1. HOOSIERS HQ
Emmitt Holt became the third Indiana player dismissed from the program in the past four months on Monday, Mike wrote.
Holt’s dismissal is all about decisions — past, present and future, I wrote.
Former Hoosier Derek Drouin won gold in the high jump at the World Championships on Sunday, we reported.
2. IT’S INDIANA
Indiana’s frontcourt has been far more prolific off the court than on it, Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News writes.
Emmitt Holt left Indiana with no choice but to remove him from the team, Gary Parrish of CBSsports.com writes.
Holt will land on his feet, while Tom Crean and Fred Glass clean up the mess in Bloomington, Rick Bozich of WDRB.com writes.
It’s another hard lesson for the Hoosiers as they say good-bye to Emmitt Holt, Justin Albers of AllHoosiers.com writes.
Running back Jordan Howard is impressing and is helping elevate teammate Devine Redding in the process, Brody Miller of the Indiana Daily Student writes.
Former Hoosier Shane Wynn was a victim of the Cleveland Browns’ cuts on Monday but could still find his way to the practice squad, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com writes.
Four-star guard Curtis Jones and his family found a lot to like about IU during his weekend visit, Alex Bozich of Inside the Hall writes.
3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
A song for Emmitt Holt — “Gone, Gone, Gone” by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.
Kevin Wilson has maintained the same mantra since the spring, telling all who will listen that this looks like his best team in five seasons at Indiana.
Now, it’s a game week and the IU coach says his group is ready.
Wilson kicked off his season-opening preview of Southern Illinois by saying that the Hoosiers closed preseason camp with their best week of the summer. That, Wilson believes, is a sign that Indiana is prepared, focused and on track for a positive start to the new season.
“I think we are practicing hard but we are not over-practicing,” Wilson said. “I think our time on the field is getting (to be) less because we are going at it pretty hard. Like I said, we had a great week of practice last week.”
Indiana did not release a depth chart Monday, though one could be published as soon as Tuesday. Wilson did not report any new injuries ahead of the first game, and receiver J-Shun Harris (knee) and cornerback Donovan Clark (back) remain the only known key contributors with significant medical setbacks.
A week after the program accepted a transfer from former South Carolina corner Wesley Green, Wilson said Indiana recently brought in a second notable transfer.
Former Cincinnati offensive lineman Ja’Merez Bowen is now at Indiana. Bowen, who redshirted as a freshman last season, must sit out the 2015 season per NCAA transfer rules. The 6-foot-4, 270-pound Cleveland native was previously an IU recruiting target before choosing Cincinnati over the Hoosiers, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Kentucky and Louisville. (more…)
Indiana announced Monday that Emmitt Holt has been dismissed from the program.
Holt, 19, and teammate Thomas Bryant, 18, were each cited for illegal possession of alcohol by Indiana State Excise officers during the early-morning hours of Aug. 22. The incident marked Holt’s second off-the-court issue in less than a year with the IU basketball program.
Holt was also cited last November for illegal consumption and operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content above 0.02 when former teammate Devin Davis jumped in front of and was struck by a vehicle Holt was driving on 17th street outside Memorial Stadium. Officers determined that both players had been drinking and that Davis was at fault. Holt registered a BAC of 0.025.
Indiana announced the dismissal with a brief, two-paragraph statement issued Monday afternoon.
“Sophomore Emmitt Holt has been dismissed from the men’s basketball program effective immediately for demonstrating exceptionally poor judgment in the circumstances surrounding his recent citation, particularly coming after his involvement in the Devin Davis accident which should have motivated him to make better decisions,” the statement read.
The statement also indicates that Bryant, a freshman, is receiving internal punishment for his involvement and he “is subject to additional discipline for any future failure to live up to his responsibilities to the program.”
Indiana athletic director Fred Glass told The Herald-Times that the decision to dismiss Holt belonged to coach Tom Crean.
“I absolutely support him on it,” Glass said. (more…)
Notre Dame’s most extended domination of the day came in the second overtime, and the Irish made it pay off with just 1:28 remaining as Blake Townes cut inside off the left flank and found Thomas Ueland with a centering pass, as Ueland poked the shot over goalkeeper Colin Webb and into the net at the far post. Final stats had IU with a 14-6 edge in shots and 10-6 edge in corner kicks. IRISH 1, HOOSIERS 0
END OF REGULATION
Indiana again the more dominant side in the second 45 minutes, but still nothing to show for it. Notre Dame found the net with 10 minutes to play but ruled offsides on the play. Totals now have Indiana with 13 shots to ND’s four and 10 IU corner kicks to ND’s five. Two 10-minute, golden goal overtime periods left. HOOSIERS 0, IRISH 0
After the opening minutes, Indiana really settled in and took control of this game, peppering the Notre Dame goal with shots, corners and dangerous service. Closest calls saw Femi Hollinger-Janzen’s header in the eighth minute carom off the post, while Tanner Thompson’s crack from 25 yards did the same off the crossbar in the 24th minute. Hoosiers hold a 9-3 edge in shots, 6-5 advantage in corner kicks. Notre Dame had its best chances late in the half, in particular a chance for Patrick Hodan coming in on the right, but Colin Webb made the save.
