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After a spate of transfers of their own, it appears as if the Hoosiers could be targeting a cast-off from another transfer-stricken institution.
Tia Elbert, who was one of three freshmen to leave Marquette this past week, visited Indiana this weekend, according to her former high school coach, Charlita Williamson. Elbert, a point guard from Oakdale, Minn., averaged 8.6 points and three assists per game and was named to the Big East’s All-Freshman team in 2014-15.
The release of Elbert, Kenisha Bell and Hannah Grim from their scholarships at Marquette was announced Thursday. All three freshmen were recruited by former Marquette coach Terri Mitchell but never had a chance to play for her; she was replaced by Carolyn Kieger prior to the season.
Things were a little busy around here on Friday afternoon and I spaced on posting this to the blog. Enjoy.
QUESTION: MODERATOR: Good morning, and welcome to today’s IU sports chat. Thanks for being here.
Mike, Andy, Jeremy: How are you doing today? Ready to get started?
JEREMY: Good morning, moddy. It’s Friday, and I’m ready to chat.
MIKE: Doing well this morning, ready to chat. Of course, I have one eye glued to my phone in case the next IU basketball player to leave decides today is the day. One eye on my phone, one eye on the chat. Let’s do this.
ANDY: I’ve spent most of the past week in Oregon with family, cut off from the Hoosier heartland and officially out of the loop, so what do I know? But I will, nonetheless, chat with aplomb.
QUESTION: Hey fellas,
As of writing this, Stan has decided to transfer leaving the Hoosiers over-signed by just 1. Of course, with Indiana still recruiting a big man, this is still a very fluid situation. With this practice, known popularly as Spring Creaning, I thought it would be very ironic if the tables were turned. I’m not saying Crean should stay or go, I can see it both ways, but wouldn’t it be ironic if Fred Glass over-signed the head coaching position? Granted this is purely for comedic purposes and would never happen, but what if Glass found the perfect men’s basketball coach and signed him to some head coach in waiting position. Now he has over-signed his head coach position as you could only have 1 head coach. Come July, when the CTC buyout drops, Glass is then able to tell Crean that he might have a better opportunity elsewhere. The irony.
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I like soup!, Blooomington
Signing three head coaches and having to pick one by August would make for unprecedented intrigue, although still having a roster to work with might be problematic.
Anyway, there is at least one more player to go, and based on recruiting, it seems likely more than one. (more…)
Maybe Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean wants to figure out a way to have his Hoosiers play more physical. Or maybe he just wanted livelier Thanksgiving Day banter with famous football-coaching brothers-in-law Jim and John Harbaugh.
In either case, Crean not only attended the Notre Dame Football coaches clinic, which concludes with Saturday’s practice session, he sat in the front row Friday afternoon for ND offensive line coach Harry Hiestand’s presentation at Purcell Pavilion.
He took notes throughout, and afterward followed up by asking Hiestand a series of questions.
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany isn’t ready to take a stance on Indiana’s controversial “religious freedom” bill.
A statement released on Friday says the conference will discuss the state’s new piece of legislation in the coming weeks.
“The Big Ten Conference and its member institutions believe in promoting an inclusive environment in which athletic competition can operate free from discrimination,” the statement reads. “The conference is aware of the bill that was recently signed into law in the state of Indiana and will further review its impact at the next scheduled meetings of its administrators, presidents and chancellors.”
NCAA President Mark Emmert released a statement Thursday saying his organization will examine how the bill would affect future events in the state, as well as the housing of NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis.
Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis will host the Big Ten football championship through 2021, while Bankers Life Fieldhouse is set to host the league’s men’s and women’s basketball tournament in 2016. The men’s tournament will also return in 2020 and 2022, while the women’s tournament will be held in the city from 2016-2022.
Freshman forward Max Hoetzel became the second player to transfer from Indiana this week, announcing through a program release his desire to seek more playing time and an opportunity closer to his California home.
Hoetzel, a 6-foot-8 forward from Calabassas, Calif., appeared in 31 games for the Hoosiers, averaging 2.4 points over 7.7 minutes per contest.
“We were always impressed with Max’s upside and potential but unfortunately in his view it did not turn into the extended minutes he wanted,” IU coach Tom Crean said in a statement. “He would like to find a clear cut opportunity to play more and we hope he finds that. He is a hard worker who we hope will fulfill his potential and have the chance to play closer to his family.”
Indiana is no longer oversigned for its 2015 class, and can now bring in Missouri forward signees Juwan Morgan and O.G. Anunoby. Sophomore guard Stan Robinson announced his intention to transfer from IU on Wednesday. Crean is still actively recruiting 2015 centers Thon Maker and Thomas Bryant, so another player transfer or departure is not out of the question.
