From IU sports information:
IU Men’s Soccer To Be Honored at White House
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The Indiana University men’s soccer team will be honored for its 2012 NCAA Championship in a ceremony at the White House on Monday, March 10, in Washington, D.C.
Joining the players and coaching staff will be Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie and Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass.
President Barack Obama will welcome 19 NCAA Division I teams that won titles in 2012-13 for an event on the South Lawn.
“It is a huge honor to be able to return to the White House, representing Indiana University and the Athletics Department,” said head coach Todd Yeagley. “This is a prestigious event and we are proud to be part of it.
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Indiana coach Tom Crean said at media availability on Tuesday that he expected IU freshman forward Noah Vonleh to play in Wednesday’s game against Nebraska.
That didn’t happen, so Crean wasn’t going to go that far Friday to say what he thought would happen to Vonleh in Saturday’s 6 p.m. game against Michigan in Crisler Arena.
“We’ll see,” Crean said. “He was in practice some today. We’ll see. I fully thought that he’d be able to go the other day and he just wasn’t. I know he wants to play. We’ll just have to wait and see until tomorrow. I’m not going to go out on a limb like the other day. I thought pretty much that he would. We’ll have to wait and see until tomorrow.”
The Hoosiers beat the Wolverines in the teams’ first meeting this year in Bloomington on Feb. 2 by showing them a defensive look they hadn’t previously seen. They used senior swingman Will Sheehey to guard Michigan center Jordan Morgan and switched ball screens to make it tougher for Michigan to get anything off the dribble drive. They used sophomore point guard Yogi Ferrell to face guard star shooting guard Nik Stauskas and effectively neutralized power forward Glenn Robinson III by defending him with Vonleh.
The Wolverines will be ready for that look the second time around, and Crean said he expects them to adjust.
“I think they’ll keep Stauskas in great movement,” Crean said. “They’re so good with their spacing. We have some ideas of what they might try to do, but nobody we’ve seen has tried to guard them that way, so it’s not like we’ve seen the adjustments they’ve made. I would imagine that they’ll just keep Stauskas in movement a lot. I think they’ll try to post us some. There’s a lot of different things they can do. We just have to adjust.”
Indiana released a list of roster updates on Friday. Among the pertinent points, defensive end Ryan Phillis has graduated and will stay with the program, but as a student assistant coach and not a fifth-year player. Defensive tackle Alex Todd has opted to take a medical hardship waiver after suffering back trouble last year. He maintains his scholarship and will stay at Indiana, but not play and not count against the 85. Wide receiver Anthony Young has left the program to concentrate on track and field.
Nine players will be limited in spring practice because of injuries suffered last season. They are safety Antonio Allen, tight end Anthony Corsaro, offensive linemen Ralston Evans and Dan Feeney, linebacker Steven Funderburk, wide receiver Ricky Jones, offensive lineman David Kaminski, safety Mark Murphy and offensive lineman Bernard Taylor.
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Indiana closer Ryan Halstead is out for the season with an ACL tear, the Hoosiers learned Friday morning. Halstead suffered the injury in Wednesday’s game against Xavier. Doctor’s expect a full recovery.
Halstead is Indiana’s all-time leader in saves. He was taken by the Minnesota Twins late in last year’s Major League Baseball draft but opted to stick around for his senior year. He would be eligible for a medical redshirt if he is not drafted this season.