Selby, Thomas, Irving, Kendrick on McDonald’s list

The rosters for the McDonald’s All-American Game came out Thursday, and they include some familiar names for Indiana fans, though none that the Hoosiers actually have set to come for 2010. Baltimore guard Josh Selby, who the Hoosiers are still recruiting, is on the list. So are former IU targets Jelan Kendrick and Kyrie Irving. Also on the list is DeShaun Thomas, the Fort Wayne Luers star and likely Mr. Basketball.

The list follows, as copied and pasted from with Scout’s rankings. (more…)

Bobby Johnson to the Bills?

Rivals/Yahoo national college football writer Tom Dienhart said on his Twitter account that an Indiana source told him Hoosiers offensive line coach Bobby Johnson is leaving to take a job as the assistant offensive line coach with the Buffalo Bills. Trying to confirm this. Hopefully we’ll have more later.

[4:19 p.m. UPDATE]

Hearing that this is pretty much a done deal, but Johnson’s contract won’t be signed for a few more days, so no one at IU is going to confirm it on the record. Will keep trying.

[6:09 p.m. UPDATE]

Chris here. How have you been? Good? Good.

Anyway, this thing is a done deal. The holdup appears to be something procedural, as in the Bills want to talk about it next week and don’t very much mind that the sports editor in the town where Johnson currently lives believes that news should be reported when it happens instead of when it’s crafted.

Johnson, in case you were wondering, has spent parts of his recent off-seasons working with NFL staffs. Coaching in the league has been his goal. He’s spent time with the Saints, Browns and Colts. His name is out there in NFL circles as a young guy ready to do good things (and Rodger Saffold’s emergence has helped that). The Bills are giving him his chance.

There’s been no movement on finding a replacement yet.

Pitino linked to Nets job but denies report

Louisville coach Rick Pitino is interested in the New Jersey Nets’ head coaching job, the New York Daily News reported today.

Of course, Pitino came out and flatly denied the reports.

“I can’t keep talking about rumors and untruths,” Pitino, whose team visits St. John’s Thursday night at Madison Square Garden, said on the Big East conference call. “All I can say is in the past nine years I’ve never had one conversation with a pro team. I had one conversation with a college team and that was Providence College. There’s absolutely no truth to it [the Nets story] and I shouldn’t address it.”

There’s one important line there, the one that keeps this is in the “more than a rumor” category.

“… I’ve never had one conversation with a pro team.”

That is, not to say, that Pitino’s people have not had conversations with someone connected to the Nets. The Daily News reported that there has been no direct contact, which leaves indirect contact (agent, manager, family member, friend, etc…) as an available option. And, remember, that Pitino was linked to the Sacramento Kings job last summer.

The Nets have made it pretty clear that they are not interested in Pitino. That is not to say that there is not a NBA team out there (the Clippers come to mind) that would not mind getting in the Rick Pitino business.

So why does this matter to Indiana University? Because of one high school junior named Marquis Teague. Louisville is the heavy favorite to land Teague, in large part because of the relationship between Pitino and Teague’s father.

If Pitino is gone, you have to think Louisville is out of the running. That leaves Indiana and Kentucky (and the few stragglers) gunning for Teague’s services.

Thursday morning discussion, 11 a.m.

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Ohio State guard Jon Diebler draws the charge off of Indiana guard Verdell Jones III during game Wednesday. Chris Howell | Herald-Times


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Ohio State 69, Indiana 52

Emptying the bench.

It has happened.

I’ve run out of things to say.

Indiana did not create effective offense. It did not guard. It lost.

That’s five in a row.

Ken Bikoff of Inside Indiana has just informed me of a most incredible stat: IU’s basketball and football teams are a combined 22-56 over the past two seasons, for a winning percentage of 28.2 percent.

The box score will tell you more.

[8:45 UPDATE]

Hey, here’s Thad Matta. Perhaps he will tell us more, as well.

He told his players it would be tough to play here.

He told them they’d have to be in attack mode (They listened.)

Dallas Lauderdale had a career high 14 points. He also had seven blocks, and Indiana had nine shots total blocked for the second straight game.

A limited-by-early-fouls Evan Turner had a nice balanced line: 10 points, seven rebounds, six assists, two blocks and a steal.

[9:23 UPDATE]

Tom Crean finally arrives. He apologizes for the delay, but says that getting his team’s mentality back to where it needs to be is most important now.

“There’s no excuse for not playing better tonight,” he said. “We don’t have anything in the tank to fall back on when things aren’t going well for us.”

UPDATE, 11:13 p.m.

And after finishing our stories and ScoopTalk, we have audio.

AUDIO: Thad Matta talks about the 12-0 run that gave OSU the win

AUDIO: Tom Crean talks about fixing the team’s mentality

AUDIO: Verdell Jones says it doesn’t seem like the Hoosiers were there

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