In the midst of a program renaissance, Indiana will honor its last memorable era later this month.
On Sept. 18 when IU faces Cincinnati the Hoosiers will wear uniforms reminiscent of those worn by some of the late Coach Bill Mallory’s best teams from 1987 to 1996.
As the winningest coach in IU Football history, Mallory enjoyed tremendous success during the decade that these uniforms were worn in the 1980s and 1990s. From 1987-93, Mallory’s teams went a combined 47-32-3, made five bowl appearances, and won the 1988 Liberty Bowl and the 1991 Copper Bowl. IU finished in the top four in the Big Ten on three different occasions, including a runner-up finish in 1987.
Those great teams, meanwhile, also included some of IU Football’s all-time great players. Most notable of those is 1989 Heisman Trophy runner-up and two-time Big Ten MVP Anthony Thompson, who set NCAA records for career rushing yards, career touchdowns and single-game rushing yards during his Hoosier career. Other past IU greats to play during the era include running back Vaughn Dunbar(1st team All-American and sixth in 1991 Heisman voting), quarterback Trent Green (15-year NFL career and two-time Pro Bowl selection) and wide receiver Ernie Jones (1987 Big Ten MVP).
According to IU Athletics, the uniforms are part of the adidas Reverse Retro Collection, which will also be available for fans to purchase beginning Sept. 6 through adidas.com, Fanatics.com, and the Indiana University Bookstore.
The program also announced on Friday the game against Cincinnati is a sellout.
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