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Indiana’s Kevin Wilson goes toe-to-verbal-toe with radio host

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Perhaps my perception is way off, but whenever I hear the name “Kevin Wilson“, I always think of the Indiana first-year head coach as sort of a mild-mannered kind of a guy away from the football field, someone who’s just one of those good ol’ boys when he doesn’t have a whistle around his neck

While that may be the case most days, it certainly wasn’t this morning.

Wilson was scheduled to appear Thursday on FOX Sports radio’s Zakk & Jack show — with the “Jack” part being played by former Illinois quarterback Jack Trudeau — to talk some Hoosiers football.  Just prior to Wilson joining the program, the hosts engaged each other in some “witty” banter involving the IU football program, including Trudeau busting chops as the IU fight song played in the background regarding the fact that he didn’t get to hear it that much when he played because the Hoosiers never scored (cue uproarious radio laughter here).

That set the stage for what was some compellingly uncomfortable and eight-level-of-awesome radio gold.

Zakk: “Kevin congratulations and thanks for joining us.  How are ya?”

Wilson: “Not doing as good as you guys, you guys gotta bunch of jokes this morning.  What’s happening.”

(uncomfortable host laughter)

Zakk: “You sound like you’ve been doing some screaming at practice, coach.  Yelling at the players already?

Wilson: “No, we’re yelling at media guys because they don’t have a clue.  But anyway, it’s cool.  What’s up guys?”

Jack: “You’re not referring to us are ya coach?

Zakk: “No, lemme ask though, I gotta know…

Wilson: “That fight song, I remember putting 61 on the Illini a few years back too when I was at Northwestern and they kinda stunk at the time too.  Anyway, I got some things to do guys, waddya guys need?

Zakk: “You already to get rid of us coach?”

Wilson: “Very much so.”

Unbelievably, it went downhill from there, especially after Trudeau confronted Wilson and told him he didn’t appreciate the coach’s attitude.  After that, the radio duo, in essence, booted a clearly pissed-off and agitated Wilson from the show.

During Trudeau’s post-Wilson diatribe — you can listen to the podcast HERE, and you really should to get the full experience — the former QB called for Wilson to apologize for the way he acted during the interview while also labeling Wilson as an “ass” at one point.

I agree; there certainly was an ass who made an appearance during that eight-minute segment, although I’m not quite certain it was the current Big Ten head coach who played that particular role.

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37 Responses to “Indiana’s Kevin Wilson goes toe-to-verbal-toe with radio host”
  1. barnesaintnoble says: Aug 11, 2011 1:46 PM

    Good for Kevin Wilson. This guy is exactly what Indiana needs.

  2. burntorangehorn says: Aug 11, 2011 1:48 PM

    Wilson was a little brash there. The guys were having a little folksy fun. I think Wilson’s right, though, that every year is a different year, and Indiana can and will win some ballgames. They have some decent players, and more importantly, now they have a coach who knows how to win. I don’t like Wilson because of his OU and Stoops connections, but he’s going to put that program on the right track.

  3. indianapoliseater says: Aug 11, 2011 1:52 PM

    As an IU fan, I want to thank you for a reasonable response to this because I fully expected media members to portray Wilson as the loser here since he’s “just a stupid IU coach at a crappy program and he has no basis to speak up.” Your response if very professional and I laud you for that.

    Yes, Wilson did not portray himself in the most positive light and I think everyone, including Wilson, knows that. The real loser in this situation are the radio hosts with their sophomoric and unprofessional behavior. Thank you for calling them out on that.

    That said, this is the second time (Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz was the first) Wilson has had a blowup like this because of people busting on IU’s history, or lack thereof. He’s tired of hearing people bust on IU and so are the IU football fans. I’m so glad we’ve got a coach that is going to fight back against this negative stigma. My dream is it carries onto the field.

  4. bradentonbuc says: Aug 11, 2011 2:08 PM

    Good for Wilson. It is always good when someone put the “talking heads” in their place. Their sense of entitlement is sickening. I’m sure their is another sports channel up there to listen to other than one that constantly puts down the local sports program in the name of “entertainment”

  5. bender4700 says: Aug 11, 2011 2:16 PM

    Why are people praising Wilson?

    He starts off by being a jerk.

    Listen to the podcast of it. The hosts were being very inviting and nice. They weren’t bashing Indiana or him.

    Head Coaches don’t get free passes to act like jerks. These guys were giving him publicity for his program, and he gets all but hurt?

  6. adammwilson says: Aug 11, 2011 2:25 PM

    Wilson did the right thing. I listened to an interview on another podcast and he was really nice and intellgient.,

  7. burntorangehorn says: Aug 11, 2011 2:50 PM

    And again, while I think Wilson could’ve been a little more professional, let’s face it: this is going to give Indiana face time in the media, and Wilson’s attitude is going to rub off on his kids. When they read that their coach is telling the media that his kids can win, and that the sordid history doesn’t determine what the team can do now, they’re more likely to buy into it.

