Scoop Talk: A big weekend for IU football


Live chat transcript

QUESTION: Good afternoon, and welcome to the IU sports chat. Thanks for joining us. Welcome back guys!

JEREMY PRICE: Thanks, moddy. It’s good to get back in the chat saddle again.

MIKE MILLER: Thanks for hanging with us last week, everybody. A hectic Friday for each of us. But we’re back and ready to chat.

ANDY GRAHAM: We be chattin’.

QUESTION: OSD is here again kind of like a bad penny I keep showing up.
Not really excited about football team but how many points you think the spread will be? I say 24. OSU winning of course.

Now onto basketball. I know the Hoosier Hysteria is like the 24th but when do they start practicing?

Has this Thomas Bryant been a kid who gets into foul trouble. As I see it if he or Troy are out for long stretches of time during a game we will be sunk. Also despite his denials I think if this kid has a good year he is gone to the NBA after one season. What say you?
Finally my prediction is we win 21 games and after the season we lose the 3 seniors plus Troy, Thomas and James. then one more who underclassman who just transfers. So that makes 7. More than half the roster again. I see a scenario where CTC wins enough games to get another year but we are very bad due to the loss of personnel.

You boys have a good time covering the FB game. I will be watching from the palatial estate here in NW Indiana.

OSD is gone

Old Sports Dude, Crown Point


I admire your restraint about IU football, but the fact you mention it is something. I think money has the spread around three touchdowns, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this game is somewhat similar to the one in Columbus last year. Hoosiers hang around but lose by two touchdowns. (more…)


Saturday’s sellout expected to be among largest crowds in IU history #iufb

Saturday’s game against No. 1 Ohio State has sold out, as expected. Now, Indiana is projecting it to be one of the four largest crowds in Memorial Stadium history.

IU announced the sellout Friday afternoon, marking the first time since the 2010 Michigan game that the stadium will be filled to its 52,929 capacity. It will be only the second sellout since IU finished expanding and enclosing the North End Zone in 2009.

“On behalf of our football program and especially our players, I want to thank our student body and Hoosier Nation for their overwhelming response,” IU athletic director Fred Glass said in a statement. “This sellout crowd reflects that people are excited about this team and ready to give our players a terrific environment for them to compete against the defending national champions.”

Here are the top five most attended games in Memorial Stadium history:
— Nov. 12, 1969 vs. Purdue, 56,223
— Nov. 17, 1979 vs. Purdue, 53,202
— Oct. 20, 1973 vs. Ohio State, 53,183
— Oct. 2, 2010 vs. Michigan, 52,929
— Nov. 19, 1977 vs. Purdue, 52,914


Hoosier Morning

Decision-making and defense will determine playing time for Tom Crean’s Hoosiers, Mike writes.

IU volleyball player Courtney Harnish both taught and learned on her trip to Vietnam, the homeland of her mother, Mike writes.

Ohio State’s Jalin Marshall almost single-handedly beat Indiana last year, and he’s rounding into form just in time for the Hoosiers this year, Mike writes.

IU swimming swept Cincinnati in the season opener, we reported.

Does IU have the formula to beat Ohio State, asks Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel.

Ohio State is ready to turn up the intensity for the Big Ten opener against Indiana, Ryan Cooper of The Lantern writes.

A 4-0 start is big stuff for the Indiana football faithful, Todd Jones of The Columbus Dispatch writes.

Five reasons Ohio State should beat Indiana, according to Bill Landis of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

More bunch formation, a potential offensive line weakness and the emergence of Simmie Cobb in offense film study, via Dan at

Fortunately for IU commit Grant Gelon, he’s not on Twitter to see Hoosier fans’ reaction, Kyle Neddenriep of the Indianapolis Star writes.

A short podcast clip discussing the impact of Thomas Bryant and the Final Four potential of Indiana, by Reid Forgraves and Evan Daniels of

Former Hoosier Noah Vonleh talks playing time and opportunity with the Portland Trail Blazers in this video, from The Oregonian.

Yesterday was rookie dress-up day for the Cubs, and here’s Kyle Schwarber in case you missed it, via a Vine by ESPN’s Jesse Rogers.

First practice for basketball, matchup with No. 1 for football and that means some “Big Decisions” by My Morning Jacket live.

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What you need to know about gameday traffic this weekend #iufb

Indiana is once again encouraging fans to arrive at Memorial Stadium early for Saturday’s 3:30 game against No. 1 Ohio State.

A couple quick hits for folks to note:

— Pre-pay parking lots at IU are sold out.
— Two auxiliary lots at the Curry Pike shuttle lot and the IU Golf Course will be available
— Indiana has hired extra gameday staff to handle the expected capacity crowd

Catch the full release below:

Bloomington, Ind. – Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass today announced that pre pay parking lots on the IU Athletics Campus are sold out for this Saturday’s home football game against Ohio State. To accommodate the expected sell out crowd of 52,929, IU Athletics has opened two new auxiliary lots. These new lots are a shuttle lot at Curry Pike and IN SR 46 and another shuttle lot at the IU Golf Course off of IN SR 46. These lots along with several other existing auxiliary lots outside the Athletics Campus are recommended for fans who do not have a pre pay parking pass. Fans are also encouraged to consider alternative routes to get to and from Memorial Stadium, and to arrive and get in their seats early to avoid congestion on roads and in ticket lines. Athletics has hired extra ticket takers, parking attendants, security personnel, event staff, and other personnel in anticipation of the large crowd. (more…)


IU set to open preseason practice focused on defense, decision making #iubb

The starting point is as high as it’s been for Indiana basketball in three years, but the pitfalls that most recently harmed the Hoosiers still loom to a degree.

As IU prepares to open Friday morning’s first official practice of the season, it does so with a focus on plugging the many holes in its defense and concentrating on better decision making on and off the floor. It’s those specific areas, coach Tom Crean says, that will determine who sees meaningful minutes and who does not in a crucial season for the program.

“The ability to play the right way defensively is going to have a lot to do with all of their playing time,” Crean said. “And I’m not big on this guy has to do this and this guy has to do that, and predicting starting lineups and things like that because, really, it’s very irrelevant. It really is. It’s fun to talk about, but in theory it’s a fluid deal. Right now they have to understand those two biggest things: decision making with the ball and how they defend.”

This will be Crean’s most experienced team since his Big Ten championship squad of the 2012-13 season. With essentially all key starters from last season set to return, the Hoosiers have an upper tier base of talent on which to build. Indiana is a near-consensus top-15 team entering the preseason, with the Hoosiers ranked anywhere between No. 4 (Lindys) and No. 17 (Athlon) in the country.

But experience alone will not provide the difference for an Indiana program that finished last season ranked No. 214 nationally in defensive efficiency, according to college basketball statistics website IU has paced the Big Ten in scoring over the last four years, but wants to bring its point differential back to a much more sustainable level. To do so, Crean expects to introduce more pressure concepts over the coming weeks. (more…)


Video: Tom Crean on 1st practice

Technical difficulties prevent us from bringing the full video, but here’s a bit of Tom Crean’s thoughts on the eve of basketball practice.


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