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UAB transfers Howard, Hawkins need to make impact during fall camp

Former UAB transfers Jordan Howard and Marqui Hawkins made very muted first impressions with their new program this spring. For both, it could be blamed on injuries.

Howard, who is expected to compete for Indiana’s starting running back gig, hyperextended his elbow after only five days of practice. In Hawkins’ case, he broke his wrist and was limited in April, preventing him from emerging in a wide-open battle at receiver.

As both report to fall camp today with the rest of Indiana’s newcomers, the duo will need to make the most of the upcoming month to assert themselves on coach Kevin Wilson’s depth chart. Last week, Wilson called both transfers “sight unknown” after their appearances this spring were halted due to health reasons.

But Wilson has hopes that both can break through during fall camp.

“They’ll be in the mix playing,” Wilson said. “Haven’t seen enough that I can guarantee that they’re going to be full-time starters and all that just yet.”

Although he has a track record as a strong and productive back in Conference USA, Howard missed a chance to make a case for the starting running back duties this spring. While Howard enters the season ranked second nationally among active players with 451 total attempts and 107.3 rushing yards per game, IU coaches seem to be equally high on Devine Redding as a competitor for the starting job.

Redding is expected to push Howard after rushing for 118 yards and one touchdown, while averaging 4.1 yards per carry as a freshman.

“It is tough to replace Tevin Coleman,” Wilson said. “(Howard) will be a different back. But the consistency of last year’s running game when we didn’t have a passing attack the last six weeks and the year before when our offense was one of one of the two best in the league, those running backs will have a very good offensive line.” (more…)

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Wilson can afford to wait with freshmen #iufb

From his first fall camp as Indiana football coach in 2011 through this morning, when freshmen and newcomers begin reporting, Kevin Wilson has recognized the trends.

Overall player development and positional depth are beginning to yield results, just as recruiting at IU has reached a high point over the last three cycles. But most importantly, with the official opening of camp only two days away, the starting point for incoming recruits is higher than at any point in Wilson’s four previous seasons.

“I do think this class we signed is the most talented class we’ve signed,” Wilson said. “But we’ve gotten to where last year we actually redshirted good players, where maybe year one, year two, some of those guys were playing.”

In February, Wilson signed his third consecutive recruiting class ranked in the top half of the Big Ten, showing that the gains he and his staff made on the high school trail in 2013 and 2014 were no fluke. Some of the incoming freshmen, particularly in the secondary and at receiver, will be forced to compete for immediate playing time this fall.

Otherwise, Indiana is beginning to bridge the gap between both winning now and in the future, showing signs that it no longer feels obligated to force young players onto the field, no matter how talented. (more…)

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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

Posted by in Football on Thursday, Jul. 30, 2015 at 8:10 PM.

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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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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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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