Hoosier Morning

Struggles have left Michigan taking one game at a time, not looking at the big picture with Indiana coming to town, Mike writes.

Michael Plume was found at the end of a noose on scaffolding outside the construction of Memorial Stadium in 1960, but was it murder or suicide, Ken Bikoff of writes.

Tevin Coleman has learned to both take and dish out hits as a running back under the radar, Lindsay Schnell of writes.

Brady Hoke and Michigan are preparing for Tevin Coleman’s big-play ability, Nick Baumgardner of writes.

Iowa coach Fran McCaffery found solace from the coaching fraternity amid personal tragedy, including a phone call from Tom Crean, Mike Lopresti of writes.

Michigan hopes to resurrect its moribund offense against Indiana, Angelique S. Chengelis of The Detroit News writes.

With Michigan not at its best, Indiana has a chance to snap a 47-year losing streak in Ann Arbor, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.

For all the ghosts that haunt Memorial Stadium, here’s Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band with “Murder Incorporated.”


Hoosiers preparing for trip to Michigan Stadium

The memory is on quick recall for Indiana senior receiver Nick Stoner.

Late in last year’s 63-47 loss at Michigan, before things got away from the Hoosiers, Stoner stepped onto the field for a third down play in the fourth quarter and fixed his eyes on the sky. The evening was turning into the night while a cold rain fell through the beaming lights of Michigan Stadium.

“I looked around like, ‘Wow, this is an awesome experience,’” Stoner said.

You don’t forget trips to Michigan Stadium and, this week especially, the Hoosiers are hoping they can make their latest trip to Ann Arbor one to savor. To earn the program’s first win at Michigan since 1967, Indiana will try to do so with freshman quarterback Zander Diamont.

Even before he was thrust into his starting assignment, Diamont was a member of Indiana’s travel squad over the first half of the season. So IU coach Kevin Wilson isn’t overly worried about the toll that a homecoming crowd could take on Diamont.

Wilson said he believes the team has done enough work on snap counts and with simulated crowd noise to feel confident heading into Saturday afternoon’s 3:30 contest against the Wolverines.

“All you do is you talk about what you can control,” Wilson said. “If you can control your communication, get everybody on the same page, make sure our snap counts (are set) and handle the ball, then it just goes back to keeping your eyes on the field and not getting caught up with what’s going on around it.

“At the same time you can make too much of it. You know, a guy thinks he understands what it’s like to play against a good opponent. Until you get out there (you can’t be) like, ‘Wow, that happened a little faster and I got a little hyped and a little quick,’ like last game. But a lot of guys have been through it. (Diamont will) just have to manage it. We’ll have to put him in good situations the best we can.”

Since losing his top two quarterbacks, Wilson has talked often about the Hoosiers’ need to create their own energy to stay positive.

That’s especially important for this group, Stoner believes.

“We realize that he wasn’t just saying that because that’s what a coach is supposed to say,” Stoner said. “We realize we have to create our own energy because here, at Memorial Stadium, we come out at halftime and almost our whole student section is gone. We actually, legit, have to make our own energy. So I think by actually realizing we have to do that, we’ve grown better and more mature in that.”


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Covington could be granted extra year

Playing in four games is usually the cut-off point for applying for a redshirt year.

But Indiana feels it may have a unique case with Chris Covington.

IU coach Kevin Wilson said on his weekly radio show Wednesday that he will petition the Big Ten to grant Covington, Indiana’s freshman backup quarterback, an extra year of eligibility because he appeared on the field sparingly.

Covington played in five games, taking one snap against Indiana State, running two plays at Bowling Green and leading the final IU drives against both Maryland and North Texas before playing two-plus quarters at Iowa.

“By law he’s played in five, but it’s so little that we’re going to document it and see if we can get his year back,” Wilson said. “The rule says after the fourth game, ‘No.’ But it’s a little bit unusual with the resps, so we’ll see how it goes. That’ll be up to the Big Ten to look into for us.”


Mark Murphy named a finalist for Campbell Trophy

Indiana safety Mark Murphy received some good news Thursday morning when the National Football Foundation selected Murphy as a finalist for the Campbell Trophy, awarded to the nation’s best scholar-athlete.

Murphy is among 17 honorees in the 2014 NFF National Scholar-Athlete class, who will travel to New York City to be honored on Dec. 9 during the annual awards dinner at the Waldorf Astoria. Murphy, who has a 3.85 grade point average in informatics, will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship.

“I feel honored,” Murphy said this week about being a contender. “It represents IU well and not only what we do on the field here, but academically with the great resources we have.”

Murphy is IU’s fifth National Scholar-Athlete, joining Ben Chappell (2010), Kevin Speer (1980), Charles Thomson (1971) and Harry Gonso (1969).

He is one of 30 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award and was a candidate for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. Murphy became the ninth Hoosier all-time to earn Capital One Academic All-America honors last season.

“President (Michael) McRobbie is an informatics guy, so I’m sure he’s digging that,” IU coach Kevin Wilson said this week.


Hoosier Morning

Coaching keeps IU cross country coach Ron Helmer moving forward despite some tough blows in the last year, Mike wrote.

The Indiana defense needs to step forward down the stretch if the Hoosiers are to win football games, Mike wrote.

The second-ranked Indiana soccer team used a pair of first-half goals to cruise past Evansville, we reported.

