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IU honors Derek Drouin, Will Bruin, Ashley Benson as Athletes of Year

Indiana named national champion high jumper Derek Drouin and soccer star Will Bruin its co-Male Athletes of the Year while naming volleyball star Ashley Benson Female Athlete of the Year.

The Indiana press release follows.

IU Athletics Announces Award Winners

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Athletics has announced that senior volleyball player Ashley Benson has been named the 2011 Indiana Female Athlete of the Year and that junior soccer player Will Bruin and junior track and field athlete Derek Drouin have been named the 2011 co-Indiana Male Athletes of the Year.

“The dedication, character, and on-field excellence that these award winning student-athletes possess, represent the best values and traditions of Indiana University Athletics,” said IU Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass. “We are proud of their accomplishments, and are privileged to share in their many successes.” (more…)


Big Ten announces single plays for 2011-12 season

A little bit more of Indiana’s schedule was released today.

Indiana’s four single plays this season in the Big Ten Conference will be: Illinois and Northwestern at home, and Nebraska and Wisconsin on the road.

That leaves Indiana playing home-and-away series with Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Iowa, Minnesota and Penn State.

Solid balance in the single plays for Indiana. Wisconsin should be back among the conference’s elite, with Illinois and Northwestern in that second tier with Indiana. Then there’s Nebraska.


IU fan-friendly four-game basketball set Feb. 4 at LC

Kyle Neddenriep’s Indianapolis Star blog has reported that Lawrence Central will host a four-game high school hoops extravaganza for Saturday, Feb. 4, 20112 that Indiana fans might already want to mark on their calendars. The schedule, as announced by LC coach J.R. Shelt, is (with the IU commits featured in parentheses):

Lawrence Central (Jeremy Hollowell) vs. Cathedral (Collin Hartman)
Broad Ripple (Ron Patterson) vs. Fort Wayne Bishop Luers (James Blackmon Jr.)
United Faith, N.C. (Peter Jurkin) vs. La Lumiere (Hanner Perea)
Park Tudor (Yogi Ferrell) vs. Tech (Trey Lyles)

No word, as yet, on specific game times.


Report: Nick Mangieri to Indiana

Nick Mangieri, a big athlete from Dunlap, Ill., has verbally committed to Indiana, according to multiple outlets (here is 247Sports.com’s report).

Mangiere had offers from Illinois, Northwestern and Boston College. 247Sports.com gave him an “87” grade (out of 100) as a defensive end/tight end, while Rivals.com has the 6-foot-5, 230-pound rising senior as their No. 33 outside linebacker.

Here is an extensive highlight film from his junior season.


Report: Calbert Cheaney to join Indiana coaching staff

Calbert Cheaney is set to join Indiana’s coaching staff for next season, according to Rick Bozich of the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Cheaney would presumably be taking over the director of operations position left open when Drew Adams went to New Mexico.

Bozich contacted Tom Crean for comment.

“I’m not ready to make any official announcement yet but you can say that I’m extremely excited about the future of our basketball staff,” Crean said.

Cheaney has worked as a special assistant coach the last two seasons for Golden State. He’s been around the program frequently over the past few seasons.

If true, Cheaney would be the first member of the Indiana family hired by Crean.

Cheaney was the consensus national player of the year in 1993, a three-time All-American and the Big Ten’s all-time scoring leader at 2,613 points. He was also on Indiana’s All-Century first team.

UPDATE, 4:07 p.m.: Dustin Dopirak here. Just got off the phone with Calbert Cheaney. He didn’t want to go into too much detail, but he confirmed that there is a possibility he could join the Indiana coaching staff.

“I wish I could tell you right now,” Cheaney said. “There is some truth to it, but we’re not quite there yet.”


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Mark Donnal is off the board and who IU called today

Today was the first day Michigan coach John Beilein offered any 2013 players and it worked out for him, grabbing two verbal commitments.

One was Mark Donnal, a 6-foot-9 big man from Ohio that Indiana had been pursuing. He was joined by Austin Hatch, a shooter from Fort Wayne Canterbury.

Donnal plays on Dan Dakich’s Indiana Elite South squad. This is a good get for the Wolverines – Donnal has very good outside range and fits that system of play.

Today was also the first day coaches across the country could call members of the 2013 class.

From various Twitter reports, we know Tom Crean and his staff have been in contact with known prospects like Zak Irvin, Jalen James, Bo Zeigler, Darryl Hicks, Josh Newkirk and Demetrius Jackson. Word is that Derrick Walton (No. 88 nationally, according to Rivals.com) and Brannen Greene (No. 37), two new names, heard from IU.


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