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THE MODERATOR: We’re joined by Coach Kevin Wilson. Coach, an opening statement.
COACH WILSON: Thanks. Great to see you guys. Look like‑‑ are we still awake here? Got the warm‑up bands out of the way. Everybody good to go?
Again, we’re ready to get rolling, cranking up practice a week from today. As just stated, we do have a lot of guys returning as we start year four. We’ve played a lot of freshmen, 16 now, four seasons ago, and those guys have kind of matured into a little bit more of a veteran‑laden squad. Very excited about those guys.
We’ve got a little bit more depth across the board. Offensive line, defensive line, skilled guys, et cetera.
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Indiana’s Tre’tez Kinnaird finished eighth in the 800 meters at the IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships, finishing in one minute, 47.13 seconds. The release from IU follows.
Kinnaird Sixth at World Junior Championships
Kinnaird’s 1:47.13 for 800m is No. 2 on IU all-time list
EUGENE, Ore. – Tre’tez Kinnaird capped off a memorable freshman season with a sixth-place finish in the 800m at the IAAF World Junior Championships Sunday at Hayward Field.
Kinnaird, who came in as just the third USA runner to qualify for the final in the last nine World Championships, crossed the finish line in a personal best of 1:47.13. His time is the second fastest time in IU school history, trailing only Olympian Jim Spivey.
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Curt Miller resigned as Indiana women’s basketball coach Friday morning, ending a two-year run that restored momentum to a struggling program.
According to a department release, Miller stepped down due to personal reasons. He will take until the end of the month to fully transition out of the school.
“I have decided to resign as Head Coach of the Women’s Basketball Program, effective immediately, for personal health and family reasons,” Miller wrote in his resignation letter. “As you know, this was a most difficult decision, but the right one for me and my family at this time.
“Thank you for the opportunity to lead and resurrect the Program. I will always cherish my time as a part of the Hoosier Nation. I wish nothing but continued success to the players, coaches and the program.”
Miller and athletic director Fred Glass met with the team this morning to inform them of the resignation and plans for the future. Associate head coach Curtis Lloyd will serve as interim coach until a new coach is hired. Glass will ask the new head coach to consider retaining the current assistants.
Miller owns a 290-124 record in 13 seasons as a head coach, including a 32-32 mark over his two seasons in Bloomington. He was a finalist for the 2014 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association National Coach of the Year award after leading the Hoosiers to a 21-13 mark and an appearance in the WNIT quarterfinals.
“Curt Miller did an incredible job coaching this team, bringing us farther, faster than anyone could have reasonably expected,” Glass said in a release. “He leaves the program in a very strong position and poised for much greater success. I respect his decision to resign, and I wish him well. The search for a permanent successor has already begun.”
Miller had a health scare in 2012 when he suffered a mild stroke during a game while coaching Bowling Green.
“This has been a wake-up call for me and I have already begun the process of finding a healthier balance,” Miller said at the time. “I am passionate about coaching and I look forward to my return soon. I, along with the rest of our coaches and players, would like to thank the community for its ongoing support of our program.”
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Indiana center fielder Tim O’Conner posted on his Twitter account on Thursday that he is leaving the program.
O’Conner, a Cincinnati native who originally enrolled at IU as a scholarship football player, had graduated, but has one year of eligibility remaining.
“Well it was an unbelievable four years at IU,” he posted. “Couldn’t ask for a better group of people to have spent it with. “I love all y’all.”
He posted again later, “Holding back tears as I leave Bloomington.”
O’Conner hit just .188 this season with 19 RBI, but started 47 of 57 games because of his outstanding defense in center field. In three seasons with the baseball program, O’Conner did not commit an error in 196 chances.
Indiana has lost its first starter since its baseball coaching change, but not for any reason related to the transition.
Rising senior center fielder Tim O’Conner said Thursday that he is leaving Indiana for Xavier because he could not get into his graduate programs of choice at IU and was granted admittance to a masters of business administration program at Xavier. He will play baseball there and will have one year of eligibility remaining, which he can use immediately.
“It’s unbelievably tough,” O’Conner said. “It’s one of the toughest things I’ve ever had to do, honestly. My best friends are there, guys I’ve known for four or five years or even longer. Everything that we’ve gone through the last couple of years, all of the memories, it’s pretty tough.”
O’Conner hit just .188 with 19 RBI this season, but he started 47 of the Hoosier’s 57 games in center field because of his outstanding defense. In three seasons with the Hoosiers, he did not make an error in 196 chances.
O’Conner had arrived in Indiana in 2010 as a scholarship wide receiver on the football program, but he left in 2011 in coach Kevin Wilson’s first year and joined the baseball team that spring. He earned his telecommunications degree this spring and hoped to get a master’s degree in the subject at IU.
O’Conner said he didn’t get into the graduate program, however. He also applied for the MBA program at the Kelley School but was shut out of that as well. The Cincinnati native used Xavier as his backup plan — his older brother Billy is an assistant on the baseball coaching staff. He was admitted in the MBA program there and will start classes in the fall.
“It’s a pretty big deal to get into an MBA program,” O’Conner said. “And that’s the right choice for me now.”
Xavier is coming off a 30-29 season, but the Musketeers won the Big East title and defeated Clemson in the NCAA regional before being eliminated. O’Conner said he sees an opportunity to play right away.
“I’m going to have to work hard for everything and prove myself to a new staff,” O’Conner said. “Obviously I’m going to have to work for everything I get. Hopefully it works out.”
The Hoosiers have several options to replace O’Conner in center, including rising sophomore Craig Dedelow and incoming freshman Laren Eustace.
JEREMY: I continue to give this summer’s weather my stamp of approval, and I’m guessing the football teams about to start practice would like to see it continue. In the meantime, let’s continue to chat.
DUSTIN: That we are. Let’s get to it.
ANDY: 37 days till Indiana football kicks off. Men’s basketball headed to Montreal within a couple of weeks. Big Ten Football Kickoff meetings this coming Monday and Tuesday. The time is nigh. Chat away!
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