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Changes this week on the Scoop!

Big changes are coming this week to the Hoosier Scoop.

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We are re-branding the blog under “Hoosier Sports Report” to go along with our new OTT channel with the same name.

Though things will look a lot different, the same crew will continue to bring you the same great coverage of IU sports. All of the content currently on the blog is moving over as well, of course.

If you haven’t yet got the HSR OTT channel, now’s the time with football starting this Thursday.

You can get it for AppleTV, Amazon FireTV, and Roku by searching in the store for your device. It’s free and will be updated multiple times each day during the IU sport season.

If you don’t have a device yet, we’re doing a drawing this week and each month thereafter for a Roku stick. Enter the drawing for that at preview.hoosiersportsreport.com/win/

Also, come out to Yogi’s this Thursday, Sept. 1, 5:00 – 7:30 pm for our HSR launch party. We’ll be giving away swag and you can enter a drawing for some nice prizes including a Roku stick. Then you can stick around and watch the Hoosiers take on FIU at 7:30! Hope to see you there.

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VIDEO: Indiana University Men’s Soccer Media Availability – 8/30/2016


Coach Todd Yeagley talks to reporters after practice on August 30, 2016.

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IU men’s, women’s soccer earn weekly honors

The Indiana men’s and women’s soccer teams each earned weekly honors from the Big Ten on Tuesday.

For the men, Indiana senior midfielder Tanner Thompson was named Offensive Player of the Week after scoring two goals, both game-winners, and recording an assist in a pair of victories for the then-No. 15 Hoosiers over New Mexico and Cal-Irvine at the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament in South Bend. Thompson was also named TopDrawerSoccer.com’s National Player of the Week for his efforts.

The two victories also pushed the Indiana men to No. 5 in the NSCAA poll this week, and the Hoosiers will take on No. 22 California and No. 15 Stanford this weekend in the IU Classic.

On the women’s side, freshman goalkeeper Sarah L’Hommedeiu was named Big Ten Defensive Player and Freshman of the Week after recording a pair of shutouts in a 1-0 win at Butler and a 3-0 victory at home over Northern Colorado. She is the first women’s soccer player in nearly two years to earn two honors in one week.

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Wilson talks running backs and young receivers #iufb

Indiana running back Devine Redding takes a handoff during IU's spring game on April 15. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

Indiana running back Devine Redding takes a handoff during IU’s spring game on April 15. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

Devine Redding is ready to accept more responsibility in Indiana’s backfield.

His approach to practice speaks to that.

“Dan Feeney is our best, (most) consistent practice player,” IU coach Kevin Wilson said. “Devine, maybe, is next. He comes every day. He gives you what he’s got, he has a great attitude, he takes a lot of what coach (Deland) McCullough emphasizes in fundamentals in the chalk room, in the film room, he takes it to the field and he has come a long way. He’s a solid player.”

After rushing for 1,012 yards as a sophomore and coming on strong down the stretch in place of injured starter Jordan Howard, Redding is positioned to lead IU’s stable of running backs into a new season.

But he won’t carry the load on his own.

Wilson sees upwards of six or seven running backs in the mix to play early this season, so while Redding is in line to get the start, the carries will likely be spread around when Indiana kicks off the new year at Florida International on Thursday.

“We’re gonna play a lot of backs,” Wilson said. “Devine is our most experienced, our most consistent one. Not that there’s a competition, I just expect several backs to play. I expect our running game to hopefully continue to be strong.

“I don’t know if it will be individually led as it was a couple years ago with Tevin (Coleman) and last year when Jordan started. Devine’s doing great, but we’re also very, very fortunate that it’s a very, very good position group for our football team.” (more…)

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Hoosier Morning

1. HOOSIERS HQ
IU football has prepared for the possibility of a rainy week in south Florida, Mike writes.

Freshman offensive lineman Coy Cronk is impressing IU coaches and earning playing time, Mike writes.

The IU women’s basketball schedule includes nine opponents who made the NCAA Tournament last year, Jon writes.

2. IT’S INDIANA
IU sophomore swimmer Lilly King has more barriers to break after winning two gold medals, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.

Lilly King isn’t backing down, just backing up her words and actions in Rio, Bob Kravitz of WTHR.com writes.

After three years on defense, Indiana’s Clyde Newton is looking forward to running the ball again, Terry Hutchens of CNHI writes.

Teammates are proud of the progress starting quarterback Richard Lagow has made at IU, Alex McCarthy writes for the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.

IU football is preparing for a rare road opener at Florida International, Jordan Guskey of the Indiana Daily Student writes.

It’s time for winning with Kevin Wilson now, Andrew Hussey of the Indiana Daily Student writes.

Three-star guard David Beatty cut his list to five schools, including Indiana, Adam Zagoria of zagsblog.com reports.

3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
Perhaps a song for Thursday’s football opener — “I Love A Rainy Night” by Eddie Rabbitt.

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Wilson points to handful of newcomers he expects to play at FIU #iufb

Ahead of a new season, Kevin Wilson has identified at least a handful of newcomers he expects to play on Thursday at Florida International.

Wilson said on his weekly radio show Monday that freshman running back Cole Gest is “for sure” in the mix to rotate in at running back. He also sees junior college tight end Ian Thomas finding his way onto the field.

On the other side of the ball, Wilson is pointing to four players in particular. Freshman safety Marcelino Ball is projected to play Thursday both as a hybrid safety and as a special teams contributor. Khalil Bryant is behind Jonathan Crawford on the depth chart, but the freshman from Jacksonville, Fla. will also see time on special teams.

Wilson also believes freshman Allen Stallings will see time on the defensive line. Wilson says Stallings is still learning the defense, “but he’s one of our best pass rushers.”

