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Indiana taking it slow with Devin Davis

The good news is that Devin Davis is expected to return to school when Indiana’s spring semester begins on Jan. 12.

From there, a timetable for Davis’ return to the court remains unclear.

IU coach Tom Crean spent a portion of his Friday availability with reporters expounding upon his comments on various radio programs this week, saying that the sophomore forward has made great progress since suffering a traumatic brain injury in a Nov. 1 incident, but that Davis is still not particularly close to returning to practice or otherwise.

“What’s most important is that he heals properly,” Crean said, “that he knows it’s here when he gets back and that he can get back to being a student, because he’s been a fantastic student here, a very good student here. He was doing very well at the time of the accident, had a very good summer, had a very good freshman year. It’s certainly not going to be a normal year for him. But the more you can bring normalcy back to him in the sense of getting him back to what a 19‑, 20‑year‑old structure should be like, the more we can get to that in the sense of him having his classes, being around his teammates.”

IU views the winter break as a pivotal period of progress for Davis, as he continues to work through outpatient rehabilitation in Indianapolis with the goal of returning to Bloomington when classes resume in three weeks.

There remains a possibility that Davis could take a redshirt and bank the year of eligibility, but Crean was non-committal when asked on Friday. The Indiana coach said the thought of redshirting Davis has crossed his mind, but it will ultimately be up to Davis, if and when he’s cleared to play this season.

“I think that becomes a personal choice,” Crean said. “I mean, there’s never been any destination date in our mind or my mind. There’s never been any target date. I don’t think there’s been one in his. I think his bottom line is he would have loved to have been healthy enough to play now. Would he have liked to have played by now? Probably. The whole thing is, let’s not be in a rush, let’s just get better. Every injury’s hard, right? This is completely different because you’re dealing with the brain. It’s very hard to put a time assessment on that.”

In the meantime, Crean said he and his staff have contingency plans in place should Davis be deemed available to play. Davis has been a regular at games over the last month, sitting with family members in the first rows of bleachers behind the Indiana bench. Crean said earlier in the week that he hopes Davis will be soon be cleared to at least sit on the bench during games.

Either way, Davis has made his presence felt, whether it’s at a game or practice, or simply keeping in touch with his friends on the team.

“It’s been great to have him back,” James Blackmon Jr. said. “He’s like a brother to every one of us. He’s talked to me a lot about things I need to work on and he’s done the same for everyone else, too. Even though he’s not playing, he’s still been a big part of our success.”

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Trending now: IU basketball news and notes

By the numbers
7 Big Ten teams averaging at least 75 points per game, led by Indiana’s 87.5 ppg, fifth-best in the nation.
10 Games in double figures to start James Blackmon Jr.’s career, joining Calbert Cheaney as the only IU freshmen to do so.
21 Offensive rebounds by Indiana against Grand Canyon last Saturday, the most by an IU team since grabbing 24 vs. Michigan on March 10, 2013.

Less is more for Larryn
Larryn Brooks set Indiana women’s basketball freshman records last year for points scored, 3-pointers made, assists and free throws made.

But the Hoosiers’ reliance on Brooks came at a price as she averaged 3.5 turnovers per game while playing a team-leading 33.8 minutes per game.

As a sophomore, Brooks has found that less is more in almost every way. (more…)

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Indiana football adds 2 more commitments

A big recruiting week continued Thursday for Indiana, which picked up verbal commitments from Largo (Fla.) High School teammates Jonathan Crawford and Donavan Hale.

Crawford, a 6-foot-2, three-star prospect who also had offers from Louisville and Iowa, will likely play safety at Indiana. Hale, a 6-foot-3, Rivals two-star prospect as an athlete, also received offers from Wisconsin and Minnesota, among others.

A source with knowledge of Hale’s recruitment says he also has an opportunity to play basketball for Indiana.

Hale, considered a three-star basketball prospect according to ESPN, also received a hoops offer from Florida State, where his father, Ron, averaged 12.3 points per game at FSU from 1997-2000. The Tampa Bay Times reported last week that Hale will miss his senior season while he recovers from a torn meniscus and an ACL injury.

