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IU soccer picked 2nd in Big Ten

The Big Ten men’s soccer preseason coaches’ poll and players to watch list were released on Wednesday, and No. 14 Indiana was picked to finish second in the conference behind No. 13 Maryland. No. 23 Penn State was picked third and No. 9 Michigan State fourth.

The players to watch list included a trio of Hoosiers — Femi Hollinger-Janzen, Grant Lillard and Tanner Thompson.

Here’s the official release:

ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Big Ten Conference announced its 2015 men’s soccer preseason coaches poll and players to watch list on Wednesday, with Maryland claiming the top spot among the nine conference teams.

The Terrapins concluded the 2014 campaign with a 13-6-3 record (5-2-1 conference record), and claimed the Big Ten Championship and Tournament titles in their inaugural Big Ten season, while also advancing to the second round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Tournament. Maryland has advanced to the NCAA Tournament 32 times, including 20 of the past 21 seasons.

Indiana checked in at No. 2 in the preseason poll, followed by Penn State at No. 3, Michigan State at No. 4 and Ohio State at No. 5.

The 2015 players to watch list features Penn State’s Connor Maloney, last season’s Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, and Indiana’s Grant Lillard, the 2014 Big Ten Freshman of the Year. The list also includes seven 2014 first-team All-Big Ten honorees, three second-team selections and three All-Freshman Team honorees. Indiana’s Tanner Thompson also earned NSCAA/NCAA Division I Men’s first-team All-America plaudits last season.

Nine honorees from the players to watch list were named Academic All-Big Ten last season, while Northwestern’s Joey Calistri also earned Distinguished Scholar recognition and Maryland’s Chris Odoi-Atsem was recognized as a Sportsmanship Award honoree.

Eight conference teams kick off the 2015 men’s soccer season on Friday, Aug. 28, while Northwestern is set to open its 2015 campaign on Saturday, Aug. 29.

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Antonio Allen transfers to Indiana State

After dismissing Antonio Allen from his football program two months ago, Indiana coach Kevin Wilson sent the safety on his way with a succinct message.

Don’t give in and don’t give up.

Now, as Allen waits to face serious drug charges in Monroe County Court, the Indianapolis product has found a new home in Terre Haute. Indiana State announced Wednesday morning that Allen will transfer to its program and redshirt the upcoming season.

Allen was dismissed from IU’s football team on June 17 — one day after he was arrested by Indiana State Police on multiple drug charges. Allen is charged with dealing cocaine and dealing heroin of 10 or more grams — both Level 2 felonies, which carry a penalty of 10 to 30 years in prison if convicted. He’s also charged with dealing methamphetamine.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Allen can be seen on video counting money, weighing heroin and methamphetamine and handing the drugs to an Indiana State Police informant. According to court records, a jury trial in Monroe County Court is scheduled to begin Dec. 16.

Allen led IU with 74 tackles last season and finished as an Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection. He was set to enter his junior season this fall as the face of Indiana’s defense.

Indiana State coach Mike Sanford told The Herald-Times that it was “a process” getting Allen into his program. He said it began through conversations with Allen’s Ben Davis coach, Mike Kirschner, and continued through talks with ISU administrators and members of the team’s leadership committee.

Kirschner said Allen started classes at the university on Wednesday and, as long as his physical and insurance clears, he will practice with the Sycamores on Thursday.

“We proceeded cautiously,” Sanford said. “I did a lot of research — we as a staff did a lot of research, talked to a lot of coaches from his past, both at IU and Ben Davis, talked to a bunch of players that know him who either played against him or knew him, or came out of school the same year as him that are in our program. Without going into detail, it allowed me to feel comfortable taking the next step.”

Sanford acknowledged the possibility that his ISU program could take a hit in the realm of public opinion, but indicated the ability to help Allen return to school and football outweighs the negativity.

The Sycamores coach said “it remains to be seen” whether Allen ever plays a single game for the program.

“To me, the motivation on this is about helping him, mentoring him and providing an opportunity for him to get his life back together,” Sanford said.

Speaking with reporters in Bloomington on Wednesday, Wilson said he spoke with Sanford “several weeks ago.” The two coaches discussed Allen’s arrest, his record as a student and as a player.

Wilson said he did not speak with Sanford after that initial conversation.

“When that deal happened I said (to Allen), ‘You went through a lot to get here — this is not a good deal — but you shouldn’t give in and give up,'” Wilson said. “‘If you would have given in, given up, you wouldn’t have been here in the first place. Moving forward, I just challenged him to not give in and give up.”

Allen arrived at IU as part of a heralded 2013 recruiting class that aimed to bring some of the best in-state talent to Bloomington. Allen originally committed to Ole Miss, but decommitted during the summer of 2012.

