It's not unusual for an opposing coach to lavish praise on an upcoming opponent. In fact, it's almost standard operating procedure for the most successful coaches.
Gerry DiNardo has always been a little different. He was when he was the head coach at Vanderbilt and then LSU. It hasn't changed since he took over at Indiana.
That's why his perspective on Kentucky football going into Saturday's game in Bloomington, Ind., against the Wildcats is worth examining.
Unlike some disappointed Big Blue fans that expected the Cats to be 3-0 today and on their way to a bowl game, DiNardo continues to see improvement in Kentucky's football program. Maybe not in this year's won-lost record, but in the overall progress of the program even though Kentucky has its third head coach in the last four years.
"I see the institution progressing. Sometimes it isn't always about people, and I think people misunderstand that," said DiNardo. "I can remember when I played my first game against Kentucky in 1990 or 1991 and last season in 2002. I can tell you regardless of who the coach is, the stadium's bigger, the facilities are improved, it's big-time college athletics.