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IU soccer ranked No. 14 preseason

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) released its 2015 preseason men’s soccer poll on Monday, and Indiana checks in at No. 14.

The Hoosiers, coming off a 12-5-5 campaign in 2014, have the third-highest ranking among Big Ten teams in the poll behind No. 9 Michigan State and No. 13 Maryland. Penn State comes in at No. 23, while in-state rival Notre Dame, who will play the Hoosiers on Aug. 30 in the IU Classic, is ranked fourth.

The top three in the poll are No. 1 UCLA, No. 2 defending national champion Virginia and No. 3 Georgetown.

Other IU regular-season opponents in the poll include No. 18 Louisville and No. 22 St. Louis.

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Delany discusses upcoming football schedule changes #iufb

A new scheduling philosophy will soon take hold in the Big Ten.

Beginning in 2016, conference teams will commit to scheduling at least one non-conference game against a fellow Power 5 program, while agreeing to drop Football Championship Subdivision games from the docket once the league adopts its nine-game conference season, commissioner Jim Delany said at Friday’s Big Ten Media Days finale in Chicago.

In what he calls “Strength of Schedule 1910,” Delany said his goal is to boost the conference resume in the eyes of the College Football Playoff committee and add the potential for more big game scenarios.

“When (playoff) resumes look similar — similar record, similar resumes — conference champions are going to get the first tiebreaker consideration,” Delany said. “And strength of schedule is going to get the second.

“So if you start looking at schedules that have FCS teams that have some 20 fewer scholarships, I think that’s a consideration. I think, if you’re playing more conference games and you’re in a strong conference that, typically, is going to give you a stronger strength of schedule resume.”

But the new model might not mean the league will suddenly be without FCS (formerly known as Division I-AA) opponents. Eight Big Ten programs, not including Indiana, have FCS games on the schedule in 2016. (more…)

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VIDEO: Nate Sudfeld’s speech at Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon #iufb

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Hoosiers’ Burton earns academic honor

Here’s the full release from IU:

Indiana University redshirt senior Ryan Burton, who is majoring in finance and accounting at the Kelley School of Business, has been honored by the The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) for excelling in academics during the past season. Burton is a member of the 2014-15 NABC Honors Court, which lists a record number of 1,000 student-athletes from more than 350 colleges and universities.

The NABC Honors Court recognizes the talents and gifts that these men possess off the court and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom. He is one of seven players representing the Big Ten Conference.

In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria. The qualifications are as follows:

1. Academically a junior or senior and a varsity player.
2. Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2014-15 academic year.
3. Students must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution.
4. Member of a NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA Division I or II institution with a NABC member coach.

Burton is a graduate of Bedford North Lawrence High School and played his first two seasons of college basketball at Bellarmine. He attended IU to focus on academics for one year prior to joining the team last summer.

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Wilson confident Allen’s arrest is isolated incident #iufb

CHICAGO — On June 17, one day after leading tackler Antonio Allen was arrested at Memorial Stadium on multiple drug dealing charges, Indiana seniors Jason Spriggs, Nate Sudfeld and Anthony Corsaro decided there was no use waiting.

So they gathered their Hoosier teammates in the team room inside the North End Zone complex and talked through the situation. They touched on what they knew about Allen’s arrest, how they planned to move through it and how they wanted to rise above a serious off-the-field distraction instead of allowing it to bring the team down.

“It was an unfortunate event and I wish the best to him and his family,” Spriggs said. “We came together as a team and moved past that. Now, we’re looking forward to the season. I feel like it even brought the team closer together because we had to get through something like that.”

Allen was quickly dismissed from the program as IU moved to determine who knew what. A month later, Indiana coach Kevin Wilson said he is confident Allen’s arrest and alleged involvement in the drug trade was an isolated incident.

“My immediate thing is when that event happened was to turn directly to our team, and we’ve had a very, very strong (response),” Wilson said. “We’ve moved forward very quickly and very strong, very positively from it. I’m very confident and very comfortable with our group right now. Got a lot of respect for those men.” (more…)

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IU waiting on academic clearance for Patrick #iufb

CHICAGO — Junior college transfer Camion Patrick could become an instant impact receiver in Kevin Wilson’s offense this fall. First, he has to become academically eligible.

Wilson told reporters at Thursday’s Big Ten Media Day that the program is still waiting on clearance for Patrick to play and practice this fall. A decision is expected soon.

