Being a Division I basketball coach is hard. Recruiting, gameplanning, motivating players – there is a whole list of things.
One under-appreciated aspect of the job: Keeping straight your player nicknames.
We learned sitting down with Indiana women’s basketball coach Teri Moren that Amanda Cahill isn’t just Amanda or Cahill. One day in the summer, Cahill notified Moren that people actually call her “B,” because of her middle name, Brooke.
Of course they do.
Jess Walter is nicknamed J.J. “I don’t know if she has a middle name that is a J,” Moren said. “I’ve never asked.” Maura Muensterman is “Moo,” for whatever reason.
One point of confusion in the huddle is whether Moren is referring to Taylor Agler or Tyra Buss, because she has a habit of calling them both “T.”
“So I go Tay, Ty,” Moren said.
Then again, Tay and Ty have taken to calling themselves “Tayra” now, according to some tweets, or as assistant coach Todd Starkey has come to call the pair, Tayra Bugler.
The challenges of a coach are never-ending.
In other news, Buss is a seriously good player. But heading into Big Ten season, Moren anticipates opposing teams will be ready for her compliment of drives and outside 3-pointers. (more…)
Indiana held its annual football banquet Friday evening and running back Tevin Coleman walked away with the program’s Anthony Thompson Most Valuable Player award.
Coleman, offensive lineman Collin Rahrig, defensive lineman Bobby Richardson and receiver Shane Wynn were honored as the 2014 team captains. Coleman finished seventh in the Heisman voting and earned a spot as a first-team member of the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s All-America Team in addition to first team honors from ESPN, CBS Sports, USA Today and Scout.com
You can find the full list of Indiana team award winners after the jump. (more…)
Indiana running back Tevin Coleman finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting, picking up 44 votes and two first-place nods.
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota won the award with a total of 2,534 votes (788 first-place votes), Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon was second with 1,250 votes (37 first-place votes) and Alabama receiver Amari Cooper was third with 1,023 votes (49 first-place votes). TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin (218 votes), Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett (78 votes) and Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston (51) votes also finished ahead of Coleman.
According to ESPN, Mariota received the second-highest percentage of possible points in award history with 90.92. Ohio State’s Troy Smith has 91.63 in 2006.
He reversed an uneven first-half shooting effort almost single-handedly, darting through a porous Grand Canyon defense and pulling up from deep.
When Indiana wanted — and needed — to pull away, it went to James Blackmon Jr.
The freshman guard scored seven of Indiana’s first 10 points of the second half to help the Hoosiers run away with a 94-66 victory over the Antelopes Saturday at Assembly Hall.
Blackmon scored a team-high 18 points for Indiana, which heads into a six-day layoff for final exams with an 8-2 record and a game with Butler looming Saturday in the Crossroads Classic. Indiana committed only four turnovers, the fewest of the Tom Crean era.
Indiana dominated an outmatched and undersized Grand Canyon outfit, outrebounding the Antelopes 52-35. The Hoosiers pulled down 21 offensive rebounds, but scored only 16 second-chance points. IU shot only 38 percent in the first half, while going 7-for-20 from 3-point range over the first 20 minuts. It’s shooting misfortune was reversed in the second half, shooting 51 percent (18-of-35) from the field and posting 30 points under the basket.
Troy Williams added 14 points, while Hanner Mosquera-Perea scored 11.
After building its lead to as many as 14 points midway through the first half, Indiana never allowed its advantage to inch any closer than eight points on two occasions. The second of which came in the final two minutes, when Indiana answered on the other end with a 3-pointer from Collin Hartman to boost its lead back to double digits.
Indiana led 42-31 at halftime and shot 6-of-7 from the field in the first five minutes of the second. The Hoosiers scored 27 points in the first nine minutes of the second period to cruise to their eighth win.
There were instances of both the good and bad versions of Williams, who used the mismatch in size and length to his advantage. He finished with eight rebounds and showed poise driving and kicking out to open shooters on the wings. Williams finished with zero turnovers.
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