Hoetzel’s potential to earn playing time at IU would have become crowded by both Morgan and Anunoby’s arrival, as well as the potential return of Devin Davis. Crean discovered Hoetzel while visiting Wilbraham & Monson, a prep school in Massachusetts, on a recruiting trip to see longtime IU frontcourt target Goodluck Okonoboh, who later committed to UNLV. Crean appreciated Hoetzel’s shooting ability and saw potential in other areas.
Chris Sparks, Hoetzel’s coach at W&M, said the transfer was a family decision, and to his understanding, it was Hoetzel’s all the way.
“He’s a pretty mature guy and I think it was something where he was probably processing some stuff over the course of the year, just probably trying to make the best decision for him moving forward.”
Sparks said he spoke to Hoetzel on Thursday, when the freshman called to ask how he should approach the subject with Crean.
“He ran things by me and that was it,” Sparks said. “I gave him my feedback. I know that conversation went really well, according to Max.”
Prior to his commitment to Indiana in October 2013, Hoetzel had also heard from Boston College, Kansas and West Virginia. Sparks said there were no potential landing spots on the radar as of today.
“I loved my time here at Indiana and can’t thank Coach Crean enough for this opportunity,” Hoetzel said in a statement. “I want to find a school where I can have a bigger impact on the court. Hopefully, it will be somewhere my family can see me play more often.”
Full release from IU:
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Tickets for the annual matchup between the Indiana men’s soccer team and the Mexican Youth National Team on April 21 at 7:30 p.m. ET are on sale now.
Fans can purchase tickets online at IUHoosiers.com, by phone (1-866-IUSPORTS) or at the Athletics Ticket Office in Assembly Hall (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.). This year Indiana is offering a “print at home” option for tickets in addition to the usual delivery methods.
Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for IU students and youth ages 2-18.
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The first of 15 spring practices came and went without issue Thursday, and for an Indiana program that watched its most recent season tumble off the tracks due to injury, that’s the first of many good signs to come.
IU opened its fifth spring under coach Kevin Wilson aiming to finally put together its first winning season. A few position changes announced Thursday may be part of that formula.
Wilson announced that linebacker-turned-quarterback Chris Covington is moving back to linebacker and standout bandit Nick Mangieri is transitioning to the defensive line, among a couple other moves. Neither switches involving Covington and Mangieri come as total surprises, with Wilson saying Covington’s return to defense was the fulfillment of a wish.
“I think he could be very good at quarterback, and we could use him there, but we could use him on defense,” Wilson said. “It’s what he wanted and, to me, you kind of go with where your heart is. If it’s good for you, it’s good for the team.”
Covington arrived as a freshman linebacker last season before transitioning to quarterback prior to IU’s season opener. He saw only brief action at the position during the final moments of four games, before playing the second half of IU’s loss at Iowa on Oct. 11 when starter Nate Sudfeld suffered a season-ending separated shoulder injury. Covington also injured himself that day, tearing his ACL and missing the rest of the year.
“He’s gonna be limited coming off the knee injury,” Wilson said. “… He expressed his concerns, I agreed and that’s what we did.”
Mangieri started all 12 games at the bandit position, which is essentially a hybrid position between defensive end and outside linebacker, making 37 tackles and recording two sacks as a junior. He was one of the bright spots of IU’s improving defense, but he’ll leave the starting bandit duties to Zack Shaw this season.
“He’s gotten bigger, stronger … but we’re gonna play a little more two-deep, three-deep there and thought he’s gonna help the team more (up front),” Wilson said. “It’s also Zack Shaw played as his backup there and probably played better than Nick. Not putting Nick down, but Zack played equally as well. We think Nile Sykes, a young player, can come in there and help us. So we just thought we had a little more depth and tried to get our best 11 — or really our best 22 defensive guys out there.”
Wilson also announced that Robert McCray is moving from bandit to defensive line and Zeke Walker is going from safety to linebacker. McCray played in the final 10 games of the season last year, making one tackle against Michigan State. Walker redshirted last season, briefly serving as the No. 3 quarterback option on IU’s depth chart.
Wilson also announced that offensive linemen Jacob Bailey and Ralston Evans, quarterback Nate Boudreau, defensive back Kenny Mullen and linebacker Marcus Oliver will each be limited this spring due to injuries. Freshman Coray Keel and UAB transfer Marqui Hawkins will miss the spring session with injuries, but Wilson expects both to be able to workout this summer in time for the season.
Defensive back Will Dawkins, who redshirted his freshman season in the fall, is sitting out this spring due to an NCAA eligibility ban. Wilson said the NCAA never officially certified his academic eligibility, but he hopes to have Dawkins available to work with in the summer.
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