QUESTION: MODERATOR: Good morning, and welcome to today’s IU sports chat with Mike, Andy and Jeremy. Big, busy first weekend of fall is upon us. Hope everyone is doing well and enjoying this great weather, at least down here in Bloomington.
How are you today? Are we ready to get started?
JEREMY: Great weather for football, soccer, even volleyball I suppose, all of which will take place in Bloomington this weekend. But first, let’s chat.
MIKE: Ready to chat. I’m already trying to figure out ways to make sure I wake up early on Saturday morning to watch the Everton-Liverpool derby match before heading over to Memorial Stadium. Need to be able to see my boys in blue take down Andy’s beloved Reds. That’s what is going to happen, right?
ANDY: Sorry, late start for me today. Computer issue. Seems to be cleared up now. Onward.
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1. HOOSIERS HQ
Maryland is less concerned about making history with its Big Ten debut than it is winning at Indiana, Mike writes.
2. IT’S INDIANA
Tevin Coleman and the Indiana offense of Mike, er, Kevin Wilson presents a formidable challenge to the Maryland defense, writes Roman Stubbs of the Washington Post.
Former Hoosier Andre Powell has coached Maryland to the second-ranked special teams unit in the nation heading to Bloomington, Daniel Popper of The Diamondback writes.
Tom Crean’s offense struggled last season, but a fresh batch of shooters makes for a different tact in 2014-15, Alden Woods of the Indiana Daily Student explains.
Part 3 of the Bobby “Slick” Leonard Q-and-A talks about Pacers past and present, from Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel.
Guard Shake Milton, AAU teammate of IU commit Juwan Morgan, visits Indiana this weekend, Zach Osterman of the Indianapolis Star writes.
3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
Since we’re just throwing out random Wilson names, here’s Barenaked Ladies with “Brian Wilson.”
We’ll be here at 11 a.m.
This is admittedly a small sample size with no bearing on Saturday’s game, but a look at how Indiana has fared the week after beating a ranked opponent over the last few decades is not pretty.
The last time Indiana followed a top 25 victory with a win the next week was 1987. The Hoosiers won two ranked games that season, first beating No. 9 Ohio State on Oct. 10 and following with a win over Minnesota the next week. The second top 25 victory of the ’87 campaign is where this ugly streak begins.
The wins and losses follow:
1987: Indiana beat No. 20 Michigan, 14-10, on Oct. 24. Lost at Iowa, 29-21, on Oct. 31.
1993: Indiana beat No. 22 Michigan State, 10-0, on Oct. 30. Lost at No. 19 Penn State, 38-31, on Nov. 6.
2000: Indiana beat No. 22 Minnesota, 51-43, on Oct. 21. Lost vs. Penn State, 27-24, on Oct. 28.
2001: Indiana beat No. 22 Michigan State, 37-28, on Nov. 10. Lost at Penn State, 28-14, Nov. 17.
2002: Indiana beat No. 23 Wisconsin, 32-29, on Oct. 12. Lost vs. No. 15 Iowa, 24-8, Oct. 19.
2004: Indiana beat No. 24 Oregon, 30-24, on Sept. 11. Lost at Kentucky, 51-32, on Sept. 18.
2004: Indiana beat No. 24 Minnesota, 30-21, on Oct. 30. Lost at Illinois, 26-22, on Nov. 6.
2006: Indiana beat No. 15 Iowa, 31-28, on Oct. 14. Lost at Ohio State, 44-3, on Oct. 21.
Indiana safety Mark Murphy is a semifinalist for the 2014 William Campbell Trophy, the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame announced on Thursday. The award recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation.
Murphy, an informatics major with a 3.85 grade point average, is also a candidate for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team and the Senior CLASS Award. He became the ninth Hoosier all-time to earn Academic All-American honors last season.
Murphy, of Akron, Ohio, received IU’s 2013 Jack D. Tichenor Award, presented annually to the male Indiana student-athlete across all sports with the highest GPA, and football’s 2013 Scholastic Achievement Award.
1. HOOSIERS HQ
Tevin Coleman gets the headlines, but Indiana has proven to have a deep stable of running backs, Mike writes.
The No. 17 IU soccer team allowed a season-high two goals but scored a season-high four goals for its fifth victory of the season, I wrote.
2. IT’S INDIANA
Stopping Tevin Coleman and the IU rushing attack has Maryland on edge, Aaron Kasinitz of The Diamondback writes.
Winning on the road will be key to Maryland’s debut season in the Big Ten, starting in Bloomington, Don Markus of the Baltimore Sun writes.
Bobby “Slick” Leonard is remembered for his game-winning free throws in 1953, but he hasn’t forgotten the sting of 1954 in the second part of a Q-and-A, from Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel.
Indiana baseball officially announced the 2015 schedule on Wednesday, at IUHoosiers.com.
More blitzing, and more effective blitzing, was one of the takeaways in this week’s defensive film study, from Dan at PuntJohnPunt.com.
Tom Crean was scouting a 7-foot junior college center in the 2015 class Wednesday, btpowerhouse.com reports.
3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
Almost as good as the IU defense, Sweet with “Ballroom Blitz.”