IU’s No. 82 (?)(!)

26 comments by   |   Wednesday, August 6, 2008 - 10:09 pm EDT

Sports Illustrated has ranked all 119 Division I teams.

Indiana comes in at No. 82, behind every other Big Ten team. In fact, Indiana ranks behind all 10 Division I-A teams it will play this season.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2008 - 10:59 PM EDT

That’s pretty ridiculous, but all we can do is win games and prove them wrong.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008 - 11:02 PM EDT

I just noticed that Ball State is 67th. We’re these guys drinking when they made this list?

Wednesday, August 6, 2008 - 11:06 PM EDT

What the #$%@?? Seriously, that’s ridiculous.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008 - 11:58 PM EDT

By my measure we’re in about the right spot. Aren’t we always about 30 spots behind Michigan and Notre Dame? 54th & 52nd, respectively. Talk about parody.

Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 12:43 AM EDT

I’m glad this happened…IU players now have some real motivation to prove the “experts” wrong.

Prediction: IU will finish 5th in the Big Ten.

Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 8:25 AM EDT

Unbeleivable!! I understand that they might put us there but putting Ball State,Central Michigan,and Minnesota ahead of us is truly unbeleivable. I hope we make them look stupid.

Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 8:43 AM EDT

Where is the news on our new thrid assistant coach? Hes supposed to have huge Duke connections along with top 09 recruits that are now interested in IU. He apparaently interviewed with IU this week.

Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 8:52 AM EDT

Whats with all the surprise. This is because we hired a no name coach that gets no national media love and respect. We play ok this year, maybe IU will get some respect, but not right now. Next AD’s #1 job will be to find a new FB coach.

Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 9:27 AM EDT

The real surprise here is that someone actually read Sports Illustrated to come up with this story. Who knew they were still in business? I thought they only existed in doctor’s waiting rooms.

Juan Blanco
Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 9:40 AM EDT

Seriously Kurk! Where are all the swimsuit issues I’ve been missing???

Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 10:06 AM EDT

Hey Mikie – Best recruiting class in about 20 years. First bowl game in about 15 years.

Yeah, I think he has been a total failure. HAHAHAHHA

Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 10:07 AM EDT

It’s hard for me to believe that they think Minnesota will be better than IU, but that will all play out on its own. To Mikie’s point, did we hire a third basketball assistant? I hadn’t heard. H-T guys, please let us know!

Mikie, I don’t think it’s fair to already be wanting the new AD to be looking for a new football coach. Lynch did get us to a bowl game last year and has what for IU is a stellar recruiting class committed to sign this year. Surely that gives him enough credibility for you and others not to be calling for his job already? I mean, come on, it’s not like he took over at Ohio St.

Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 10:46 AM EDT

I couldn’t believe SI put Duke ahead of IU. I hope Lynch uses this for motivation to pump up the team. GO Hoosiers! Let’s prove them wrong this season

Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 11:15 AM EDT

I would think the writers are up on the programs in division one that have been winning and going to bowl games more years than not. IU was probably ranked base on performances the past 10 years or so. If that was the criteria, then we are probably ranked about right. Just like in basketball when the Dukes and UNC’s get ranked with mediocre teams. Recent past history can affect peoples views.

Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 11:32 AM EDT

word is that we havent hired one yet, but a few are interviewing as we speak. big rumor is the duke guy that would pay off for IU bball. Hopoe the HT guys get on it, because paying for the info on peegs is a waste when all the traffic they get brings him a ton of advertising revenue already

Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 11:38 AM EDT

What are you talking about Mikie? Why would getting a new football coach be the AD’s #1 job? Seriously, some of our “fans” are just stupid. Having doubts about Lynch…..fine. But to suggest looking for a new coach right after going to a bowl and bringing in our best recruiting class in years…..ridiculous.

Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 1:24 PM EDT

In regards to the 3rd assistant question…..I believe you are referring to Rashawn McCloud who played at Duke and played under Danny Hurley in high school in Atlanta.

Now here is a bit of inside info to chew on…..Derrick Favors (yes that Derrick Favors ranked as the #1 Center in the 09 class) is very close to McCloud as they are both from ATL and McCloud works with Favors on his AAU team. I have been hearing that Favors is going to make an unofficial visit to IU for the Elite camp in a couple weeks. He and Dominick Cheek (#3SG) both are probably going to be there along with some 2010 kids and our 09 commits.

