76 Rodger Saffold, 6-5, 318, Sr./Sr.
72 Andrew McDonald, 6-6, 309, Jr./So.
65 Marc Damisch, 6-6, 304, So./Fr.
70 Justin Pagán, 6-5, 311, So./So. (more…)
I expect this will be the case for most of these, but Indiana coach Bil Lynch didn’t break any major news at his weekly coaches’ show Monday night. Mostly, he addressed some of the same things he did at his press conference Friday — it was a good win, crowd was great, need to run the ball better, Western Michigan is a really good team, etc.
Some comments from the player guests, defensive end Jammie Kirlew and right guard Pete Saxon, were interesting, however. Most of the players who spoke with the media after Thursday night’s game stuck to the “win is a win” refrain. But both Kirlew and Saxon called the team’s performance in the 19-13 win over Eastern Kentucky as unacceptable.
Saxon and Kirlew also said that two players voluntarily left the team’s leadership council earlier this year, because they felt they had “screwed up” and didn’t deserve to be a part of the council. Of course, they did not mention who those two players were.
Lynch did announce his game captains, however. This week, it will be safety Austin Thomas, linebackers Matt Mayberry and Tyler Repogle and running back Bryan Payton.
Question of the night came from a woman I believe was named Gail. She admitted to being a football novice but said she noticed that every time the quarterback handed off to the running back Thursday night, the running back ran into this big gob of people. She asked “Why did he do that.” Lynch said he was asking himself the same thing. By coaches’ show standards, it was pretty funny.
Indiana sent out game notes with a few minor changes on the depth chart. Left guard Justin Pagan is back on the depth chart but listed behind Marc Damisch, who started in place of the injured Pagan on Thursday. Deonte Mack, who was suspended for the first game, is listed as the backup right defensive end to Jammie Kirlew.
Richard Council is still one of the starting cornerbacks, listed ahead of Donnell Jones, who missed Thursday’s game with an injury.
I will post the entire depth chart later.
Victor Oladipo hadn’t planned on making a decision yet. He actually had an official visit scheduled to Notre Dame in two weeks, and had three other schools he was still considering.
But after a visit to Bloomington this weekend, the 6-foot-4, 180-pound guard from Maryland’s DeMatha Catholic High School said he knew where he should be.
“I just felt like that was the place for me,” Oladipo said Monday after verbally committing to Indiana. “The coaching staff has been with me. They stuck with me. I’ve grown a relationship with players and coaches, and I just feel like that’s my home.”
Oladipo was in Bloomington from Thursday until Saturday. He said that by the end of the trip he was convinced he’d found the right fit, and called IU coach Tom Crean on Monday after discussions with his family and his high school and AAU coaches.
Oladipo, which Rivals.com rates as a three-star recruit and the No. 133 player in the class of 2010, said he was attracted to Indiana for a number of reasons. He said he appreciated the faith he was shown by Crean, who began recruiting him in December and offered him a scholarship personally. He also said he believed he would fit in well in Crean’s system.
“They play up and down,” Oladipo said. “They set a lot of ball screens. He lets their guards show their talent.”
And even though the Hoosiers are still reeling from the Kelvin Sampson era and coming off a 6-25 season, he said he thinks he can help them back to where they’ve been.
“I think I can help them win a national championship,” he said. “I think I can help them win Big Ten championships. I want to come in and make an impact.”
Victor Oladipo, a 6-foot-4 guard in the class of 2010, has verbally committed to play for Indiana.
Oladipo visited the campus this weekend and decided to become the second player to pick Indiana from the senior class.
Oladipo is a three-star guard, according to Rivals.com, who had offers from Marquette, Notre Dame and Xavier.
Dustin Dopirak will have more soon, as he is currently on the phone is Oladipo.
Dustin and I just re-watched Indiana’s season-opening 19-13 win against Eastern Kentucky.
A few thoughts:
This YouTube video has surfaced from Victor Oladipo’s weekend visit, showing he and Creek dunking in a variety of creative ways on an outdoor court. Thanks to Inside the Hall.
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