Some info on Steve McClain, just in case he gets hired

The Denver Post is reporting that Steve McClain will take the third Indiana assistant coaching position according to a source. We’re working to confirm that and there’s nothing official yet from IU, but we’re hearing it all over the place from people who hear these things but aren’t in the position to be cited as primary sources.

In other words, it’s the word on the street.

So just in case this does in fact, go down, here’s some info on McClain. (more…)

Just in case anyone was holding out hope…

… Moses Abraham’s guardian Joe Boncore confirms that the 6-foot-9, 235-pound forward has in fact signed with Georgetown.

Seton Hall Prep coach on Gibbs: “He’ll make other guys better.”

Sterling Gibbs, a junior point guard from Seton Hall Preparatory School in West Orange, N.J.,  told Jody Demling of the Louisville Courier-Journal on Saturday that he is interested in taking an official visit to Indiana in the fall. (Scroll down a ways, it’s there.) Seton Hall Prep coach Bob Farrell said Monday he had not talked to Gibbs about Indiana, but that he knew the IU coaching staff had come to see Gibbs last season.

“He’s pretty open right now,” Farrell said. “I didn’t know he was considering a visit,  but I know last year coach (Tom) Crean and (former coach Roshown) McLeod were at our practices. That’s really the only part I knew about it. I’m sure they’ve been in contact with him since then, but I didn’t know how serious it was.”


Colorado hire means something for IU

Fox Sports’ Jeff Goodman is reporting that Colorado will hire Northern Colorado coach Tad Boyle for its open head coaching position.

Why does this matter? Because it could affect the third assistant position.

Lead Colorado assistant Steve McClain is considered a candidate for that open Indiana job, but was pushed for the head coaching position with the Buffaloes. The only Colorado alum of note, Chauncey Billups, wanted McClain in the head coach’s chair.

Now, McClain is available for Indiana.

Former Hoosier Dane Fife is also rumored to be a candidate for the third assistant job. He also may be looking at the Michigan assistant opening.

Dedication set for Cook Hall

From an Indiana release:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University Athletics will formally dedicate its new basketball development center, Cook Hall, on Sunday, April 25. The 3:00 p.m. dedication ceremony will be conducted on the men’s basketball practice court inside the new facility, which is adjacent to Assembly Hall on the Bloomington campus.

“IU has a long basketball tradition comprised of legendary coaches, players, fans and victories,” said Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass. “Cook Hall honors the hard work and determination of those who have made IU great, and it represents a renewed commitment to elevating both our men’s and women’s basketball programs into a new era of excellence.” (more…)

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Indiana coach Tracy Smith (13) talks with his pitcher during a game against Iowa on Sunday. James Brosher | Herald-Times


More info on the football recruits

Just corralled some info on IU’s three commitments from the weekend. My story for tomorrow’s paper follows.

It seems Indiana’s recruits are already doing some recruiting.
Chase Hoobler, a middle linebacker from Orrville (Ohio) High School and a signee for the Class of 2010, came to Saturday’s Cream vs. Crimson game with teammate Max Pirman, a hybrid rush linebacker and defensive end and a 2011 recruit.
By the end of the day, Pirman was committed to IU as well. He was one of three players to give Indiana verbal commitments for the Class of 2011 during spring game weekend, joining offensive lineman Ralston Evans from Arlington High School in Indianapolis and linebacker Kyle Kennedy from Cathedral. (more…)

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