Big Ten Network asked fans to select four players to make up a fictitious Indiana Football Mount Rushmore, which I’m not sure where, exactly, such a thing could be accommodated in Bloomington.
Perhaps in one of the old limestone quarries south of town? Maybe.
Either way, the network released the results of its informal poll during Tuesday’s broadcast of BTN Live. Did fans get it right? Here, you be the judge:
— Anthony Thompson
— Vaughn Dunbar
— Antwaan Randle El
— George Taliaferro
Personally, I’d replace Dunbar with Pete Pihos, the only IU player enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Pihos played from 1942-43 and again from 1945-46, leaving IU to serve in World War II, where he received the Bronze Star and Silver Star medals. He earned All-America status as both an end and a fullback, while shattering previous program records for touchdowns, total points and receptions.
A worthy pick, in my eyes. To me, Thompson, Taliaferro and Randle El are surefire candidates, but a few solid arguments could be made for the fourth.
Which four players would you select?
You can watch BTN Live’s Indiana segment by clicking here.
1. HOOSIERS HQ
Indiana has one of the best shooting teams in the nation and the work ethic to back it up, Mike writes.
2. IT’S INDIANA
Kelvin Sampson is trying to resurrect his college basketball coaching career at Houston, calling his ordeal at IU “ridiculous,” Scooby Axson of SI.com writes.
Former Hoosier Luke Fischer made a big impact in his first game at Marquette with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes.
Even Kentucky fans should feel a little sorry for the Indiana basketball program, Mark Story of the Lexington Herald-Leader writes.
IU grad Will Sheehey is a basketball free agent, sportando.com reports.
With his scoring down and assists up, Yogi Ferrell is facilitating to the point of exhaustion for IU, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.
His ACL injury gave Collin Hartman a renewed focus, Justin Albers of AllHoosiers.com writes.
3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
For Kelvin Sampson, “Resurrection” by Brian May.
The postseason honors continue to roll in for Indiana running back Tevin Coleman, who was named an Associated Press First Team All-American on Tuesday.
Coleman previously earned first team honors on the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s All-America Team, in addition to first team selections from ESPN, CBS Sports, USA Today and Scout.com.
Coleman finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting and was one of three finalists for the Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation’s top running back. The junior became the 18th player in FBS history to reach 2,000 rushing yards in a single season with a 130-yard effort in the team’s 23-16 Old Oaken Bucket victory over Purdue. He ranks 15th on the all-time list and tops the Indiana’s list with 2,036 yards.
UPDATE: Fox Sports also named Coleman a First-Team All-American on Tuesday.
You can view the AP’s first, second and third teams after the jump. (more…)
1. HOOSIERS HQ
Hanner Mosquera-Perea is finally tapping some of his potential, Mike writes.
2. IT’S INDIANA
Former IU and NFL defensive end Victor Adeyanju has reinvented himself as a computer geek in the IT world, Justin Breen of dnainfo.com writes.
Indiana and Kevin Wilson’s loyalty helped land “difference-maker” Isaac James, David Woods of the Indianapolis Star writes.
Early potential was never fulfilled for the football Hoosiers, Brian Bennett of ESPN.com blogs.
It’s down to Indiana and Notre Dame for former UAB running back Jordan Howard, who has family in the Fort Wayne area, ESPN.com reports.
Notes from Tom Crean’s radio show Monday night, via Jordan Littman of Inside the Hall.
3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
For Victor Adeyanju, The Smashing Pumpkins with “Geek U.S.A.”
Indiana coach Tom Crean can’t say for certain whether he expects sophomore forward Devin Davis to play this season.
Crean was asked about Davis and a potential redshirt season on his weekly radio show Monday, explaining to a caller that no decisions have been made on Davis’ playing status.
Davis is living at home in Indianapolis, while going through outpatient rehabilitation stemming from a traumatic brain injury suffered in an accident involving teammate Emmitt Holt on Nov. 1. Davis has appeared at Indiana games over the last month, sitting with family members in the first rows of bleachers behind the Indiana bench.
Crean said he and the doctors are waiting to see how Davis responds to rehab over the next few weeks.
“His attitude’s been great,” Crean said. “He works extremely hard in Indianapolis. He came to our practice Thursday and he comes to the games. Hopefully, we’re gonna get him cleared to where he can sit on the bench with us. I don’t have much more to add other than that because it really comes down to how the doctors view it as far as how much he responds to all the work.”
Crean added that Davis, who hasn’t returned to class since the accident, would not be allowed to return to the team until he was fully and completely cleared by doctors.
“Our whole thing with him is his longterm health,” Crean said. “Do we miss him? There’s no question we miss him. We miss him on a personal level and we miss him on a basketball level — (that was no more clear) than the other night. He was, inch-for-inch, pound-for-pound, one of our best rebounders and toughest guys. We missed that in those types of games, but his longterm health and prognosis is far and away the most important thing.”
Kevin Wilson has been searching for a quarterback to top his 2015 recruiting class since losing Tommy Stevens to Penn State in early November.
On Monday, the Indiana coach found his player.
