Larry McDaniel looking for flexibility from linemen

By   |   Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 - 10:06 PM   |   No comments

Larry McDaniel’s ideal group of defensive linemen would be one with versatility, one that can disrupt an opposing offense with its lateral movement and general quickness. A week and half before the season begins, that’s exactly what McDaniel’s unit is working toward.

In IU defensive coordinator Brian Knorr’s new 3-4 front, McDaniel wants his guys to be interchangeable between the defensive end and nose guard positions. He wants guys who can fit one place, but also have the ability to shift and bring havoc from another side.

Indiana and McDaniel hope to have such a luxury with guys like Darius Latham, Bobby Richardson, Ralph Green, Adarius Rayner and others all returning.

“I want to be able to say, ‘OK, you go play the end, you go play the nose,’” McDaniel said Tuesday. “Just because of the amount of activity that the position entails now, it’s not that true hunker down in the middle, take up two blocks and let guys maul you (position). We’re moving them around. You’re gonna see guys of various shapes and sizes out there at all three of those positions.”

In doing so, McDaniel wants his group to be active and attack opposing offenses, rather than the other way around.

“You’re going left, you’re going right, you’re going two gaps, you can go one gap,” McDaniel said. “What it does is it takes an aggressive offense and really limits their ability to tee off on you. The steps have to be slower, more methodical and I think we have an opportunity from a defensive standpoint to attack them not just on third down. I’m talking first, second, third. That’s the one thing our kids love is that they’re not getting teed off on.”

For more on McDaniel’s guys up front, check out Wednesday’s paper. We’re taking a look at Latham, who looks to be poised for a big sophomore season.



Hoosier Morning

By   |   Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 - 9:12 AM   |   10 comments

1. HOOSIERS HQ
Monroe County Youth Football got a taste of Memorial Stadium thanks to IU coach Kevin Wilson at Saturday’s annual jamboree, Andy wrote.

New IU baseball coach Chet Lemonis is off to a strong start on the recruiting trail, notching five commits for 2016 already, Mike wrote.

Time is short and the bench is long as IU men’s soccer kicks off its first exhibition game tonight, I wrote.

2. IT’S INDIANA
No more quarterback by committee for Indiana, which is now relying solely on Nate Sudfeld, John Mutka of the Gary Post-Tribune writes.

IU wide receiver Nick Stoner is hoping to tattoo the competition this year, literally, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel wrote.

Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipo and Dwyane Wade are among the players working out in Bloomington this week, Alex Bozich of Inside the Hall reports.

3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
Just for Nick Stoner, a cut off the Rolling Stones’ Tattoo You album, “Hang Fire” live in 1981.



Poole, Eckert will not return to Indiana women’s basketball staff

By   |   Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 - 4:31 PM   |   7 comments

Brandi Poole and Kevin Eckert will not return to the Indiana women’s basketball coaching staff, a source close to the program confirmed Monday.

Poole worked alongside former IU coach Curt Miller, who abruptly resigned on July 24, for his entire 13-year coaching career at both Bowling Green and Indiana. Eckert had been an assistant to Miller for 12 of his 13 seasons as a head coach.

Director of Basketball Operations Liz Honegger, Assistant to the Director of Operations Briana Bass and Graduate Assistant Amanda Hyde are still in place on the staff. Associate Head Coach Curtis Loyd’s status with the program is unclear. New IU coach Teri Moren has yet to name her remaining assistants.



Update: Ohio linebacker’s commitment to IU not official

By   |   Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 - 9:49 PM   |   1 comment

Indiana added another piece to its 2015 recruiting class Sunday night, picking up a verbal pledge from Ohio linebacker Chris Green.

Green, a senior at Toledo Central Catholic, tweeted the news on Sunday night.

Green is ranked as a three-star recruit by both Rivals and 247 Sports. According to Rivals, Green also had offers from Illinois and Penn State, among others.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association recently declared Green, 19, too old to play high school football this fall for Toledo Central Catholic. He told 247 Sports on Sunday night that he was in the process of graduating early.

Green is the 13th commit to Indiana’s 2015 class and the third in the last five days, joining Georgia athlete Andre Brown and Florida receiver Nick Westbrook.

UPDATE: Green deleted his tweet announcing his commitment and, according to 247 Sports’ Steve Wiltfong, the verbal commitment is not yet official.



Associated Press releases preseason Top 25 football poll

By   |   Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 - 2:54 PM   |   2 comments

The first Associated Press Top 25 poll of the college football season is out and it features three opponents on Indiana’s upcoming schedule

The Hoosiers will face No. 5 Ohio State on Nov. 22, No. 8 Michigan State on Oct. 18 and No. 24 Missouri on Sept. 20.

Other Big Ten teams to crack the poll include No. 14 Wisconsin and No. 22 Nebraska. Florida State is ranked No. 1.

Here’s the complete AP Top 25:
1. Florida State (57)
2. Alabama (1)
3. Oregon (1)
4. Oklahoma (1)
5. Ohio State
6. Auburn
7. UCLA
8. Michigan State
9. South Carolina
10. Baylor
11. Stanford
12. Georgia
13. LSU
14. Wisconsin
15. USC
16. Clemson
17. Notre Dame
18. Mississippi
19. Arizona State
20. Kansas State
21. Texas A&M
22. Nebraska
23. North Carolina
24. Missouri
25. Washington



Kasongo not visiting Indiana, Holt scheduled to come Monday

By   |   Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 - 8:20 PM   |   5 comments

A source close to the program confirmed Saturday night that 2014 frontcourt target Ray Kasongo will not visit Indiana this weekend as previously scheduled. Kasongo was unable to gain admission due to his grade point average.

Kasongo, a 6-foot-9 forward from Canada, was previously denied admission to Oregon. Michigan State, Purdue and Wisconsin are among the Big Ten teams also making a late push for Kasongo, according to his mentor, Brandon Bender.

Emmitt Holt, a 6-foot-7 forward, is still scheduled to visit Bloomington on Monday.



Zagoria update on Kasongo, Holt

By   |   Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 - 6:31 PM   |   No comments

Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv has the latest on Indiana frontcourt targets Ray Kasongo and Emmitt Holt, both of whom are expected in Bloomington in the coming days.

Zagoria reports Kasongo is set to visit IU on Sunday and the 6-foot-7 Holt will arrive on Tuesday Monday.

From Zags Blog:

Meantime, sources told SNY.tv Indiana remains the favorite for the 6-foot-9 Kasongo, with a source telling SNY.tv that LSU is no longer in the mix for the Canadian-born talent because their international admissions is complete for the year. A week ago, he was listing Kansas, Memphis and California but his recruitment has been extremely fluid since he was not admitted to Oregon.





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