Indiana football on Big Ten Network

By   |   Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008 - 3:46 PM   |   6 comments

The Big Ten Network will have an 8-1/2 hour block of Indiana football coverage Wednesday night. Here’s the schedule:

6pm – Indiana 2007-08 Year in Review

6:30pm – Big Ten Football Preview: Indiana (debut)

7pm – Big Ten’s Greatest Games: 2007 Purdue at Indiana

9pm – Big Ten Tonight: Indiana Football Practice (repeat from last week)

10:30pm – Indiana 2007-08 Year in Review

11pm – Big Ten Football Preview: Indiana

11:30pm – Big Ten’s Greatest Games: 1999 Illinois at Indiana

 



Neville advances to Olympic final

By   |   Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008 - 2:58 PM   |   Comments Off

Released from IU: Five-time NCAA All-American David Neville kept his dreams of Olympic gold alive today, advancing to the finals of the 400m dash. The former Hoosier finished second in his semifinal just behind Leslie Djhone of France.

Neville finished in 44.91 seconds to take one of the eight spots in the event finals. Neville is joined in the finals by fellow Americans Jeremy Wariner and LaShawn Merritt.

Neville was a four-time Big Ten champion at Indiana in only three years of competition. He donned the cream and crimson from 2003 to 2005.

Neville will run in the 400m finals on Thursday, Aug. 21 at 9:20 a.m. ET.

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Crean officially signs his contract

By   |   Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008 - 11:15 AM   |   16 comments

Here’s a copy of it in PDF format.

Tom Crean’s contract.

And here’s a copy of IU’s official press release on the matter.

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Indiana University has officially signed Tom Crean to lead the Hoosiers men’s basketball program to a 10-year contract that will pay him $600,000 per year in base salary and an additional $15.72 million in outside marketing and promotional income during the life of the deal.  The agreement is retroactive to April 2, 2008 and expires on June 30, 2018.

“I left a very special situation at Marquette when Indiana offered me this opportunity,” said Crean.  “I wanted to make sure that if I left, I would be going to a place that would be a destination for my family and allow me to build a program for the long haul with the same security.”

Crean also could earn an additional $560,000 per year in incentives should the Hoosiers win the Big Ten and NCAA Championships in the same season.

“I appreciate the confidence that President McRobbie and the University have shown in me by offering the two additional years to the agreement,” said Crean. “It is a great responsibility to lead this program and I look forward to the challenge of bringing the program the respect it deserves.  The process of restoring this great program is going to take a lot of time, more than probably any of us anticipated.”

When Crean was hired in April, it was announced he had agreed to an eight-year relationship in a letter of understanding.  Two years were added to the deal, not because of the NCAA’s Failure to Monitor allegation, but because of administrative changes on campus.

Should Crean decide to leave IU he would owe the University $3 million after years one thru three of the agreement, $2 million after years four thru five, and $1 million for years six thru 10.

“It is very easy to sell the tradition that is Indiana basketball knowing that we are committed to IU for a long time and that the University believes in what we are trying to accomplish,” added Crean.  “I’m especially grateful for the way Rick Greenspan, former players, supporters and the entire Hoosier Nation have made my family feel welcome and helped us during this transition.”



Football preview: Special teams

By   |   Monday, Aug. 18, 2008 - 6:48 PM   |   3 comments

Austin Starr Looms over you.

This is the first in a series of position-by-position previews for the IU football team that will run Monday-Thursday this week and next week. The running order will be in the order we’ve ranked the units, starting with the most solid and leading up to the group we think has the most questions heading into the season.

PROJECTED STARTERS: kicker Austin Starr, 6-3, 204, Sr.; punter Chris Hagerup, 6-5, 207, Fr.; kickoff returner Marcus Thigpen, 5-9, 199, Sr.; punt returner Ray Fisher 5-9, 172, Jr.

STARTERS LOST: punter Michael Hines, returners Tracy Porter and James Bailey

KEY RESERVES: kickoff returner Demetrius McCray, punt returner Nick Polk

2007 REVIEW: Special teams were a major strength for the Hoosiers. Starr led the way with one of the best seasons an Indiana kicker has ever put together. He hit 21-of-23 field goal attempts and all 48 extra point attempts. His season highlights included hitting four field goals against Minnesota and nailing the game-winning 49-yarder against Purdue that sent the Hoosiers to a bowl game. Starr was a second-team All-American and a first-team all-Big Ten pick.