Both players announced their commitments through their Twitter accounts on Thursday night.

IU now has 17 players in its 2015 recruiting class. Crawford and Hale represent the sixth and seventh players to commit to Indiana since Sunday morning, joining three-star Georgia quarterback Austin King, three-star Carmel athlete Isaac James, three-star Maryland safety Tyler Green, three-star Virginia athlete Mike Majette and Missouri offensive lineman DaVondre Love.

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Crean talks Holt, Davis and more on Dan Dakich Show #iubb

Tom Crean spent nearly 20 minutes Thursday afternoon talking IU basketball on 1070 The Fan’s the Dan Dakich Show. You can listen to the full interview, including Crean’s thoughts on Saturday’s Crossroads Classic, by visiting The Fan’s web site.

A partial transcript follows:

Question: How did you act as a father to help Emmitt Holt get through the accident?

Crean: “Well, you have to act as a father for every one of them. They can have fathers and grandfathers and uncles, but they’re not with them on a continual basis like it is when they’re in college. So you have to wear a lot of different hats and you have to put yourself in a position of having true care and true love for them and, at the same time, there are consequences for actions. The old adage that you get to make your choices, but you don’t get to pick your consequences is alive. It doesn’t matter where it’s at. You have to help them to try and understand that the best they can, but they key is you’re not trying to turn your back and you’re not trying to turn your nose up. You’re trying to make sure that you help them get through it so they grow and that they can be not only productive in their immediate future, and in the case of Emmitt, really the first few days after everything happened, but really so further long term.”

Q: Does this team, in your mind, play the way college basketball is going to?

Crean: “They key statistic constantly is not the 3-point shooting or attempts or perimeter play. It’s how much the ball is going through the paint, whether we’re scoring in the paint, whether the ball is actually getting through there. If you’re gonna get layups, if you’re gonna drop the ball off, if you’re gonna have good shot game, there’s very few good post games without a very good outside shooting game, or it just becomes a double-team game all game. Then you better just have a phenomenal player who can do both. Cody (Zeller), when he was here, was a tremendous low post player, great passer, became an excellent driver and was surrounded by people who could make shots. That enhances everything. Bottom line, no matter what kind of team you have it’s still gotta get into the paint. When we play that way, like this past Saturday, we were 5-of-15 in the first half when the ball didn’t touch the paint. In the second half we’re 37-of-43 when it did. All of a sudden your points in the paint go up and your 3-point shooting looks go up — not maybe all the time the percentages, but the looks. I think the key is how do you get the ball there, how do you get fouled, how do you keep making sure that you’re getting to the free throw line. That’s the key. Certainly the more shooters you have, the better because it creats so many more situations then when they really understand the spacing. The hardest thing is to try to get guys to truly understand how to move without the ball and stay committed to their spacing on offense. Sometimes going to the ball is worse that hunting shots because you’re killing the spacing. But really being committed to being in movement and cutting and being patient and moving on penetration and all those things, that’s the key no matter what kind of team you have, I think.” (more…)

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IU field hockey coach Robertson will not return

The contract for Indiana field hockey coach Amy Robertson will not be renewed, the school announced Thursday.

Robertson compiled a 134-141 record with two NCAA Tournament appearances during her 15 seasons in Bloomington. The Hoosiers went 9-8 this season with a 1-7 mark in conference play. IU has won only five Big Ten games since the start of the 2010 season.

A search for Robertson’s successor is underway.

“After a careful and deliberate review of the program, I have concluded that it is time for new leadership for our field hockey team,” Indiana athletic director Fred Glass said in a statement. “We thank Amy Robertson for her tremendous dedication to Indiana University and for admirably presiding over the launch of our field hockey program 15 years ago. I have great personal respect for Amy who has been a positive influence in the lives of her student-athletes.”

Field hockey is not a sport offered by the Indiana High School Athletic Association and IU’s roster reflects that. Of the 21 players on this year’s team, only six have ties to the midwest. The sport is especially popular on the East Coast — Pennsylvania, in particular — and Indiana has six players from that state alone.