According to the Rivals recruiting database, Wilson has recruited only six four-star prospects in five years at Indiana. Allen was one of them.

“‘This is unfortunate, this is not good, but you’ve done some things that I respect, prior to this,'” Wilson said he told Allen at the time of his dismissal. “We’ll see where he goes with that in his life. We don’t wish him ill will. That doesn’t mean we like what happened, though.”

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IU soccer exhibition moved to Memorial Stadium

The full release from IU:

The Indiana men’s soccer team announced that its exhibition game against Western Michigan on Thursday, Aug. 20, will be played inside Memorial Stadium, the home of the Indiana football team.

The game will still begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be free admission for all fans.

The game has been moved to the turf inside Memorial Stadium to preserve the playing surface at Bill Armstrong Stadium, the regular home site for the men’s and women’s soccer teams.

All fans planning to attend should plan to park in the Orange Lot via the Gate 4 entrance off 17th Street and enter the stadium ONLY through gates E1, E5 and E8 on the east side of the stadium. Parking will be free and fans will be asked to sit on the east side of the stadium as well.

Fans will NOT be permitted on the field or in Knot Hole Park.

Indiana will play its third and final exhibition game on Saturday, Aug. 22 in Fort Wayne against Marquette at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Shindigz Soccer Festival. The Hoosiers will open regular season play at home on Aug. 28 against St. John’s in the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic, with kickoff scheduled for 8:00 p.m.

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Evaluating skill positions with Kevin Johns #iufb

Nearly two full weeks into fall camp, Indiana offensive coordinator Kevin Johns finds his group at a similar spot as in previous years.

He’s pleased with the overall appearance of his offense, but there remains more to tackle leading into IU’s season opener against Southern Illinois on Sept. 5. Right now, most of the focus remains simply lining up, playing fast and executing base concepts.

“So far, so good, but there are still miles to go,” Johns said.

With camp nearing the midway point, Johns spent time this week evaluating where each of his offensive skill positions stand.

Receivers

Ricky Jones and Mitchell Paige remain the most consistent players in this group, though some of the underclassmen are making their marks.

Leon Thornton, Nick Westbrook and Simmie Cobbs have each made impressive catches during portions of practice that are open to reporters. Last week, cornerback Rashard Fant said Jones and Westbrook have been two of the most impressive receivers in camp.

Coaches also seem to be happy with Dominique Booth’s progression.

Johns said the group of freshmen look good, but acknowledged he won’t know what he truly has until they get into games.

“I like my young guys a lot, but I also don’t think it’s shaking out yet,” Johns said. “There is still a big clump of guys in there where not everyone has necessarily separated themselves. But everyone is making it tough to separate yourself because guys are playing really well. I like the competition.” (more…)

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Glass believes Adidas extension fits Indiana

In Adidas, Indiana athletic director Fred Glass sees an apparel company that fits his department.

He means literally and figuratively.

Now Adidas is set to make its latest agreement with IU one of the nation’s most lucractive. Indiana officially announced Tuesday the terms of its extension on an apparel contract with Adidas, which will pay IU $53.6 million to outfit its teams over eight years. The agreement, which goes into effect in 2016, is the fifth largest known such deal in college athletics.

IU has most recently partnered with the Germany-based company since 2004 and previously signed an eight-year extension in 2008.

“It’s kind of the stable, classic player in the market and we think that’s really the essence of our brand’s stability and class and tradition,” Glass told The Herald-Times. “I think it’s a really good match.”

Indiana will make $6.7 million annually — nearly doubling Adidas’ previous commitment of $3.7 million. If that deal were to have taken effect during the 2014-15 school year, it would have ranked IU behind only Michigan and UCLA among publicly released contracts, according to the Portland Business Journal’s apparel contract database. Michigan recently left Adidas for a 15-year, $169 million deal with Nike — the most lucrative contract in the nation.

Glass says the annual Adidas payouts will go in multiple directions. First, each sport under the Indiana umbrella will receive additional products like practice clothing, footwear and other gear. Under the previous agreement, Glass says, there were certain sports that didn’t have as much gear and apparel that they needed. The rest of the Adidas money will provide an annual boost of cash available for department projects and needs.

“We’re always looking under every rock to see how we can increase revenue and particularly a revenue stream that you can count on,” Glass said. “This deal will provide more money for the department, so that will be a big plus.” (more…)

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IU officially announces terms, details of Adidas extension

Here’s the release from IU. Just spoke with Fred Glass, so we’ll have more on the way shortly:

Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass announced today that IU Athletics has extended its apparel agreement with adidas for eight years through 2024. The agreement, signed by all parties Monday, is worth $53.6 million and nearly doubles the annual commitment by adidas to IU Athletics from $3.7 million to $6.7 million over their previous agreement, an increase of 81 percent – making it one of the nation’s largest.

