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Former Indiana University standout Keith Smart, whose jumper beat Syracuse in the 1987 NCAA championship game, reportedly will become the head coach of the Golden State Warriors as early as Monday.
An NBA source told the Associated Press the Warriors and longtime head coach Don Nelson are expected to part ways on Monday, opening the door for Smart, who has been an assistant with the Warriors the past seven seasons and long considered Nelson’s replacement.
Smart, 45, has prior head coaching experience in the NBA when he took over for the fired John Lucas midway through the 2002-03 season and went 9-31 as the interim head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. He joined the Warriors staff prior to the 2003-04 season.
The 70-year-old Nelson is the NBA’s winningest coach with 1,335 victories in 31 seasons with Milwaukee, Golden State, New York and Dallas. The source did not say if Nelson would resign or be fired.
There were a couple of questions about IU women’s basketball recruiting in today’s chat with Dustin and Andy, so I thought I’d address that topic and provide an update of what little I know.
As my colleagues correctly pointed out, there’s not a lot of information out there for women’s recruiting like there is for the men. ESPN HoopGurlz does a nice job of sharing information, but once you get beyond most of the top recruits, the intel is still somewhat limited.
Here’s what I can tell you at the moment. According to a tweet from IU coach Felisha Legette-Jack last week, the Hoosiers recently got a commitment. I’m chasing that down as we type.
HoopGurlz reports that Indiana is being considered by 6-foot-3 forward Ally Mallott of Madison, Ohio, the No. 40 overall player in the class of 2011. (more…)
Senior linebacker Tyler Replogle is still listed as questionable with a concussion, and another defensive starter was added to the injured list, released by IU Thursday evening.
Junior cornerback Matt Ernest is also listed as questionable with a shin injury, apparently suffered since the last injury report on Tuesday. Wide receiver Dre Muhammad, who was available for Saturday’s game against Western Kentucky after missing the opener with an ankle injury, is now listed as questionable, again with an ankle injury. Kicker Nick Freeland, who sat out the Western Kentucky game with a hip injury, is also listed as questionable.
Safety Chris Adkins (ankle) is still listed as out. Defensive ends Kevin Bush (neck) and Darius Johnson (hamstring) are listed as probable.
Park Tudor guard Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell confirmed an Indianapolis Star report that he will be visiting Indiana for Saturday’s football game against Akron. There had been talk that Ferrell would be visiting for the Oct. 2 Michigan game, but Ferrell said that didn’t work with his schedule.
Ferrell said he doesn’t have any visits scheduled, but also said that doesn’t mean he’s zeroing in on committing.
“I’m not going to be making any decisions any time soon,” he said.
Ferrell said that along with Indiana, he’s also still considering Butler, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Notre Dame, Purdue, Virginia and Washington. He is the No. 17 rated player in the Class of 2012.
From IU Sports Info:
Football Season Ticket Sales Reach 13-Year High; Athletics Encourages Students to Not Miss Out on Sellouts – Get Football and Basketball Season Tickets Now
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Thanks in large part to a dramatic increase in student attendance, Indiana University football has sold over 20,000 season tickets for the first time in 13 years, Indiana Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass announced Thursday. IU Athletics has sold 21,125 season tickets for the 2010 season, which is the highest number of season ticket holders since 1997, when IU sold 25,654 season tickets. This year also marks the first year since 1997 that Indiana has sold more than 7,000 student season tickets.
“I think people are very excited about the direction of our football program and really seem to enjoy the game-day experience at Memorial Stadium,” Glass said. “I think that is reflected in the surge of season ticket sales and the outstanding response by our student body.”
Season tickets for 2010 are still available with the cost prorated to not include the Sept. 2 game against Towson. Men’s basketball student season tickets are also on sale, but are selling fast. To not miss out on sold out games, students are encouraged to buy their football and men’s basketball season tickets as soon as possible.
Both football and men’s basketball student season tickets may be ordered at ‘The Lecture’ featuring men’s basketball coach Tom Crean on Thursday, Sept. 23, at the IU Auditorium. For more information or to purchase football and basketball season tickets visit IUHoosiers.com or call 866-IUSPORTS.
This season should finally be Sherron Dorsey-Walker’s chance to be the man.
The 6-foot-4, 170-pound junior guard at Detroit’s Pershing High School played junior varsity as a freshman while the varsity squad, led by 2009 Michigan Mr. Basketball Derrick Nix, won the Class A state championship. Last year, Dorsey-Walker started, but still deferred to guard Keith Appling, who also won Mr. Basketball and also signed with the Spartans.
This year, those two are gone and Dorsey-Walker could be the focus of Pershing’s offense.
“He averaged about 10 points a game last season and about two rebounds,” Pershing coach A.W. Canada said. “That will probably double this year, the scoring will, and the rebounds will probably triple. He should be in the 20s this year. … I think this year will be a great test for him to see what kind of player he is. He’ll definitely have a chance to prove himself to show he’s ready for the challenge.” (more…)
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