Former Indiana player Mike Woodson fired by the Knicks

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The New York Knicks announced Monday morning that they have fired head coach Mike Woodson, the former Indiana and Broad Ripple star, after the Knicks missed the playoffs with a 37-45 record. 

It was an anticipated move by new team president Phil Jackson, who also relieved Woodson’s entire staff of its duties.

There was a rumor last month that Woodson would replace Tom Crean as Indiana’s coach, but that rumor was completely and totally debunked as false.

Michigan State at Indiana, Game 3

By   |   Sunday, Apr. 20, 2014 - 12:56 PM   |   No comments

Top 9th: Luke Harrison retired the side 1-2-3, striking out Ryan Krill to end the game. The Hoosiers have won 13 of 14 and improve to 25-11 overall, 11-1 in the Big Ten.

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Michigan State at Indiana, Game 2

By   |   Saturday, Apr. 19, 2014 - 1:16 PM   |   No comments

Bottom 12th: Casey Rodrigue hit a fly ball over the center fielder’s head to bring Will Nolden in from third to give IU a 2-1 win, the Hoosiers’ second walk-off win this weekend. Nolden drew a walk to lead off the inning, moved to second on a bunt and to third on a single by Chad Clark. IU improves to 24-11. More to come.

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Video: Future Hoosiers at Derby Festival Classic

By   |   Saturday, Apr. 19, 2014 - 1:32 AM   |   2 comments

Tracy Smith confirms Casey Smith’s career is over

By   |   Friday, Apr. 18, 2014 - 11:43 PM   |   2 comments

After a memorable father-son ride to last season’s College World Series, Casey Smith’s career is ending prematurely.

Indiana coach Tracy Smith confirmed the news after Friday’s 7-0 victory over Michigan State at Bart Kaufman Field, explaining Casey’s long history with reactive arthritis.

“It’s something he’s been dealing with for years,” Tracy Smith said. “It’s a pretty frustrating situation because infection or something like that will manifest itself in different joints, so it’s something he’s been dealing with since he’s been little.

“He played through a lot of it last year and, in fact, when he redshirted the year before, that was the reason. It’s kind of a fluky sickness, I guess, because it doesn’t just go away. The condition is bad enough now that some of the medication he’s taking could be detrimental to his longterm health and so right now on the advice of the doctors … he could play maybe, but it may not be the best decision longterm. I’d love it — I wish my son, my player could play baseball, but it’s more important to me that he can play with his kids in the front yard when he’s older.”

Casey, a Bloomington North product, appeared in 20 games this season, including 18 starts. He did not see the field after going 1-for-4 at Indiana State on March 26. He batted .182 with two RBIs in 55 at-bats.

During last season’s memorable run to Omaha, Casey emerged as a key piece in Indiana’s powerful lineup. He batted .309 with 14 extra-base hits (five home runs) and 34 RBIs.

“Regardless of what his situation is now, that can never be taken away and it’s a great memory,” Tracy Smith said. “He played on, up to this point, arguably the best team in Indiana baseball history, so I’m very proud.”

ScoopTalk: Indiana gets a big man

By   |   Friday, Apr. 18, 2014 - 11:16 PM   |   3 comments

Hoetzel, Johnson take shot at Derby Festival Classic

By   |   Friday, Apr. 18, 2014 - 10:45 PM   |   No comments

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Indiana recruits Robert Johnson and Max Hoetzel saw their Green team outclassed from the start en route to a 128-104 loss to the White team in the 2014 Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic at Freedom Hall.

What was more important was seeing what the pair of future Hoosiers could do that last year’s couldn’t and what position they might be able to play upon arrival in Bloomington.

The answer to the first was, as expected, shooting.

Hoetzel, a 6-foot-7 forward, lived up to his top seed in the 3-point contest at halftime, scoring 20 points to outpace runner-up Johnson’s 15 points.

“That’s what I do,” Hoetzel said. “Anytime there’s a 3-point contest, I expect to win it.”

He backed that up during the game with an efficient outing on the way to 10 points. Hoetzel was a perfect 3-of-3 from the field, including 2-of-2 on 3-pointers, and 2-of-4 at the free throw line to go with three rebounds.

The best stretch he might have saved for last, pump faking and driving baseline for a pretty reverse layup, followed moments later by a face up 3 from the right wing just before being subbed out for the final time midway through the fourth quarter.

As to the second issue, much of the night Hoetzel saw time at power forward, a position he might be thrust into at IU given the current dearth of big men on the roster — Friday night’s commitment from 7-footer Jeremiah April not withstanding.

“I played the 4 a little bit throughout high school, so I”m very comfortable,” Hoetzel said. “I like trailing the plays, getting some open 3s, all that. I’m pretty comfortable. Probably guarding 4s is a little more difficult, more of an issue.”

On Friday, Johnson primarily played the point guard role for the Green squad, though he did switch to shooting guard to start the second half. That change resulted in his coming off a screen on the first possession and draining a contested 3 to follow up on the 3-point contest showing, flashing a great deal more potential than his line in the box score would indicate.

“I think that’s the reason why everybody in our class committed, because they need shooting,” he said.

The 6-3 guard scored 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting, including 2-of-6 from 3. He also added five rebounds, two assists and two turnovers.

If you think of Johnson as being a 1 1/2 on the Hoosier roster, you may not be far off.

“I feel like Yogi (Ferrell) is strictly a point guard,” Johnson said. “James (Blackmon) is like a 2. I think I can play a little of both, and James can too.

“It’ll be easy playing with those guys. Everybody can handle the ball, everybody can shoot it.”

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