1. HOOSIERS HQ
Confidence is the missing ingredient for Indiana’s revamped defense, Mike wrote.
Emmitt Holt officially became a Hoosier on Tuesday, Mike reports.
2. IT’S INDIANA
Indiana football finds itself trying to live up to expectations of success, Andy Profett writes for the Terre Haute Tribune-Star.
A young IU soccer team will have its hands full with a difficult schedule, David Woods of the Indianapolis Star writes.
Former IU golfer Steve Wheatcraft can breathe easy after earning his PGA Tour card again, Jonathon Batuello of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.
Indiana wide receiver Caleb Cornett was not charged because a second party instigated the fight that left Cornett in jail for several hours, the Indiana Daily Student reports.
Ex-Hoosier kicker Mitch Ewald failed to impress the Denver Broncos and was cut on Tuesday, Arnie Stapleton of The Coloradoan writes.
A trio of IU football in-state commits made their senior debuts last Friday, Ben Faunce of AllHoosiers.com writes.
3. WHAT IN THE MANTI TEO?
USC is investigating to see if Josh Shaw’s story of heroism is true or a fabrication to cover an incident involving police, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times writes.
4. ONE FOR THE ROAD
Say it ain’t so, Josh Shaw —— Fleetwood Mac with “Little Lies.”
Max Hoetzel talked last fall about the magic he felt sending his first shot through a basket at Assembly Hall.
He also should’ve mentioned this memorable shot at Pauley Pavilion.
Last night, Hoetzel’s father, Holger, tweeted this video of 7-year-old Max at a show in 2003. He’s seen high-fiving Globetrotters and swishing a free throw. And high-fiving more Globetrotters.
Only days ago, Mitch Ewald seemed to be in position to break camp as an NFL kicker. Those odds took a hit on Tuesday when the Denver Broncos cut the former Indiana specialist.
Matt Prater, Denver’s No. 1 kicker, was recently hit with a four-game suspension by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The ban appeared to open the door for Ewald to step in as the temporary fill-in.
But that door closed on Tuesday when Denver traded a conditional seventh-round draft pick to the New York Giants in exchange for kicker Brandon McManus.
It’s safe to say Ewald’s chances of making the squad were hurt when he missed a 36-yard field goal in Saturday’s 18-17 exhibition loss against Houston. Ewald hit a 22-yard field goal last week at San Francisco, while connecting on all five of his extra point attempts over three preseason games.
He was signed by Denver as an undrafted free agent on July 23.
Emmitt Holt’s addition to the Indiana basketball program is official, according to a department release.
Quotes from IU coach Tom Crean:
“We are excited to bring Emmitt to Indiana at such a late date. We determined that we needed another quality player up front and we were able to uncover Emmitt’s potential availability. He is coming off a very impressive high school season and also an outstanding spring and summer with the Albany City Rocks. He would have been a high level recruit this coming year and we are happy to have him now.
“Emmitt has a plus 7 wingspan which he uses to rebound, score around the basket, and block and alter shots. His energy and competitiveness come to life quickly when you watch him. We are very impressed with his feet, touch and feel for the game and look forward to his ever growing development.
“Chuck Martin utilized his vast network of connections to find Emmitt and we are excited about this. Chuck brings the whole package to Indiana and has the ability to identify players and their upsides, which adds to what we are about.”
Antonio Allen’s freshman season began with high expectations and ended in disappointment.
Allen, a free safety from Indianapolis, is looking forward to a return to the field on Saturday against Indiana State. It’ll be his first action since Oct. 19 at Michigan, when he suffered a season-ending ACL tear in IU’s 67-43 loss to the Wolverines.
Allen was well on his way to fulfilling those high expectations a season ago, when he made 35 tackles, including 24 solo stops and 1.5 tackles for a loss in his introductory campaign. He was also named to BTN.com’s All-Freshman Honorable Mention team.
Over seven games, he averaged five tackles per contest — a figure he wants to build on as a sophomore.
“I’m very excited,” Allen said. “I want to run around and play fast. I’m trying to get at least five tackles a game. That’s how I set my goals.”
Allen made his college debut against the Sycamores in last year’s opener, making three tackles and recovering a fumble.
“It’s not gonna be an easy game,” Allen said. “They’re coming here to play. We gotta just go out there and play like they’re Michigan State or something. We can’t just let up on them. We gotta go out there and fight hard.”
Defensive coordinator Brian Knorr likes what he’s seen so far from Allen, who was limited in the spring. Knorr knew coming into the job that Allen was a heavy-hitter, and now the coach is ready to see what he can do at game speed.
“He’s just a very physical, impact player,” Knorr said. “I think he’s shown us that in the few scrimmages we’ve had. He’s flying around making plays and (we’re) just being able to get him to understand the defense. Him and (Mark Murphy) are the two safeties. Safety is an important part of this defense. They came in and, I think, have done a great job this fall.”
ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg has already called Indiana running back Tevin Coleman one of the most underrated players in college football. So it shouldn’t shock anyone that he’s also predicting that Coleman will lead the Big Ten in rushing this fall.
Rittenberg and the rest of the Big Ten bloggers over at ESPN.com unloaded their fearless predictions for the season, and the Hoosiers were featured in a couple of them.
Here’s Rittenberg on Coleman:
Coleman isn’t part of the national discussion like fellow Big Ten backs Melvin Gordon and Ameer Abdullah, but people will know his name come November. The Indiana junior is explosive like Gordon, averaging 7.3 yards per carry last season and tying for the national lead with eight rushes of 40 yards or more, while playing in only nine games. If Coleman can stay healthy, he will put up monster numbers playing behind of the nation’s most underrated lines. He might not win Big Ten offensive player of the year honors, but he’ll be the first IU player to lead the league in rushing since Vaughn Dunbar in 1991.
Also checking in with an IU prediction is Mitch Sherman, who can picture a bowl appearance for the Hoosiers this season:
It’s been too rare an occasion in Bloomington for football season to extend into December. The Hoosiers’ 2007 visit to the Insight Bowl marks the program’s lone postseason appearance in the past two decades. Kevin Wilson’s club possesses plenty of firepower — led by the dynamic trio of Coleman, Nate Sudfeld and Shane Wynn — and just enough defense to forge a .500 record. It’s no simple task to find six wins on this schedule, but Indiana will sweep the Big Ten’s new duo and beat Purdue on Nov. 29 to secure that elusive bowl bid.
1. HOOSIERS HQ
Indiana’s depth chart shows the Hoosiers have just that, depth, Mike writes.
An improved defense would give Indiana a chance to surprise people, Andy Baggot of the Wisconsin State Journal writes.
Cody Zeller stands to play a bigger role for the Charlotte Hornets this season, the Associated Press reports.
Former IU coach Mike Davis has added ex-Nebraska guard Deverell Biggs, among others, to his roster at Texas Southern, continuing a pattern of taking a risk on former power conference talents, Scott Phillips of NBCsports.com writes.
3. THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY
USC cornerback Josh Shaw will likely miss the Trojans’ season opener with two sprained ankles after saving his nephew from drowning, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times writes.
At Temple, a pattern of abuse, neglect and mismanagement surrounded the recently resigned track and field coach, according to the Temple News.
4. ONE FOR THE ROAD
Speaking of depth, here’s Deep Purple with “Perfect Strangers.”