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Big Ten to announce divisions tonight

The Big Ten Network will formally announce the divisions for the 12-team Big Ten at 7 p.m. tonight in a 90-minute television special on, of course, the Big Ten Network.

CHICAGO – The Big Ten Network will air the official live announcement of the Big Ten football divisions with Commissioner Jim Delany at 7 p.m. ET tonight.  The show will also be streamed live at BigTenNetwork.com

Lead studio host Dave Revsine will host the football special and be joined by analysts Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. Confirmed guests will include athletic directors David Brandon of Michigan, Mark Hollis of Michigan State, Gene Smith of Ohio State, Tom Osborne of Nebraska, and other Big Ten Network analysts.

However, ESPN’s Andy Katz is reporting what these divisions will be:

Division I

Michigan
Nebraska
Iowa
Michigan State
Northwestern
Minnesota

Division II

Ohio State
Penn State
Wisconsin
Purdue
Indiana
Illinois

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Obviously this would keep Purdue and Indiana playing in the regular-season finale, which may have been the biggest factor in all of this for the Hoosiers. Also do not discount that Indiana continues to have Ohio State, Wisconsin, Purdue and Illinois in Memorial Stadium every-other season. In terms of competitiveness, this seems fair.


Zeller visit dates set

Cody Zeller will be on campus the last weekend in October (Oct. 29-31), the Indy Star is reporting.

Indiana is getting the last official visit from Zeller.

He’ll be on campus for the Northwestern game as well as Halloween weekend. The latter is as good of a reason as any to link to our friend ChronicHoosiers’ pitch to Zeller from early July.


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Towson head coach Rob Ambrose talks to his team during a game in 2009. Chuck Cherney | Associated Press

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Injury Report: Adkins, Doss, Muhammad out

Indiana released it’s official injury report Tuesday evening. Don’t want to be too presumptive here, but it seems that players who are expected to redshirt (i.e. Tim O’Conner, Leneil Himes and Logan Young) were left off the list. No real surprises on the list, but this apparently means running back Zach Davis-Walker is good to go.

The injury report follows:

Chris Adkins, S Ankle Out
Tandon Doss, WR Groin Out
Dre Muhammad, WR Ankle Out
Andrew McDonald, OL Knee Probable


IU releases game-day traffic info

Mike Leonard is doing a story on this for the news side today, but figured we could post this info on the blog. From IU:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.– Road construction is underway on Bloomington’s IN 45/46 Bypass, and IU Athletics has been working with the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), local law enforcement and Milestone Contractors, L.P. (the firm heading the widening of the 45/46 Bypass) to limit traffic congestion on football game days. IU Athletics is also enacting a comprehensive communication effort to inform fans of possible delays, alternative routes and construction updates.  On game days, Indiana Athletics encourages all ticket holders to arrive at Memorial Stadium as early as possible.
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Patterson No. 78, Jurkin No. 137 in Rivals150

Both of Indiana’s verbal commitments were in Rivals.com’s top 150, announced today.

Ron Patterson came in at No. 78, and Peter Jurkin was No. 137.

Patterson may be a little low, though it’s hard to judge the different between No. 50 and No. 100. As I Tweeted earlier, dunks are highly valued and defense is not. So is staying uncommitted (the sites rely on a hit-based business model and devoted fanbases + uncommitted prospects = lots of hits).

Here is where the rest of Indiana’s targets fell:

10 — Hanner Perea

17 — Yogi Ferrell

24 — Gary Harris

25 — D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera

39 — Jeremy Hollowell

56 — A.J. Hammons

71 — T.J. Warren

92 — Mitch McGary

99 — DeJuan Marrero

118 — Glenn Robinson III

137 — Peter Jurkin


Fanhouse: IU paying $700K to Arkansas State

Indiana will pay Arkansas State $700,000 to come to Memorial Stadium this season, Fanhouse’s Brett McMurphy is reporting.

Arkansas State, interestingly enough, is actually making $1.7 million off two games: it’ll get a cool million to play Auburn.

I am trying to find out how much IU is paying Towson for Thursday’s contest.

By the way, I have not plugged this enough: like us on Facebook. Don’t worry, we won’t bombard you with links. But the loss of Korman has hurt Dustin’s self-confidence, and having lots of friends may help the guy out.

UPDATE, 7:12 p.m.

Hey, Dustin Dopirak here. Just got off the phone with Fred Glass. He says the $700,000 figure for the Arkansas State guarantee is correct and the $750,000 figure he initially provided when the schedule was released in January was something of a misrememberance.



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