INDIANAPOLIS — As expected, Rob Judson is receiving a promotion.
Indiana coach Tom Crean confirmed Thursday that Judson will take the full-time assistant coaching position vacated in March by Steve McClain. Judson has spent the last season and a half as IU’s director of basketball operations.
“He’s one of the finest coaches I’ve been around,” Crean said at a fan event Thursday at Lucas Oil Stadium. “I had great respect for him long before I got to know him.”
Judson has over 25 years of college basketball coaching experience at the Division I level. Prior to taking the operations job at IU in January 2014, Judson was an assistant at Illinois State from 2007-2013. Judson, 57, was head coach at Northern Illinois from 2001-07 and had prior assistant coaching stints at Illinois, his alma mater, and Bradley.
After McClain left to take the Illinois-Chicago coaching job, McClain spent the spring and summer representing Indiana on the recruiting trail. During his early coaching stint with the Illini from 1996-2001, Judson was considered the top recruiter for Lon Kruger and Bill Self, and helped the program make four NCAA Tournament appearances in five years, winning Big Ten titles in 1998 and 2001.
That led to his first and only college head coaching job at Northern Illinois in 2001, when Judson took over a team that won five games during the year before and guided the Huskies to 12 wins during his first season. Although Judson finished 74-101 during his six seasons at NIU, his 2005-06 team went 17-11 and won the only Mid-American Conference West Division Championship in program history.
“He’s an excellent man and has meant a lot to our program the last few years,” Crean said. (more…)
INDIANAPOLIS — The immediate impact expected from junior college transfer Camion Patrick will have to wait a year.
Indiana coach Kevin Wilson announced during a fan event Thursday that Patrick did not qualify academically and must sit out the upcoming season as an academic redshirt. Patrick, a 6-foot-2 receiver, will remain on scholarship and be able to practice with the team.
Patrick came out of the summer a credit short after trying to cram one class into an accelerated summer session. IU petitioned the NCAA for eligibility based on the time crunch, but was denied on Thursday.
“He was given a chance to do it, but with four weeks and the academic things we needed we wished we could’ve had him for 12,” Wilson said. “That was our argument, our case. Our support people from compliance and academics were awesome and, at the same time, I don’t disagree with the NCAA’s decision as well. We thought it was worth a fight.” (more…)
INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s recent string of off-the-court incidents has pushed the Hoosier locker room toward a tipping point.
Speaking at a fan event Thursday at Lucas Oil Stadium, Tom Crean responded to the latest alcohol-related misstep involving his players by saying the responsibility of their behavior ultimately comes back to him. But the IU coach appeared exasperated with the lack of accountability surrounding the sixth off-the-court transgression involving his program over the last 18 months.
Crean slammed the lack of leadership in Indiana’s locker room six days after sophomore Emmitt Holt, 19, and freshman Thomas Bryant, 18, were cited by Indiana State Excise Police for illegal possession of alcohol.
“Our internal team leadership has been less than poor for the last two years,” he told reporters at the event.
Crean said internal discipline has already begun, adding that any announcement of further punishment would be forthcoming. He did not indicate whether Holt, who was also involved in the alcohol-related accident with former IU teammate Devin Davis last November, was facing dismissal from the program.
There would be precedent for such a move after Crean kicked off Davis and Hanner Mosquera-Perea in May after Indiana University Police responded to a marijuana complaint at a campus dorm occupied by the two forwards. Davis was cited in the incident and Mosquera-Perea was not, but both players were dismissed two days later on May 14.
Indiana’s recent spell of run-ins stretches to Mosquera-Perea’s drunk driving arrest in February 2014. Crean reflected on that incident Thursday, saying he should have booted Mosquera-Perea at that time. (more…)
Big Ten basketball schedules were released Thursday, and Indiana will start its Big Ten season at Wisconsin Dec. 31.
Four of Indiana’s first six games will be on the road, including trips to Ohio State (Jan. 7) and Purdue (Jan. 10). IU’s first Big Ten home game will come against Michigan on Jan. 3.
Unlike last season, when five of the Hoosiers’ final seven game were on the road, IU will get to play five out of its last eight games at home this season. That eight-game stretch includes home-and-home matchups with Iowa and Nebraska.
IU ends its regular season schedule with a home contest against Penn State on Feb. 27.
The full IU women’s basketball schedule can be seen here.
Here’s the full release from IU:
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana University men’s basketball team could face as many as four teams (Kansas, Duke, Vanderbilt and Notre Dame) who have been nationally ranked this preseason during the non-conference portion of their schedule and will have one-play home games against preseason #1 Maryland, Ohio State, Purdue and Northwestern as well as home and home games with Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin. The Hoosiers will have one-play road games at Rutgers, Michigan, Michigan State and Rutgers.
IU will open the 2015-16 season at home against Eastern Illinois (November 13) and will play one game of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational on the mainland when it hosts Austin Peay (November 16). The Hoosiers will host Creighton in the inaugural Gavitt Games (November 19) and then will head to Maui for the Maui Jim Maui Invitational (November 23-25). The Hoosiers will open against Wake Forest (November 23). On the second day, IU will play either St. John’s or Vanderbilt (November 24). The Hoosiers will conclude the event against either Kansas, UCLA, UNLV or host Chaminade (November 25).
IU will return home for a home game against Alcorn State (November 30) and then will travel to defending national champion Duke (December 2) for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Hoosiers will begin a three-game homestand hosting Morehead State (December 5), IPFW (December 9) and McNeese State (December 12). After a week of final exams, the Hoosiers will play Notre Dame in the Crossroads Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. IU will wrap up its non-conference schedule at home against Kennesaw State (December 22).
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