Indiana Hoosiers Football: An Early Preview

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IJuly 30, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, IN - NOVEMBER 01:  Quarterback Ben Chappell #4 of the Indiana Hooisers moves to hand off the ball during the game against the Central Michigan Chippewas at Memorial Stadium on November 1, 2008 in Bloomington, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

At this point, there is nowhere to go but up.

Last season, the boys who play in "The Rock," hit rock bottom. They ended their season with a 3-9 record, despite a very easy schedule (including eight home games).

The team failed almost all expectations placed on them from two years ago, when the Hoosiers made their first bowl game in 14 years.

This season is a very important one for the program for three reasons:

1. This is Bill Lynch's final season with his current contract (he has two years remaining). Either he will be fired after a failed year or given an extension.

2. This is the first year with the new stadium renovations, including the brand new North End Zone Project, which includes the area behind the north end zone connecting the two previous sides of seating with more seating. The stadium will also boast a state-of-the-art training room and nicer locker rooms.

3. The 2009 recruiting class is one of the better looking ones in memory, and if they have a good year, the IU coaching staff will have a great opportunity to improve and start getting some big-time talent down to Bloomington.

This season has the potential to surprise some people, including fans like me.

Only time will tell. Go Hoosiers!

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