Cignetti Emphasizes the Importance of Earning Your Spot
In a bold statement, the new head coach of Indiana University’s football team, Cignetti, confidently declared, “It’s pretty simple. I win. Google me.” As Cignetti takes charge of the Hoosier program, he aims to change the culture, mindset, and expectation level of Indiana football.
Former MAC Offensive Player of the Year Joins Indiana
Indiana has acquired a talented quarterback in Kurtis Rourke, the 2022 MAC Offensive Player of the Year. Cignetti expressed his belief in Rourke’s abilities, stating, “Kurtis Rourke knows how to play quarterback. While he’s got to do it between the white lines at Indiana, I fully expect him to do it. I think he’s going to be a great player for us.”
Nothing Promised, Everything Earned
Cignetti made it clear that no player, regardless of their past accolades, will be given preferential treatment at Indiana. He stressed, “Nobody has anything. Everything is earned. So, that’s how we run our program.” Every player will have to prove themselves on the field and earn their spot in the team.
New Coach Brings Excitement and High Expectations
Cignetti, who led JMU as head coach for the past five seasons, is thrilled to take the reins at Indiana. Reflecting on his new role, he said, “I am excited to lead this program forward and change the culture, mindset, and expectation level of Hoosier football.” Cignetti expressed gratitude to the university’s Director of Athletics and President, both of whom share his vision for the future success of the IU program.
A Fresh Start for Indiana Football
Under the previous two seasons’ leadership of Tom Allen, the Hoosiers struggled with a combined record of 9-27. However, with Cignetti taking charge, Indiana looks forward to a fresh start and a brighter future. Allen was let go shortly after the end of the season, with a $15.5 million buyout agreement.