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As promised, Indiana was very aggressive in hiring an assistant coaching staff to work under first-year coach Kevin Wilson.
Athletics director Fred Glass supplied a $2 million pool for Wilson to work with, and the latter did just that — using $1.95 million to hire nine assistant coaches.
Co-defensive coordinators Mike Ekeler and Doug Mallory are the highest-earners on the staff, each earning $300,000, according to information provided by Indiana University to the Herald-Times through a FOIA request.
Kevin Johns will make $250,000 as co-offensive coordinator, along with Rod Smith ($240,000).
Greg Frey, hired from Michigan to coach the offensive line, is the highest-salaried among the position coaches at $220,000. Mark Hagen was brought in from Purdue to coach the defensive tackles and run special teams — he’ll make $180,000. Brett Diersen will make $160,000 as defensive ends coach and recruiting coordinator, while Deland McCullough (running backs) and Brandon Shelby (cornerbacks) round out the staff at $150,000 each.
As much as Kevin Wilson’s first spring practice was about establishing the basics of his philosophies, terminology and schemes, it was just as much about establishing the high tempo he used in his offense at Oklahoma and that he hopes to use at Indiana.
The goal, Wilson said, is to get as much out of the 20 hours the players per week the players are allowed to be on the field as possible.
“We’re trying to just get more snaps,” Wilson said. “We’ve got a couple of huddles going. Everyone’s getting in there. You learn more. Not just standing around osmosis but physically doing it, mentally doing it instead of watching. It’s tough in practice, you need to be fair to the defense. We know where the ball is going to be spotted because we script it. It’s all written out, so it’s actually a little faster than a game. Sometimes that’s not fair. You gotta make it fair for the defense. But at the same time, you got this thing called the 20-hour rule. What that means for the players is we’re gonna do as much as we can in a little time. That’s the worst rule they made for players because they get no rest now. We just practice. There’s more water breaks than the old days.” (more…)
The Indiana women’s basketball team continues to fill out the 2011 recruiting class, recently garnering a pair of verbal commitments to go with November signees Necole Sterling of Virginia and Iowa Western JUCO Linda Rubene.
One commitment is from Vincennes University sophomore Jasmine McGhee, who has helped lead the second-ranked Lady Blazers to the NJCAA National Championship Tournament March 15-19 in Salina, Kansas. McGhee played her high school ball at Anderson. The 5-foot-11 forward is averaging 16.8 points and 9.6 rebounds this season.
The other verbal commit is 5-8 St. Louis point guard Candyce Ussery, who was averaging 12.7 points, 5.3 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 3.4 steals entering this past weekend’s season-ending quarterfinal (equivalent to regional final in Indiana) loss. Ussery, who also plays soccer and volleyball, is rated as the No. 58 point guard by ESPN HoopGurlz, which gives her an overall grade of 87.
I spoke with Ussery by phone Monday, and she said if there was someone she modeled her game after, it would be John Wall. She also says Felisha Legette-Jack’s Hoosiers have a lot of potential despite losing 20 games this year.
“They seem like they play a style I’m familiar with, pushing the ball up the floor, a fast-paced game,” Ussery said. “They struggled this season, but you can see they have so much talent. They just have minor breakdowns.”
Purdue senior center JaJuan Johnson was named Big Ten Player of the Year by both the coaches and the media on Monday night. His coach, Matt Painter, was named Coach of the Year by both entities as well.
Indiana, meanwhile, received no on-court performance honors whatsoever. No Hoosier even received honorable mention for the All-Big Ten team, and there was no one on the All-Freshman or All-Defensive team.
The teams follow. (more…)
On Saturday, Tom Crean said Indiana was blown out by Illinois because of a lack of will. On the Big Ten teleconference on Monday, he said it was a lack of belief.
“I think what happened Saturday more than anything else is too early in the game these guys lost the belief that they were going to win the game,” Crean said.
Crean said he thinks the team’s shooting woes compounded into lost confidence. It was by far Indiana’s worst offensive output, as they finished with a season-low 48 points and shot just 31.6 percent from the field.
“ The biggest thing to me, the most glaring thing is that we’re not shooting the ball very well,” Crean said. “Anybody. … We’ve just gotta keep trusting that these shots are gonna go in because again we got some very good open looks the other day and we just didn’t knock them in. I think when you’ve struggled shooting the ball over a period of time, that can play on you and play into your head more than anything else. It can slow your feet down, it can slow your mind down. When all those things start to go your confidence goes.” (more…)
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