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Crean: Offseason development key

After Aaron Fuller and Jarryd Cole pushed around his forwards on Sunday, Indiana coach Tom Crean got another question about big men at his weekly radio show on Monday, but this one was more about the development of his current bigs than recruiting a new one.

The caller in question did mention Cody Zeller, and Crean rightfully pointed out that he can’t comment on recruits, but he was asking more about the development of IU’s current front line, and Crean brought up freshmen Bobby Capobianco, Derek Elston and Christian Watford.

“I like the things that we’ve got in these young guys,” he said. “… There’s three freshmen in Bobby, Derek and Christian that are on that front line that are making progress. They all need to gain weight, they all need to gain athleticism, they’re going through experiences right now. They need to develop confidence. I think Derek Elston is really just scratching the surface on what kind of player he’s going to be. We definitely need him to continue be an integral part as we move forward this year.”

Crean said earlier in the evening that he Capobianco and Watford were two of the most improved players on the team this year.

“He’s really had to develop an ability to guard different people on the perimeter, to be able to get by people,” Crean said of Watford. “Once his athleticism really takes shape, I think you’ll see even a different player there. And I would say Bobby Capobianco has probably had the biggest mindset, and I mean that in a good way, in being able to understand how hard you have to play at this level.”

Crean was asked about one of his freshmen that hasn’t been playing in freshman guard Maurice Creek, who has been out since December with a fractured knee.

“He’s been doing very well,” Crean said. “He had a great first semester, and I know that didn’t have anything to do with his injury, but he’s continued to work very hard academically. He’s ahead of schedule, but he’s definitely a ways away from being on the court and being able to work on the court on a hard fashion. He put up 205 six times the other day, which is real progress there. I think his body will continue to really grow. He’s on all of our trips. We have him doing different statistics for us during the games, just trying to help him really learn the leadership that he’s gotta have to be successful moving forward.”


IU hires Moriarity as offensive line coach

Indiana has hired Mo Moriarity, a former Indiana assistant that is one of Indiana’s high school coaching stars, to replace Bobby Johnson.

From IU media relations:

Indiana head football coach Bill Lynch announced this afternoon that Myron “Mo” Moriarity will join the Hoosier staff as the team’s offensive line coach. Moriarity replaces Bobby Johnson, who took an assistant offensive line coach position with the Buffalo Bills on Feb. 17.

“We are excited to have Mo join our staff,” Lynch said. “He has been a proven winner through the years and shares my passion and vision for football here at Indiana University. Our offensive line will be well coached and fundamentally sound.”

This marks Moriarity’s second tenure with the Hoosiers. Moriarity, who has 33 years of coaching experience, coached tight ends from 2002-04 and mentored future NFL talent Aaron Halterman.

“I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to work with Bill Lynch and be a part of what I feel is a program heading in the right direction,” Moriarity said. “Coach Lynch and I have been friends for a long time and after talking with him about IU Football, I really can’t wait to get back down to Bloomington.”

Halterman was Indiana’s third-leading receiver with 23 receptions for 230 yards in 2003. Indiana tight ends caught 38 passes for 398 yards and three touchdowns in 2002. They also proved to be instrumental in blocking for the Big Ten’s third-ranking passing offense. Halterman was the team’s third-ranked receiver that year, catching 27 balls, the most by a tight end since 1992.

One of the most successful high school coaches in Indiana state history, Moriarity owns a career mark of 241-56 (.811) in 25 years as a head coach. He has won three state championships, collected four state runner-up finishes and 12 conference championships. Moriarity has coached three Mr. Football winners (Bo Barzilauskas, Rex Grossman and Morgan Newton) and is in the top 10 all-time in Indiana high school football coaching winning percentage.

He spent the last five seasons as head coach at Carmel High School. Moriarity collected his third state championship in 2007 and took the program to the state finals each of his final four seasons. Carmel went 58-14 (.806) in his five campaigns.

