Though Not Ideal, Tom Allen Says Hoosiers Took Advantage Of Early Bye Week
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Hoosier had an unexpected week off last week after their game with Florida International was canceled in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.
Indiana head coach Tom Allen says the time off was well used in getting ready for their match up with Georgia Southern this Saturday. Allen says he and his staff also used the extra time to hit recruiting hard.
"We were really able to capitalize on recruiting," Allen continued in the week off. "We got a lot of ground covered and a lot of schools hit, a lot of games watched."
Still, he says that a bye week after Game Two of the regular season is not the ideal situation, but says you just have to adjust and move forward with it.
"To me you just make the best of it," Allen said. "If I had to pick, I would put it right, smack-dab, in the middle of the season. But I didn't get to choose when the Hurricane hit."
The Hoosiers have since scheduled a last minute opponent in Charleston Southern the week of October 7th to fill the void left by Florida International.
In spite of the "non-ideal" bye week, Coach Allen says he and his staff were able to get some extra house keeping things taken care in regards to getting things in the right place for Georgia Southern. He says GSU's "triple option" offense will present a unique test for the Hoosiers when they come to Memorial Stadium Saturday. He says the extra time off was especially important so that they could prepare for it.
"We started working on it in the spring when we knew were we facing them," Allen said on preparing for the triple-option. "Just being able to work on different facets of it. They run it out of the shotgun, which is different than some but it creates similar challenges."
Kickoff for the Hoosiers' game with Georgia Southern at 3:30 p.m. EDT on 107.5 FM and 1070 The Fan.
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