Crean: Hoosiers have to stick to fundamentals

According to Tom Crean, Indiana has no chance on Saturday if it tries to out-Kentucky Kentucky.

If the Hoosiers try to outrun the No. 1 Wildcats or out jump them or drive right at them and try to shoot over them, they have no chance.

But they do if they play smart, he said, and stick to their style of play.

“The key is that we stay true to the game which is fundamentals, discipline, execution, energy, all of those kind of things and not get out of character,” Crean said. “That’s what you worry about the most in any type of situation that’s relatively new for a group like it is for this one. But it’s gonna be different for them too. It’s their first true road game as well. It’s going to a matter of the team that makes the fewest mistakes.” (more…)

IU co-offensive coordinator Rod Smith leaves for Arizona

Indiana co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Rod Smith has left the program to join Rich Rodriquez’s staff at Arizona. Smith played under Rodriguez at Glenville (W.Va.) State and also coached under him at Clemson, West Virginia and Michigan. Smith spent a year with Kevin Wilson’s staff after Rodriguez was fired at Michigan and the Rodriguez was working in television.

Smith will have the same position at Arizona that he held at Indiana.

Wilson’s statement about Smith’s departure follows.

“We appreciate Rod’s efforts with us this season,” Wilson said. “We’re sorry to see him leave and wish him and his family the very best. Rod has a long-standing relationship with Coach Rodriguez and we understand his decision.

“As we move forward, we’ll take our time to find the fit for our coaching staff that will keep our program headed in a positive direction.”

Big Ten COP/C releases statement on Penn State

The Big Ten’s Council of President’s and Chancellors, a group headed by Indiana University president Michael McRobbie, released a statement saying that it will request that the league’s legal counsel be a part of investigations by Penn State and the NCAA and that it reserves the right to issue sanctions for lack of institutional control. The statement follows.

Big Ten Statement on Penn State

Park Ridge, Ill. – The Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors (COP/C) held its regularly scheduled meeting this week with several items on its Agenda, including the series of events recently unfolding at Penn State University.

With regard to the Penn State matter, the Big Ten office issued the following statement on behalf of the COP/C:

The Big Ten Presidents and Chancellors express their sincere concern for any harm done to innocent young victims and their families.  Protection of our children is one of society’s most central responsibilities and institutions of higher education should be particularly vigilant.  We are committed to examining our own institutions to assure that effective measures are taken to assure the safety of children on our campuses. (more…)

Hoosier Brunch

Since this is coming up post-chat today, we’re officially Hoosier Brunch again.


Kentucky might not be beaten on tangible factors alone on Saturday night, but Indiana has some intangibles working in their favor. My column.

Dustin spoke with football coach Kevin Wilson, wrapping up a disappointing 1-11 season, and clearly Wilson isn’t happy with the result either.

Despite the struggles, Andy looks at the silver lining for Indiana football, following IU’s 1-11 season. He takes an especially close look at stats that may be a sign of positives to come.

Dustin goes position-by-position for the football team next year, looking at what’s left to build on in the 2012 season.

Camp Crean is now closed, but students who waited overnight in the cold will be rewarded with the best seats in the house, Dustin wrote.

The Hoosier women dropped another one on the road last night to St. Bonaventure — their fifth straight. (more…)

Live Chat, 11 a.m.

Back to normal this week. We’ll be here.

“Camp Crean” shutdown, students given vouchers for best seats

Citing the approach of inclement weather and final exams, Indiana athletics shutdown “Camp Crean” late Wednesday afternoon, giving the students involved vouchers to allow them to go to the front of the line on Saturday to get the best possible seats for Saturday’s Indiana-Kentucky game.

More on this story later. For now, the IU athletics release.

IU Bloomington Athletics Department sets policy for general admission basketball ticket distribution; ‘Camp Crean’ enthusiasts rewarded

BLOOMINGTON, IND – Student season ticket holders who have been standing outside Assembly Hall since Tuesday afternoon were given vouchers late this afternoon (Dec. 7) that will allow them to enter first in order when doors open Saturday at 3:45 p.m. for the men’s basketball game against top-ranked Kentucky.

These students were then asked to leave the area outside Assembly Hall, and no other students will be allowed to spend the night outside Assembly Hall. Students who have season tickets in the general admission seating area for the IU-Kentucky game may begin lining up at 7:00 a.m.  Saturday, and no additional vouchers will be distributed before then.     (more…)

24 IU football players named Academic All-Big Ten

From IU Sports Info:


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A school record 24 Indiana football student-athletes earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, the conference office announced Wednesday. The 24 Hoosier honorees are the third-highest total in the league.

Student-athletes must be in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better to be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection.

IU’s honorees are listed below:

Pete Bachman, Leon Beckum, David Blackwell, Charlie Chapman, Connor Creevey, Griffen Dahlstrom, Max Dedmond, Cody Evers, Mitch Ewald, Josh Hager, Greg Heban, Bill Ivan, Dusty Kiel, John Laihinen, Will Matte, Jake Michalek, Paul Phillips, Ryan Phillis, Adam Replogle, Lee Rose, Teddy Schell, Ishmael Thomas, Alexander Webb and Jake Zupancic.


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