BOULDER, Colo. – Indiana’s suspension from Big Ten Universities and USA Rugby postseason play for the 2014-15 season is to no fault of the current players. Still, eligibility infractions were made and necessary penalties were handed down, and unfortunately the entire team is suffering the consequences.
Even with the BTU Championship out of the realm of possibility, Indiana was out to prove they were the best team in their conference, and that type of determination and focus came from a small but proud senior class.
“Coming into the season we had two major goals: continue to build on the foundation for the future of the program, and prove that we were the best team in the Big Ten by going undefeated,” explained senior winger Antonio Winn. “I think at the end of the day, at least for us, there is no doubt that we were the best team in the Big Ten this season.”
By all accounts, Indiana showed they were indeed the best BTU team this fall. The Hoosiers are the only undefeated team in the conference at 6-0 and their BTU-leading 218-point differential is 70 points better than the second-highest differential in the conference.
“Our suspension served as extra motivation for this season, and although it is disappointing not having a postseason, it didn’t hinder our hard work and determination to be the best team we can be,” said Winn. “I could not be more proud of all the guys for their hard work this season.”
Indiana’s underclassmen will have opportunities to compete for BTU and USA Rugby National Championships. But for this year’s senior class, they’ll have to find solace in the fact that they were the most dominant team in the Big Ten Universities this fall.