Scoop Talk: We’re ready for football (finally)

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IU basketball releases full non-conference schedule

By   |   Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 - 5:06 PM   |   9 comments

We were able to piece together much of Indiana’s upcoming non-conference slate over the last few weeks. On Friday, IU finished the puzzle.

Indiana will open its season on Friday, Nov. 14 against Mississippi Valley State. That game follows an exhibition against Indianapolis on Nov. 10.

Including Big Ten play, IU will play 16 games against teams that finished in the top 75 of the RPI last year, 11 games against teams ranked in a preseason poll and 10 games against teams that played in the NCAA Tournament. A full list of times and television assignments will be released at a later date.

Indiana will host its own in-season exempt tournament for the second time in four years with the Hoosiers Showcase. It will involve four games and include a return to Bloomington for former IU coach Mike Davis, now the coach at Texas Southern.
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IU receives brief ( and very small) cameo in new college football playoff commercial

By   |   Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 - 12:59 PM   |   2 comments

I’ve been looking for this since seeing Chronic Hoosier’s tweet last night. Finally, I’ve found it.

Admittedly, this is about as small of a cameo as one could possibly have in these commercials, but it’s inclusion nonetheless.

If you haven’t seen these yet, ESPN is running commercials with fans, coaches, school luminaries declaring that this year, yes *this* year, their football team has a chance to win it all. Or make it to the playoffs. Or something like that.

Here’s the video with IU. You’ll probably have to pause it around the :19 mark to find the tiny box in the middle of the screen featuring a pair of IU fans.

Live chat transcript: IU football, soccer openers

By   |   Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 - 12:45 PM   |   3 comments

QUESTION: MODERATOR: Good morning, and welcome to today’s IU sports chat. Thanks for joining us and be sure to follow IU sports on the Hoosier Scoop app and blog.
How is everyone doing today? Busy weekend with men’s soccer and football kicking off their seasons this weekend.

JEREMY: And I’m ready to kick off this chat. So let’s get right to business.
MIKE: Morning, everybody. Ready to chat.
ANDY: Whether oblong or oval, time to kick the ball off. And to chat.

QUESTION: OSD in the house again albeit for a short while. Mike in reference to why I called “The Region” the region last week here is the explanation. In the Northwest Corner of Indiana roughly from Michigan City west to the state line including such fine cities as Chesterton, LaPorte, Valparaiso, Portage, Lake Station, Gary, Hammond, East Chicago and my domicile of Crown Point they call this “The Region.” They have called it that for well over 40 years I know of since OSD was in college at least and that was many moons ago. The people from this area call themselves “Region Rats.” I know not an attractive name but not an attractive place except for Crown Point and a few of the cities east of me mentioned. So that is explanation.
I do not have lots of questions this week. Number one I guess is when is “Hoosier Hysteria” this year?
Second how will Emmitt Holt fit in to team and will he play more than 20 minutes per game?
That is all for this week. The Dude was in a wreck last Friday and had air bag deployment. So still suffering from those injuries. But never fear minions I am still alive and kicking.
Mike, Jeremy and my old pal Andy (he could explain the region business to you too) have a great Labor Day. As for me I will be resting at my palatial estate for 3 days.
The Dude is gone……………………………………………….
Old Sports Dude, Crown Point

Hoosier Hysteria hasn’t been officially announced yet, but the scuttlebutt says Oct. 3, which I believe is the first actual day of practice. That would make sense with a home football game against North Texas the next day, and IU football on the road the following weekend. We’ll wait to see if that’s actually the case.
Good question on Holt, although it will be a while before we get to see him for ourselves, as in Hoosier Hysteria. I don’t know if he plays more than 20 minutes, but if he’s in the 15-20 minute range along with Devin Davis, and Hanner Perea can go closer to 25 minutes, that would probably cover the interior minutes.
Glad to hear you’re OK. Take the weekend and rest up by watching football players give/take hits that could cause air bag deployment.
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Hoosier Morning

By   |   Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 - 9:49 AM   |   5 comments

Indiana State is focused on this year, not last year’s blowout loss to Indiana, Mike writes.

There’s a different feeling surrounding IU volleyball, which starts the 2014 season tonight at Connecticut, Mike writes.

Exhibition games brought encouraging signs for the IU soccer team’s defense, but the real test starts tonight against Georgetown, I wrote.

IU senior defensive lineman Bobby Richardson hopes to be the poster boy for the new-look defense, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.

A brief, and unique, video preview of Indiana’s football opener, from the Indiana Daily Student.

Tre Roberson is still battling for the starting quarterback job at Illinois State, which doesn’t open the season until Sept. 6, Randy Reinhardt of the Bloomington Pantagraph writes.

An improved defense is key to IU soccer regaining top form this season, according to the Big Ten Preview by

IU women’s soccer coach Amy Berbary has a homecoming of sorts at Auburn this weekend, but the Hoosiers just need to learn how to win on the road, Sam Beishuizen of the Indiana Daily Student writes.

Nebraska assistant basketball coach Chris Harriman is facing a nightmare scenario as his 7-year-old son battles leukemia again, Gary Parrish of writes.

New Big Ten member Rutgers looked like anything but a pushover in an upset win over Washington State Thursday night, Keith Sargeant of the Newark Star-Ledger writes.

Minnesota cruised past FCS No. 11 Eastern Illinois in the season opener Thursday, Marcus R. Fuller of the St. Paul Pioneer Press writes.

Who better to play on this Friday than a group called American Football? Here’s their song, “Never Meant.”

Hoosier volleyball hoping new outlook, experience leads to successful season

By   |   Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 - 4:31 PM   |   No comments

Jazzmine McDonald’s tweet was short and succinct, but it said everything Indiana volleyball coach Sherry Dunbar-Kruzan wanted to see.

“Bloomington — Connecticut #BusinessTrip,” McDonald wrote on Twitter prior to the Hoosiers’ departure for their season-opening run at the UConn Classic this weekend. The trip to Storrs, Conn. is not for mere fun and pleasure. IU is there to work.

The fact that IU players like McDonald recognize it as such is among the many reasons Dunbar-Kruzan is excited for the upcoming season, which begins Friday against Central Connecticut State at 5 p.m.
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IU soccer not looking at Hoyas as a rematch

By   |   Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 - 11:26 AM   |   No comments

The primary storyline surrounding Friday’s season opener for the Indiana men’s soccer team is that the 8 o’clock contest is a rematch of the 2012 national championship game against Georgetown, won by the Hoosiers, 1-0.

And while there’s little doubt that neither program has forgotten that game, the similarities between the teams that took the pitch in Hoover, Ala., in December of 2012 and those that will take Jerry Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium Friday are few.

“No, there isn’t really (much carryover) on either side,” IU coach Todd Yeagley said. “They’ve got a couple of guys that played and so do we, but as we say, whether the roles were reversed and we dropped (the title contest), that game’s done. It’s a nice story line, but the reality is this is a whole different team, primarily for both groups, and both are trying to get their first win of the season.

“What happened in ’12, that’s always ours. Our guys are just focused on Friday, not the story line of what happened in ’12.”

Indiana has seven players who saw time in the College Cup final two years ago, but just three starters — Kerel Bradford, Patrick Doody and Dylan Lax. Georgetown, ranked No. 9 to start the season, has eight players who participated in the title game and five starters.

That includes senior goalkeeper Tomas Gomez, voted the Big East Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year for 2014, and preseason Hermann Trophy Watch List member Brandon Allen. Allen, a junior forward was also voted Big East Preseason Offensive Player of the Year.

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