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

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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Hoosier Morning

For Indiana safety Mark Murphy, football is a passion he shares with his father, Mike writes.

Jamie Vollmer is Indiana soccer’s surprise scoring leader as the No. 2 Hoosiers head to Evansville, I wrote.

A trio of IU men’s golfers placed in the top 10 Tuesday, we reported in our roundup.

IU’s Yogi Ferrell comes in as No. 37 in the nation’s top 100 players, though his supporting cast is not so highly thought of, according to Brandon Rutherford of

Tom Crean’s Hoosiers are changing their attitude in search of changing the results this season, the Associated Press writes.

Freshman James Blackmon welcomes the challenge of being defended by Yogi Ferrell in practice, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.

Is Indiana still a basketball state, is the question posed by Tori Ziege of the Indiana Daily Student.

Three coaches, three takes on the transfer epidemic in college basketball, Evan Hoopfer of the Indiana Daily Student writes.

Michael Jordan weighs in on former Hoosier and Charlotte rookie Noah Vonleh as the Hornets prep for tonight’s season opener, Alex Bozich at Inside the Hall posts.

T-shirts in favor of Michigan and in favor of Michigan firing AD Dave Brandon will be rolled out Saturday vs. Indiana, Alejandro Zuniga of the Michigan Daily writes.

For the Murphy’s, Cat Stevens with “Father and Son” live.


Michigan prepares for Indiana and the unknown

Brady Hoke can draw on last season and the ones before to know how a Kevin Wilson offense is capable of performing at Indiana.

This year, the Michigan coach is preparing more for the unknown.

With only one game to scout IU quarterback Zander Diamont, coupled with Indiana’s claims that it has altered some of its offensive philosophies, Hoke isn’t quite sure what his Wolverines should expect from Indiana at 3:30 Saturday afternoon.

“When you are getting ready defensively, how are they going to play the game?” Hoke said. “Not from a schematic standpoint, a lot of those sort of things. Who are their playmakers and what will they feel comfortable with (for) the young quarterback in the football game?”

During his weekly teleconference with reporters on Tuesday, Hoke mentioned last season’s back-and-forth shootout at Michigan Stadium when it took a few late Indiana mistakes for Michigan to wrap up the 63-47 win. In that game, no Hoosier came close to matching Jeremy Gallon’s Big Ten-record 369 receiving yards on 14 catches.

Both teams are constructed differently entering this year’s meeting, but Hoke says he’ll have his eyes on IU receiver Shane Wynn and running back Tevin Coleman. Of course, after a forgettable passing attack in Diamont’s debut two weeks ago against Michigan State, Indiana will have to prove it can get the ball to Wynn with efficiency.

But Michigan isn’t discounting Indiana’s ability to create big plays. He’s just not exactly sure which way the Hoosiers will get them.

“Wynn is a very good playmaker and he has proven that over the years,” Hoke said. “He is a guy that returns kicks, he also reverses. We know him pretty well because he is a Glennville (High School) guy. He is a guy who is very athletic.

“Tevin Coleman, all you have to do is watch him. You watch one game and it doesn’t matter what game. He breaks tackles and has breakaway finishing speed. I don’t know if that would be the right way to put it. I think I would put it, we always stress (stopping big plays). We worked on pursuit, we worked on leverage, we worked on getting off blocks and all those things. When you don’t do those things, that is when bad things happen, tackling being a part of it. There is always an emphasis on not giving up big plays.”


No major changes on latest Indiana depth chart #iufb

There are no major changes to report on the latest Indiana two-deep, which was released by the program on Tuesday afternoon. The only modifications come at quarterback, where Zander Diamont is listed as the starter, with Nate Boudreau and Danny Cameron behind him.

Also of note, defensive lineman Darius Latham is still not highlighted as a starter even though he has started each of the last four games next to Bobby Richardson and Adarius Rayner.

LT: Jason Spriggs, Dimitric Camiel
LG: David Kaminski, Bernard Taylor
C: Collin Rahrig, Jake Reed
RG: Dan Feeney, Jacob Bailey
RT: Ralston Evans, Peyton Eckert
WR: Shane Wynn, Ricky Jones, Dominique Booth
WR: Nick Stoner, Simmie Cobbs
WR: J-Shun Harris, Damon Graham
QB: Zander Diamont, Nate Boudreau, Danny Cameron
RB: Tevin Coleman, D’Angelo Roberts
TE: Michael Cooper or Anthony Corsaro, Jordan Fuchs (more…)



Hoosiers won’t use cameras on helmets of quarterbacks

Posted by in Football on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 at 2:54 PM.

GoPro cameras won’t be coming to Indiana football practice anytime soon.

IU coach Kevin Wilson says he isn’t keen on strapping the portable camera devices to the helmets of his young quarterbacks to see what they see. It’s a recent practice among some football coaches, who are trying to gain a little more understanding of what their quarterbacks are seeing while they make their progressions.

Wilson, however, doesn’t see much value in the idea. Especially with all the sudden, jarring movement on the tape.

“I’ve never been a motion sickness guy, but every time I watch a film (on a GoPro), I almost get motion sick,” Wilson said. “Like, I’m not a car sick or air sick dude, but it bounces so much, I don’t know how you see things because the guy is moving around and all that deal.”

“We haven’t done it. Some guys do it. A lot of great coaches have. We haven’t done that GoPro stuff on the helmet yet. One of the things we do do in practice — even though you might only have one guy throwing — the second and third quarterback stand behind and they play the play because I might be five yards or six yards deep in the quarterback, but I can see things. We can tell right there without a ball, ‘Hey, why did you throw?’ because he actually throws without a ball. ‘Hey, you’re throwing here and the rotation is here. Shouldn’t you be going this way?’ So we try to cheat the system. But I’ve never been a GoPro guy.”

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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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