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Hoosier-watching in Bowling Green, 1975

Saturday’s junket down to Bowling Green to cover the football Hoosiers’ game with Western Kentucky won’t constitute the first time I’ve been there to watch an IU team play. But the previous time was a long time ago — March 22, 1975 — and involved a television in a Best Western motel lobby.

And it did not end well for the Hoosiers.

I was an IU sophomore headed down to Florida for spring break with family and friends. The men’s basketball Hoosiers were heading into a NCAA Dayton regional game against Kentucky. No. 1-ranked and unbeaten IU had dominated UK at Assembly Hall in December, leading by over 40 points and winning by 24. Even without the great Scott May, sidelined by the broken arm sustained at Purdue, many felt Indiana was still the better team.

We all wanted to watch the game, of course, but due to hotel reservations and other commitments, we needed to be on the road that day. This was three years before ESPN existed. The concept of cell phones was confined to reruns of The Jetsons. “Sports bars,” as such, were few and far between. So we tried calling various hotels and businesses along I-65 to see if somebody was committed to showing the game. The manager of a Best Western at Bowling Green confirmed he indeed intended to have the game on the motel’s lobby television. And the timing, regarding our travel schedule, seemed right.

It was. We arrived about 30 minutes before tipoff. We entered the lobby to see it plastered with blue and white decorations and chock full of Kentucky fans. We thought about hitting the road again, and at least getting over the Tennessee line, but with game time approaching decided to stick it out. (more…)


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Darius Willis and Indiana travel to Western Kentucky this weekend. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

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A new chat era

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Little known fact: Dustin actually painted that background himself. He spent painstaking hours with a brush and a can of midnight gray, creating just the right look. His mother always wanted him to be a painter. Instead, he found a profession with worse hours and few women. But, on the bright side, he gets to speak to you fine people. He’ll do so again at 11 a.m. today. I’ll join him, as I have for several weeks. And the newest member of the team, Andy Graham (he’s the one in the back), will also join us. Yes, a three-person chat. That just blew your mind. Boom.


Evans, Willis named game captains

Quarterback Ben Chappell and linebacker Tyler Replogle are Indiana’s captains for the season, but the Hoosiers will also name two additional captains for each game. This week, they are Mitchell Evans and Darius Willis. From Indiana sports information.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Head Football Coach Bill Lynch announced that senior safety Mitchell Evans and sophomore running back Darius Willis will serve as game captains for Saturday’s game against Western Kentucky. The duo will join season captains Ben Chappell and Tyler Replogle for the matchup with the Hilltoppers (0-2) at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium (22,113) in Bowling Green, Ky.

Chappell and Replogle were elected season captains by their teammates during the preseason, and the team’s Leadership Council will vote on two other game captains each week to join them. Evans was a game captain three times last season, while this will be the first time Willis serves as a captain. (more…)


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Indiana wide receiver Kofi Hughes looks to catch a pass. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

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Four questionable on IU injury report

The names listed as “out” on the Indiana injury report were no surprise. Safety Chris Adkins (ankle) has been on the shelf for several weeks and Indiana coach Bill Lynch said Monday that running back Matt Perez (ACL) is finished for the season.

There are seven other names on the list, however. Defensive end Kevin Bush (neck), kicker Nick Freeland (hip), defensive end Darius Johnson (hamstring) and cornerback Andre Kates (hip) are all listed as questionable. Bush and Kates both practiced, but Freeland and Johnson were held out.

Tight end Max Dedmond (knee), and wide receivers Tandon Doss (groin) and Dre Muhammad (ankle) were all listed as probable. Dedmond was the only one of the three who did not practice, but he is expected to play.


Big Ten News: Purdue WR Smith, OSU safety Barnett out for season

Indiana’s in-state rival got a win last week, but also lost its most decorated offensive player for the season.

Purdue coach Danny Hope confirmed on the Big Ten conference call that senior wide receiver Keith Smith is out for the season with a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee. Smith was an All-Big Ten pick last year, grabbing 91 receptions for 1,100 yards and six touchdowns. He had 18 receptions for 123 yards already this season.

“He was one of our best players, one of the best players in the country at his position, so it’s a tough setback when you lose that quality of a player,” Hope said on the Big Ten teleconference. “You lose his presence on the field, but he can still help us a bunch from a leadership standpoint.

“It’s a big loss, and the team’s very upset about it.”

Hope says he feels good about his depth at wide receiver, including converted quarterback Justin Siller, who has seven receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown already. But says Smith still can’t be individually replaced.

“We have some guys that we can go to,” Hope said. “But none of those guys can do what Keith Smith has done.”

In other conference injury news, Ohio State safety C.J. Barnett, a true sophomore, is out for the season with a knee injury. He had moved into a starting spot in front of injured Orhian Johnson.

“We really hate to lose him,” Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said, “because I thought he was playing very physical and he was really starting to learn the game.”



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