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Report: Senderoff to be named coach at Kent State

According to’s Jeff Goodman, former Indiana assistant Rob Senderoff has been named the head coach at Kent State.

Senderoff was the assistant coach named most prominently in reports that led to sanctions against Indiana and coach Kelvin Sampson for impermissible phone calls. The majority of the three-way calls that were a point of contention were reportedly initiated by Senderoff.

Senderoff had been an assistant coach at Kent State and has been the interim coach since the job opened.

In addition, former Indiana assistant Roshown McLeod has reportedly resigned from his position at St. Benedict’s Prep in New Jersey.

At pro day, Doss shows signs of recovery

If Tandon Doss could design the NFL Draft calendar himself, he’d probably take another month of recovery, rehabilitation and strength building before showing off for scouts. The former Indiana wide receiver had surgery after the season to repair a torn muscle between his stomach and his groin, so he isn’t quite his old self yet.

But at some point, before the draft April 28-30, Doss had to give scouts a 40 time and other measurables to work off of, so Wednesday morning was as good a time as any. Doss effectively had his own personal pro day — Mitchell Evans was also timed in the 40 and agility drills, Terrance Turner ran routes and Ben Chappell threw passes to all three receivers, but no one else was involved — one month after Indiana’s initial pro day in early March. About 20 scouts— more than showed up for the first pro day — were in Mellencamp Pavilion to see Doss.

The results were mostly strong. Doss didn’t have quite as much explosiveness as he typically showed in three years at IU, but he still showed solid speed and route running ability.

“I think he looked really good today,” Doss’s agent, Jared Fox said. “He’s getting in and out of his breaks really well. Timing wise, he did a really good job. Clocked, from what I understand, good times. Having the injury during the season, there’s a process that takes place in getting back to your very, very best. With the reality of the draft and the practical nature of the NFL teams having to get times, he had to run and show himself. He had to show that he was recovered, recovering and that he will be where he needs to be.” (more…)

Big Ten releases Indiana’s schedule for 2013, 2014

So the Big Ten announced the conference football schedules for 2013 and 2014 today. They are below, along with known nonconference opponents and the 2012 schedule. There are obviously some missing dates, and the nonconference games could always be moved/postponed/canceled. While it is obviously hard to predict just who exactly the Big Ten elite will be going forward, 2013 (Kevin Wilson’s third year) looks to be quite tough – Navy and Missouri (both at home), and road trips to Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio State (the last two back-to-back before the Old Oaken Bucket game at home).

Indiana will not see Northwestern, Iowa or Nebraska.


Sept. 1 vs. Indiana St.
Sept. 15 vs. Ball State
Sept. 29 at Northwestern
Oct. 6 vs. Michigan St.
Oct. 13 vs. Ohio St.
Oct. 20 at Navy
Oct. 27 at Illinois
Nov. 3 vs. Iowa
Nov. 10 vs. Wisconsin
Nov. 17 at Penn St.
Nov. 23/24 at Purdue
Dec. 1 Big Ten Championship Game


Wilson: Hoosiers “Mentally weak” right now

Kevin Wilson kept his new football team on the field a half-hour longer than he expected to on Tuesday and he still wasn’t thrilled at it once it was over.

Indiana’s new coach wasn’t specific on what upset him but made it clear that he wanted to see more than what he was seeing.

“They’re mentally not as well-conditioned as they are physically,” Wilson said when asked about the team’s conditioning level. “We mentally are weak. Mentally fatigue, we’re not a mentally tough team. I think physically we can go out there and run, but I think we get tired a little too quick when we practice. It’s just playing through it, learning through it, growing through it. … It’s repetition, day after day. It’s why we’re late today.”

Wilson suggested he could see this group getting better, but he said he also hopes it gets better immediately with an injection of talent from the incoming freshmen. Wilson has already made it clear that redshirting players will not be nearly as vital to his philosophy as it was to former coach Bill Lynch’s. On Tuesday, he suggested that the use of freshmen would be even more prominent than he had previously indicated.

“Our plan is to play as many freshmen as we can,” Wilson said. “From watching some of our guys, I would hope some of our freshmen are better than the guys that we have on our team.” (more…)

Rivers prepping for Portsmouth

Jeremiah Rivers said he’s taking the same approach to the Portsmouth Invitational that he took to his senior season at Indiana — don’t try to do too much.

Rivers believes his best shot at a professional career either in the NBA or elsewhere is to prove that he’s willing to be a role player and that he will be willing to do the less glamorous things to help his team win.

“Competing and winning,” Rivers said when asked what his focus was at the camp. “I don’t think at a camp like this, showing that I’m the best scorer or showing that I can jump the highest or showing that I can do all these different things, I don’t think that’s what the NBA scouts and the overseas scouts are looking for. They’re looking for winners. They’re for someone that can help the team in any situation. They’re not looking for Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James. There are very seldom few of them if any at all.  … The best way for me is to go in and compete and do what I’m best at.”

Rivers said he is focusing on some of the points of his game where he has had trouble in the past. He has spent the last two weeks in Boston working with father Doc, the Celtics coach. He said he’s working on free throws and on the finer points of being a point guard.

“(My dad) just told me to do what I know and play my game,” Rivers said. “‘You don’t need to show anybody what you can’t do or try to prove to them what you can do something. Just play your game. Don’t get caught up in thinking, ‘Everybody’s watching me, I gotta plays this way, or I gotta show them I’m a great player.’ He said, ‘Don’t even worry about that. Go out there and enjoy basketball compete and win, and everything else will take care of itself.’ My dad’s been there, he’s done it all. I trust him more than anything. That’s what I plan on doing. Taking his advice and I’m going with it.”

Hollowell expected to join other 2012 commitments on Indiana Elite

A source confirmed a report from the Indianpolis Star’s Kyle Neddenriep on Tuesday that Lawrence Central swingman and Indiana commitment Jeremy Hollowell will join IU’s other four verbal commitments for 2012 on the Indiana Elite Team Indiana travel team this summer.

Hollowell had been playing his summer ball with the Eric Gordon All-Stars. Park Tudor guard Yogi Ferrell, Broad Ripple guard Ron Patterson, La Lumiere forward Hanner Perea and United Faith Christian Academy (N.C.) center Peter Jurkin were already slated to be on the roster. All four were part of the Indiana Elite program last year, though only Perea and Jurkin played together then.


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