  8. stoopwitzer says: Aug 11, 2011 2:53 PM

    Head Coaches don’t get free passes to act like jerks. These guys were giving him publicity for his program, and he gets all but hurt?
    that’s butt…

    but please don’t go getting all butt hurt because I pointed it out.

  9. southernpatriots says: Aug 11, 2011 2:58 PM

    Maybe, just maybe both interviewers and interviewee should take it down several notches, relax and communicate a little better. Coach Wilson went into the interview with some prior disagreement with jokes having been made by Zakk & Jack. Zakk & Jack will probably apologize and have Wilson on the program again in the near future. With some better prep both the hosts and Wilson can have a good interview next time.

  10. bender4700 says: Aug 11, 2011 3:35 PM

    After listening to some commentary about it on a local radio show these guys were out of line. Their pre interview stuff was bashing him, and the program. I didn’t catch that the first time I listened.

    Wilson should have just hung up, but he’s not as much of a jerk as I initially thought.


    I am butt hurt now. hahaha good catch.

  11. bender4700 says: Aug 11, 2011 3:39 PM


    The word is they had him on hold for awhile, and made several comments basically mocking IU over the years.

    The chances of him going on that show again are as good as the chances Bob Knight returns to IU to coach football. They both went on to rip him, even saying they were going to call other coaches and encourage they run the score up on him.

    The interview was just an example of miscommunication and poor taste in jokes. The post interview tirade was just pathetic.

  12. dexterismyhero says: Aug 11, 2011 3:41 PM

    What? Nothing about tOSU anymore?

    Trudeau is usually pretty good, but he shouldn’t be taking shots at IU becuase of their history or lack thereof.
    C’mon Jack, what did you really ever accomplish at Illinois. Oh yeah, you went to the Rose Bowl where you got hammered 45-9 by UCLA and then allowed alcohol brought in by students for a high scholl graduation party at your house.

    Nice job Jack

  13. urmajesty30 says: Aug 11, 2011 4:15 PM

    I would like to see zakk and jack pull that stuff with Bo Pelini.

  14. mydixienormus says: Aug 11, 2011 4:18 PM

    Those radio guys were real dicks!

    The coach gives them back some of their own medicine so they hang up on him and go on and on about how rude he was.

    Those idiots need to grow a set. Douche bags.

  15. gboneisthename says: Aug 11, 2011 4:30 PM

    No doubt, listen to these 2 radio dongs. “I’m shocked, I’m shocked”. Grow up Trudeau and get a real job. It’s easy to say “we’re just having some fun” when the other guy is on hold and not able to respond.

  16. neilbb4 says: Aug 11, 2011 5:18 PM

    A fiery coach in Bloomington? Absolutely what is needed! Some of these radio talking heads think that they are so amusing, haven’t they noticed that they still have Ron Zook as their head coach?

  17. lbijake says: Aug 11, 2011 5:32 PM

    Typical shock jocks, attack the coach after they disconnected him so he can not rebut. Trudeau is as effective a radio “personality” as he was a Pro QB.

  18. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 11, 2011 7:12 PM

    Indiana Football is on the right path. I commend Coach Wilson for standing up to these clowns. He’s got positive things happening at IU. Recruiting is on the rise. Keep recruiting Ft. Wayne city league kids Wilson. I’m Telling you, There is real talent here.

  19. halo81 says: Aug 11, 2011 7:32 PM

    I’ve been on both sides of the phone (although I obviously haven’t been a college coach, but have interviewed plenty), so I can understand both points.

    First of all, Jack Trudeau just acted like a complete clown on the air. He took obvious cheap shots before the broadcast and egged Wilson on after Wilson made his point to lay off.

    Now, Wilson should have made his point and moved on, so he was a bit of a tool as well by continuing to dwell on it.

    I’m sorry though, as someone who has hosted a heck of a lot more, on my “Jerk-O-Meter”, Wilson gets a 2 and Trudeau gets a 10.

    Wilson is going to protect his program. No, he shouldn’t have been that short and shouldn’t have dwelled quite as long, but Trudeau acted like a child.

    “I’m going to tell everyone I meet today what a jerk he was and tell Ron Zook to run up the score on him.”

    Jack, I’ve talked to Ron Zook before. Ron Zook can be just as much of a jerk as Kevin Wilson was to you just then if you treat him the same way you just did.

    Also, don’t start the “who cares about Indiana Football” crap. Obviously you cared if you scheduled him to come on your show.

    I personally don’t care about Indiana Football at all, but he did a good enough job to get Gunner Kiel, the No. 1 QB in the country this year.

    I’m not tossing blame, but it seemed to me as though the host(s) tried to turn themselves into martyrs there.

  20. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 11, 2011 7:36 PM

    Goodman and Eifert from Dwenger at Notre Dame, Trai Essex (steelers) from Harding, and we all know about Rod Woodson. If IU can keep the best in state kids around, they can compete at a much higher level. Purdue is on the downfall until they replace Hope with a coach who has a better name for a leader. Notre Dame only recuits outta state for the most part. Lately OSU has been stealing good kids from Indiana.

