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Indiana still interested in Aniefiok, but more interested in teammate Djimde

Indiana isn’t necessarily out of contention for Huntington (W.Va.) Prep guard Maurice Aniefiok, his coach Rob Fulford said Friday, but with three official visits scheduled and Aniefiok having self-imposed an April 25 deadline, it doesn’t appear likely that he will become a Hoosier.

Aniefiok is on an official visit to James Madison this weekend and has visits scheduled to Mississippi and Duquesne the next two weekends. He has not visited Indiana nor does he have a visit scheduled there.

“The last time Maurice and I talked, he said he was only going to take three visits,” Fulford said. “He’s on one now and he has one to Ole Miss next weekend. Unless he switches the last one with Duquesne (I don’t think he’s going to visit Indiana).”

Fulford said he didn’t imagine that Aniefiok would push back his deadline to make a trip to IU. He said the Hoosiers have not made a formal scholarship offer — at least it hasn’t come through the school, he said — and it’s unlikely he postpone his decision to wait for one.

“They’ve all been in here to see him,” Fulford said. “Time’s running out. He’s not going to push back a deadline for people who have been in here and had a lot of time to decide.” (more…)


Crossing Maurice Aniefiok off the list …

When word first got out that Indiana had traveled to Huntington Prep in West Virginia to watch Maurice Aniefiok, a 6-foot-5 wing, the first question was, “Isn’t there enough of those?”

Problem averted, as Aniefiok will be making three officials visits during the next few weeks and Indiana is not one of them. James Madison, Ole Miss and Duquesne are the schools still going after the 2011 prospect, according to Scout.com.


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Report: Senderoff to be named coach at Kent State

According to FoxSports.com’s Jeff Goodman, former Indiana assistant Rob Senderoff has been named the head coach at Kent State.

Senderoff was the assistant coach named most prominently in reports that led to sanctions against Indiana and coach Kelvin Sampson for impermissible phone calls. The majority of the three-way calls that were a point of contention were reportedly initiated by Senderoff.

Senderoff had been an assistant coach at Kent State and has been the interim coach since the job opened.

In addition, former Indiana assistant Roshown McLeod has reportedly resigned from his position at St. Benedict’s Prep in New Jersey.


At pro day, Doss shows signs of recovery

If Tandon Doss could design the NFL Draft calendar himself, he’d probably take another month of recovery, rehabilitation and strength building before showing off for scouts. The former Indiana wide receiver had surgery after the season to repair a torn muscle between his stomach and his groin, so he isn’t quite his old self yet.

But at some point, before the draft April 28-30, Doss had to give scouts a 40 time and other measurables to work off of, so Wednesday morning was as good a time as any. Doss effectively had his own personal pro day — Mitchell Evans was also timed in the 40 and agility drills, Terrance Turner ran routes and Ben Chappell threw passes to all three receivers, but no one else was involved — one month after Indiana’s initial pro day in early March. About 20 scouts— more than showed up for the first pro day — were in Mellencamp Pavilion to see Doss.

The results were mostly strong. Doss didn’t have quite as much explosiveness as he typically showed in three years at IU, but he still showed solid speed and route running ability.

“I think he looked really good today,” Doss’s agent, Jared Fox said. “He’s getting in and out of his breaks really well. Timing wise, he did a really good job. Clocked, from what I understand, good times. Having the injury during the season, there’s a process that takes place in getting back to your very, very best. With the reality of the draft and the practical nature of the NFL teams having to get times, he had to run and show himself. He had to show that he was recovered, recovering and that he will be where he needs to be.” (more…)


Big Ten releases Indiana’s schedule for 2013, 2014

So the Big Ten announced the conference football schedules for 2013 and 2014 today. They are below, along with known nonconference opponents and the 2012 schedule. There are obviously some missing dates, and the nonconference games could always be moved/postponed/canceled. While it is obviously hard to predict just who exactly the Big Ten elite will be going forward, 2013 (Kevin Wilson’s third year) looks to be quite tough – Navy and Missouri (both at home), and road trips to Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio State (the last two back-to-back before the Old Oaken Bucket game at home).

Indiana will not see Northwestern, Iowa or Nebraska.

2012

Sept. 1 vs. Indiana St.
Sept. 15 vs. Ball State
Sept. 29 at Northwestern
Oct. 6 vs. Michigan St.
Oct. 13 vs. Ohio St.
Oct. 20 at Navy
Oct. 27 at Illinois
Nov. 3 vs. Iowa
Nov. 10 vs. Wisconsin
Nov. 17 at Penn St.
Nov. 23/24 at Purdue
Dec. 1 Big Ten Championship Game

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Wilson: Hoosiers “Mentally weak” right now

Kevin Wilson kept his new football team on the field a half-hour longer than he expected to on Tuesday and he still wasn’t thrilled at it once it was over.

Indiana’s new coach wasn’t specific on what upset him but made it clear that he wanted to see more than what he was seeing.

“They’re mentally not as well-conditioned as they are physically,” Wilson said when asked about the team’s conditioning level. “We mentally are weak. Mentally fatigue, we’re not a mentally tough team. I think physically we can go out there and run, but I think we get tired a little too quick when we practice. It’s just playing through it, learning through it, growing through it. … It’s repetition, day after day. It’s why we’re late today.”

Wilson suggested he could see this group getting better, but he said he also hopes it gets better immediately with an injection of talent from the incoming freshmen. Wilson has already made it clear that redshirting players will not be nearly as vital to his philosophy as it was to former coach Bill Lynch’s. On Tuesday, he suggested that the use of freshmen would be even more prominent than he had previously indicated.

“Our plan is to play as many freshmen as we can,” Wilson said. “From watching some of our guys, I would hope some of our freshmen are better than the guys that we have on our team.” (more…)


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