PHOENIX -- The Indiana University football team arrived in
Arizona seven hours late on Thursday, missing a practice for the
Indiana's flight was delayed by weather and mechanical problems,
but the Hoosiers remained on track to fulfill the goal of their
late coach Terry Hoeppner to play 13 games this year.
"That was obviously a rally cry to our program and our
community all fall," said Indiana coach Bill Lynch, who had been
Hoeppner's top assistant since 2004 and was promoted to the top job
this past offseason.
Hoeppner died at age 59 in June after a long battle with cancer.
Indiana players will wear "HEP" buttons as they prepare to
play Oklahoma State (6-6) in Monday's Insight Bowl. The buttons
match patches stitched on the players' jerseys.
Lynch hopes to get Indiana (7-5) used to winning bowl games. The
school's last bowl victory was in 1991, a 24-0 win over Baylor in
Tucson. That was when the Insight Bowl was called the Copper Bowl.
"I think it is the first step in building the kind of program
we want here," Lynch said this month after Indiana learned it was
selected to play in the Insight Bowl. "We've reached that first
step, and now we have to try and take advantage of it."