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Hoosiers get verbal from Ohio DE

The Indiana football team has received its sixth verbal committment for the class of 2010.

Ryan Phillis, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound defensive end who will play at Boardman High School (south of Youngstown), has informed the Hoosiers coaching staff that he plans to sign a letter of intent in February.

He was offered a scholarship on Tuesday of this week and did not wait long to make his decision.

“It was just the right place,” he said. “I loved it, and I love the Big ten.”

Bobby Johnson was the lead recruiter on Phillis.

Here’s a link to his Rivals.com profile. Haven’t been able to locate his Scout.com profile.

We’ll have more on this story as it develops.


SI on scholarships

An interesting piece from Sports Illustrated’s Seth Davis, in light of some of the conversation we’ve had here recently.

Here’s one of the main points of the story. It comes from Michigan coach John Belein, who is chairing an ethics committee for the coaches.

“Awarding scholarships when you don’t have them is not the direction I think most coaches go in,” Beilein said. “I think we have to take a long look at that. It’s one thing if a kid leaves and you sign somebody else. I think we have a whole different issue when you sign people and people haven’t left yet. That sends a bad message.”

Tom Crean, of course, did this when he took six letters-of-intent last season and only had five scholarships to give. But he was also the leader of a program facing a complete rebuilding process unlike anything seen before in a major program. That much has been acknowledged here dozens of times. It wasn’t a regular situation. And I don’t think it will be a regular situation at Indiana anytime soon.

But this is a good read on the scholarship issue, and it points out why some parents out there are confounded by the vagaries of recruiting — and rightfully so.


Chat. Thursday. 11 a.m. Here.

Hope you’ll join us by clicking here. Should be plenty to discuss coming off Crean’s press conference.


Tom Crean press conference

Tom Crean’s press conference (June 24, 2009)

Among the updates from Crean today:

  • Sophomore point guard Daniel Moore has a broken bone in his foot. He had surgery Monday and will be out 10 weeks.
  • Jeremiah Rivers has been the team’s hardest worker since he got here, and is much improved since playing at Georgetown.
  • Crean’s camps have been a who’s who of Indiana basketball, with a long list of alum and even former coach Lou Watson making appearances.
  • Crean hopes to eventual have Albert Pujols come speak to the team. Crean really admires his work ethic and preparation for games.
  • The basketball practice facility should be ready to go by January, and Crean is in the midst of helping with the final design touches.
  • Crean discussed recruiting, saying that the program is continuing to look at a wide range of players for the next few years even though there might be a shortage of scholarships. Crean said it is his duty to continue recruiting because of how the program might change with players leaving.
  • Crean and his staff continue to monitor the academic progress of Maurice Creek and Bawa Muniru, but did not go into detail about their prospects for gaining eligibility and joining the team.

Big Ten Network announces partial schedule

[Noon update]

Jeff Keag at IU Media Relations was nice enough to supply an Akron gametime. It’s a 3:30 p.m. kickoff, with ESPNU providing the television coverage.

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The Big Ten Network released the early season schedule this morning, and Indiana will have its first two games on the cable network.

The Thursday, Sept. 3 matchup against Eastern Kentucky (an 8 p.m. kickoff) had already been announced. The next week, on Sept. 12, Indiana will play host to Western Michigan at noon. The gametime had not been previously announced.

Four noon games on Sept. 19, and Indiana’s game vs. Akron is not among them. No time or network has been announced for that one.

Schedule after the jump. (more…)


Put this in the playbook

Adam Replogle, who will play defensive tackle at Indiana beginning in August, scored the game-winning touchdown in the Big 33 game over the weekend. You can fast forward to the 6:35 mark of the above video to watch the final score.

The Big 33 is the football equivalent of the Kentucky-Indiana All-Stars series, played annually between Ohio and Pennsylvania.

I’d open a discussion of which event is better, but I don’t want to have to create more work for myself by having to set the record straight after you guys share your thoughts.


See Whitaker run

Watch Xavier Whitaker on this professionally produced scouting video, courtesy of YouTube. For more information on Indiana’s most recent verbal commitment, see the post below.


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