Big Ten recommends enhanced benefits to student-athletes

By   |   Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 - 2:15 PM   |   No comments

In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, the Big Ten announced it has recommended “enhanced benefits for student-athletes” in good standing with their schools as part of the NCAA’s new autonomy structure.

The Big Ten’s proposal includes coverage of cost of attendance, multi-year/guaranteed scholarships, lifetime scholarships opportunities and expanded healthcare. It follows the ACC’s recommendations to the NCAA on Tuesday.

From the release:

  • Cost of Education: Redefine full grant-in-aid to meet a student-athlete’s cost of education, as determined by the federal government.
  • Multi-Year Scholarships: Guarantee all scholarships. If a student-athlete is no longer able to compete, for whatever reason, there should be no impact on institutions’ commitment to deliver an undergraduate education.
  • Lifetime Educational Commitment: Ensure that scholarships are available for life. If a student-athlete leaves a university for a professional career before graduating, whether the career materializes, and regardless of its length, the scholarship will be honored after his or her playing days are complete.
  • Medical Insurance: Provide improved, consistent medical insurance for student-athletes.

Indiana already covers all four of those points and more under its Student-Athlete Bill of Rights, which was announced in June.

You can find the full press release after the jump.
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Ridiculously early IU bowl projections: All the Little Caesars you can stomach

By   |   Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 - 1:36 PM   |   2 comments

I hope you kept the receipt on that flight to Shreveport.

Louisiana was just one of the possible destinations for Indiana football if you believed the national bowl prognosticators last week after the Missouri win.

This week, the list has been trimmed down to one.

Over at SB Nation, they’re projecting an IU-North Carolina matchup in the Quick Lane Bowl on Dec. 26 at Ford Field.

That projection, however, is one of the only ones for IU football.

BTN’s Tom Dienhart still doesn’t think Indiana is poised for December football, saying last week’s loss to Maryland was a costly ones for IU’s bowl hopes.

The folks over at ESPN, USA Today and CBS Sports are also skeptical about Indiana’s odds for a bowl bid.

Yes, as noted, these are ridiculously early projections. Even after the Maryland loss, the season is very much alive and active for the Hoosiers. Provided they don’t slip up this weekend against North Texas, it’s not too difficult to find three more wins over the final seven games.

We’ll see what happens, and we’ll keep checking in around the country to see where you might be spending your holiday break with the IU football team.



Talking IU kicking, veteran guidance and the future with Mitch Ewald

By   |   Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 - 12:05 PM   |   No comments

When the phone calls from Bloomington pop onto his phone every so often, Mitch Ewald isn’t necessarily tasked with dealing point-by-point advice.

No, just a little guidance will do.

The former Indiana kicker still connects with the men who’ve succeeded him on the Hoosiers’ specialists unit, and he’s happy to provide whatever he can to both Griffin Oakes and Aaron Del Grosso to ease concerns or give a bit of help.

“A lot of times it’s not so much asking for advice,” Ewald said. “Sometimes, it’s just asking certain questions like where my head was at, how to handle certain specifics, how to slow the game down in your mind, how to handle the clock. … Over the phone, it’s kind of hard to really discuss technique, so it’s kind of just talking with them and helping them mentally with the game, really.”

Ewald has remained connected to both Oakes and Del Grosso with calls and texts through the summer and into the fall. It’s an extension of the guidance he provided the two players when they were true freshmen walk-ons last fall.

Then, of course, the job firmly belonged to Ewald, who left Indiana as the program’s all-time leader in field goals (53), field goal percentage (80.3) and extra points (161-of-162).

As mentioned in today’s story on Oakes, Ewald took on the role of big brother. He had both Oakes and Del Grosso carry the ball bags and watch him closely on the practice fields.
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Hoosier Morning

By   |   Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 - 9:31 AM   |   No comments

1. HOOSIERS HQ
Kicker Griffin Oakes is putting his best foot forward for the Hoosiers, Mike writes.

IU forward Andrew Oliver is eyeing a breakthrough goal when the soccer Hoosiers host No. 8 St. Louis tonight, I wrote.

2. IT’S INDIANA
IU’s Tevin Coleman is the latest in a string of talented running backs North Texas coach Dan McCarney has seen come through Bloomington, Brett Vito of the Denton Record-Chronicle writes.

Indiana defensive backs coach Noah Joseph says the youthful secondary needs to develop trust, Grace Palmieri of the Indiana Daily Student writes.

IU soccer’s match with St. Louis tonight marks the renewal of a historic rivalry, Michael Hughes of the Indiana Daily Student writes.

Charlotte Hornets rookie Noah Vonleh could be cleared in 2-3 weeks after sports hernia surgery for an injury suffered in a pickup game at IU, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer writes.

Victor Oladipo has found a bit of a kindred spirit in rookie teammate Elfrid Payton, Ken Hornack of Fox Sports Florida writes.

