The Hoosiers appeared to have turned the corner at the start of 2004 with wins over Central Michigan and #24 ranked Oregon, but after that the team really struggled. Indiana lost 5 straight after that, and only won a single Big Ten game this year. During his tenure at Indiana, DiNardo was 3-21 in Big Ten games, something that became unacceptable for Indiana fans. The Hoosiers played better in 2004 than they had since Cam Cameron was fired as head coach. Despite the better play, Indiana did not improve in the standings, finishing in the basement of the Big Ten yet again.
2004 was the first year that Gerry DiNardo had a full roster of scholarship players, something that had hurt the Hoosiers over the years. Despite the lack of depth, DiNardo had to be held accountable for the struggling Indiana football program. The program had seen not only declining wins over the last few years, but the stands in Memorial Stadium were very empty throughout the year.
Not only has coach DiNardo been released, but apparently, according to WTHR in Indianapolis, the entire IU football staff has been relieved of their duties. The details are unclear at this time, and nothing has been officially announced, however it seems that the Gerry DiNardo era at Indiana has come to an end. Stay tuned to Hoosier Insider for breaking news on the Indiana coaching situation, and for official conformation.
DiNardo Ousted at Indiana
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