Following his surprise ouster from Indiana, allegations of player mistreatment began to surface against Kevin Wilson and those stories haven’t faded since his hire as offensive coordinator by Urban Meyer at Ohio State.
Zach Osterman of the Indianapolis Star has published the latest allegations, these from wide receiver Coray Keel, who suffered a concussion in his first preseason with the team and transferred before ever playing a down for the Hoosiers.
From the story:
The concussion factored into the decision to redshirt Keel, not an uncommon practice for true freshmen. But Keel said he began to feel singled out and ostracized by the staff, particularly IU’s offensive coaches.
He spent most of that fall on Indiana’s scout team, helping prepare the Hoosiers’ defense for upcoming opponents.
“It became kind of like a pride thing, once I started lining up, to be key players for the opposing team every week, when I would hear coaches come up to me and tell me I’m not (crap), I’m not this and that. It was Kevin Wilson and position coaches, but mostly Kevin Wilson,” Keel said. “Every day, it was a constant reminder of how much I wasn’t doing good, and how I was doing more harm as a scout-team player, not giving the team the right looks. I was the reason we were losing, the reason why we were not doing good.”
Following surgery to repair a torn hip labrum that winter, Keel explained that things got even worse.
Keel said his relationship with the staff sank to an all-time low, that he was made to feel unimportant and, in some cases, belittled in front of teammates. Wilson, he said, would not allow injured players to eat at team training tables until after healthy players had eaten, and would repeatedly come over to the tent where injured players spent most of practice to scold them, telling them they were a waste of scholarship money.
“Multiple times, he told me I should pack my (stuff) up and leave,” Keel said. “Multiple times he told me while I was in the middle of a route or working out or in training tables, he’d come up and just tell me I wasn’t (crap).”
When Keel told Wilson he was planning on transferring, Wilson did urge him to reconsider and stay at Indiana, but Keel responded that he was “over it.”