  21. indycolt45 says: Aug 12, 2011 2:05 AM

    Zakk and Jack suck. The station it’s based out of (WNDE in Indianapolis) sucks. The network the show is on (Fox Sports) sucks (save for Dan Patrick), so it’s not surprising that this happened. They’re idiots who are on the radio because Clear Channel wants to fill time with the cheapest “talent” possible.

  22. indycolt45 says: Aug 12, 2011 2:13 AM

    Check your link to the Kevin Wilson interview. It’s an old interview at the top (from Dec). If it was the old one, it’s been changed

  23. indycolt45 says: Aug 12, 2011 2:24 AM

    Interview starts at 12:00 into the 8/11/11 2nd hour podcast.

  24. 1historian says: Aug 12, 2011 6:54 AM

    Those guys sound like pretty much jerks, which means that that’s their schtick, so the coach calling them out was a good thing.

    If being a jerk is your calling card and people tune in to hear that then you better be ready for something like this. Way to go coach.

  25. skids003 says: Aug 12, 2011 12:47 PM

    Ah, the media. They think they should get their a**es kissed for some reason. Lame Street Media.

  26. skids003 says: Aug 12, 2011 12:55 PM

    BTW, that post Wilson diatribe was the act of a coward. Waited till he got off the air and raised hell. I guess Jack thinks everybody should still kiss his butt for some reason.

  27. lennydpocketqb says: Aug 12, 2011 2:26 PM

    More coaches should come out of the gate like that… Excellent on all sides.

  28. rlmprez says: Aug 12, 2011 2:31 PM

    Jack Trudeau is a jerk and has been for a long time.

    IU is not known for its strong football history, that’s for sure. Nonetheless, if someone like Trudeau cuts down my program I’m going to respond.

    Finally, if you want to hold up Jack Trudeau as some fine example then investigate his record on hosting underage drinking parties at his home outside Indy and the other legal issues he and other family members have had.

  29. latrobe21 says: Aug 12, 2011 4:24 PM


    Jim Rome, Petros and Money, and Tony Bruno all make FSR worth listening to; DP, not so much. Give Clear Channel credit for pulling that loudmouthed asshole, Stephan A(sshole) Smith from the conservative markets that couldn’t stand him.

  30. waynefontes says: Aug 13, 2011 9:55 AM

    Good for Coach Wilson. After listening to everything, Hack Trudeau comes off really bad. Go figure.

    I’m not an Indiana fan, nor a hater.

    But if I were a fan, I would be so happy that this guy is our coach.

  31. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 13, 2011 10:16 AM

    Especially when he gets Indiana outta the cellar this year. Don’t be shocked if IU wins 6 games this year. This Coach knows how to score points.

  32. matthewinwisconsin says: Aug 16, 2011 6:00 PM

    Way to go Coach Wilson! I like my coaches fierce. But then I like Bo Pelini, so that about says it all. Go Coach Wilson!

  33. vegasrobert says: Aug 17, 2011 1:26 PM

    Anyone who listens to the podcast knows the coach was way out of line. Unprofessional, childish… the radio hosts were actually polite and professional, full of class.

    NOW.. the hosts’ tirade AFTER the coach leaves was too much. But I gotta say I can’t blame them.. the coach was a fool.

  34. vegasrobert says: Aug 17, 2011 1:27 PM

    “Don’t be shocked if IU wins 6 games this year. This Coach knows how to score points.”

    REALLY? REALLY?!?! if he knows – win more than 6.. NO.. i won;t be shocked at 6 wins. no one will.

  35. xli2006 says: Aug 17, 2011 4:10 PM

    I have nothing wrong with Wilson’s response in the interview.

    He was on hold while the hosts were essentially ripping IU and seconds later want to try to conduct an impartial interview with him? And were shocked when Wilson wasn’t okay with their setup to their ‘joke’. He was in between practice, took time out of his day, and took over a program that is tired of being a joke… good for him for standing up to it.

    Great response too when he reminded Jack that his NW Wildcats put up a throttling of his Illini while saying NW was a mess just a few years before and he was trying to do the same thing @ IU.

    IU fans are thrilled with Wilson so far. Landed Gunner Kiel (the #1 Pro Style QB in 2012), a solid TE, brought in Ekelar from Nebraska, and have an incredible new Football HQ/Facility. Wilson has all the pieces right now to build something @ IU especially with Big Ten down a little.

  36. phelbin says: Aug 17, 2011 6:51 PM

    As an IU fan, I’m psyched to have a big-time head coach who will stand up for the program like this. I’m actually optimistic about the future of Hoosier football!

  37. waynefontes says: Aug 18, 2011 7:48 AM

    After listening to all of that, I really have a new respect for Kevin Wilson. That’s a guy you would love to have leading your program.

    And those radio guys are complete tools, although I figured Trudeau was a… jerk. Like Illinois football is something to really be obnoxious about.

    Those guys sound like jerks, and good for Coach Wilson to stand up to them and defend his program.

    Indiana, sounds like you have a good man for the job. If nothing else, he can’t be worse than the Zooker.

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