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Aaron Price goes through a drill during practice. Heather Brogden | Herald-Times


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From Indiana:

Johnson, Drane, Freeland out for Western Kentucky game

Indiana defensive end Darius Johnson’s hamstring apparently never healed, nor did kicker Nick Freeland’s hip. Safety Jarrell Drane also apparently injured his knee, and the Hoosiers will be without three players for Saturday’s game against Western Kentucky.

All three players were listed as “out” on Indiana’s injury report, released Thursday evening. The other two players on the out list are safety Chris Adkins and running back Matt Perez, who is out for the season with an ACL tear.

Several other injured players are listed as probable. The injury report follows.

Chris Adkins, S Ankle Out
Jarrell Drane, S Knee Out
Nick Freeland, K Hip Out
Darius Johnson, DE Hamstring Out
Matt Perez, RB ACL Out for season
Kevin Bush, DE Neck Probable
Max Dedmond, TE Knee Probable
Tandon Doss, WR Groin Probable
Andre Kates, CB Hip Probable
Dre Muhammad, WR Ankle Probable

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


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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