Indiana volleyball got its first win over Minnesota since 2010 Wednesday, we reported.

A track background and knack for the big play have Tevin Coleman on the fringes of the Heisman Trophy radar, Bill Bender of the Sporting News writes.

QB injuries have likely given Kevin Wilson a pass so far as his win-loss record is concerned this season, David Woods of the Indianapolis Star writes in his mailbag.

The IU soccer team’s defense keyed the Evansville win at both ends of the field, Michael Hughes of the Indiana Daily Student writes.

The basketball Hoosiers are still transitioning from practice to game shape according to Tom Crean, Jordan Littman of Inside the Hall writes.

The Charlotte Hornets picked up their third-year option on former Hoosier Cody Zeller, who had 11 points and two rebounds in a season-opening OT win, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer writes.

The University of North Carolina’s accreditation is under review again, Derek Rowles of writes.

Since we’re talking about the Hoosiers getting in shape, here’s The Yardbirds with “Shape of Things.”


Indiana shows improvement in Graduation Success Rate

An NCAA study released this week revealed Indiana student-athletes who enrolled from 2004-07 scored a Graduation Success Rate of 84 percent, which is an improvement of two percentage points.

Six programs finished with a perfect 100 score, including rowing, men’s and women’s golf, women’s soccer, women’s swimming and diving and women’s tennis. The GSR measures graduation over six years from first-time enrollment.

There were 14 IU programs with scores equal to or greater than the Division I average, including baseball, football, men’s golf, men’s cross country, men’s track and field, rowing, volleyball, women’s basketball, women’s golf, women’s soccer, women’s swimming and diving, women’s tennis, women’s cross country, and women’s track and field.

“Student-athletes who earn Indiana University degrees is one of our top priorities,” IU athletic director Fred Glass said in a statement. “We are tremendously pleased that we improved our GSR score for the third straight year and that six of our programs obtained a perfect score. Our coaches, academics staff and most importantly our student-athletes share a commitment to academics and these numbers reflect that.”

Indiana also performed well in the Academic Progress Rate, released in May, with 15 teams earning a perfect score — men’s basketball, men’s cross country, men’s golf, men’s soccer, men’s swimming, men’s tennis, men’s indoor track, men’s outdoor track, women’s indoor track, field hockey, women’s outdoor track, women’s softball, women’s tennis, women’s volleyball and water polo.

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Danny Cameron, son of Cam, is Indiana’s emergency man

Posted by in Football on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 at 11:58 AM.

He was a late addition to Indiana’s incoming recruiting class, only signing to play football in Bloomington during the first week of July.

But freshman quarterback Danny Cameron’s role with the Hoosiers has taken on a greater meaning after the losses of both Nate Sudfeld and Chris Covington. Cameron is third on the depth chart this week, backing up starter Zander Diamont and second-stringer Nate Boudreau.


Indiana coach Kevin Wilson extended a scholarship to Cameron after a summer visit, hoping to build depth at the quarterback position after the spring transfers of Tre Roberson and Cam Coffman.

Cameron isn’t in an open competition for the starting job, but his presence on the roster is important for Wilson and IU.

“We’re pleased with him,” Wilson said. “We offered him because we thought he could help us in case some things happened. So at the time when the situation happened in the summer, and all of a sudden we had a void at quarterback, we looked around. We thought that was an option that could help us. Right now he’s our third.”

Cameron, the son of former IU player and coach Cam, played his high school football between Loyola Blakefield in Maryland and Baton Rouge Catholic in Louisiana, transferring after his father went from serving as offensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens to filling the same job at LSU. Last year in Baton Rouge he split time between defensive back and quarterback, completing 23 of his 44 passes for 344 yards and six touchdowns. (more…)

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Men's Basketball

Indiana holding Haunted Hall of Hoops on Saturday at noon

Posted by in Men's Basketball on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 at 3:25 PM.

Indiana will hold its annual Haunted Hall of Hoops on Saturday at Assembly Hall.

Doors open at noon so that fans can watch an open practice and scrimmage, with a costume parade to follow on the floor at approximately 1:45 p.m. Players and coaches will also be available for group pictures.

“We always enjoy this event with our fans,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said in a release. “It’s important to have our team prepare as many times as they can in front of people and there are no better fans to play in front of than the Hoosier Nation.”


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Women's Basketball

Participants announced for Hoosier Hysteria skill competitions

Posted by in Men's BasketballWomen's Basketball on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 at 9:36 PM.

The field is set for the skill competitions at Hoosier Hysteria.

Yogi Ferrell, Nick Zeisloft, Collin Hartman, James Blackmon Jr., Rob Johnson and Max Hoetzel will go head-to-head in Saturday’s 3-point competition at Assembly Hall. They’ll compete against Maura Muensterman, Tyra Buss, Larryn Brooks, Taylor Agler, Karlee McBride and Amanda Cahill from the IU women’s team.

Hanner Mosquera-Perea, Devin Davis, Troy Williams and Nate Ritchie will go head-to-head in the dunk contest.

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Men's Soccer

Lillard named B1G Defensive Player of the Week

IU freshman center back Grant Lillard earned his first career player of the week award from the Big Ten Monday, bouncing back from taking three stitches to score a goal and shutout Michigan in [...]

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