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Through three days of practice, at least, Kevin Wilson is pleased.
The Indiana football coach wanted a better attitude that he saw in Saturday’s game. Much more fire than an atmosphere he said “felt like a golf match.”
So far in practice, he’s had it, but time will tell if that translates to Saturday’s 7 p.m. home game against Virginia.
“It will be interesting to see if we’ve got some fiber, if we’ve got some pride, if we’ll stand up and answer the call,” Wilson said. “We’ll see. … It looks really good, but again, practice, going against scout team guys, different than the game. Do you trust in the game? Are you ready to cut it loose against better players? We do inside drill, we had a boatload of plays, half-line where it’s good-on-good. We’re working at it. We’re not allowing them to pout and mope around. We’re encouraging and challenging and pepping it up. It’s been a decent couple of days. … The process of work has been positive. We’ll see if that translates into play.” (more…)
The Big Ten released its schedule Wednesday and Indiana followed with its shortly thereafter. Most of the highlights were already public knowledge. But there were some points of interest. The season will open on Nov. 11 against Stony Brook. Chattanooga (Nov. 13), Gardner Webb (Nov. 19) and Savannah State (Nov. 21) will all come to Indiana for the Hoosier Invitational, which ends with the Nov. 27 home game against Butler. Stetson, Howard and Maryland-Baltimore County are also previously unreported opponents on the schedule. North Carolina Central is also on the schedule but much later than usual. Indiana hosts the Eagles on Feb. 22 as a break between conference games.
The whole schedule follows below and can also be accessed here: IU 2011 Basketball schedule
1. HOOSIERS HQ
Kevin Wilson said he isn’t sure if Darius Willis will play again this season, I wrote.
Tom Crean is getting everything he can out of the two hours a week players can work out, I wrote.
Fred Glass says ticket sales are up, that he’s been working to address likely traffic issues, but that fans should arrive early, I wrote.
2. INDIANA FOOTBALL
Indiana expects Shane Wynn to make big impact despite his stature, Max McCombs of the Indiana Daily Student writes.
Indiana’s defensive linemen have to play with more passion and not peek past blockers, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.
Indiana will look to make some changes, but more importantly, the Hoosiers want more energy,” Lamond Pope of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette writes.
Ed Wright-Baker won the starting job at quarterback with his work ethic,” Zach Osterman of Inside Indiana writes (subscription only).
True freshman wide receivers Shane Wynn, Cody Latimer and Jay McCants worked their way into the lineup quickly, Mike Pegram of Rivals.com writes (subscription only.)
Virginia’s defense didn’t get nearly as much credit as it deserved for its dominating performance of William & Mary, Jay Jenkins of the Charlottesville Daily Progress writes.
The Cavaliers’ run defense was very much a weak point a year ago, but Saturday’s performance gives reason for optimism, Michael Phillips of the Richmond Times-Dispatch writes.
Virginia quarterback Michael Rocco was supposed to go to Louisville, but a series of events led him to Virginia, Doug Doughty of the Roanoke Times writes.
Kevin Wilson came to his Tuesday press conference with good news and bad news about the statuses of the knees of offensive tackle Josh Hager and linebacker Leon Beckum.
Beckum, who led the Hoosiers in tackles for loss last season, will not need surgery, Wilson said. However, he will still have to miss several weeks and Wilson isn’t sure how long it will be yet.
“It’s a non-surgical deal he’s got,” Wilson said. “It’s just a strain or what not. We’re just gonna see if it’s gonna be 2-4-6 weeks. Some guys heal quick. … Will that pertain to him, I don’t know.”
Hager, though, will have to have surgery, and that could be of greater concern. (more…)
The Big Ten just released the TV schedule for conference games on ESPN and CBS. Indiana is on ESPN2 on Dec. 31 at home against Ohio State, on ESPN at home against Michigan on Jan. 5, and on CBS on Jan. 15 at Ohio State. They are on ESPN2 at Wisconsin on Jan. 26 and on ESPN at home against Michigan State on Feb. 28. They could appear on CBS at Iowa on Feb. 19.
Indiana’s full schedule should be out later this the rest of the TV schedule follows. (more…)
1. HOOSIERS HQ
The Indiana defensive line went back to its old habits, which didn’t translate well on Saturday, I wrote.
Indiana football coach Kevin Wilson said linebacker Leon Beckum and offensive tackle Josh Hager both suffered knee injuries and would have magnetic resonance imaging tests (MRIs) on Tuesday to find out the significance of those injuries.
“They have a couple of knees and I think we’re evaluating them with MRI’s and we’ll probably know for sure here by tomorrow their timeline,” Wilson said. “is it gonna be major deals that maybe is that their season or is it gonna be one of those 3-4-6 week deals where you can get ’em back. Because they’re both seniors, you want them back for them because it’s their last go.”
He remained vague about defensive end Darius Johnson’s status. Johnson did not make the trip on Saturday. Wilson refused to say on Saturday whether it was because of injury or a violation of team rules.
“We’ll see as you go through,” Wilson said. “I’d like to think everybody’s gonna be healthy.”
Wilson said the most problematic thing he noticed watching film of Saturday’s game was a lack of enthusiasm.
“The real disappointing thing to me, which is totally my fault,” Wilson said. “I just didn’t see it from the sideline. On the field, we didn’t have any energy. It just looked like we were at a golf match. We’ve been talking about having some fun, cranking it up. … We were a very lethargic team.”
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