Indiana is holding its pro day for NFL scouts in Bloomington on Tuesday. It’s closed to the media and the public, but IU released a list Monday of the attendees.
The four players who participated in the NFL Combine will be there, including offensive lineman Rodger Saffold, defensive ends Jammie Kirlew and Greg Middleton and safety Nick Polk. Also participating will be running back Demetrius McCray, tight end Troy Wagner, cornerback/kick returner Ray Fisher, linebackers Matt Mayberry and Will Patterson and safeties Austin Thomas and Nick Polk.
IU will also host two small college players in St. Francis running back Daniel Carter and University of Indianapolis offensive lineman Tim Dury.
The Big Ten obviously has four locks in the NCAA Tournament, but ESPN’s Joe Lunardi says the league will still get five. Illinois is the very last team in though, so that bubble could easily burst.
What was supposed to be a day spent preparing for the impending Big Ten Tournament has, of course, become, instead, a figure-out-what-the-heck-might-have-happened-with-Roshown-McLeod day.
Indiana coach Tom Crean’s stance is that there’s no goodtime to fire an assistant coach. My stance is that there are probably less suspicious times to release the news to the media than 9:45 on a Sunday night.
Anyway, a few our peers in the Big Ten have shared thoughts on the All-Big Ten teams, and I’ll link to those here and share any quick reflections.
These nerds (it’s a synonym, so you still can’t be upset) only named a first team. Predictably, there were no Hoosiers on it.
But the dorks (that was uncalled for) also got into a discussion of the freshmen. They see the race for top freshman coming down to Drew Crawford of Northwestern and D.J. Richardson of Illinois, with the edge going to Crawford.
Jordan Hulls and Christian Watford, say the dweebs (that’s just mean; gotta stop reading the comments on this blog), join Eric May of Iowa on the All-Freshman team.
For those wondering, here’s a stats comparison for Crawford, Richardson and Watford. I offer it without comment:
He names three teams and includes no Hoosiers.
As for the freshmen, Bob’s got Eric May first, Watford second and Crawford third.
Jeff Goodman of Fox does have Watford as his FOY, and his post includes thoughts on every conference.
Our friend Mike Rothstein delivers here, with the results of an august panel’s take on year-end award. Dustin Dopirak was among the 11 anointed ones.
No Hoosiers earned first-team votes, but Christian Watford was a unanimous selection to the All-Freshman team. He got only two votes for Freshman of the Year, though, as Crawford (5) and Richards (4) took the bulk of the votes.
Dustin Dopirak is on the Big Ten coaches’ conference call, and asked Indiana coach Tom Crean about assistant coach Roshown McLeod’s dismissal. Here’s what Crean said:
“There’s probably never a good time. You can’t focus on timing. You gotta focus on what the right decision is. That’s the decision that I made. It’s about putting the program forward and putting the program first. We’re going to do the things that we need to do. That’s what it is right now.”
Dustin was unable to ask any follow-up questions due to the number of other reporters on the call. Most of them are working on advance stories for this week’s Big Ten Tournament.
We’re continuing to work on the McLeod story and will provide whatever updates we can find here.
Dustin Dopirak just reached Roshown McLeod, who said he did not want to comment tonight because he is talking with his family. He will be available tomorrow.
When I asked Indiana media relations director J.D. Campbell where Roshown McLeod, an assistant coach for the men’s basketball team, was on Saturday afternoon — since he wasn’t at the game — I was told he was out recruiting.
It was his last day on the road representing the Hoosiers.
Indiana has put out a press release saying McLeod is done. They use some nice language to explain the situation, but it appears as though McLeod was fired.
Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean informed assistant coach Roshown McLeod on Sunday that his contract would not be renewed for next year and he will no longer be with the team effective immediately.
“There is never a good time for something like this, but it is a decision that had to be made moving forward,” said Crean.
Clearly there is more to this. But we probably won’t be able to get it at 9:45 on a Sunday night. But we’ll try.
McLeod a former NBA player who finished his college career at Duke, was Tom Crean’s final hire two summers ago. He had been working with the Atlanta Celtics AAU program in the Atlanta area and was going to coach high school basketball before being lured away. He’d served as an assistant for only one year, at Fairfield from 2002-2003, after his pro career.
McLeod was brought in because of his ties to the Celtics and in Northern Jersey. He played for legendary high school coach Bob Hurley at St. Anthony, but Indiana had been unable to snag any talent from that area since he joined the staff. It recruited top guard Kyrie Irving, but he ultimately chose Duke.
McLeod was also instrumental in recruiting David Williams, a small forward out of Florida who verbally committed to the Hoosiers last April shortly after receiving a scholarship offer. Pundits were surprised that Indiana had offered Williams, who played with the Atlanta Celtics and was not highly regarded in recruiting circles. Williams did not sign with Indiana in October, and his father told The Herald-Times that he wanted to keep his options open.
Jordan Hulls had a season-high 24 points — all on 3-pointers — as the Hoosiers ended an 11-game losing streak on Senior Night.
Hulls hit 8-of-12 from 3, and this here box score proves it.
After an emotional Senior Day ceremony, Tom Crean has entered the press room.
He’ll need to take a look at the video to see what went wrong on IU’s last possession in regulation, but his initial reaction was that something broke down and the movement wasn’t there.
He’s proud of how his freshmen fought today.
On Hulls: “He hit some huge shots. He also had that airball that Bobby (Capobianco) turned into something.”
On Hulls and Derek Elston, the two Indiana kids on the team: “Neither one of those are just program guys. … They’re going to have a hand in turning it around.”
On effort: “I would put their effort and their desire to get better with any team I’ve ever coached. … That’s why it’s going to turn.”
On the overall direction of the program: “I know exactly where we want to go with it. It’s not always clear how we’re going to get there, but it’s getting clearer.”
Some audio for you to give a listen to when you get the time:
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