“We are thrilled to continue our longstanding relationship with adidas,” said Glass. “Having one of the nation’s largest equipment and apparel deals will have an enormous impact on IU, our teams, coaches, and student-athletes. IU Athletics and adidas have enjoyed a tremendous history together, and we are excited to carry that tradition into the future.”

In addition to outfitting the Hoosiers, adidas will provide IU Athletics with a full branding audit to ensure a uniform and consistent look across all 24 varsity sports. The agreement provides for an annual alternative football uniform, including helmets, as well as an optional alternative uniform each year for men’s basketball. The agreement also includes a marketing commitment where the global footwear and apparel leader will co-brand with IU Athletics in marketing campaigns, social media efforts, and in-store promotions.

“Since 2004, we’ve worked closely with the Hoosiers to bring our best and most innovative footwear, apparel and accessories to all men’s and women’s sports,” said Chris McGuire, senior director of Sports Marketing at adidas. “We’ve enjoyed a successful partnership with Indiana and look forward to continuing to collaborate to help their athletes perform at the highest level.”

“This agreement is the fifth largest known such agreement in college athletics,” said AJ Maestas, President & Founder of Navigate Research, which was engaged by IU Athletics for a valuation study during its yearlong preparation for this agreement. “Hoosier Nation should celebrate the continued relationship with adidas and an offseason victory for athletics.”

“Navigate was great to work with and gave us great confidence that this new agreement helps us to realize our maximum value in the marketplace,” said Glass. “I would also like to publicly recognize the great work of our IU team, without whom this new agreement simply would not have been possible: Eric Neuburger, Associate Athletic Director for Facilities & External Alliances; Tim Rice, Executive Director of Purchasing & Strategic Sourcing; Valerie Gill, University Director of Licensing & Trademarks; and Stephen Harper, Assistant General Counsel.

Indiana fans will be able to purchase official sideline apparel, coaches’ shirts, hats, jerseys, performance apparel and outerwear at a wide variety of quality retailers including the IU Varsity Shop as well as on the official athletics website.

Indiana University Athletics represents one of the strongest athletic traditions in the nation, having won 25 national team championships, 171 Big Ten Conference team titles, 1,036 individual Big Ten titles and 145 individual NCAA titles, while producing 205 Olympians, 50 gold medal winners and 96 overall medal winners.

adidas is a global designer, developer and marketer of athletic footwear, apparel and accessories with the mission to make all athletes better. adidas is the official uniform, footwear and apparel provider for more than 100 collegiate programs including Indiana, Arizona State, Kansas, Louisville, Miami, Michigan, Mississippi State, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Texas A&M, UCLA and Wisconsin. adidas has marketing agreements with the National Basketball Association, National Football League, Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer.

Tom Crean, Men’s Basketball Head Coach
“We really appreciate the care and attention we all get from adidas. We look forward to the continued growth of the relationship.”

Kevin Wilson, Football Head Coach
“Our partnership with adidas is one of confidence and trust. We really like and are very comfortable with their footwear and apparel, evidenced by Tevin Coleman signing with adidas right out of school. We are excited to continue this partnership.”

Todd Yeagley, Men’s Soccer Head Coach
“We are very excited to continue our special partnership with adidas. We have been with adidas from our first varsity kick in 1973. adidas is the global leader in soccer, providing our team with the finest footwear and apparel on the market.”

Teri Moren, Women’s Basketball Head Coach
“adidas has been a great partner for IU women’s basketball and we are excited to continue that partnership. I’m thrilled to have an industry leader like adidas outfit our team as we build our program to compete at the highest level.”

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Report: IU agrees to extension with Adidas

Indiana and Adidas will remain partners for the foreseeable future.

The university and the apparel company have reached an agreement on a contract extension worth $53.6 million over eight years, IU confirmed to the Indianapolis Star Monday night. With the current deal set to expire after the upcoming school year, IU’s newest apparel contract is expected to be among the five most lucrative deals in the nation.

According to the Portland Business Journal’s contract database, the expected $6.7 million yearly payout would rank IU behind only Michigan and UCLA during the 2014-15 school year. Michigan recently left Adidas for a 15-year, $169 million deal with Nike — the most lucrative contract in the nation.

Indiana has partnered with Adidas since 2004. Its current $21 million contract was signed as part of an eight-year extension in 2008. IU is expected to officially announce the new deal Tuesday.

Indiana athletic director Fred Glass did not return messages left by The Herald-Times.

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