Prior to his first stint at IU, he served as the head coach at Bloomington South High School for 15 years (1987-2001). During that time he posted a 143-31 (.822) record, won two state championships, in 1993 and 1998, and was the state’s runner-up in 1997.

His teams at South won 10 conference crowns (1987, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001), including the last six during his 15 seasons. During those six seasons Bloomington South owned a 70-8 mark.

Moriarity had six undefeated teams (1987, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999) during the regular season and won seven sectional, six regional and three semistate titles. His success did not go unnoticed on a national level as Bloomington South was ranked in the top 20 in the country during five different seasons (1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999).

He began his head-coaching career at Lakeland High School, where he posted a 40-11 record from 1982-1986. Lakeland earned three conference championships (1982, 1984, 1986), a pair of cluster championships and had two undefeated teams (1984, 1986) during the regular season.

Moriarity served as an assistant coach at Fountain Central High School from 1977-1981.

He was elected as the President of the Indiana Football Coaches Association in 1998 and was the Indiana North/South head coach in 1994 and an assistant coach in 1993.

Moriarity earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from St. Joseph’s College in 1977 and went on to earn a master’s degree in secondary education from Indiana State University in 1985 and a school administration certification from Indiana University in 1993.

The Martinsville, Ind., native was on born March 14, 1955. Moriarity and his wife, Gail, have been married for 29 years.


Davis, Braun All-Big Ten

The Big Ten women’s basketball postseason honors were just released, and IU has two representatives.

Jori Davis (16.6 ppg) was named second team all-Big Ten by both coaches and media. Jamie Braun (12.7 ppg) was named third team by the media and honorable mention by the coaches.

Andrea McGuirt was the Hoosiers’ Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree.

See the complete list here.


Crean: IU-Purdue rivalry should be protected

Tom Crean only got to Purdue once in his first year as coach at Indiana, and he doesn’t think that should ever be the case again.

Crean was asked on Monday’s Big Ten teleconference if he supports the idea of protecting rivalries, ensuring that with certain series were played twice every season. He unsurprisingly answered in the affirmative.

“I think everybody should look at it,” he said. “Especially with Indiana and Purdue and a rivalry that’s gone decade upon decade. I say that knowing we’re not in the same place they are as a program right now. I think that should always be a two-game series.”


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Indiana guard Jordan Hulls walks off the court after fouling out against Iowa. David Snodgress | Herald-Times

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ScoopTalk: How bad was it, really?


Iowa 73, Indiana 57

Jordan Hulls' face says it all.

Tom Crean challenged his team to show up for this rematch with Iowa, which beat the Hoosiers in Assembly Hall earlier this year and sent them skidding, with intensity and renewed fight.

It, once again, did not.

Where do the Hoosiers go from this year? Has the progress ceased for the season? Will these last final games only serve to hammer home the difficult lessons already learned through these tribulations? Is an off-season of weight work and growing up the only thing that will help Indiana?

What next?

More to come, once we speak with head coach Tom Crean and a few of the players.

[9:05 UPDATE]

I stand, apparently, corrected.

Tom Crean, Christian Watford and Verdell Jones just told the assembled media that the Hoosiers did, indeed, fight and play tough.

Crean said it was a “very, very hard-fought game” and that his team needed to be in a fight and that it “answered the bell for that.”

Jones thought the Hoosiers made mental mistakes and therefore were not able to stick with the Hawkeyes, who, said Watford, hit tough shots.

It is very possible that I just had a skewered view of what happened here today. The drive here is long. The season has been winding.

I need to go watch the tape of this one.

We’ll have more in a bit, including a few thoughts on what Indiana did to change the way it defended the pick and roll (and how it faltered a few times today).

UPDATE, 10:21 p.m.

The audio follows.

AUDIO: Todd Lickliter calls it a big win for his team

AUDIO: Tom Crean says his team fought, just didn’t execute

AUDIO: Christian Watford discusses IU’s changed screen and roll coverage

AUDIO: Verdell Jones said the turnovers were a product of hurrying.



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