Curt Cignetti fires up Indiana fans at IU basketball game: 'Purdue sucks! And so does Michigan and Ohio State!'
Curt Cignetti is wasting no time endearing himself to the Indiana fan base.
Cignetti, who was hired to lead IU’s football program earlier this week, took a shot at Indiana’s in-state rival while speaking to the crowd at a Hoosiers basketball game on Friday night. He followed that up a jab at Big Ten powers Michigan and Ohio State as well.
“I’m super fired up about this opportunity. I’ve never taken a back seat to anybody and don’t plan on starting now,” Cignetti said. “Purdue sucks! And so does Michigan and Ohio State!”
— The Hoosier Network (@TheHoosierNet) December 2, 2023
Cignetti joins Indiana after a successful stint as James Madison’s head coach. He guided JMU as that program transitioned from FCS to FBS over the past couple of years. The Dukes went 8-3 in 2022 in their first season at the FBS level. This year, they went 11-1.
He takes over an Indiana program that has won 3 total Big Ten games over the past 3 seasons. The Hoosiers haven’t reached a bowl game since going 6-2 during their 2020 campaign.