Adams says goodbye to IU

Talked to Drew Adams earlier today. My story for tomorrow’s paper follows.

Drew Adams’s last day in Cook Hall was Friday, which was sort of fitting because it coincides with graduation.
The 26-year-old Bloomington native and South graduate admits it’s strange to leave Indiana now when it appears the Hoosiers are close to a comeback, if not this coming season, then the following year. He not only knows the players in the program now, but the ones who will follow. Two of Indiana’s signees for 2011 and all five verbal commitments for 2012 have played or are playing for his father Mark in the Indiana Elite AAU program. (more…)

Gus leaving CBS

This isn’t Indiana news, but I figure it’s close to many of your hearts. Gus Johnson is leaving CBS according to this story. He’s still apparently on the Big Ten Network roster, and the word is he’ll probably join FOX, which owns 49 percent of the BTN. However, that likely means he’s not going to be broadcasting NCAA Tournament games for the time being.

(Trying to weep in silence.)

UPDATE, Hope Returns at 9:26 p.m.: The New York Daily News is reporting that Johnson’s departure from CBS isn’t a done deal yet. Johnson has been handed an offer by FOX, a source told the Daily News, and Johnson will give CBS a week to match it.

Michael Lewis to Butler, Robert Goff to Marshall

Two items of note so far today:

Looks like former Hoosier Michael Lewis is headed to Butler to fill out the Bulldogs’ coaching staff. Lewis has been at Loyola of Chicago for three weeks, but previously worked at Eastern Illinois.

The Star’s David Woods wrote the move was about recruiting.

Butler coach Brad Stevens sought someone to recruit as effectively as Micah Shrewsberry, who left for Purdue.

Lewis, 33, is considered an outstanding recruiter. He was at Eastern Illinois for six years before taking a position at Loyola. A Loyola spokesman said the university declined formal comment on Lewis’ short tenure there.

Robert Goff, who has been pursued by Indiana multiple times during his career, will sign with Marshall,’s Jeff Goodman reported. Goff previously signed with Oklahoma, but was let out of his letter of intent after Jeff Capel left the school. It did not appear that Indiana was recruiting Goff since that happened.

UPDATE, 4:17 p.m.: Dustin Dopirak here. Just spoke to Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College coach Steve Eck. He said Goff’s connection to Marshall was assistant coach Mark Cline, who had worked at Oklahoma under Jeff Capel and recruited Goff there. Eck said he was not aware if Indiana had attempted to contact Goff since Goff got a release for his letter of intent.

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NCAA men’s basketball rules committe recommends restrictive arc in paint

The NCAA men’s basketball rules committee has recommended that the organization adopt the same restrictive arc in the paint used by the NBA to assure that players don’t step underneath the basket to try to draw charge calls. The NCAA has already adopted a rule to keep players out of that area but made it a judgment call for officials without actually putting the arc on the court.

Thought you all might be interested.

Adams to take director of ops position at New Mexico

Indiana director of operations/video coordinator Drew Adams is finalizing a move to New Mexico for a director of operations position with the Lobos, sources confirmed Tuesday.

Adams, a Bloomington South grad, worked with the IU basketball program for two years, the first as the coordinator of basketball systems. The 26-year-old is extremely well connected in AAU circles, as his father Mark is a coach with the Indiana Elite team that currently includes five Indiana verbal commitments and has produced several others including 2011 signees Cody Zeller and Austin Etherington.

Adams will be working for former Indiana star Steve Alford, who coached Adams at Iowa. In his current position, Adams splits administrative duties with Jayd Grossman, the assistant athletic director and director of basketball administration. The move to New Mexico will likely mean an increase in responsibility and pay. Adams’ yearly salary at Indiana is hard to pin down because he took a promotion and a pay bump last year. However, Brian Barone, who held Adams’ position before leaving for an assistant coaching job at Wisconsin-Green Bay, was making $60,000 per year in that position.

Robinson named assistant at UIC

CHICAGO — Stew Robinson, a former player and assistant under Bob Knight, was hired as an assistant coach at Illinois-Chicago Monday.

Robinson will join the staff of Howard Moore, whose Flames went 7-24 overall and 2-15 in the Horizon League in his first year as head coach last season.

“What’s most appealing about this opportunity is the challenge,” Robinson said in a UIC press release. “We are all in this business to teach young men to better themselves not only on the court, but off the court, as well. Coach Moore comes from a great background, specifically with his experience under Bo Ryan at Wisconsin. UIC was very fortunate to land Howard Moore as its head coach, and I can’t wait to work with him. We go about our business the same way.

“I’m looking forward to getting up there, putting some of my ideas together with the rest of the staff, and helping put UIC back into the upper echelon of the Horizon League.”

Robinson spent the past eight seasons as an assistant at Texas Tech under Bob Knight and Pat Knight. Tech advanced to three NCAA Tournaments with Robinson on staff, and won 19 or more games four times. Before joining Knight at Texas Tech, Robinson was an assistant coach at Morehead State in 2002-03 and an assistant at Plattsburgh State in 2001-02.

Robinson was a part of three NCAA tournament teams at Indiana from 1982-86. The 1982-83 team won the Big Ten title.


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