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Indiana recognizes its football players of the week #iufb

All is quiet — so far, at least — as we begin Indiana’s second and final bye week of the season.

The only update to come out of the North End Zone Monday was the announcement of IU’s weekly honors from its 56-17 loss to Michigan State.

Running back Tevin Coleman and receiver Shane Wynn share the offensive award this week after the two combined for 207 rushing yards. Wynn’s 75-yard touchdown run was the longest of his career and he became the sixth Hoosier to surpass 4,000 career all-purpose yards.

On defense, Indiana recognized sophomore safety Antonio Allen after he recorded six tackles, including five solo stops. The special teams honor went to seniors Nick Stoner and Brandon Grubbe, who each had a tackle on return coverage.

IU coach Kevin Wilson also honored a season-high six scout team players for their work last week. They were Kenny Arnold, Arthur Jones, Garrett Libertowski, Wes Martin, Alex Rodriguez and Dameon Willis.

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Former IU women’s standouts McGhee, Sinclair continuing their careers

Around this area, Jasmine McGhee could have built her entire resume on her game-winning shot to beat Purdue two seasons ago.

Now, the former Indiana guard is adding to that resume with a gig within the IU system.

McGhee has signed on to become an assistant coach at IU Kokomo, where the women’s basketball program will begin its inaugural season on Nov. 4. McGhee was a two-year player for the Hoosiers after transferring from Vincennes, averaging 12.7 points between her junior and senior seasons. After graduating in the spring of 2013, McGhee spent the last year coaching teens in the Upward Basketball League. She’s also pursuing a master’s degree in public management at the Kokomo campus.

But it was her buzzer beater to lift Indiana over No. 22 Purdue during the 2012-13 season that earned McGhee ownership of one of the greatest recent moments for Indiana women’s basketball.

McGhee’s classmate, Aulani Sinclair, is also active in the game. Sinclair recently began playing in Spain.

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Tevin Coleman continues to march into national discussion

He’s arguably the top running back in the nation, but Indiana’s Tevin Coleman is only recently easing into the national discussion.

Can he do enough to claim one of college football’s major awards by the time they’re revealed two months from now? How Coleman fares over the second half of the season will decide just that.

Coleman leads the nation in a host of categories, including total yards (1,192) and yards per carry (8.83). He’s now 11th on Indiana’s all-time season rushing leaders list, and he’s 613 yards from catching Vaughn Dunbar’s single-season record of 1,805.

He’s a Heisman Trophy aspirant, and is included on both the Doak Walker and Maxwell Award watch lists. Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman and Steward Mandel both have Coleman in their Heisman top five. Mandel has Coleman at No. 4, while Feldman lists Coleman at No. 5. NFL.com includes Coleman at No. 7 on its list of Heisman hopefuls. And although Coleman isn’t listed on ESPN’s Heisman Watch, one unnamed expert picked him to finish fifth in the voting.

While his Heisman odds seem like a long shot, Coleman could be in line for an award like the Doak Walker, given annually to the nation’s top running back. He used a couple big runs of 65 and 30 yards Saturday to author his ninth straight 100-yard game, which is the longest streak in the nation, and also became the first back this season to go over the century mark against Michigan State.

He’ll see two of the best rush defenses in the Big Ten — Michigan and Penn State — over Indiana’s next two games, but Saturday was another reminder that Coleman refuses to be bottled up.

Whether he’s up for winning one of college football’s major awards will be determined based on how he handles the burden of suddenly becoming Indiana’s primary — and perhaps its only — offensive option over the next five games.

But one thing is already certain — few players, if any, mean more to their team right now than Coleman at IU.

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Sage Steele returns to emcee Hoosier Hysteria

ESPN’s Sage Steele will return to Bloomington to emcee this weekend’s Hoosier Hysteria, Indiana announced Monday.

Steele, a 1995 Indiana University graduate, previously hosted the event in 2012.

She joined ESPN in 2007, serving as a co-host of SportsCenter and hosting NBA Countdown. Steele earned a Bachelor of Science degree in sports communication from IU Bloomington.

Doors to Assembly Hall open at 5 p.m. on Saturday so that fans can watch the women’s team workout from 5 to 5:30 p.m. Teams will be introduced at 6 p.m., with 3-point and dunk contests to follow. The men’s team will also compete in a brief scrimmage.

Admission is free, but fans are encouraged to bring a canned food item for donation to Hoosier Hills Food Bank. Parking is free and fans are allowed to tailgate.

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Hoosier Morning

1. HOOSIERS HQ
IU soccer couldn’t keep pace with Big Ten newcomer Maryland, losing 2-1 on Sunday, I wrote.

That the bye couldn’t come at a better time is one of the key takeaways from Indiana’s loss to Michigan State, Mike wrote.

Indiana field hockey and women’s soccer lost on Sunday, we reported.

2. IT’S INDIANA
Indiana football remains stuck in program quicksand, Brian Bennett of ESPN.com writes.

In the wake of Saturday’s struggle, the question is where does IU football go from here, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.

Freshman cornerback Donavan Clark gambled and lost, but he and the Hoosiers will just place another bet, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.

The state’s leading high school rusher picked up a scholarship offer from Indiana over the weekend, Ben Breiner of the Muncie Star Press writes.

Maryland soccer coach Sasha Cirovski picked up his first win as a player or coach against Indiana on Sunday in Bloomington, Joshua Needelman of the Diamondback writes.

