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IU secures 8th football commitment

Marlandez Harris, an offensive lineman from Springfield, Ill, has verbally committed to Indiana.

Harris, who stands 6-foot-3.5 and weighs 265 pounds, had offers from Purdue and Louisville, as well as a host of FCS-level schools.

But after a trip to the one-day camp last week on campus, Harris was ready to commit.

“I liked the campus,” Harris said. “I want to major in business and they have a really good school in the Kelley School.”

Harris said he knew he wanted to play in the Big Ten, and the chance to play early was important to him.

The IU staff has indicated he’ll have a chance of doing that, likely at center. Harris said he’s planning on gaining 20-25 pounds before August 2010 and the start of fall camp.

“He will have no problem (gaining weight),” Sacred Heart Griffin coach Ken Leonard said. “He’ll be a 290 guy with a drop of the hat.”

Leonard said Harris started at offensive right tackle last season, because the team had a left-handed quarterback. This year, with a right-handed quarterback, Harris will play left tackle.

He also started playing on the defensive line during the eighth game of the season and was key to Sacred Heart Griffin winning the 6A state championship.


NCAA denies Sampson appeal

The NCAA still thinks former Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson is guilty of committing major recruiting violations and that its original punishments were warranted. It has denied his appeal, effectively restricting him from college coaching until at least 2013.

More on this as it comes.

NCAA Appeals report


An administrative matter of possible interest

Chris Korman has been named sports editor of The Herald-Times, editor Bob Zaltsberg announced Monday.

Korman, a sports reporter and columnist at the H-T for nearly three years, will replace Doug Wilson, who resigned last month to take a job with the South Central Community Action Program.

“Chris has a combination of superb writing skill, strong reporting ability and unlimited management and leadership potential,” Zaltsberg said. “He also has a strong vision for where sports journalism needs to go in this volatile time of emerging new technologies that must be used to meet fan interests and expectations.”

Korman, 27, graduated from Penn State University in 2004. He went to work as a sports writer for the Harrisburg (Pa.) Patriot-News when he graduated, but left a little more than a year later to return to school. He earned a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University in 2006. He also worked as an intern for Sports Illustrated before being hired by the H-T.

As sports editor, Korman will lead a staff of eight journalists in covering sports for The Herald-Times and HeraldTimesOnline.com.

Besides overseeing daily sports sections in the H-T, the sports department is responsible for the Hoosier Scoop blog on HoosiersHQ, our page devoted to IU sports on HTO; and our prep sports page and its Quick Hits blog, devoted to coverage of high school sports.


Hoosiers land Jibreel Black

[4:20 p.m. UPDATE]

Jibreel Black is honest, confident and ready to win.

“(Indiana) is the perfect opportunity for me to make a difference,” Black said during a phone conversation. “For me to be a groundbreaker at Indiana University.”

Black will likely play defensive end for the Hoosiers, and, with the loss of Jammie Kirlew and Greg Middleton after next season, expects to see playing time early.

But Black (6-foot-2.5, 265 pounds) seems to also see himself as the player who can move mountains — like making Indiana football a winner.

“I am ready to come in, have a winning attitude and win some games,” Black said. “I don’t care about the history of the school. It’s about now. … And hopefully, we’re going to win some championships.

“Hopefully, I can be the one that sets it where other recruits aren’t going to be ashamed to come here. I can be that spark.”

Indiana assistant coach Mike Yeager, Black’s lead recruiter, told Black earlier Monday that he will make a difference at Indiana.

“I can be the Michael Vick of Indiana University,” Black said.

Black was also considering Cincinnati, Michigan, Michigan State and Kentucky.

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Jibreel Black, considered by Scout.com the 16th best defensive tackle in the 2010 class, committed to Indiana today. Rivals.com ranks him the No. 23 strongside defensive end in the class.

Black is the younger brother of current Hoosier Larry Black.

More on this story in a bit.


IU vs. UK could go back to neutral sites

Kentucky coach John Calipari met with the assembled Kentucky media today to talk about his first 90 days on the job. It’s been a hectic 90 days, many of them controversial.

But he also mentioned something of interest to Indiana, Louisville Courier-Journal UK reporter Brett Dawson said.

Also reiterated that he’s talked to Indiana coach Tom Crean about moving the Kentucky-Indiana series back to a rotation of Indianapolis-Louisville.

What do all of you think? Do you like things as they are, or would you prefer to see games played in Lucas Oil Stadium?


Price and Zachery representing USA

A post from football correspondent Mike P….

Since I have seen no coverage from the HT guys, I guess I will put some stuff up real quick. The IFAF (International Federation of American Football) Junior World Championships are going on in Canton Ohio right now.

Playing for Team USA iare Indiana recruits Aaron Price (OL) and Nick Zachery (S). As an OL it is hard to get a stat line, but I know Price had a few massive pancake blocks as team USA racked up 610 yards (405 rushing) over team France.

Nick Zachery had 1 punt return for 49 yards and recorded 2 tackles from his Safety position as Team USA held France to a microscopic total of 7 yards (yes 7, 38 passing & -31 rushing) on 47 total plays. That is .15 yards per play.

Team USA beat France 78-0 in front of more than 10,000 people.

Round 2 is played Wednesday with Team USA taking on Mexico at 7:00pm EST. There is live online streaming, just look on USA Football dot com.


The new Inside the Hall

The Scoop is fond of the new design over at Inside the Hall.

(I bet you didn’t even realize that the Scoop had feelings about other blogs. Or feelings at all. Well, it does.)

Anyway, the organization has improved and we like the overall feel after a few days of using it.

Thoughts?


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