IU soccer vs. St. John’s

Indiana had its chances early in the half but never could find that second goal to put this game well and truly away. Hoosiers finish with a 13-6 edge in shots and 7-2 advantage in corner kicks. Bloomington native and freshman Jeremiah Gutjahr made his debut in the final eight-plus minutes as IU was able to kill the clock. HOOSIERS 1, RED STORM 0

St. John’s didn’t get its first shot on goal until the 29th minute, a blast from 23 yards out well-handled by IU goalkeeper Colin Webb. Red Storm’s best shot was a near-post touch by Filippo Ricupati that went just wide into the side netting. Stats favor Indiana in shots, 6-2, and corner kicks, 6-1. HOOSIERS 1, RED STORM 0

12:21: Indiana’s domination finally pays off on the goal by Phil Fives, who after a passing combination from Grant Lillard to Ben Maurey to Fives, who hits a left-footed strike that beat the goalkeeper to the far post. HOOSIERS 1, RED STORM 0

22:13: Nothing on the board yet, although Indiana missed a golden chance when the referee awarded a penalty kick as Andrew Gutman charged in on the left side of the box and took a tumble. Femi Hollinger-Janzen took the PK firmly and aggressively but his shot was wide left and out of bounds in the 11th minute. Hoosiers dominating the ball, leading 2-0 in shots and 5-0 in corner kicks. HOOSIERS 0, RED STORM 0

The 2015 season begins in earnest tonight as No. 14 Indiana takes on St. John’s in the IU Classic at Armstrong Stadium. The Hoosiers are deep, talented and motivated to do better after bowing out in the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season. The Red Storm are coming off a down season, but are a historically proud program under Dr. Dave Masur. Their roster boasts 17 foreign players, and coach Todd Yeagley said he expects St. John’s will make things difficult for the IU offense, forcing the Hoosiers to attack off the edge, whether in the run of play or off set pieces. Updates to come here and more frequently via Twitter.


Live chat transcript

QUESTION: MODERATOR: Good morning, and welcome to today’s IU sports chat. Thank you for joining us.
Mike, Andy, Jeremy: Are you guys ready to get started?

JEREMY PRICE: Good morning moddy, everybody. I am indeed ready to get started.

MIKE MILLER: Morning, everybody. Let’s chat.

ANDY GRAHAM: Eight days away from IU football kickoff. And Eight Days a Week, ain’t got nothing but love babe … oops, showed my age there for a second, but have now recalibrated into chat mode.

QUESTION: 1. For many years, IU has held pre-season rallies in Chicago, Indianapolis, Louisville area and Bloomington. None was held in Bloomington this year. Why not.
2. Every year Fred Glass adds more red paint to Memorial Stadium. Where will we find it this year?
Randall Bychkov, B-town

1. The Bloomington event is still forthcoming. It’s scheduled for Friday, Sept. 4, at Hoosier Village outside Memorial Stadium. I guess it’s just the whole calendar is off with Labor Day coming later this year, but both the Indy event last night and the Bloomington event are later than usual this year. (more…)


Crean confirms Judson promotion, staff addition

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…)


Patrick ruled ineligible, Mister will transfer

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…)


Video: Tom Crean IU basketball update


Crean decries IU’s lack of accountability, leadership

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…)


Video: Kevin Wilson’s IU football update

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