The offseason roster turnover just might be what IU basketball needed, Alex Bozich of Inside the Hall writes.

Former IU assistant coach Kenny Johnson has lost 106 pounds since arriving at Louisville, Rick Bozich of WDRB.com writes.

3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
Quicksand? Quicksand. Here, performing “Fazer” from the 1993 album, Slip.

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Maryland at IU soccer

FINAL
Indiana with a strong charge late, including a couple chances in the box to equalize, but couldn’t find the touch. Then in the final few minutes, IU couldn’t find the ball, as Maryland expertly killed the clock. Second loss overall and in the Big Ten for the Hoosiers in what is now a very muddled conference race following Penn State’s loss to Michigan State last night. TERPS 2, HOOSIERS 1

SECOND HALF
73′: Indiana finally finds the connection necessary in the final third to make this a game. Tanner Thompson swung the ball wide for Jack Griffith, whose one-time, right-footed cross found the head of Femi Hollinger-Janzen. Femi placed it perfectly in the top left corner to cut the deficit in half. TERPS 2, HOOSIERS 1

51′: Indiana defends Maryland’s seventh corner well enough, but after the clearance, Terps regained possession near midfield. The service down the middle saw Colin Webb come out, but the ball found the head of Alex Crognale first, slipping past Webb into the net. TERPS 2, HOOSIERS 0

HALFTIME
A frustrating first 45 minutes for Indiana, which found the quickness of Maryland to be problematic. The Hoosiers had a few stretches of sustained offense and some dangerous moments, but spent a lot of time defending, including five corner kick attempts by the Terps. The shot total is 6-5 in IU’s favor with each team recording just one save. Suffice to say, Maryland has looked like a preseason No. 2 team more than Indiana has looked like a current No. 5 team. TERPS 1, HOOSIERS 0

FIRST HALF
20′: Maryland had Indiana on its heels for the longest time, then the Hoosiers answered with some pressure of its own. But it’s a turnover at midfield that breaks the IU defense. Alex Shinsky breaks free down the left side, beats Creviston one-on-one for a left-footed shot that finds the net at the back post. TERPS 1, HOOSIERS 0

PREGAME
A game everyone has been looking forward to since Maryland’s move to the Big Ten was announced happens today at Armstrong Stadium as No. 5 Indiana (8-1-3, 2-1-1) hosts unranked Maryland (6-5-2, 2-2-1). The Terps were the preseason No. 2 team in the country, but the season hasn’t gone according to plan. They are riding a three-game win streak, but have yet to win away from home this season. As for common opponents, Maryland lost to Louisville 1-0, lost to Georgetown 1-0 and beat Penn State 4-0. Indiana beat Louisville 3-0, tied Georgetown 1-1 and lost to Penn State 1-0. Updates to come here and more often via Twitter.

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Notes and quotes from Indiana’s 56-17 loss to No. 8 Michigan State

Tevin Coleman built another big day on the big play.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Coleman recorded his ninth consecutive 100-yard game, finishing with 132 yards on 15 carries. He became the first rusher to eclipse 100 yards against Michigan State this season.

The Indiana junior essentially got there on two runs of 65 and 30 yards against a Spartans defense that entered play yielding only 82.5 rushing yards per game.

“They started loading the box, putting a lot of guys in the box,” Coleman said. “They’re a very good defense and they stopped the run.”

Indiana finished with 213 rushing yards, making the program’s eighth straight game with at least 200 yards on the ground. (more…)

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Women's Basketball

Purdue’s Versyp on IU’s Moren

Posted by in Women's Basketball on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 at 1:09 PM.

Sharon Versyp was a senior on the Purdue women’s basketball team during the 1987-88 season, the same year a freshman named Teri Moren joined the team. Now the two former Boilermakers will be going head to head as Big Ten rivals, Versyp at her alma mater and Moren at Indiana, but there’s anything but hard feelings.

“I think (Teri being at Indiana) is great,” Versyp said at Big Ten Media Day Thursday. “I think Purdue is one of the colleges with one of the best pipelines for women in college coaching, and it’s unbelievable and exciting. Teri’s been in the game, has been a lot of different places and done a great job. I think you’re always excited for people that are great people, and Teri’s a special person.”

The two communicate regularly as well.

“We’ve talked several times,” said Versyp, who spent one year as the head coach at Indiana in 2005-06. “We see each other on the road, we text back and forth, that type of thing. It’s nice. You’re familiar, we’re friends, so it’s nice to have that already established, because I feel like Big Ten coaches have good camaraderie.”

That said, the two coaches’ common background won’t come into play when they meet for the first time on Jan. 4 in West Lafayette.

“We all have different philosophies,” Versyp said. “When you take over, you have different ideas of how you run your team, but it’s that disciplined, hard-nosed skill set — those qualities aren’t going to change because you grew up in Indiana, you played basketball in Indiana, that’s just how we were. There’s no intricacies of when we played, that type of stuff carrying over. You have to change with whoever you have in your group.”

No matter who each coach puts on the floor, each knows who is on the other sideline, and Versyp says Hoosier fans should like their new coach.

“Teri’s really driven,” Versyp said. “Growing up in the state of Indiana, she knows her basketball. She’s a very, very good coach. She has a good balance of getting the discipline and being a great teacher. But bottom line, she’s a good, good person — a good soul.
“If you have that type of character, and you have the teaching ability, and you have the discipline, and you have good balance, those are key ingredients for a very good coach who’s going to have a very good team.”

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