Live chat: Western Kentucky at Indiana

By   |   Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008 - 11:40 AM   |   4 comments

For the past two seasons, Hoosier Scoop writers have commented on Indiana football games as they happened.

Sort of. There was always a bit of lag as we typed things into the blog and then waited for the post to go through. Then, you faithful, insightful, handsome or pretty, wise, engaging and hilarious readers would comment below each post.

The conversation was disjointed, to say the least.

This year, we’re going live. Well, closer to live. And we’ll rely on you more than ever.

We’ll use the box below to conduct our in-game discussion. Those of you stuck at home can feel a little closer to the game by interacting with each other and our cadre of writers in the press box.

On “The Walk”

By   |   Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008 - 11:24 AM   |   Comments Off

Kellen Lewis’ parents, Saprina and Kiser.

The fans great the Hoosiers on The Walk.

The Team on The Walk.

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Live at Armstrong: IU Classic

By   |   Friday, Aug. 29, 2008 - 7:10 PM   |   5 comments

Indiana and Duke are just taking the field for warm-ups with the Hoosiers’ season opener set to kick off in about 30 minutes.

In the evening’s first game, Akron got a goal early in the second half from Kofi Sarkodie, the younger brother of IU’s Ofori, then pulled away for a dominating 3-0 victory over Notre Dame. Indiana will play the No. 12 Zips, coached by former IU player and assistant Caleb Porter, Sunday at 2 p.m.

I’ll be back with a pre-game update and will update every 15 minutes of game time or as events warrant.

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Safety in numbers for IU

By   |   Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008 - 4:27 PM   |   8 comments

 Nick Polk is meaner this year than last year.

This is the eighth and last in a series of position-by-position previews.

PROJECTED STARTERS: CB Christopher Phillips, 6-0, 187, Sr.; CB Chris Adkins, 6-1, 185, Fr.; FS Nick Polk, 6-0, 218, Jr.; SS Austin Thomas, 6-2, 222; Jr.

STARTERS LOST: CB Tracy Porter (13 games started); CB Leslie Majors (11 games started).

KEY RESERVES: CB Donnell Jones, 5-10, 210, Fr.; CB Richard Council, 6-1, 189; FS Joe Kleinsmith, 5-11, 197, Sr.; SS Jerimy Finch, 6-1, 215, So.

2007 REVIEW: Indiana had its best set of cornerbacks in recent years with Tracy Porter and Leslie Majors. Porter is now playing for the New Orleans Saints and Majors is with the Chicago Bears. The move of Nick Polk from wide receiver to free safety made the Hoosiers more athletic in the defensive backfield, but the team was relatively inexperienced at safety. As a sophomore, strong safety Austin Thomas was IU’s leading tackler. Polk and Thomas made IU at least adequate at safety last year after the team had been relatively weak at that position the previous couple of seasons.

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Thursday live discussion: 11 a.m.

By   |   Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008 - 10:50 AM   |   Comments Off

It’s the Thursday before the first week of college football.

Kyle Taber’s knee has just been surgically repaired.

Matt Carlino will be a Hoosier in 2011.

There’s plenty to talk about, and you can do that by clicking here.

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Where to find the games

By   |   Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008 - 4:01 PM   |   Comments Off

The Big Ten Network has launched a nifty interactive site that will allow you to find out its football schedule each week and tell you where to find the games (since many providers broadcast games on multiple over-flow channels.)

You can find it right here.

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Ground game a key to success

By   |   Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008 - 2:23 PM   |   2 comments

Marcus Thigpen.

This is the seventh in an eight-part series previewing the IU football team by position. Doug Wilson takes a look at the tailbacks today.

PROJECTED STARTER: Marcus Thigpen, 5-9, 193, Sr.

STARTERS LOST: Josiah Sears (started three games)

KEY RESERVES: Bryan Payton, 5-9, 205, Jr.; Demetrius McCray, 5-11, 208, Sr., Trea Burgess, 6-1, 223, So.

2007 REVIEW: Bill Lynch emphasized improving Indiana’s running game last season and was successful in making it better. After finished last in the Big Ten in 2006 with 113.8 rushing yards per game and 3.5 yards per carry, Indiana improved to eighth in the conference with 157.4 yards per game and 4.3 yards per carry in 2007. For the second straight year, quarterback Kellen Lewis was Indiana’s leading rusher. He finished with 56.6 rushing yards per game and 5.0 yards per carry. Marcus Thigpen was the top running back with 47.3 yards per game and 4.1 yards per carry.

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