Spring practice has started in Bloomington under first-year head coach Kevin Wilson.
Wilson is excited about the facility upgrades, but knows the Hoosiers have a long way to go to get to where he wants on the field.
“The facility upgrade definitely gives us a chance to recruit, we just now have to get the product on the field to match our facility.”
During a radio interview yesterday, Wilson described the largest contrast between the Oklahoma program and Indiana.
He explained, “I think the kids at Oklahoma just liked to practice hard every day. It’s not the talent gap. And we had some good players, but we had some areas that we weren’t as good as people thought. I think our kids at OU had a high expectation level, a high standard. They expected to be good. They wanted to be good. They wanted to be pushed. They loved practice. The loved the weight room. They embraced the process.”
“And like I said in our first press conference, winning is a daily process. You have to win every day. You have to bring it every day. You have to love working hard. Right now, there is a difference between where I was. It’s teaching our guys that mindset. If you’re going to expect winning in the Fall, it’s not going to happen unless you embrace the process and max it out every day.”
A staple of the Oklahoma program under Bob Stoops has always been a physical style of play.
To no surprise, one of Wilson’s early goals during Spring practice is incorporating a high level of toughness and physicality within his team.
“We have to teach our guys how to practice physically, and at the same time not beat ourselves up. We have to train kids how to hit and how to be physical.”
Indiana opens against Ball State in Lucas Oil Stadium (Indy). The Hoosiers will then host Virginia and South Carolina State before traveling to North Texas.