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Indiana isn’t wearing pads at practice yet, but the Hoosiers still suffered a pair of injuries during the first practice on Friday.
Freshman running back Antonio Banks and senior defensive end Deonte Mack sat out Saturday’s practice. Mack’s ankle injury will only keep him out day-to-day, but Banks is listed as “out indefinitely” with a hamstring injury. It certainly doesn’t seem to be a season-ending injury, as Banks was riding an exercise bike throughout practice, but it could make it harder for Banks to break into the tailback rotation.
In other notes, the media was provided with updated weights for some of the players on Saturday. Most were within five pounds of their listed weight at the end of spring practice, but there were some fluctuations of note. Junior left guard Justin Pagan is down to 305 pounds from 332 and sophomore defensive tackle Mick Mentzer is down to 305 pounds from 317. Jeff Thomas, the junior college transfer middle linebacker, is down to 240 from 249 and redshirt freshman quarterback Edward Wright-Baker is down to 215 from 225. Sophomore defensive tackle Larry Black Jr. had the biggest weight gain, going from 309 to 325. Defensive end Kevin Bush is up eight pounds to 260 and wide receiver Tandon Doss is up 10 pounds to 205. (more…)
Freshman linebacker Jack Denton graduated from Zionsville High School early so that he could attend spring practice, but he apparently won’t be around for the preseason.
Indiana coach Bill Lynch said Denton is not one of the 105 players who will suit up this preseason. That is the NCAA limit of participating players until school starts.
“Denton didn’t meet some of the expectations I had for him going into this thing,” Lynch said. “So he’s not part of the 105.”
When asked if he could join the team when school started, Lynch said, “We’ll see. There’s some expectations and things that have to be done. (more…)
Verdell Jones celebrates against Minnesota. James Broshe | Herald-Times
The Indiana football team held it’s annual Boys & Girls Club event on the Memorial Stadium turf on Thursday. Our intern Ryan Winn will have a story on it in tomorrow’s paper and I wrote a piece on redshirting, but there were a few notes — some of them not especially serious — that won’t see the paper.
I’m trying to cut down on doing this, but today was sort of intense. We had football availability, then basketball availability shortly thereafter, so there wasn’t a lot of time to blog before I was up against deadline on two stories. The basketball returnees had plenty of interesting stuff to say. My story for tomorrow’s paper follows. Audio is at the bottom.
Two notes that didn’t make it in. Derek Elston is up to about 230 right now and hopes to hit 235. He was listed at 220 last season. Verdell Jones said he’s up from about 173 to 185 and he hopes to get to 195 when the season begins.
For the first time in their tenures at Indiana, the Hoosiers’ junior and sophomore basketball players experienced a summer that at least approached normalcy.
There was certainly some degree of tumult with a new assistant coach and a new strength and conditioning coach joining the staff, the transfer of Bawa Muniru and the addition of three freshmen and a junior college transfer. (more…)
The word going around Assembly Hall is that Indianapolis is about to be announced as the host of the Big Ten football championship game for 2011. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said at Big Ten Media Days this week that he was leaning toward naming a host for this year only and waiting until the spring to reassess the host for the long term. That appears to be the case here. An official announcement is expected within the hour.
UPDATE, 5:53 p.m.
The Big Ten just put out a release. According to the conference, Indianapolis has been selected as “the proposed site,” for the title game. That means Indy now has 30 days to work out a deal to host the game for 2011. The release follows.
Park Ridge, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference announced today that Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis has been chosen as the proposed site for the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game to be played in December of 2011. The conference office will begin a 30-day period to negotiate a one-year agreement with Indiana Sports Corp and Lucas Oil Stadium to host the game. Once the 2011 agreement is in place, the conference office will conduct a thorough process over the next year to determine the location of the Big Ten Football Championship Game in 2012 and beyond.
“We are excited to work with Indiana Sports Corp and Lucas Oil Stadium to finalize an agreement to hold the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game in the city of Indianapolis,” said Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany. “We felt at this time it was important to identify a site for the first championship game and then spend more time with other cities and venues with respect to both our basketball tournaments and the football championship games in the future. The city of Indianapolis has been an outstanding host for our basketball tournaments, and we look forward to holding our first Big Ten Football Championship Game in Lucas Oil Stadium.”
The 115th season of Big Ten football kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 2, as Indiana hosts Towson, Minnesota plays at Middle Tennessee State, and Ohio State welcomes Marshall. The conference’s other eight teams open action on Saturday, Sept. 4.
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