Indiana still hasn’t beaten Michigan on the football field since 1987, but apparently Tom Allen and the Hoosiers ruffled some feathers before leaving Ann Arbor last fall.
Michigan defeated Indiana 31-20 in a late November matchup between the two schools in Ann Arbor last season, but there was plenty of unrest throughout the game. The anger stemmed from an exchange primarily between Hoosiers offensive lineman Simon Stepaniak and Wolverines defensive end Chase Winovich.
Early in the game, Winovich appeared to step on the calf of Stepaniak while the offensive lineman was on the ground. Later, Stepaniak delivered a cheap shot at Winovich, sending the defensive end out of the game.
That back and forth, as well as some other physical plays throughout the game, apparently didn’t sit well with several Michigan fans. While at a speaking engagement on Wednesday, Allen said he received several text messages and emails from angry Wolverine fans because the Hoosiers were “too physical.”
Allen made it clear that IU won’t be changing its style of play anytime soon.
“We’re gonna play physical, mean and tough … and that ain’t gonna change,” Allen said, according to Zach Osterman of the Indianapolis Star.
The matchups between Indiana and Michigan have been one-sided, with the Hoosiers failing to win a head-t0-head game in over 30 years. But IU has gotten closer to ending its ugly losing streak to the Wolverines.
Allen is hoping that the Hoosiers will finally clear that hurdle soon. And clearly he doesn’t care what people think about his approach, either.