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Rams let Adeyanju go

Defensive end Victor Adeyanju became the latest former Hoosier to be released by an NFL club, when the St. Louis Rams terminated his contract Sunday as teams made their final roster cuts.

Also released this past weekend were defensive back Ray Fisher (Colts), wide receiver James Hardy (Bills), linebacker Jammie Kirlew (Broncos), linebacker Will Patterson (Texans), safety Nick Polk (Texans), guard Isaac Sowells (Bengals) and running back Chris Taylor (Patriots).

Six former Hoosiers remain on NFL rosters: guard Kris Dielman (Chargers), running back BenJarvus Green Ellis (Patriots), corner back Tracy Porter (Saints), wide receiver Antwaan Randle El (Steelers), wide receiver Courtney Roby (Saints) and offensive tackle Rodger Saffold (Rams).


It’s all on Zeller now

One of Indiana’s two targets in the class of 2011 has selected another school.

B.J. Young gave a verbal commitment to Arkansas on Sunday after taking a visit to the school, Scout.com’s Dave Telep reported (subscription required).

That leaves Cody Zeller as the Hoosiers’ top remaining target in the class. Indiana can certainly get involved with others (remember we had not yet started discussing Guy-Marc Michel or Will Sheehey at this time last year), and may get back around to Jeremiah Davis now.

But Young’s decision certainly puts even more of a focus on Zeller.


UCLA at IU soccer

FINAL
Indiana with a statement game today at Armstrong Stadium. Three goals for Will Bruin, a goal and two assists for Alec Purdie, and a goal and an assist for Andy Adlard. This is IU’s first five-goal game since a 6-0 win vs. Butler on Oct. 19, 2005. HOOSIERS 5, BRUINS 1

SECOND HALF
22:22: Andy Adlard steals the ball at midfield and feeds a streaking Will Bruin down the middle, and Bruin stumbles right and finishes to complete his hat trick. HOOSIERS 5, BRUINS 1

32:47: Alec Purdie sparks Indiana to a three-goal lead in a span of 1:09. First, Purdie knocked home the rebound of a Nikita Kotlov shot to make it 3-1. Then Purdie slipped a ball to Will Bruin on the right side for another score. HOOSIERS 4, BRUINS 1

FIRST HALF
19:02: The goals come fast and furious. First, UCLA tied it at 1 with a rebound goal that was set up by an IU giveaway. But just as quickly, Indiana countered. Will Bruin was taken down in the box on a long ball off the left wing, drawing a penalty kick. Andy Adlard converted to give IU the lead back. HOOSIERS 2, BRUINS 1

21:09: It’s our first TV timeout today. Indiana has come out sharp once again on the heels of Friday night’s disappointing overtime loss to Cal. UCLA has picked up the attack lately, but nothing terribly threatening so far. HOOSIERS 1, BRUINS 0

36:16: After several great chances that the Hoosiers failed to put away, they finally take advantage of a steal in the back. Andy Adlard hit a left-footed shot from just inside the box on the right side that was flicked by Alec Purdie to the back post where Will Bruin slammed the ball into an open net. HOOSIERS 1, BRUINS 0

PREGAME
The Hoosiers host No. 5 UCLA in today’s IU Classic finale. I’ll keep you updated here and on Twitter — http://twitter.com/JPPrice. Today’s game is also on the Big Ten Network.


NFL cuts claim former Hoosiers

Three former Hoosiers were cut late Saturday as NFL teams try to trim their rosters.

Ray Fisher was released by the Colts, Jammie Kirlew by the Broncos and Will Patterson by the Texans.

No official word on Nick Polk, who was with the Texans, but he Tweeted that he was released.

James Hardy may be released by the Bills.

UPDATE: Hardy has been released.

So far, the rest of the Hoosiers in the NFL seem to be safe.


California at IU soccer

Join me to talk about the 2010 Indiana soccer opener under first-year coach Todd Yeagley.


Lynch: Bye week good for recruiting

After all the time it spent building up to its opener, Indiana now has 16 days before it plays another game.

It’s a bit awkward to put that sort of break between the first and second game of the season, but IU coach Bill Lynch said he and his staff are going to try to make the most of it.

For one thing, he plans on using the time off to give his players some rest and get healthy. Lynch said he would give the team the weekend off, then practice Monday through Thursday before giving them Friday off. They will practice again Saturday morning, take Sunday off, then get back into normalcy on Monday.

“I think they need a break,” Lynch said. “Deserve a break. … We’ll finally be in a regular routine on Monday, whatever that date is, because up until now, with summer school going 10 days into camp and move out day early and all the other things going on, there wasn’t a real routine to camp, but I thought our guys handled that pretty well, including playing on a Thursday night, which is different with the first week of classes, when there’s minds going from one syllabus to another and coming over here and trying to practice.” (more…)


Blackmon Sr.: “(IU) made us feel welcome”

There was no set plan to verbally commit when James Blackmon Jr. and his family traveled to Bloomington on Thursday to take in the season opener football game, but they were sitting in a conference room. So was Tom Crean and his coaching staff. But so was Crean’s family.

“It made us feel welcome, like it was the right thing to do,” James Blackmon Sr. said.

Blackmon Sr. has been around the block, having compiled a 100-42 record in seven years at Fort Wayne Luers. He coached Deshaun Thomas, an all-american who challenged the state scoring record.

Blackmon Sr. admitted Friday he initially thought Thomas should have waited before committing to Ohio State. Thomas did so after his freshman season. But, in retrospect, it allowed Thomas to focus on basketball and academics.

It should do the same thing for James, a high school freshman who is a member of the class of 2014.

ESPN has James rated as the No. 1 shooting guard in the class of 2014, and he has the pedigree — Blackmon Sr. played at Kentucky and was drafted into the NBA.

He’s a combo guard, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound shooter and passer. Post-Thomas, Blackmon Sr. was not shy in saying he will showcase his son’s talents.

High praise and, if it holds up, there is certain to be a college coach or two that sees a verbal commitment as a non-binding agreement that could be easily broken.

Blackmon Sr. the father is proud of his son and is not going to cross that bridge until it comes, if it does. Blackmon Sr. the coach has a different take.

“As a coach, I know how to handle that situation,” Blackmon Sr. said.



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