Reports are coming out that Demarlo Belcher has been dismissed from the IU Football team, ending his career at IU. This coming on the heals of his suspension for the Northwestern game for violation team rules. Although, with the possible ass kicking we might get at OSU and MSU in the next 2 games, maybe keeping him on the team would have been a more painful punishment.
I have no idea what team rule he violated, but given his lack of playing time and effort in the last few weeks, I would assume that it would have to do with his dragging ass and not being a leader in practice and during games.
This is a very sad end to what was a very promising career for Belcher. He was progressing each year, and seemed poised to have a big senior year. With his size and speed, if he put up good numbers this year, it wasn’t crazy to think that he would be a late round pick in the NFL draft in the spring.
But as the season progressed, we saw Belcher disappearing before our eyes. It didn’t help that he didn’t have a QB who could get him the ball. But even when he did get the ball thrown his way, he seemed to be going 1/2 speed, that was of course when he wasn’t dropping the ball.
For all the talk about the toxic situation that Coach Crean took over when Sampson left, we are quickly learning that our “nice guy coach” Bill Lynch, might have left us an even bigger mess than Sampson (minus the violations).
So it seems that every player under Lynch didn’t practice hard and was allowed to be a thug or jackass. So, why was everyone who was “covering” the team last year, continue to blow smoke up our asses and tell us that Lynch was a good guy and just needed more time. Why was no one reporting the horrible practice habits? I doubt that upperclassman just started these habits this season.
Demarlo Belcher went to the same high school that my wife went to, Northside in Fort Wayne. So I always had a connection with him, and kept track of him since his Freshman year. I hate to see it end like this, but after seeing him play this season, I can’t say I’m surprised. Sadly, Demarlo will be forgotten, but had the talent to have a much better career here at IU. To bad he wasn’t 5 years younger and could have had a real coach who could push his potential, but rather a gum throwing joke!
With this dismissal, I think that Coach Wilson has cleaned out all the problems from the Lynch era and now we can begin to move forward.
What are your thoughts on the Demarlo era?