The IU coach also mentioned walk-on linebacker Tom Bolstad as a player who could see time on special teams.

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IUWBB: Hoosiers 2016-17 schedule released

Indiana women’s basketball released its entire 2016-17 schedule, and it once again features a beefed up non-conference slate.

The Hoosiers, coming off of their first NCAA tournament win in 33 years, will face three teams that also made March Madness in ’15-16. All three of those matchups — Auburn, Chattanooga and Florida — will come on the road.

Another highlight of the non-conference schedule will be IU’s rematch with Vanderbilt. In return for the Hoosiers’ participation in a Thanksgiving tournament in Nashville in ’15, the Commodores will come to Assembly Hall on Sunday, Nov. 13. Vanderbilt will be led by Stephanie White, the soon-to-be former coach of the WNBA’s Indiana Fever.

The conference schedule isn’t overly daunting, by Big Ten standards. They play only once against four teams that finished in the conference’s top six, Ohio State, Purdue, Minnesota and Maryland, and those games come at home. Their one matchup with Michigan State, which finished third in 2015-16, comes on the road. (more…)

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Hoosiers bracing for nasty weather in Miami #iufb

Indiana's Alex Rodriguez (23), Dawson Fletcher (29) and Chris Covington (4) sprint downfield on special teams duties during practice on Aug. 15. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

Indiana’s Alex Rodriguez (23), Dawson Fletcher (29) and Chris Covington (4) sprint downfield on special teams duties during practice on Aug. 15. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

Every summer, Kevin Johns enters the preseason with a list of things he wants to accomplish.

Wet football drills are chief among those objectives for the Indiana offensive coordinator. Most years, that requires filling a bucket with water, carrying it to the practice fields, dropping a ball inside and then tossing it to receivers to make sure they can catch it.

Not this year.

Indiana took advantage of some of the wet and sticky Bloomington weather in recent weeks, holding practice outside under rain showers rather than staying inside Mellencamp Pavilion.

By the time the Hoosiers take the field at Florida International in Miami on Thursday, they might be glad they did.

It’s going to be a wet week in Florida, as the state tightens its grip against the peak of hurricane season. Local forecasts in Miami call for rain all week, with upwards of three to five inches expected in South Florida through Wednesday due to a tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico.

More rain could fall Thursday, which might make for a messy 7:30 p.m. kickoff at Ocean Bank Field at FIU Stadium.

To the extent to which it can, Indiana feels they’ve prepared for this possibility.

“We’ve actually had two, three or four practices where we went out, purposely, and played in the rain to make those guys feel it and learn how to deal with it,” Johns said. (more…)

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Men's Basketball

Big Ten releases conference schedule; IU starts with 3 at home

Posted by in Men's Basketball on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 at 2:17 PM.

For the first time since the 2010-11 season, Indiana will open the Big Ten season at Assembly Hall.

The Big Ten released its men’s basketball conference schedule on Thursday and Indiana is due for a prolonged stay at home to begin league play.

IU has not had a three-game conference homestand to start league play since the 1933-34 season. That changes this season.

The Hoosiers begin their conference title defense on Dec. 28 against Nebraska. After a brief visit to Indianapolis to play Louisville on Dec. 31, IU returns to Assembly Hall on Jan. 3 against Wisconsin. Mark your calendars for that one — a matchup between two of the league’s title favorites for 2017.

IU’s homestand closes on Jan. 7 against Illinois. The Hoosiers first Big Ten road trip is to Maryland on Jan. 10.

With the frontloaded home schedule, IU will close the season with four of its final five games of the regular season on the road. The Hoosiers will be the first team since Northwestern in 2009 to close the league schedule with that kind of stretch.

It begins with a trip to Minnesota on Feb. 15, followed by a visit to Iowa on Feb. 21.

IU will host Senior Day at Assembly Hall against Northwestern on either Feb. 25 or 26. The Hoosiers will wrap the regular season with games at Purdue (Feb. 28) and Ohio State (March 4).

IU and Purdue played only once last season, but will be back on a two-play rotation in 2017. The Boilermakers open the series with a visit to Assembly Hall on Feb. 9.

Indiana makes a return trip to Wisconsin on Feb. 5.

The Big Ten will stage its annual conference tournament in Washington D.C. for the first time this season

Dates, times and a full television schedule will be announced at a later date, as will IU’s full slate of non-conference opponents.

For the full conferece schedule in list form, follow along after the jump. (more…)

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IUWBB: Non-conference schedule update

Posted by in Women's Basketball on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016 at 4:24 PM.

We sat down with Teri Moren for an interview about Indiana’s offseason. There will be a feature in Monday’s paper about some of the Hoosiers’ new pieces, including freshmen Ria Gulley, Bre Wickware and Darby Foresman.

But, in the meantime, we have also learned more details about IU’s non-conference schedule.

IU will round out its non-conference slate with trips to North Texas and Chattanooga, match ups with Florida and Stony Brook in the Florida Sunshine Classic and a visit from Oakland.

In April, it was revealed that IU would play Auburn, Vanderbilt, Western Kentucky, Southeastern Missouri and Presbyterian. The Hoosiers will also play N.C. State in the Big-Ten ACC Challenge.

Chattanooga, Auburn and Florida made the NCAA tournament in 2015-16. Western Kentucky played in the WNIT. That provides the Hoosiers with formidable competition before entering Big Ten play, a formula Moren believes helped IU’s resume when they were on the NCAA bubble in ’15-16.

The trip to North Texas is significant because it allows Gulley and Wickware, along with sophomore Danielle Williams, a chance to return to their home state.



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