Indiana athletic director Fred Glass had been waiting a long time for a day like Saturday.
When Glass hired Kevin Wilson from Oklahoma to run the Indiana football program, he envisioned wins like IU's 31-27 victory over then-No. 18 Missouri. So when it finally came in Wilson's fourth year with the program, it meant a lot to Glass.
“I don’t think you can overstate the importance of that win," Glass told AllHoosiers.com. "On the road, against a ranked team, an SEC school, after what happened at Bowling Green ... I’m just really happy for the kids and for our fan base. They've hung with us over the years and they deserve it. But those kids have worked so hard, and I'm really happy for them."
Glass has seen a great deal of athletics success since he arrived at IU in 2009. The Indiana soccer team won a national title on Glass' watch, the baseball program went to the College World Series, and the basketball program returned to relevance under Tom Crean, reaching back-to-back Sweet Sixteens.
The football program hasn't yet had the same success, but Glass is optimistic that Saturday was a huge first step in the right direction.
“I honestly think the guys went over there expecting to win," Glass said. "It wasn’t all that surprising to them. They thought they were going to beat that team, and they did.”
Glass said he isn't sure what a win like the one over Missouri will mean for the team's home fan support going forward, but he's hopeful Indiana fans will flock to Memorial Stadium every week going forward.
Indiana hosts Big Ten newcomer Maryland at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
“I hope to see 52,929 at the game on Saturday and every Saturday going forward," Glass said. "There’s absolutely no reason why we can’t hit that number.”