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Monday practice notes

By   |   Monday, Aug. 18, 2008 - 5:12 PM   |   Comments Off

The Hoosiers got a little bit healthier on offense today with the return of Andrew Means and Brandon Walker-Roby after both missed practices last week with relatively minor injuries.

Left tackle Rodger Saffold (back) and left guard Pete Saxon (ankle) were both still out, as was second-teamer Dennis Zeigler, leaving IU’s with makeshift groups on its No. 1 and No. 2. lines. Bill Lynch said that a lack of continuity on both of those lines hindered IU’s offense in its scrimmage Saturday.

For the defense, Jammie Kirlew returned to practice after missing more than a week with an ankle injury.

Lynch said that after watching film of the scrimmage, he thought IU’s defense played well. With Christopher Phillips having won one cornerback spot, he said that Richard Council, Chris Adkins and Donnell Jones are all playing well enough to make the decision difficult on the other spot at corner.

“They’ve made it tough,” Lynch said. “Each has done some pretty good things.”

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Saturday scrimmage notes

By   |   Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008 - 6:08 PM   |   13 comments

Here are some stats and notes from today’s open scrimmage at Memorial Stadium:

Passing: Ben Chappell 13-21-126, 1TD, 1 int., Kellen Lewis 6-16-29

Rushing: Marcus Thigpen 6-67, Darius Willis 5-14, Bryan Payton 5-13, Lewis 10-8, Demetrius McCray 3-5

Receiving: Collin Taylor 6-74, Ray Fisher 6-54, Willis 3-35, Matt Ernest 4-12

Defense: Greg Middleton three sacks, four tackles for losses

Highlights: Thigpen found a hole on the left side and ran for 57 yards to the three on the second play of the scrimmage, but the defense dominated after that play. The only touchdown of the day came in the second half when the offense was given the ball on the defense’s 20 in a red zone drill. The touchdown play came on a pass from Chappell to Fisher.

Player notes: Starting left guard Pete Saxon (ankle) and left tackle Rodger Saffold (back) both skipped the scrimmage because of injuries. With the only two returning starters on IU’s line out, the defense mounted a strong pass rush during most of the scrimmage….Andrew Means skipped the scrimmage because of a foot injury……Reserve linebacker Ian Reeves and safety Jerimy Finch had the biggest hits of the afternoon. Lynch said there’s no word yet on whether the NCAA will allow Finch to play this season, but he hopes to hear something soon…..Receiver Tandon Doss also sat out the scrimmage because of an academic issue. Lynch said he expects that issue to be resolved soon….IU estimated attendance of about 1,500 at the scrimmage.



Official IU release on McLeod

By   |   Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008 - 2:12 PM   |   3 comments

Roshown McLeodROSHOWN MCLEOD NAMED ASSISTANT MEN’S BASKETBALL COACH AT INDIANA

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean has announced that former NBA player Roshown McLeod, who also played collegiately at Duke and St. John’s, has been named as an assistant coach for the Hoosier program.  In addition to his regular duties as an assistant coach, he will work specifically with IU’s inside players.

“Not only was Roshown an outstanding player but he is a very good coach who has been a student of the game for a long time,” said Crean.  “His ability to teach the game, adjust quickly on his feet to different circumstances, and to make players better were very apparent in the process of getting to know him.  He will be a tremendous mentor to our team, but especially to our inside players.”

McLeod has been coaching on the collegiate, high school, and AAU level since an injury ended his NBA career in 2002.  He was an assistant coach at Fairfield University in 2002-03 and currently was the director of all basketball operations and head varsity coach at Woodward Academy in Atlanta, a private K-12 school in Atlanta.  He also served as the head coach at Therrell High School and started the Next Level Players Development program where he became involved as a coach on the AAU level for the Atlanta Celtics and Georgia Stars.

“This is a great opportunity for myself and my family,” said McLeod.  “Indiana is the cream of the crop when you talk about great college basketball tradition.  I was fortunate to play at a very high level in college and in the NBA and to get a chance to coach at that same level for a program like Indiana is a dream come true.”


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