, with accomplishments such as: 50 individual All-Americans, 12 individual NCAA National Champions from 1932–2008, and 1 team NCAA National title in 1932. In 1946 Indiana took 2nd in the Big Ten Championships and 4th in the NCAA Championships. In recent years better seasons included the 1989–1990 season placed 2nd in the Big Ten Conference and 8th at the NCAA Championships, and the 2004–2005 season took 5th place at the Big Ten Conference and 9th at the NCAA Championships.

    Duane Goldman is in his 22nd season at the helm of the Indiana wrestling program with a collegiate wrestling resume; In his four years as a Hawkeye, Goldman accumulated a 132-10 career record, won four Big Ten Championships and finished as a four-time NCAA All-American. After three consecutive second-place finishes, he won the NCAA Championships in his final season at 190 pounds. The Hoosiers have seen a tremendous amount of success during Goldman's tenure when he took the team to a top ten finish in the NCAA tournament in 2005. On September 5, 2009, Goldman was officially inducted into the University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame.

    The Wrestling team hosts most of their home matches in the 2,000-seat gymnasium. The Wrestling team practices in Assembly Hall but prefers the home court advantage of the more intimate University Gymnasium, also known as Intercollegiate Athletics Gym.


    The Hoosiers have appeared five times in the NCAA Tournament, in 1996, 2009, 2013, 2014 and 2015. They have won the regular season conference championship six times – 1925, 1932, 1938, 1949, 2013 and 2014. Beginning in 2013, the Hoosiers play in Bart Kaufman Field.


    The Hoosier softball team has appeared in four Women's College World Series, in 1979, 1980, 1983 and 1986.

    Club Sports

    The Indiana University Club Sports Federation operates separately from the IU Athletic Department. Of the 40 club sports on the Bloomington campus, several are noteworthy for representing IU in high-level national competitions.

    Men's ice hockey

    The men's ice hockey team has played in the Division I Central States Collegiate Hockey League conference since 2010, which is part of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA)). The team plays off-campus at the Frank Southern Ice Arena. The team holds the 1971 and 2001 Big Ten Hockey League championships, 8 Midwestern Collegiate Hockey League (MCHL) championships during the 1980s and 1990s, and the 2002 Great Midwest Hockey League (GMHL). The Hoosiers men's ice hockey team was the national runner-up in the 1995, 1998, 2000, and 2008 ACHA DII National Championships.

    Men's rugby

    The IU Men's Rugby Club competes in the Big Ten Universities conference, which is part of D1A Rugby – USA Rugby's elite division of college rugby. The Hoosiers finished the 2015–16 season ranked #5 in D1A.

    The club was founded in 1962 and played its first game against the Notre Dame Rugby Football Club. Head Coach Sarasopa Enari arrived to the program in 1996 and has led the team to many notable achievements.

    IU reached its first national semifinal in 2001, losing to Penn State. In 2011 they finished the season ranked 11th. In 2013, IU won the Big Ten Championship match 58–38 over Michigan. In 2015, Indiana defeated Ohio State 34–14 to win another BTU Championship game. Following the conference championship victory, IU achieved a milestone 38-34 win over Kutztown University in the ACRC Bowl Series. This capped a perfect 12-0 Fall 2015 campaign.

    Indiana has also been successful in rugby sevens, particularly in the Collegiate Rugby Championship, a tournament broadcast live by NBC every June from Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia. Indiana earned a bid to the inaugural Collegiate Rugby Championship in 2010, finishing 12th. The Hoosiers' breakthrough sevens performance was in 2015. They won the Big Ten 7s title and qualified for the 2015 Collegiate Rugby Championship with a record of 15-0. There they won their pool with a 3-0 record with victories over Alabama, Life, and Clemson and finished 5th overall. The pool play victory over Clemson was the first IU Rugby game played on national television (NBCSN).

    The IU Men's Rugby Club has been hailed as the top "true club rugby team" in the country for its victories over programs who offer scholarships or benefit from their athletic departments, including Kutztown, Life, Davenport, and Notre Dame.

    Women's rugby

    The IU Women's Rugby Club was founded in 1996, and has also represented Indiana University at a high level. In 2014, IU reached the national semifinals of the USA Rugby Women's Collegiate Championship.

    Men's lacrosse

    The men's lacrosse team competes in the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) Division 1. The Hoosiers are a part of the Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference (GRLC) and compete with Illinois, Purdue, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Miami Ohio, Illinois State, Kansas, and Arkansas. In 2013 the Hoosiers were regular season champions for the GRLC D1 East. They finished the season 11-4 with their final loss of the season in the 2013 GRLC Championship game.



    The Hoosiers' biggest traditional rival is the Purdue Boilermakers. The West Lafayette (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 Bucket in football since 1925, a series which Purdue leads 70–36–6. In basketball, IU's 21 Big Ten Championships are second only to Purdue's 22. The Boilermakers also lead the men's basketball series 115–89. Since the 2001–02 year, IU and Purdue have also competed for an all-sports trophy called the Crimson and Gold Cup. IU leads the series 7–6–2.


