MODERATOR: Mike, welcome back from Montreal.
How’s everyone doing today? Lots of questions so let’s go ahead and get started. Sound good?
JEREMY: I’m ready when you are. Let’s get started.
MIKE: Thanks, Moddy. It’s good to be back. I brought home a new love of poutine, which will be pretty much be the only thing I choose to eat for the rest of my life. That stuff is great. Happy to visit Montreal, but I’m disappointed I didn’t make the time to get over to both Olympic Stadium and the old Montreal Forum, former home to many, many legendary Montreal Canadiens teams. They’ve preserved the structure of the Forum, turning it into a mall/multi-use facility. Bummed I didn’t make it over there, but a great trip overall. Let’s chat.
ANDY: Good morning, everybody. Bonjour, Mike. Happy birthday, Bobby Wilkerson (one of my guys as an undergrad) and Steve McClain. Time to chat (which is the French word for cat, as Mike would note.)
QUESTION: Dustin Might be gone but I am going no where I am sure Mike will do a great job.
1. I understand IU needs another big man but is using your last scholarship when you have no seniors a great idea? I understand the new forward they’re looking at is better than the previous guys they got but still less than ideal. Also It just seems to me with the way Crean handles things when he needs scholarships is going to come into conflict with this student bill of rights athletic department has (I don’t believe Crean literally takes scholarships away but I do think he nudges players out the door a bit after a year or 2 if he doesn’t think they will help the team which is certainly a bit of a gray area with new athletic department policy).
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1. HOOSIERS HQ
Nate Sudfeld’s understudies at quarterback remain a work in progress, Jon wrote.
IU basketball’s roadtrip to Canada gave the Hoosiers ample opportunity to experiment with the lineup, Mike wrote.
2. IT’S INDIANA
A look at the numbers for each individual player during IU basketball’s Canadian tour, from Alex Bozich at Inside the Hall.
The defense for IU football has nowhere to go but up, David Woods of the Indianapolis Star wrote.
3. HOOSIER STATE OF MIND
The tiny town of Dugger could have faded away when consolidation plans were announced, but the town, the school and sports have defied the odds, Gregg Doyel of cbssports.com wrote.
4. ONE FOR THE ROAD
A short-distance request and dedication this morning from a Twitter follower in Bloomington, who needs a musical fix to make it through the weekend and wants to share the sentiment with the working man. So for @acgthegps, here’s The Easybeats with “Friday On My Mind.”
I missed this while completing my travel day from Montreal, but it’s probably news many of you in the Indianapolis area will be glad to learn.
The Crossroads Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse will continue through the 2019 season, the athletic directors at Indiana, Purdue, Notre Dame and Butler announced in a release Thursday afternoon.
The additional dates include the following matchups:
Dec. 16, 2017: IU vs Notre Dame; Purdue vs. Butler
Dec. 15, 2018: IU vs. Butler; Purdue vs. Notre Dame
Dec. 21, 2019: IU vs. Notre Dame; Purdue vs. Butler
Indiana will play Butler this season on Dec. 20, followed by contests against Notre Dame in 2015 and Butler in 2016.
So, I couldn’t manage to keep my fingers out of frame on either of these videos (massive fail), but here are offensive coordinator Kevin Johns and quarterback Nate Sudfeld after practice Thursday. Each talked about how the Hoosier offense is progressing. Sudfeld also took some time to identify with the inexperienced quarterbacks behind him. In his spare time, Sudfeld has played for them footage from his freshman season, showing them anyone can get better with time (and so will my video-taking skills, hopefully).
Hey, everyone. Just a quick reminder that we’ve pushed the chat back to Friday morning at 11 a.m. I’m currently traveling back to Bloomington, so we couldn’t do it today.
You can go ahead and submit your questions at any time by visiting this link: http://ww.heraldtimesonline.com/livediscussion/discuss.php
We’ll get to it all tomorrow.
1. HOOSIERS HQ
Indiana wrapped up five games and six days worth of basketball and life lessons with another win on Wednesday, Mike wrote.
Freshman Robert Johnson saved his best game for last on the Hoosiers’ Canadian tour, Mike wrote.
Indiana cornerbacks hope to take advantage of Brian Knorr’s new pressure defense scheme, Jon wrote.
A total of 13 new faces dotted the IU soccer roster when the first practice of 2014 kicked off Wednesday, I wrote.
IU coaches and legends will be on hand for an event at Lucas Oil Stadium on Aug. 20, we reported.
2. IT’S INDIANA
IU quarterback Nate Sudfeld listed as one of the nation’s top ten underrated QBs, according to athlonsports.com.
Indiana senior defensive back Kenny Mullen is focused on team results regardless of his individual role, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.
The Hoosiers will have some stiff competition to land standout basketball player Caleb Swanigan, Mike DeCourcy of the Sporting News writes.
Indiana soccer has officially named former Hoosier Kevin Robson as an assistant coach, replacing Ernie Yarborough, who is now the head coach at Stetson, per iuhoosiers.com.
3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
A final tribute to Indiana’s Canadian tour, with William Shatner and “O Canada.”