Dont be surprised to see IU and Favors getting very close and then if IU signs on McCloud that Favors would very seriously consider being a Hoosier. IU has not announced McCloud as the 3rd assistant yet because he would have inherited Senderoff’s sanctions and would not have been able to be in contact with these recruits. With IU holding off, McCloud has been developing relationships with these kids and can bring those relationships with him to IU.

Something to keep an eye on in the next month.

Steve O
Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 4:17 PM EDT

Good stuff Caleb. That is definately something I’ll be keeping my eye on. Anyone with Duke ties would be a good pick up, even though they are probably the team I hate the most in sports. And Favors is an absolute monster, who will probably be an all american as a freshman.

As far as this SI ranking, you gotta take it with a grain of salt. Their rankings are always off the wall. I don’t know who comes up with them, but they should be fired. I like the magazine better than ESPN, but their rankings system usually looks like someone just drew team names out of a hat.

#19 Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 5:04 PM EDT

Like others here, I’m surprised that anybody would have a Minnesota team that was 1-11 last season ranked ahead of IU – and that good MAC teams like Ball State and Central Michigan are also ranked ahead of the Hoosiers.

But Phil Steele’s preseason “Top 120″ power rankings aren’t much different than SI’s. Among teams on IU’s schedule, here’s what Steele has: 14. Penn State, 19. Wisconsin, 38. Iowa, 43. Illinois, 44. Michigan State, 51. Northwestern, 53. Purdue, 59. Central Michigan, 63. Ball State, 74. Indiana, 75. Minnesota, 119. Western Kentucky.

Steele writes that he creates his Power 120 using his computer to combine “eight different sets of power ratings that are based on different factors. One is based on the individual talent level and performance of each position on each team and those are added up for the rating. Another is based on my Power Play numbers which include rushing and passing offenses, defenses and special teams. Another is a continually updated power rating based on the score of games and the strength of opponent. What I decided to do was combine all eight into one rating which gives me a very solid overall ranking for each team.”

After recalling that Minnesota lost last season to Bowling Green and Florida Atlantic, got its only win in triple overtime against Miami of Ohio, and then went 0-8 in the Big Ten, including a blowout loss in Bloomington, it’s a marvel that these “very solid” computerized power ratings put Minnesota just about even with Indiana going into the season. Indiana returns six starters on offense and seven on defense from last year’s team (7-6, 3-5). The Gophers return five starters on offense (including only one on the offensive line) and five on defense.

Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 5:11 PM EDT

I quit reading that rag years ago!
This ranking is horrible. But considering
the pathetic source that it comes from, I’ll ignore it completely.

Lynch should post it everywhere in the locker room.

Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 5:23 PM EDT

Caleb, that was great. If any of the H-T guys need some extra vacation, I say you should fill in for them at the Scoop. You know, pocket a little extra coin.

As much as I’d like to see Calbert get the job, it sounds like McCloud would really help the program. When we get totally out of the woods with the NCAA, can we have a 4th assistant? That could be a spot for Calbert.

Wow, you know it’s an IU message board when you’re posting basketball comments in August in response to a football story.

Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 5:38 PM EDT

some of these comments are way out. if the si article is referring to football why are there comments regarding basketball in here?? let’s stick with one sport. deal with basketball when the season rolls around.

Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 7:21 PM EDT

Duke!!! Can they be the next “basketball school” in line to have a good/great season while IU wallows in mediocrity? We have already seen Kansas, UConn, Wake Forest and Illinois go to respectable bowls and win important conference games in the last 5 years. If Duke ends up with a better record this year than IU, I will never shut my mouth in yelling at this pathetic “basketball only” establishment.

Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 11:01 PM EDT

HuskyTom, Duke won ONE game last year, and you’re more optimistic about them than you are about IU. I don’t get it. If we’re “wallowing in mediocrity”, what is Duke doing?

Friday, August 8, 2008 - 8:01 AM EDT

Jimmy- I am talking about next year and the “what ifs”. I mean to say that IF Duke has a better season than us this year, then we should be ashamed beyond belief at our football program, and all the fans out there who think it’s ok to be a basketball-only school.

Friday, August 8, 2008 - 6:37 PM EDT

Calbert? As in, Cheaney?


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