Robertson arrived in 2000 to lead a newly-restarted Indiana field hockey program. According to The Herald-Times salary database, Robertson’s salary was $77,116 in 2014.

Assistant coaches Phil Edwards and Kate Lipton will remain in their roles until a successor determines whether to retain them. Edwards will serve as interim coach, effective immediately, and associate athletic director Mattie White will lead the search committee.

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Hoosier Morning

1. HOOSIERS HQ
Exceeding even his own expectations, IU running back Tevin Coleman became a consensus All-American Wednesday, Mike wrote.

IU freshman Jessica Parratto was the top qualifier in the women’s platform at the USA Championships Wednesday, we reported.

2. IT’S INDIANA
Catching up on the statistical progress of former Hoosiers now in the NBA, with Alex Bozich of Inside the Hall.

The job of ticket scalping is tougher than ever, especially for Indiana football, Evan Hoopfer of the Indiana Daily Student writes.

Kevin Wilson’s breakthrough season will have to wait according to IU’s season in review, Tom Dienhart of BTN.com writes.

3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
For all those scalpers on 17th Street, the Beatles with “Ticket to Ride” live in 1965.

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Football

BTN selects IU Football’s Mount Rushmore

Posted by in Football on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 at 12:34 PM.

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.

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Crean unsure whether Davis will play this year #iubb

Posted by in Men's Basketball on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 at 10:16 PM.

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.”

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IUWBB beats UW-Milwaukee on the road, 82-56

Posted by in Women's Basketball on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014 at 4:52 PM.

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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[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_blackmon1.jpg]4980James Blackmon, Jr.
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard James Blackmon Jr. (1)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_zeisloft1.jpg]3840Nick Zeisloft
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Nick Zeisloft (2)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_hoetzel1.jpg]3490Max Hoetzel
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Max Hoetzel (3)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_johnson1.jpg]3070Robert Johnson
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Robert Johnson (4)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_williams1.jpg]2790Troy Williams
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Troy Williams (5)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_burton1.jpg]2750Ryan Burton
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Ryan Burton (10)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_yogi1.jpg]2470Yogi Ferrell
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Yogi Ferrell (11)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_perea1.jpg]2730Hanner Mosquera-Perea
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea (12)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_robinson1.jpg]2280Stanford Robinson
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Stanford Robinson (22)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_ritchie1.jpg]2250Nate Ritchie
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Nate Ritchie (23)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_holt1.jpg]2710Emmitt Holt
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Emmitt Holt (25)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_hartman1.jpg]2880Collin Hartman
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Collin Hartman (30)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_priller1.jpg]3160Tim Priller
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Tim Priller (35)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_april1.jpg]3200Jeremiah April
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers center Jeremiah April (44)

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[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_walter1.jpg]3520Jess Walter
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Jess Walter (2)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_buss1.jpg]8560Tyra Buss
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Tyra Buss (3)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_brooks1.jpg]4760Larryn Brooks
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Larryn Brooks (5)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_agler1.jpg]3920Taylor Agler
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Taylor Agler (10)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_bell2.jpg]3040Nicole Bell
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Nicole Bell (12)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_stratman1.jpg]2960Liz Stratman
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_hulls1.jpg]3070Kaila Hulls
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard/forward Kaila Hulls (15)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_mcbride1.jpg]2600Karlee McBride
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Karlee McBride (21)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_gassion1.jpg]2440Alexis Gassion
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Alexis Gassion (23)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_muensterman1.jpg]2620Maura Meunsterman
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Maura Muensterman (31)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_mize1.jpg]2590Andrea Mize
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Andrea Mize (32)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_cahill1.jpg]2750Amanda Cahill
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Amanda Cahill (33)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_jakubicek1.jpg]2830Claire Jakubicek
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Claire Jakubicek (34)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_leikem1.jpg]2690Lyndsay Leikem
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Lyndsay Leikem (40)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_anderson1.jpg]2490Jenn Anderson
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers center Jenn Anderson (43)
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