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Long snapper Matt Dooley and punter Erich Toth are sharing their knowledge as the veterans of Indiana’s special teams unit, Mike writes.
IU women’s soccer kicks off its second season of the Amy Berbary era against Indiana State tonight, I wrote.
The full Indiana women’s basketball schedule and the men’s Big Ten schedule were released on Thursday night, Mike wrote.
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Fort Wayne’s Donovan Clark and Isaac Griffith (he of the spring break swim accident and recovery) are both poised to make an impact for IU football, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.
New IU women’s basketball coach Teri Moren has her suitcase back from Costa Rica and her new team back on campus as she gets started, Alex McCarthy of Inside Indiana writes.
New Indiana basketball commit Emmitt Holt is a “hidden gem,” Alex Bozich of Inside the Hall writes.
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From a hidden gem to the “The Malkin Jewel” performed live by The Mars Volta.
Just a reminder that the IU sports live chat will begin at 11 a.m. Friday.
You can send in questions by clicking here.
See you all there.
The Big Ten released Indiana’s upcoming men’s basketball conference schedule on Thursday, with a New Year’s Eve matchup at Nebraska set to open the slate.
The Hoosiers’ Big Ten home opener won’t come until Jan. 10 against Ohio State. After playing Purdue only once last season, Indiana will get the Boilermakers twice this year. The rivalry will be renewed on Jan. 28 in West Lafayette, followed by the Boilers return to Assembly Hall on Feb. 19. Times and television assignments will be announced at a later date.
Indiana will also welcome Maryland and Rutgers to the conference with a home-and-home series. IU hosts Maryland on Jan. 22 and travels to College Park, Md. on Feb. 11. Rutgers comes to Bloomington on Jan. 31, followed by Indiana’s return trip to New Jersey on Feb. 22.
IU will also have home-and-home series with Michigan State, Ohio State and Purdue. Single road games include Nebraska, Illinois, Northwestern and Wisconsin. Single meetings at Assembly Hall include Penn State, Michigan, Minnesota and Iowa. Indiana is scheduled to appear on ESPN’s Super Tuesday twice, including games at Wisconsin (Feb. 3) and at home against Iowa (March 3).
“The trip to Canada really gave us an opportunity to gain invaluable experience,” IU coach Tom Crean said in a statement. “With that and your pre-conference schedule, you want your team to better itself by going against a lot of different styles of play.”
The Hoosiers’ full non-conference schedule has yet to be released, but some of the games have already been unveiled. Indiana will host Southern Methodist in November and bring Pittsburgh to Assembly Hall for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in December. IU will also play two games in Madison Square Garden, including a game against Louisville on Dec. 9 in the Jimmy V Classic and against Georgetown on Dec. 27. The Hoosiers get Butler in this season’s Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis on Dec. 20.
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Indiana wide receiver Caleb Cornett was arrested Wednesday morning on preliminary charges of battery and disorderly conduct, which have since been dismissed.
From Laura Lane’s report, which you can read here, Cornett remains in custody at the Monroe County Jail because he was on probation for a reckless driving conviction.
Indiana released the following statement from Kevin Wilson:
“We are aware of Caleb’s situation and take this matter very seriously. At this time, Caleb is suspended from all team activities. Once we gather all of the facts and information, we will move forward accordingly.”
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Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller are still adjusting to the NBA, but they’re always at home in Indiana, Mike wrote.
The commitment of forward Emmitt Holt gives Indiana some much-needed depth for the upcoming basketball season, Mike wrote.
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Christian Watford confirmed reports that he signed a one-year, non-guaranteed deal with the Boston Celtics, Jordan Littman of Inside the Hall wrote.
Former Hoosier Tommy Thompson impressed in his first MLS start for the San Jose Earthquakes Wednesday night, Geoff Lepper of MLSsoccer.com wrote.
This weekend’s National Soccer Festival in Fort Wayne is just part of the process for Todd Yeagley’s IU soccer team, Kyle Rowland of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette writes.
IU football is picked sixth in the Big Ten East between newcomers Maryland and Rutgers, Kevin McGuire of CollegeFootballTalk writes.
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For the duo of Oladipo and Zeller, “Home” by Phillip Phillips.
Watford played professionally in Israel last season after going undrafted in the 2013 NBA Draft. He was invited to the NBA Summer League this year, where he played for both Detroit and Golden State.
“I’m all in for the NBA, man,” Watford told the Herald-Times last month. “I really think I can play in that league.”
INDIANAPOLIS — He had already signed autographs and posed for pictures. And after he answered the final question lobbed his way from a group of reporters at Wednesday’s Hoosiers On The Road fan event at Lucas Oil Stadium, Cody Zeller turned to walk toward the next portion of his night among the glow of Hoosier love.
But, before he did, he flashed that vintage Cody smile.
“That was more media coverage than I got all year,” he said with a laugh.
What do they say? It’s Indiana.
Zeller and Victor Oladipo were back in the area working out this week, and the two spent a few hours with fans at Wednesday’s event in Indianapolis. I touched on their return in Thursday’s print edition of the Herald-Times, but there were, of course, some snippets left on the cutting room floor. They follow.
Zeller on ending up in a good situation in Charlotte:
“I feel very fortunate. I have a great coaching staff that I learned a lot from this year. It’s a good group of veteran guys. Making it to the playoffs my rookie year is a big deal, a big opportunity for me. I kind of got a taste for it and hopefully there’s more to come. It was a great first year for me.”
Zeller on playing with former Pacer Lance Stephenson next season:
“Everyone around here is upset about it, but I’m excited about it. I think he’ll be able to help our team a lot and be another scoring threat for us.”
Zeller on IU’s upcoming basketball season:
“I think they’ll be good. I think they have a lot of guards, a lot of skill positions with Yogi (Ferrell). I was impressed with Rob Johnson and all those guys, the freshmen coming in. Obviously and Hanner (Mosquera-Perea) and Troy (Williams) looked good. They have some pieces there if they can put it all together.”
Oladipo on the reception of the Indiana fans Wednesday:
“It’s great. Been a year since we’ve even played and they still treat us like we’ve been playing every year since we left. It’s just crazy. Definitely a crazy fan base and they treat us so well when we come back here. It’s hard not to come back.”
Oladipo on adjusting to the NBA:
“I gotta work on a little bit of everything. I haven’t even scratched the surface. I was saying that even when I was here. Being the No. 2 pick is cool, but I feel I have so much more to accomplish. I’m just gonna continue to keep working, keep getting better every day.”
Indiana athletic director Fred Glass was also available to the media Wednesday. He spoke on a variety of department topics, but there was one area where Glass wouldn’t go.
When asked if he would characterize Indiana’s split with Curt Miller as amicable, Glass declined to comment.
“I’m not here to talk about that,” Glass said. “If you want to talk about that at another time, that’d be great.”
Indiana will hold a similar fan event in Bloomington on Friday. Baseball coach Chris Lemonis and volleyball coach Sherry Dunbar-Kruzan are scheduled to speak.