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Sage Steele returns to emcee Hoosier Hysteria

ESPN’s Sage Steele will return to Bloomington to emcee this weekend’s Hoosier Hysteria, Indiana announced Monday.

Steele, a 1995 Indiana University graduate, previously hosted the event in 2012.

She joined ESPN in 2007, serving as a co-host of SportsCenter and hosting NBA Countdown. Steele earned a Bachelor of Science degree in sports communication from IU Bloomington.

Doors to Assembly Hall open at 5 p.m. on Saturday so that fans can watch the women’s team workout from 5 to 5:30 p.m. Teams will be introduced at 6 p.m., with 3-point and dunk contests to follow. The men’s team will also compete in a brief scrimmage.

Admission is free, but fans are encouraged to bring a canned food item for donation to Hoosier Hills Food Bank. Parking is free and fans are allowed to tailgate.

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Hoosier Morning

1. HOOSIERS HQ
IU soccer couldn’t keep pace with Big Ten newcomer Maryland, losing 2-1 on Sunday, I wrote.

That the bye couldn’t come at a better time is one of the key takeaways from Indiana’s loss to Michigan State, Mike wrote.

Indiana field hockey and women’s soccer lost on Sunday, we reported.

2. IT’S INDIANA
Indiana football remains stuck in program quicksand, Brian Bennett of ESPN.com writes.

In the wake of Saturday’s struggle, the question is where does IU football go from here, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.

Freshman cornerback Donavan Clark gambled and lost, but he and the Hoosiers will just place another bet, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.

The state’s leading high school rusher picked up a scholarship offer from Indiana over the weekend, Ben Breiner of the Muncie Star Press writes.

Maryland soccer coach Sasha Cirovski picked up his first win as a player or coach against Indiana on Sunday in Bloomington, Joshua Needelman of the Diamondback writes.

The offseason roster turnover just might be what IU basketball needed, Alex Bozich of Inside the Hall writes.

Former IU assistant coach Kenny Johnson has lost 106 pounds since arriving at Louisville, Rick Bozich of WDRB.com writes.

3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
Quicksand? Quicksand. Here, performing “Fazer” from the 1993 album, Slip.

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Maryland at IU soccer

FINAL
Indiana with a strong charge late, including a couple chances in the box to equalize, but couldn’t find the touch. Then in the final few minutes, IU couldn’t find the ball, as Maryland expertly killed the clock. Second loss overall and in the Big Ten for the Hoosiers in what is now a very muddled conference race following Penn State’s loss to Michigan State last night. TERPS 2, HOOSIERS 1

SECOND HALF
73′: Indiana finally finds the connection necessary in the final third to make this a game. Tanner Thompson swung the ball wide for Jack Griffith, whose one-time, right-footed cross found the head of Femi Hollinger-Janzen. Femi placed it perfectly in the top left corner to cut the deficit in half. TERPS 2, HOOSIERS 1

51′: Indiana defends Maryland’s seventh corner well enough, but after the clearance, Terps regained possession near midfield. The service down the middle saw Colin Webb come out, but the ball found the head of Alex Crognale first, slipping past Webb into the net. TERPS 2, HOOSIERS 0

HALFTIME
A frustrating first 45 minutes for Indiana, which found the quickness of Maryland to be problematic. The Hoosiers had a few stretches of sustained offense and some dangerous moments, but spent a lot of time defending, including five corner kick attempts by the Terps. The shot total is 6-5 in IU’s favor with each team recording just one save. Suffice to say, Maryland has looked like a preseason No. 2 team more than Indiana has looked like a current No. 5 team. TERPS 1, HOOSIERS 0

FIRST HALF
20′: Maryland had Indiana on its heels for the longest time, then the Hoosiers answered with some pressure of its own. But it’s a turnover at midfield that breaks the IU defense. Alex Shinsky breaks free down the left side, beats Creviston one-on-one for a left-footed shot that finds the net at the back post. TERPS 1, HOOSIERS 0

PREGAME
A game everyone has been looking forward to since Maryland’s move to the Big Ten was announced happens today at Armstrong Stadium as No. 5 Indiana (8-1-3, 2-1-1) hosts unranked Maryland (6-5-2, 2-2-1). The Terps were the preseason No. 2 team in the country, but the season hasn’t gone according to plan. They are riding a three-game win streak, but have yet to win away from home this season. As for common opponents, Maryland lost to Louisville 1-0, lost to Georgetown 1-0 and beat Penn State 4-0. Indiana beat Louisville 3-0, tied Georgetown 1-1 and lost to Penn State 1-0. Updates to come here and more often via Twitter.

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Notes and quotes from Indiana’s 56-17 loss to No. 8 Michigan State

Tevin Coleman built another big day on the big play.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Coleman recorded his ninth consecutive 100-yard game, finishing with 132 yards on 15 carries. He became the first rusher to eclipse 100 yards against Michigan State this season.

The Indiana junior essentially got there on two runs of 65 and 30 yards against a Spartans defense that entered play yielding only 82.5 rushing yards per game.

“They started loading the box, putting a lot of guys in the box,” Coleman said. “They’re a very good defense and they stopped the run.”

Indiana finished with 213 rushing yards, making the program’s eighth straight game with at least 200 yards on the ground. (more…)

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Kevin Wilson postgame video

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Scoop Talk: Forget this game happened

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Jason Spriggs released from hospital

An Indiana spokesman reported late Saturday night that left tackle Jason Spriggs has been discharged from the hospital with a “clean bill of health.”

Spriggs went down late in Saturday’s homecoming loss to Michigan State on a head-on hit that knocked the junior face down on the turf with five minutes left in the fourth quarter. Spriggs lay prone and appeared motionless on the field before being moved to a stretcher and taken out of the stadium.

While Spriggs’ status was uncertain when IU coach Kevin Wilson addressed the media after the game, Wilson said the left tackle was moving on the field.

“He was conscious, breathing, but just had some upper neck pain,” Wilson said. “Took a step and fell down, but he did have movement in his forward extremities so that’s a positive. At the same time, we’d like to do X-rays. That’s all we know right now. Keep praying for him.”

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