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Football Hall of Famer John Mathias bucked the odds at IU

Being an Indiana University football fan invites a lifelong ordeal of suffering on Saturday afternoons in Bloomington. How frustrating is it to cheer for a program that has managed just 11 winning seasons in the last half-century? Only Bill Mallory consistently bucked the odds by taking the Hoosiers to six bowls in an eight-year stretch. He exited in 1996 as IU's all-time most winning coach with 69 victories, but still finished eight games below .500. During those years of futility the Hoosiers have made just one Rose Bowl appearance, rewarded for a 9-and-1 season in 1967. It came more than two decades after Bo McMillan guided the Hoosiers to their first Big Ten title with a 9-0-1...