“With Camion, until he completes a course for us, we just don’t have the 100 percent clearance,” Wilson said. “… He’s been here all summer and we’re just waiting for some academic things that he has to do to get blessings or be cleared to be eligible for participation. He’s gonna be on the team. He’s not gonna be anywhere else. He looks awesome, off the field and in everything he’s doing.”

Patrick has three years to play three seasons. If he’s not cleared, he has two years to play two seasons. Patrick, who has drawn early comparisons to former IU receiver Cody Latimer, is a former Tennessee commit who also had offers from Kansas State and Louisville.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound receiver comes to IU from East Mississippi Community College, where he caught 42 passes for 631 yards and 12 touchdowns last season in helping that program to a second consecutive national championship. In the title game, Patrick caught eight passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns.

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Wilson comfortable with depth as injuries, losses mount #iufb

Posted by in Football on Thursday, Jul. 30, 2015 at 7:44 PM.

CHICAGO — In the span of one summer, Indiana has already endured the kinds of losses that would have crippled its program in the recent past.

Last month’s dismissal of leading tackler Antonio Allen was the first blow to a team that closed spring practice confident in its course ahead. Then, at Big Ten Media Day Thursday, IU coach Kevin Wilson revealed that his Hoosiers will be without a couple more key contributors on the offensive side of the ball.

J-Shun Harris, Indiana’s leading returning receiver, will miss the upcoming season with a torn ACL, and right tackle Ralston Evans has decided to take a medical waiver and end his career due to nagging knee injuries.

Without question, the losses of all three players will be felt while Indiana pursues its first winning season in five years under Wilson. But there is also the belief that the 2015 Hoosiers are in a much better position to withstand the latest succession of gut punches to its program as depth and athleticism reach a higher level.

“This is the deepest team we’ve had,” Wilson said. “We’ve had a couple of things where you can say we’ve had an injury, lost someone. We’re getting deep enough, I think we can overcome that.”

Decades have passed since Indiana could boast about an athletic two-deep it feels comfortable matching up against some of the league’s heavyweights. To play and succeed in the Big Ten East, it had no other choice but getting to that point. (more…)

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Indiana makes top 3 for 2016 forward De’Ron Davis #iubb

Posted by in Men's Basketball on Wednesday, Jul. 29, 2015 at 5:48 PM.

An Indiana scholarship offer arrived three years ago for De’Ron Davis. Now, as his recruitment begins to wind down, Davis is keeping IU at the top of his list.

Davis announced his final three choices on Wednesday, listing Indiana alongside Arizona and Texas. The 6-foot-10, 235-pound prospect from Aurora, Colo. is a four-star recruit in 247 Sports’ Composite rankings, listed as the No. 41 recruit in the nation.

Former Indiana assistant Steve McClain led the recruiting push over the last few years, but Davis told The Herald-Times in April that assistant Chuck Martin was quick to make contact after McClain took the Illinois-Chicago head coaching job in March. Indiana’s entire staff has spent time watching Davis this summer and he recently told Rivals that he was equally fond of IU.

“(I like) the way they compete, the way they develop their bigs and their overall players,” he told The H-T this spring.

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IUWBB: Hoosiers rank 46th in attendance

Posted by in Women's Basketball on Tuesday, Jul. 7, 2015 at 1:53 PM.

Indiana women’s basketball ranked No. 46 in the nation in average attendance last season, according to figures released by the NCAA.

An average of 2,617 fans came to Assembly Hall to watch the Hoosiers play during the 2014-15 season, totaling 44,481 for the year. That is a slight drop from 2013-14, when Indiana ranked No. 44 in the country with an average attendance of 2,723.

The Big Ten conference set a record attendance-wise with 948,935 fans at women’s basketball games during the past season. Nine conference schools were in the top 25, including Purdue (6,279) at No. 9 and Michigan State (6,119) and Nebraska (5,857) at 10th and 11th, respectively.

Division I programs totaled 8,111,856, which is the fourth-highest total in the 34-year history of NCAA women’s basketball.



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Men's Soccer

IU soccer adds Wedderburn, will play at Toyota Park

The Indiana men's soccer team announced the addition of freshman Rees Wedderburn to the 2015 recruiting class on Wednesday. The attacking midfielder and British national currently plays for the [...]



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