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Hughes out of cast, could play Saturday

Indiana freshman wide receiver Kofi Hughes had the cast taken off his right arm on Tuesday morning and practiced Tuesday afternoon in a small splint. Indiana coach Bill Lynch said there’s a possibility he could play in Saturday’s 7 p.m. game against Akron, becoming the second true freshman to burn his redshirt this season.

“There’s a good chance you’re gonna see Kofi,” Lynch said. “As I stood here last week, I thought you might see him against (Western Kentucky) but just watching him run around today with that cast off, he’s a different guy. I think there’s a good chance we’re going to play him.”

Lynch said he could be used as a receiver, but also special teams.

“He could be anywhere,” Lynch said. “It could be special teams for sure. Whether it’s as a return guy or covering kicks, because he’s just a really good athlete. But once we play him, I think we’ll play him on the offensive side to. Because when you get into the meat of your schedule and you’re playing 75 plays, if you’ve got a little depth and you could give guys a blow, I think it will help.”

Indiana released its injury report Tuesday as well. Safety Chris Adkins (ankle) is still out. Kicker Nick Freeland (hip) and defensive end Darius Johnson (hamstring) are still questionable. Senior linebacker Tyler Replogle is now questionable with a concussion suffered in Saturday’s game. Defensive end Kevin Bush (neck) and defensive back Lenyatta Kiles (groin) are both listed as probable.


IU shuttling students to Wednesday’s volleyball match with Purdue

Indiana University officials hope to “Paint the U-Gym Red” when the 12-0 volleyball Hoosiers host 9-2 Purdue for a 7 p.m. match Wednesday. IU is offering free shuttle service from campus dormitories to University Gymnasium, the volleyball venue off 10th Street and the Ind. 45-46 Bypass.
The shuttle service will run from 5 till 10 p.m. and free tailgating is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Match admittance is also free to IU students and staff with ID The first 200 IU students new to campus this fall will receive free food and a T-shirt, and all Hoosier fans are being encouraged to don crimson.
The shuttle service and promotions are being orchestrated by IU’s Office of First Year Experience Programs. “We are continuing to educate first year students on all opportunities that IU has to offer,” Emily Arth, the office’s assistant director, wrote via e-mail this week. “Whether it is an academic lecture, a Broadway show, or in this case, a wonderful tradition of Big 10 athletics, we want to encourage all new students to immerse themselves into everything that is Indiana University.”


Big Ten coaches express support for Dantonio

Michigan State offensive coordinator/interim coach Don Treadwell called into the Big Ten football coaches teleconference with good news. He won’t be making such calls much longer.

That, he said, is because MSU head coach Mark Dantonio’s condition continues to improve after a heart attack he suffered on Sunday morning, hours after his Spartans beat Michigan State on a fake field goal.  Treadwell didn’t provide a a timetable, but indicated his return would occur soon.

“Coach Dantonio, our head coach, is doing so much better day to day,” Treadwell said. “… We’re very excited about his progress at this point in time. Certainly as a football team and a football staff, we miss him deeply. We’re just very anxiously awaiting his return. … Ken Manning is our strength coach, and he said, ‘Even though coach D is temporarily absent physically, he is very much present in everything we do.'”

Every coach on the teleconference began his opening statement by sending his thoughts to Dantonio and his family. Unsurprisingly, they were met with questions from the media about the stress of the job, the long hours, and the toll that it takes on them physically. They said that Dantonio’s heart attack did indeed serve as a bit of a wake-up call about the stress of the profession. (more…)


Chappell named to AFCA Good Works Team

From Indiana sports info. This is the same team Jammie Kirlew was named to last year, which means Chappell will be honored at halftime of the Sugar Bowl as well.

CHAPPELL NAMED TO ALLSTATE AFCA GOOD WORKS TEAM

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Fifth-year senior quarterback Ben Chappell has been named a member of the 2010 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, honoring dedicated and hard-working student-athletes for their off-the-field achievements and selfless contributions to their communities. Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) announced Tuesday the 22 student-athletes nationally chosen for the prestigious honor.

Chappell, who earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors on Monday, is the second Hoosier in as many years to receive the recognition, as Jammie Kirlew was selected to the Good Works Team in 2009. He is one of four Big Ten student-athletes named to the team, as the conference took more spots on the 11-man FBS list than any other league.

“This is an outstanding and well-deserved honor for Ben,” Indiana Head Coach Bill Lynch said. “He is a special young man and his contributions to our program and Indiana University are immeasurable. We are extremely proud as a program to have had Ben and Jammie on this team in back-to-back seasons.”

In his second year as a team captain, Chappell is one of the most active Hoosiers in the community. As a member of the team’s Leadership Council, he was instrumental in organizing the program’s two community initiatives – visiting Riley’s Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis and welcoming the Bloomington Boys & Girls Club to Memorial Stadium each season. He has also volunteered each of the last three years at the Coach Hep Cancer Challenge in Bloomington. (more…)


First exhibition will be against Franklin

From J.D. Campbell:

HOOSIERS WILL HOST FRANKLIN COLLEGE IN FIRST EXHIBITION, NOVEMBER 3

Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean has announced that the Hoosiers will play their first exhibition game of the season at 7 p.m. on November 3 against nearby Franklin College.  The game will be shown on Bigtennetwork.com.

“I think the more you can involve institutions from the area during the exhibition season, the stronger it makes both programs,” said Crean.  “We appreciate the efforts of Coach (Kerry) Prather and assistant coach Adam Martin (Bloomington South graduate), and are excited to have them on the schedule.”
The two teams will meet for the first time since the 1935-36 season.  IU holds a 7-0 advantage in a series which began on January 8, 1916. The contest will mark the Grizzlies’ first exhibition game with a modern NCAA Division I level program.
“We are very appreciative of Coach Crean’s generous invitation, and I applaud the fact that he has gone out of his way since coming to Indiana to engage the local small colleges to this extent. He is a class act building a solid program, and I am confident he is the right man to return IU basketball to a level of perennial national success.  I’m a big fan of the work he is doing with the Hoosiers,” Prather said.


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Reports: Crean and IU in Michigan to watch Dorsey-Walker

Tom Crean tweeted earlier in the evening that he was in Detroit with Bennie Seltzer and Steve McClain and reports surfaced last evening that he was there to see Sherron-Dorsey Walker, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Detroit’s Pershing High School. Rated the No. 74 player in the Class of 2012, Dorsey-Walker has scholarship offers from Baylor, Central Michigan, Dayton, Drake, Fairfield, Oakland and Western Michigan according to Rivals.com.



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