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IU Athletic Director Fred Glass (right) watches an IU Men's Basketball game with coach Tom Crean (left).

The Indiana University Athletics Tailgate Tour made its first stop Monday night on a six city tour. Fans got a chance to mingle with some of the school‘s coaches at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, including Men‘s Basketball Coach Tom Crean and Football Coach Kevin Wilson. Crean says there is excitement among the fans

“I don‘t think there‘s anyway we get to the point that we‘re at with building our team without a lot of excitement,” Crean says. “I think the fact that people went through all of this with us for the most part, they see the benefits of how hard they cheered and supported and stayed with the program.”

Wilson says this time of year is good for a football coach.

“We‘re in a window right now where you‘re recruiting next year, you just finished up the semester,” Wilson says. “We basically got everyone sent home for about a four week break. We‘ll come back the first of June for summer school and lifting session, so as a coach this is one of the few times you can catch your breath, catch up and get with the family.”

The Tour allows Hoosier fans to support IU Athletics and learn about the success of student-athletes both on and off the field. The tour continues next week in Chicago, then makes stops in Ft. Wayne, Evansville, Jeffersonville and finishes at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington on August 9.

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