Georgia quarterback Austin King gave a verbal pledge to the Hoosiers, becoming the fifth player to commit to Indiana in the last two days. King, a 6-foot-3 three-star prospect from Alpharetta, Ga., chose IU one day after decommitting from North Carolina State, where he originally verballed during the summer. He previously had interest from South Florida, West Virginia, Harvard and Yale, among others.
Indiana has been in the mix for King since the spring, but its interest cooled when Stevens, a three-star dual-threat quarterback from Decatur Central, committed in June. But when Stevens flipped for the Nittany Lions last month, IU returned to Georgia.
“Out of the blue (Stevens) decommitted and I started hearing from them again,” King told The Herald-Times Monday. “Coach Wilson came to my house a couple weeks ago and sat us down for three hours and we just talked about the pros and cons, and why I should go to Indiana and what Indiana has in store for me and my family.” (more…)
It seems you can throw a blanket over most of the Big Ten at this point, with plenty of teams still having plenty of question marks, but here’s my attempt to sort the results within the conference to this point:
1. WISCONSIN BADGERS (10-1)
The fifth-ranked Badgers are pretty much who we thought they were when the season started. Their only loss was to Duke, but aside from a three-point win against Georgetown, Wisconsin has won every game by double digits. Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker are leading the way as expected, while coach Bo Ryan is getting bonus production from the guys you don’t know, such as Duje Dukan, Bronson Koenig, Vitto Brown and Zak Showalter.
2. OHIO STATE BUCKEYES (8-1)
Like much of the conference, the jury is still out on the Buckeyes, whose only ranked foe was Louisville. In that game, Ohio State erased a 17-point deficit to get as close as three in the late stages before falling 64-55. Still, the eight victories have all been by 11 points or more with one-time IU target and freshman D’Angelo Russell shouldering the scoring load at 17.7 points per game. The Buckeyes currently rank second in the Big Ten in both scoring offense and defense.
3. MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS (7-3) (more…)
Indiana’s 2015 recruiting class grew by four on Sunday, as the Hoosiers picked up verbal pledges from Carmel athlete Isaac James, Missouri offensive lineman DaVondre Love, Maryland defensive back Tyler Green and Virginia athlete Mike Majette.
The banner day in IU football recruiting is headlined by James, an in-state quarterback who is expected to play receiver in Bloomington, according to 247Sports. James received offers from Wisconsin and Northwestern, among others, and is ranked as a three-star recruit by Rivals and 247. He’s the No. 8 overall player in Indiana.
Green, a 6-foot-3 safety, is a three-star recruit who decommitted from Ohio State on Tuesday. The Hyattsville, Md. native is considered to be among the top 40 safeties in the nation and was also offered by Maryland.
Love is a 6-foot-7, 290-pound prospect from St. Louis, who also had an offer from Syracuse.
Majette represented Indiana’s fourth and final commitment of the day, announcing on his Twitter page around 9 p.m. that he plans to play at IU. The three-star prospect was a Maryland commit until last week, The Baltimore Sun reported, when the Terrapins rescinded their scholarship offer after learning Majette had visited Indiana without first notifying anyone at Maryland. Majette is a 5-foot-10 native of Woodbridge, Va., who could play receiver or corner at Indiana.
James, Love and Green enjoyed official visits to Bloomington this past weekend, with Love telling The Herald-Times that he and his mother were impressed with the family atmosphere of the Indiana program and the honesty of Hoosier coaches.
“They treated me like I was already a member of the Hoosier family,” Love said. “They treated my mom really good and she was happy about it and comfortable with the place. They made it feel like home. My mom has no worries about me going there and I’m excited to be a part of it all. It’s very family-oriented and it was something that was easy to gravitate towards.”
The flurry of commitments brings Indiana’s 2015 class to 14 players, not including former UAB receiver Marqui Hawkins, who announced last week that he plans to transfer to IU in January. The Hoosiers expect to sign at least 10 more players over the next few weeks, as IU coach Kevin Wilson has said that he expects to have a full class of 25 prospects.
“In reality, we got a program that’s been very, very close,” Wilson told reporters last month. “It’s coming. I think we withstood a pretty good gut shot this year. We need one or two more classes to back it up, and I think this will be a huge year for this program in recruiting, because if we can back up a core with the seniors coming back — we lose some good seniors, and whatnot, but with the guys coming back, the youthfulness of the freshmen, sophomore talent — if we can put class we need together, it’s going to be pretty good. It will be a complete class.”
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What was at first a tight road contest turned into another decisive win for the Indiana women’s basketball team Sunday, with an 82-56 victory against Milwaukee at the Klotsche Center.
Larryn Brooks led IU with 16 points and was one assist short of a double-double with nine assists. Tyra Buss almost came away with a double-double, too, finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds. Amanda Cahill had 13 points and eight rebounds.
In the first half, the Hoosiers were hampered by foul trouble. Every starter picked up at least two fouls during the first 20 minutes, and Taylor Agler came away with three. Ten first-half turnovers also helped the Panthers hold tight with the Hoosiers, who carried a single-digit lead into halftime, 40-31.
“The frustrating part was the10 turnovers we had, five of them being offensive charges,” IU head coach Teri Moren said. “Trying to adjust there at halftime was we have to shoot more midrange jumpers. We are not going to be effective trying to get to the basket because of the way the game was being played.”
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