UIndy enjoying rare football NCAA tournament appearance

INDIANAPOLIS - The wait for college playoff football on the south side of Indianapolis last nearly 40 years.

Luckily the wait for them to find out where they would be once they got there was just five minutes.

It was that amount of time after 5 P.M. on Sunday when "Indianapolis" showed up on the NCAA Division II Football Tournament Selection Show as the fourth seed in the Super Region #4 Playoffs.

A huge cheer erupted among the hundred people at the Schwitzer Center even as their opponent, Midwestern State, was announced in what is a landmark moment in program history.

"Its huge, its huge for this university. We haven't been to to the playoffs in forever," said senior Justin Robinson. "Its finally good to see our name called and to be a fourth seed it means a lot to us, especially to have a home field advantage."

That will happen for the Greyhounds when they take the field for their first ever Division II football playoff game at Key Stadium at noon on Saturday. UIndy made the Division III playoffs in 1975 and hasn't made the postseason since.

Early in the season it didn't look like 2012 would be they year to snap that streak after the Greyhounds lost their first two games of the season. But the team rallied back to win their final nine games of the season and win the GLVC Championship, giving them an automatic bid to the tournament.

"It started off a little rough with an 0-2 start, but we have a veteran group and we handled it really well with our offense and a defense," said quarterback Chris Mills. "We came back and won nine straight and now we're in the playoffs.

"Everything just started clicking mid-season."

Head coach Bob Bartolomeo now must try to keep that going in the post-season. With a team lacking post-season collegiate experience, Bartolomeo will try to keep things simple Saturday's game approaches.

"We're lifting weights at 7 A.M. tomorrow and we'll run sprints tomorrow afternoon and got through our normal routine," said Bartolomeo. "We've been working all day grading the tape from yesterday so we're gonna try to keep things as normal as possible.

"Anytime your in a big game you have to do that just for everybody's sanity."