    IU also has a heated border rivalry with the Kentucky Wildcats. The annual basketball game between the two often carries national significance as they have combined for 13 national championships. Since 1991, the game has rotated between neutral sites in Indianapolis and Louisville. This neutrality ended during 2006 when the game was played at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky with the 2007 game played at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana. Basketball games between the Hoosiers and Wildcats have at times drawn over 30,000 fans. Although the two teams had played every season since 1969, a dispute over whether future games should be played at the schools' respective home courts or at nearby neutral sites led to the cancellation of the game for the 2012–13 season.


    After Purdue, one of the Hoosiers' biggest conference rivals are the Illinois Fighting Illini. The rivalry is particularly strong with the Illinois basketball team. The all-time series is currently tied at 85–85, the closest series in the Big Ten. The rivalry has lasted through the ages, from Lou Henson and Bob Knight publicly feuding, to Kelvin Sampson and Bruce Weber's heated interaction in recent years.

    Michigan State

    Indiana has a rivalry with Michigan State 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

    What began as one man's idea Big Young of a bicycle race to raise scholarship money has become an 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."

    Olympic participation

    Between the Los Angeles 1932 games and the Athens 2004 games at least one former alumnus medaled at every Summer Olympics. In world record times, Mark Spitz captured seven swimming gold medals in at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. Following the Beijing games, at least 173 IU athletes have competed in the Summer Olympics, of these are representatives of 15 nations. On twelve occasions, Olympic coaches have come from Indiana University. In total, the IU medal count is 88, which include 49 gold, 16 silver and 23 bronze.

    NCAA team championships

    Indiana has won 24 NCAA team national championships.

  • Men's (24)
  • Basketball (5): 1940, 1953, 1976, 1981, 1987
  • Cross Country (3): 1938, 1940, 1942
  • Outdoor Track & Field (1): 1932
  • Soccer (8): 1982, 1983, 1988, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2012
  • Swimming (6): 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973
  • Wrestling (1): 1932
  • See also:
  • List of NCAA schools with the most NCAA Division I championships
  • Big Ten Conference NCAA national team championships
  • Other national team championships

    One varsity national team championship was not bestowed by the NCAA:

  • Women's
  • Tennis (AIAW): 1982
  • See also:
  • List of Big Ten Conference National Championships
  • List of NCAA schools with the most Division I national championships
  • National individual championships

    Indiana University has 141 NCAA individual championships.

  • Men's Swimming & Diving (80)
  • Men's Outdoor Track & Field (22)
  • Wrestling (11)
  • Men's Indoor Track & Field (13)
  • Women's Swimming & Diving (4)
  • Men's Cross Country (3)
  • Women's Cross Country (2)
  • Women's Indoor Track & Field (2)
  • Women's Outdoor Track & Field (2)
  • Men's Gymnastics (1)
  • Big Ten regular season championships

    Indiana University has 174 Big Ten regular season championships.

    Big Ten tournament championships

    Indiana University has 18 Big Ten tournament championships.

  • Men's Soccer (12): 1991 • 1992 • 1994 • 1995 (co) • 1996 • 1997 • 1998 • 1999 • 2001 • 2003 • 2006 • 2013
  • Baseball (4): 1996 • 2009 • 2013 • 2014
  • Women's Basketball (1): 2002
  • Women's Soccer (1): 1996
  • Other championships

    Collegiate Water Polo Association Championships (3)

  • Water Polo (3): • 2003 • 2011 • 2014
  • Notable alumni and former athletes





  • Jeff Overton, PGA Tour player, member of 2010 USA Ryder Cup Team
  • Shaun Micheel, PGA Tour player, winner of the 2003 PGA Championship
  • 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
  • Chris Lytle (Sports Management), retired mixed martial artist
  • Soccer

    Swimming & Diving

    Track & Field

  • Andy Bayer, 1500 m runner
  • Greg Bell, long jumper
  • Milt Campbell, decathlete
  • Derek Drouin, high jumper
  • Bob Kennedy, long-distance runner
  • Don Lash, long-distance runner
  • Molly Ludlow, middle-distance runner
  • David Neville, 400 m runner
  • Rose Richmond, long jumper
  • Dave Volz, pole vaulter
  • Aarik Wilson, triple jumper
  • Wrestling

  • Roger Chandler - Wrestling team head coach at Michigan State University
  • Joe Dubuque, Two-time NCAA Wrestling champion.
  • Angel Escobedo, NCAA Wrestling Champion.
  • Dave Herman, 2006 NCAA qualifier; mixed martial artist formerly for the Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Nathan Everhart, Three-time NCAA national qualifier; current WWE superstar
  • Radio network affiliates

    Game Day Broadcast via Radio


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