Credit the IU midfield for controlling most of this game, particularly Matt Foldesy and redshirt freshman Frankie Moore, who has stepped in for the graduated Dylan Lax in the defensive midfield. Phil Fives has been very good for the second straight game, as has aggressive freshman back Andrew Gutman — both on the left side. HOOSIERS 0, IRISH 0
No. 14 Indiana and No. 4 Notre Dame square off in their annual in-state rivalry to cap off the IU Classic at Armstrong Stadium this afternoon. The first game today saw Maryland rout St. John’s, 4-0, so Indiana needs a win to claim the Classic title. To do so, the Hoosiers will have to raise their level of play against the Irish, who tied Maryland 0-0 on Friday night while Indiana was beating St. John’s, 1-0. Game is televised on the Big Ten Network, and I’ll have updates via Twitter. FYI, Hoosier starters are GK Colin Webb; D Billy McConnell, Derek Creviston, Grant Lillard and Andrew Gutman; MF Phil Fives, Matt Foldesy, Francesco Moore, Tanner Thompson, Femi Hollinger-Janzen; F Ben Maurey.
If you’re a Herald-Times subscriber, good news.
Our annual IU football wrap is included with today’s newspaper and also available on heraldtimesonline.com. The print product looks especially nice this year, so if you’re a digital-only subscriber and you’re in the area today, I recommend picking up a copy. We are, as usual, excited to see it run.
Feature on Jason Spriggs, Dan Feeney and the importance of building a foundation up front
Graham column about outside opinions on IU’s potential
If Ralph Green III and Isaac Griffith are facing any sort of punishment this week for their off-season transgressions, Kevin Wilson isn’t telling.
The Indiana coach refused to say whether Green or Griffith will be suspended or miss any portion of Saturday’s season-opener against Southern Illinois after both Hoosiers were arrested in Bloomington during the spring.
Wilson told reporters at Thursday’s fan event at Lucas Oil Stadium that he does not announce internal discipline.
“I’m not saying anybody’s hurt, injured, disciplined, whatever,” Wilson said. “I’m not helping any other team right now about anything.”
Bloomington Police arrested Green in April on charges of misdemeanor battery, public intoxication and disorderly conduct. During a court appearance in early July, the battery and public intoxication charges were dropped and Green pled guilty to disorderly conduct for unreasonable noise. He was sentenced to 50 hours of community service and one year of probation. Green was also required to pay $183 in court costs and $300 for a drug/alcohol program. He received a 180-day suspended sentence with two days credited for time served.
Griffith, who was 20 when he was arrested on May 23, faces illegal consumption and drunk driving charges. His case is pending, according to court records.
“Anything we do is gonna merit the crime or the issue,” Wilson said. “We take it very seriously. … We don’t back off making sure kids do their best. If a guy needs to be punished or penalized, we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.”
Green was originally suspended from team activities at the end of spring practice, but was back with the program this summer and has practiced with the team during fall camp. Wilson said earlier this summer that Griffith was not suspended after his arrest because the team was coming off voluntary workouts and, “you can’t suspend someone for volunteering.” Griffith has also been practicing with the team since IU’s fall camp opened on Aug. 6.
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INDIANAPOLIS — As expected, Rob Judson is receiving a promotion.
Indiana coach Tom Crean confirmed Thursday that Judson will take the full-time assistant coaching position vacated in March by Steve McClain. Judson has spent the last season and a half as IU’s director of basketball operations.
“He’s one of the finest coaches I’ve been around,” Crean said at a fan event Thursday at Lucas Oil Stadium. “I had great respect for him long before I got to know him.”
Judson has over 25 years of college basketball coaching experience at the Division I level. Prior to taking the operations job at IU in January 2014, Judson was an assistant at Illinois State from 2007-2013. Judson, 57, was head coach at Northern Illinois from 2001-07 and had prior assistant coaching stints at Illinois, his alma mater, and Bradley.
After McClain left to take the Illinois-Chicago coaching job, McClain spent the spring and summer representing Indiana on the recruiting trail. During his early coaching stint with the Illini from 1996-2001, Judson was considered the top recruiter for Lon Kruger and Bill Self, and helped the program make four NCAA Tournament appearances in five years, winning Big Ten titles in 1998 and 2001.
That led to his first and only college head coaching job at Northern Illinois in 2001, when Judson took over a team that won five games during the year before and guided the Huskies to 12 wins during his first season. Although Judson finished 74-101 during his six seasons at NIU, his 2005-06 team went 17-11 and won the only Mid-American Conference West Division Championship in program history.
“He’s an excellent man and has meant a lot to our program the last few years,” Crean said. (more…)
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Big Ten basketball schedules were released Thursday, and Indiana will start its Big Ten season at Wisconsin Dec. 31.
Four of Indiana’s first six games will be on the road, including trips to Ohio State (Jan. 7) and Purdue (Jan. 10). IU’s first Big Ten home game will come against Michigan on Jan. 3.
Unlike last season, when five of the Hoosiers’ final seven game were on the road, IU will get to play five out of its last eight games at home this season. That eight-game stretch includes home-and-home matchups with Iowa and Nebraska.
IU ends its regular season schedule with a home contest against Penn State on Feb. 27.
The full IU women’s basketball schedule can be seen here.
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