11:10 p.m. UPDATE: Here are some more details from H-T reporter DeAntae Prince regarding today’s news that James Bailey’s IU football career is over.
â€œ(James) has done some good things for us,â€ Bill Lynch said after practice Tuesday. â€œWe wish him well because heâ€™s been a good performer for us.
â€œHeâ€™s going to try to play his fifth year somewhere else. Where that is I donâ€™t know, but weâ€™re going to try to help him.â€Lynch said there wasnâ€™t any particular reason for the departure, but Bailey has had a laundry list of incidents during his stay in Bloomington.
He missed the final two games his freshman season in 2005 because of academics and was suspended for the Iowa game last season.
He was arrested in March 2006 on accusations of conversion, trespassing and intimidation, and again in February for disorderly conduct. He also suffered a fractured pelvis and separated shoulder, and broke his right collarbone, tailbone and three ribs in a car accident that sidelined him in the spring of 2005. He returned to catch 27 passes for 335 yards in the fall.
Despite his problems, Bailey showed promise.
His best season was 2006 when he caught 40 passes for 401 yards, second only to James Hardy. Last year, he had 26 catches for 268 yards.
The receiving pool doesnâ€™t exactly benefit from Baileyâ€™s exit. The Hoosiers lost James Hardy to the NFL and junior Andrew Means â€” the returning leader in receiving yards (559) â€” is playing baseball this spring and isnâ€™t sure about his return in the fall.
With the exception of junior Ray Fisher and senior Brandon Walker-Roby, no receiver participating in spring football has appeared in more than five games or caught more than one pass in a season.
This isnâ€™t exactly the ideal situation to have two inexperienced quarterbacks fighting for a position. However, offensive coordinator Matt Canada is confident in first stringer Ben Chappell.
Indiana coach Bill Lynch announced Tuesday that wide receiver James Bailey will transfer from IU.
We’ll provide more details later tonight.
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