Indiana AD releases statement following B1G's decision to put Ohio State in conference title game
Indiana has been a bit overlooked as college football fans debated whether or not the Big Ten should get rid of its six-game minimum requirement for winning a division championship.
However, the Big Ten’s decision to remove that requirement and put the Buckeyes (5-0) in the conference title game means the Hoosiers will miss out on that opportunity.
Indiana is 6-1 with its lone loss coming against Ohio State earlier this season. If the six-game minimum would have been upheld, the Hoosiers would have been declared winners of the Big Ten East.
Shortly after that decision was announced, Indiana athletic director Scott Dolson released a statement.
“Although we understand the conference’s decision, we are disappointed,” Dolson wrote. “From the start of the year, we have said we can only control what we can control. We had a chance to earn our spot in the Big Ten Championship Game, but ultimately fell a touchdown short on the road against a great Ohio State team.
“We look forward to resuming activities and completing one of the best seasons in our school’s history.”
IU Vice President & Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Scott Dolson Statement… pic.twitter.com/ByOMRiS75B
— Indiana Football (@IndianaFootball) December 9, 2020
Dolson also points out that this Indiana team is one of only two squads in the country with three top-25 victories. The Hoosiers have also matched a program record for Big Ten wins with six.
Indiana and Purdue mutually canceled their scheduled game for this weekend due to COVID-19 cases within both programs. However, Indiana is currently scheduled to face an opponent on Championship Weekend Dec. 19 if its COVID-19 situation improves.