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The Indiana Hoosiers athletic programs call beautiful Bloomington, Indiana home. The Hoosiers participate in the legendary Big-10 conference in all major sports. The Hoosiers wear their famous crimson and cream colors with pride on game days and fans as well fill the stands decked out in their team colors. The nickname Hoosiers is a term that dates back to the 1840’s to describe natives of Indiana and the state and Indiana University teams wear the name proudly.
The most notorious team on the Indiana campus is the men’s basketball team. With five national championship titles to their name, Hoosier basketball is well-known throughout the country. Playing their home games in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, over 17,000 screaming Hoosier fans pack the bleachers to cheer on their team to victory. Legendary coach Bob Knight led the team for almost 30 years from the 1970’s to his departure in 2000. The team is known for their simple crimson and white uniforms and candy-striped warm-up pants in the same colors. The basketball program has seen many famous players on the court, including all-time leading scorer in the program Calbert Cheaney and National Players of the Year Kent Benson, Scott May and Victor Oladipo. The program has also had a large share of All-Americans that have played with the program.
Other big sports on the Indiana University campus are the baseball, football, men’s soccer and swimming. National championships have been won by the Hoosiers in basketball, cross country, track & field, soccer, swimming and wrestling. The school has also had the likes of many professional athletes and Olympians come through their program, most notably Mark Spitz, Kyle Schwarber, Kevin Mahar, Steve Alford, Isaiah Thomas, Eric Gordon, Tevin Coleman, Jordan Howard, Cam Cameron, Antwaan Randle El, Adawale Ogunleye and Sam Wyche among many others.
The University's main rivals are in-state foe Purdue University, Illinois University, Michigan State University and out-of-conference rival the University of Kentucky. Tradition runs deep on the campus and begins with the famous Indiana marching band playing the tunes of “IU Fanfare” and “Indiana Our Indiana” to the crowds. Hep’s Rock, named after late head coach Terry Hoeppner, gets touched by all members of the team prior to the game.