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Derek Willis get offer from IU

Jody Demling of the Louisville Courier-Journal reports that Derek Willis, a forward from Kentucky in the 2013 class who de-committed from Purdue this summer, has been offered a scholarship by Indiana. The Hoosiers attended a workout at his high school, Bullitt East, and gave him his second scholarship offer since his de-commitment. He also has an offer from Louisville. He is one of the top 20 players in the Class of 2013.


Wilson: Freeland could be out for season

After missing all but two games with a hip injury last season, kickoff specialist Nick Freeland could miss the rest of this season with an ACL injury, Indiana coach Kevin Wilson said Wednesday.

“He got a knee, hurt a knee last week,” Wilson said. “He’s got an ACL deal and he’ll probably be out for the year.”

Wilson said it was a non-contact injury suffered last week in practice.

“He just planted running,” Wilson said. “… He was just running, I think it just flattened and it just gave in.” (more…)


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Kevin Wilson criticized himself for his play-calling on two critical fourth downs on the last two games, but he also said he’s not going to stop being aggressive, I wrote.

The ultimate question facing Indiana — What does it take to close out a game? — has an answer both complex and simple, Andy writes.

From Tuesday’s paper, linebackers Brandon McGhee and Lee Rose stuck it out after arriving as walk-ons and are starting in place of Leon Beckum, I wrote. (more…)


Wilson defends and criticizes self on fourth-down calls

Kevin Wilson has coached in two games and already, he’s had to make two critical fourth-down calls in the red zone with the potential to change the game.

Both times he decided to go for it. Both times Indiana failed to convert.

And since it failed, the first-year Indiana coach said, there’s no denying it. It’s his fault. He made the wrong call.

“I’m the guy who makes the most mistakes every game,” Wilson said. “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said, ‘that’s a bad call.’ I’ve said for 20-some years ago. That’s a bad call. Everytime it doesn’t work, I think it’s a bad call, because I could’ve called something else. Even if that guy missed a block or didn’t throw it to the right guy, you make the choice to do this play. I’ve done it for a long time and there’s a boatload of mistakes.” (more…)


Wilson never got sensible explanation on review of non-safety

Kevin Wilson still doesn’t have a grasp on why defensive end Fred Jones’s third quarter sack of Michael Rocco on Saturday, which was initially called a safety but then placed on the Virginia 2-yard line, was not eligible for instant replay review.

Jones’s hit drove Rocco into the end zone, and it initially appeared that his forward progress had kept it from being a safety. However, replay showed that he fumbled the football and appeared to fall on it inside the end zone.

The safety was waved off on the field, however, and Wilson was told he could not challenge it.  (more…)


Malcolm Hill commits to Illinois

Malcolm Hill, an Indiana target from Belleville East High School in Illinois, has committed to Illinois according to this report from Brian Snow of Scout.com (subscription only).


Kevin Bush featured in ESPN’s 9/11 issue

In case you didn’t see it yet, this story on war veterans in college sports ran in ESPN The Magazine’s 9/11 themed issue this week. Indiana defensive end Kevin Bush is one of several players featured. Bush, of course, served in Iraq and Korea.


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