Former IU recruiting target Jaquan Lyle remains un-enrolled at Oregon due to apparent eligibility issues, Tyson Alger of The Oregonian writes.

3. BIG TEN COUNTRY
Michigan’s AD, president are hiding behind keyboards while leaving Brady Hoke and players twisting in the wind over the Shane Morris concussion controversy, Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com writes.

4. ONE FOR THE ROAD
A dedication to those in Ann Arbor, Nat King Cole with his take on Irving Berlin’s “Let’s Face the Music and Dance.”



Knorr: Nobody has a bigger passion to be great than Darius Latham

By   |   Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014 - 9:46 PM   |   No comments

When he pulled down Marcus Murphy in the backfield on the first play of Indiana’s upset win at Missouri two weeks ago, Indiana defensive tackle Darius Latham quickly pulled himself off the turf, threw his fist into the air and butted heads with linemate Adarius Rayner.

Latham’s opening play against the Tigers set the tone for the Hoosiers’ biggest upset win in 27 years, and he followed with a performance that IU coach Kevin Wilson called Latham’s best to date on Saturday against Maryland.

Latham finished with four tackles, including three solo stops, and one for a loss against the Terrapins, earning Indiana’s weekly defensive honors for his steady performance. For the year, Latham has seven tackles, including two TFLs.

“We need to keep him coming along,” Wilson said. “He’s been here not quite two full years. Played some last year, not a lot, still in the rotation mix. The more he plays, hopefully the better he gets. There is a lot of football for him in front of him. He’s got a long way to go. He can be so much better and it’s good to see him gaining on it.”

IU defensive coordinator Brian Knorr said this week that Latham is beginning to come into his own as a sophomore. A year after earning honorable mention honors on BTN.com’s All-Big Ten Freshman Team, Latham is forming a better understanding of how to play defense at the next level.

He’s understanding his role on Indiana’s defensive line and he’s becoming better for it. More than anything, Knorr sees Latham’s passion to excel — a good sign for a young player with a high ceiling.

“He’s not gonna make every play,” Knorr said. “Sometimes he has to leverage a block or be able to (take) certain responsibilities in the pass rush. I just feel like he’s getting better and better at understanding what coach (Larry) McDaniel is teaching him. I think Darius is a guy that, from an attitude and a want-to, I don’t know if we have anybody that has a bigger passion to be great.”



Jason Spriggs still “a little gimpy,” consecutive start streak in jeopardy

By   |   Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014 - 5:07 PM   |   No comments

Indiana coach Kevin Wilson said Tuesday on the Big Ten Coaches Teleconference that left tackle Jason Spriggs continues to work through a knee sprain suffered late in last week’s 37-15 loss to Maryland.

Spriggs’ status for Saturday likely won’t be determined until later in the week. Spriggs has started 28 consecutive games dating back to the first game of his freshman year.

“He’s a little gimpy still,’ Wilson said. “He doesn’t have anything that’s going to require anything major, other than just (seeing) how stable, how strong he is, how much he can push off and how physical, how strong he can play. He’s done a boatload of treatment here with Sunday being a light day and Monday being a day off. We’ll see how it progresses.

“He’s played a lot, he’s started every game. Luckily we’ve got nine guys who’ve started and the backups coming in have started games and we have to be able to handle that. I think we will. I know he wants to play. He’s a good player and he’s got a string of starts. We’ll see how it moves between now and Saturday.”



Only minor changes to this week’s Indiana depth chart

By   |   Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014 - 3:51 PM   |   No comments

There’s nothing big to report on this week’s Indiana depth chart, which was released to the media on Tuesday afternoon.

After making his first career start on Saturday against Maryland, Anthony Corsaro is listed as a possible starter alongside Michael Cooper at tight end. Mark Murphy, who did not play with a hamstring injury, is still the starter at strong safety, but Chase Dutra has leaped over Kiante Walton for the second spot.

At kicker, Griffin Oakes and Aaron Del Grosso are both listed as possible starters, but Oakes is listed ahead of Del Grosso. Jason Spriggs (knee sprain) is still listed as the starting left tackle, with Dimitric Camiel as his backup. Peyton Eckert is another option there if Spriggs cannot play on Saturday vs. North Texas.

The full IU two-deep can be found below. Starters in bold.

OFFENSE
LT: Jason Spriggs, Dimitric Camiel
LG: David Kaminsky, Bernard Taylor
C: Collin Rahrig, Jake Reed
RG: Dan Feeney, Jacob Bailey
RT: Ralston Evans, Peyton Eckert
WR: Shane Wynn, Ricky Jones, Dominique Booth
WR: Nick Stoner, Simmie Cobbs
WR: J-Shun Harris, Isaiah Roundtree
QB: Nate Sudfeld, Chris Covington
RB: Tevin Coleman, D’Angelo Roberts
TE: Michael Cooper or Anthony Corsaro, Jordan Fuchs
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