Big Ten: Tim Clifford
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
This series isn't designed to beat up on any programs, so I'll put this mildly. Indiana's football history is, well, limited when it comes to winning. Aside from a nice run in the late 1980s, Indiana has consistently finished in the league's bottom half.
As much fun as it would be to compile a Rushmore for Indiana hoops -- could the candy striped pants get a spot? -- this is a football blog, so I'll stick with football. And despite the Hoosiers' struggles on the gridiron, they have produced several notable players and coaches.
- Anthony Thompson -- A two-time first-team All-American, Thompson is undoubtedly the greatest player in team history and one of the top running backs in Big Ten history. In 1989, he set NCAA single-season records for rushing and scoring, won the Maxwell Award and finished second for the Heisman Trophy. Thompson led the Big Ten in rushing in each of his last two seasons and is the only player in team history to have his number retired.
- Antwaan Randle El -- Indiana never notched a winning season during his career, but the dynamic Randle El left his mark on the program and the Big Ten. One of the most exciting Big Ten players of this decade, Randle El won Big Ten MVP honors in 2001 and rushed for more yards than any quarterback in FBS history (3,895). The College Football Hall of Fame selection finished his career with 86 career touchdowns (44 rushing, 42 passing).
- George Taliaferro -- Taliaferro remains the only Indiana player to earn All-America honors in three different seasons. He played on Indiana's Big Ten championship team in 1945 and became the first black player drafted by an NFL team. Taliaferro earned first-team All-America honors as a defensive back in 1948 and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1981.
- Bill Mallory -- Mallory's overall record at Indiana might not look overly impressive (69-77-3), but he turned around a neglected program and restored it to respectability during the mid 1980s. In 1986, he coached Indiana to its first bowl game since 1979 and followed with postseason appearances the next two years. Indiana reached six bowl games under Mallory before going through a drought from 1993-2007. Mallory won back-to-back Big Ten Coach of the Year awards in 1986-87.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
10:04 4th Qtr Rutgers 40 North Carolina 7 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF Final Illinois 18 Louisiana Tech 35
Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
Final Marshall 52 Northern Illinois 23 Final Navy 17 San Diego State 16
Final Central Michigan 48 Western Kentucky 49 Final Fresno State 6 Rice 30
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State