Surely you’ve seen Indiana assistant Bennie Seltzer stylin’ the candy-striped pants while recruiting in Las Vegas. I heard today he may wear the stilts while playing the fight song on a tuba and hoisting a cheerleader with a free hand.
Anyway, if you want coverage of the largest recruiting event of the year â€” it’s actually two major events and a minor one concurrently running at gyms throughout the desert — I’d recommend the usual spots Peegs.com and HoosierNation.com â€” if you’ve got subscriptions. Also head over to Jody Demling’s blog with the Louisville Courier-Journal. Always good stuff there. In fact, that’s where I stole the Seltzer pic from. (Thanks, Jody!)
So Sports Illustrated releases their Olympic Preview this week. Michael Phelps is on the cover, which should be of no great surprise. And, while I’ve yet to dive into all the stories, SI usually does a fantastic job with their Olympic coverage (the blessing of having four years to plan, I suppose).
One element, though, is medal predictions in every event. So I am scanning through the list, until I find women’s diving. Christina Loukas was not given the nod as the gold, silver or bronze medal winner (two Chinese and an Aussie, respectively), but she was given some love, in the form of the one-sentence comment on each event.
Indiana University’s Christina Loukas is a medal threat.
Not bad at all, especially since she is the only IU athlete mentioned and also extremely young. For her, Beijing could be about learning and getting better for London and 2012 – where she should be a favorite.
For a story in today’s print edition, I talked to IU linebacker Tyler Replogle about a variety of subjects, including his recovery from a torn ACL and his brother committing to IU.
First things first â€” Replogle has been cleared by doctors for physical activity. His rehabilitation is over, but he’s building strength in his knee and participating in voluntary workouts. He described his right knee as 100 percent healthy.
I also asked him about Kellen Lewis offically returning to the team. While he said Lewis a great player and they were happy to have him back, he didn’t want to comment when I asked if the team was “relieved.” I wouldn’t read too much into that. More than likely, it’s just a kid not wanting to upset any teammates (like now-No. 2 quarterback Ben Chappell).
Most of you are probably aware that Adam, Tyler’s brother, has committed to IU for 2009. It had to be asked – is Adam, an inch taller and 30 pounds heavier, the little brother, or the younger brother? Tyler said he is still his little brother. And that, head-to-head, he could still beat Adam.
Expect the older Replogle to contend for playing time, even a starting position, at middle linebacker.
In the wake of Chad Hawley deciding to stay at the Big Ten rather than to become the compliance director for Indiana athletics, IU has promoted Ian Rickerby into the position.
Rickerby is a former IU women’s soccer coach who later joined the compliance department. Here is the entire announcement from IU:
Ian Rickerby has been named Indiana's Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance, Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator Grace Calhoun announced today as part of an internal restructuring of the department.
"I am delighted that Ian Rickerby has agreed to assume a leadership role for IU's intercollegiate athletics compliance services operation," said Calhoun. "Ian has quickly earned the respect of coaches and all others with whom he has worked as a knowledgeable and hard-working professional, committed to providing exceptional service in this important operational area for the IU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Ian's combination of coaching experience, front-line support in the compliance office including serving as the liaison to the new men's basketball staff as they successfully fulfill NCAA sanctions, and knowledge of IU will serve him well as he transitions into this leadership capacity."
With Big Ten Football Media Day in Chicago arriving at the end of this week, we’d like to hear what you want to know about this year’s team.
Along with a couple of hundred or so other reporters from Big Ten country, we’ll be listening to Bill Lynch and the rest of the conference’s coaches talk about their teams on Thursday. So that will be one opportunity to ask Lynch a few questions.
Then we’ll have group interviews with Lynch, Greg Brown and Marcus Thigpen on Friday, so that’s a chance to talk with them in more depth.
What questions do you have for Lynch, Brown and Thigpen? If you’ll post them here as comments, we’ll do our best to get as many of them answered as we can.
Right now, at this very moment, 14 rising high school seniors have committed to IU football for the class of 2009. The latest, Columbus quarterback Dustin Kiel and Carleton (Mich.) offensive lineman Charles Chapman, gave their verbal promise on Thursday. I talked to both this morning, and they fit into the mold of the kind of kids Bill Lynch has been recruiting â€” hard-working, talented, but slightly unknown.
But, wow, 14 commits? On July 18? That’s quite a bit. So much so, that I went back through IU’s commits from the past few years (thank you, Hoosier Nation) to see how this group stacks up so far.
2008 â€” 14 commits on July 18
2007 â€” 12
Have you seen the IU salary database? It’s right here, at heraldtimesonline.com. OK, so it’s not free. But really, what’s six bucks a month? It’s a gallon of gas, and a beer at Kilroy’s on Tuesday. Think about signing up.
I’ve been playing around with the database, mainly because I love this kind of stuff. It’s a little sick, looking at all of these salaries. But the fact that we provide last name and initials (Crean, TA instead of Tom Crean) helps me to get over that viewpoint pretty quickly.
So, not all of you are going to click. That is why I am here – to tease you. Here are the top salaries within IU athletics:
Tom Crean (head men’s basketball coach) – $600,000
Rick Greenspan (for now, athletics director) – $309,600
Bill Lynch (head football coach) – $258,750