Hoosier Afternoon

Hoosier Afternoon

Hugh is on vacation this week, so I suppose I’m taking over. I also suppose this means I have to start working on this earlier. Hopefully, that happens.


Indiana freshmen Victor Oladipo and Will Sheehey arrive in Bloomington for summer session this week, I wrote.

Indiana baseball coach Tracy Smith will coach high school players in a baseball camp in the Dominican Republic, I wrote.


USA Today’s college basketball and football bloggers linked to Tom Crean’s YouTube dismissal of any interest in the Michigan State job, should it open.


A camper at Tom Izzo’s basketball camp asked him if he was going to take the Cleveland Cavaliers’ job, according to the Detroit Free Press. Izzo decided not to answer that one.

Izzo told the Free Press Sunday afternoon that he’s still gathering information.

Michigan State fans are posting “We Love Izzo” signs all over the place, the Free Press reports.

A source tells the Cleveland Plain Dealer that LeBron James is 100 percent behind Cleveland hiring Izzo.


Not sure if this is a pay-only story or not, but Chip Brown of is reporting that the remaining schools in the Big 12 are trying to save the league.

Pete Thamel of the New York Times reports the same.

ESPN’s Adam Rittenburg cobbled together the statements of several Big Ten luminaries on the addition of Nebraska to the conference.

The Big Ten is trying to figure out how to divide the 12-team league,’s Dave Birkett reports.

Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz discusses expansion’s effect on the student athlete with Indiana athletic director Fred Glass.


The Cedar Rapids Gazette obtained a copy of the Iowa-Iowa State football contract, explaining what would have to happen for either team to opt out because of expansion.

Ohio State is stacking up on defensive linemen for the 2011 class, says Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch.

Brett Bielema has contacted the Big Ten office about making Nebraska Wisconsin’s end of the year rivalry game, reports.

Penn State held a women-only football camp, the Associated Press reports.


Michael Rothstein discusses the change that has come to Michigan on

Wisconsin landed commitments from Traevon Jackson and Frank Kaminski over the weekend, the Wisconsin State Journal reports.


I know Hugh has been bombarding everyone with Gaslight Anthem recently. However, with the new album officially hitting the stores tomorrow, I feel the need to do the same because I’m more than a little obsessed with them. It’s starting to get concerning, really. Here is lead singer Brian Fallon at an acoustic show playing a song that, for reasons I can’t fathom, didn’t make the album.

ScoopTalk: Oh, look. It’s Nebraska, joining the Big Ten

IU luminaries on adding expansion

Indiana just sent a release with reaction quotes from Fred Glass and the coaches of the big three sports (football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball). They follow.

“We are excited to welcome the University of Nebraska to the Big Ten Conference.  They are a perfect fit to what we believe is a group of institutions committed to combining the best that academia and athletic competition have to offer. We look forward to building on this new relationship.”
Fred Glass
Director of Athletics

“Nebraska is a first-class institution that for years has competed at the highest level in intercollegiate athletics and have a loyal fan base with obvious great support.  I have followed their programs for many years with great admiration.  We welcome them to the Big Ten Conference.”
Tom Crean
Men’s Basketball Coach

“We are excited about Nebraska joining the Big Ten. We think it’s arguably the best conference in the country and adding a powerhouse like Nebraska who’s great in all sports, particularly football and women’s basketball, it just adds to the Big Ten. We welcome a great program like Nebraska to the Big Ten Conference.”
Felisha Legette-Jack
Women’s Basketball Coach

“Nebraska is one of the outstanding institutions in the country,” Lynch said. “It is a great fit for the Big Ten both geographically and competitively. Nebraska’s football program is one of the truly elite in the country. It is a model program many of us have studied over the years and it will be a great addition to the Big Ten Conference.”
Bill Lynch
Football Coach

Big Ten makes it official, approves Nebraska

The Big Ten just sent out a press release saying that Nebraska has been approved as the Big Ten’s 12th member. The official release follows.

Nebraska to begin Big Ten conference competition with 2011-12 academic year

Park Ridge, Ill.— The Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors (COP/C) announced unanimous approval today for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) to join the Big Ten Conference effective July 1, 2011, with competition to begin in all sports for the 2011-12 academic year. UNL will also seek admission into the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), which can occur on or before July 1, 2011.

The addition of the University of Nebraska marks the Big Ten’s first expansion since Penn State University joined the conference in June of 1990 and will increase Big Ten membership to 12 institutions for the first time in conference annals. Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany will join University of Nebraska Chancellor Harvey Perlman and Director of Athletics Tom Osborne on campus in Lincoln, Neb., for press conference at 5 p.m. CT on Friday, June 11. (more…)

Indiana adds two defensive linemen to 2011 class

Indiana is set at defensive tackle for a few years to come with rising sophomores Adam Replogle and Larry Black, Jr., but this week, the Hoosiers added a pair of players who could eventually serve as their replacements.

Shafer Johnson, a 6-foot-1, 300-pounder from Southfield Christian School in Southfield, Mich., committed this week along with Donte Phillips, a 6-foot-2, 255-pounder from Homestead High School in Mequon, Wisc.

Phillips’s coach Dave Keel said Phillips will likely bulk up to around 270 before he leaves high school and could be used as either a defensive tackle or a larger defensive end, especially in a 3-4 formation. Keel said he’s very good against the run.

“He disrupts everything inside,” Keel said. “Teams had a difficult time running inside against us because he’s an outstanding run stopper. He has the athleicism to get to the quarterback and he’s very able to control the A gap or B gap depending on what defense we’re in control.”

Phillips had an offer from North Dakota State, Keel said, and had visited Michigan.

After his sophomore year at another school, Johnson wasn’t even sure if he would have a chance to start as a junior. However, he transferred to Southfield Christian, lost about 30 pounds, cut .7 seconds off his 40-yard dash time and became an all-state defensive tackle. According to Harold Macks, Southfield’s defensive line coach last year who has been promoted to head coach, Johnson recorded 24 tackles for loss, including 11 sacks, last season.

“He terrorizes offenses,” Macks said. “At the high school level, he demands a double and triple-team.”

Phillips and Johnson are the 10th and 11th verbal commitments for the 2011 class.

Crean addresses Izzo situation, other issues

Tom Crean decided to answer the Michigan State questions before they could be asked.

In a YouTube video posted on his Twitter account Friday, the Indiana coach addressed several hot topics surrounding the program and the Big Ten, saying that he felt it was the best way to respond to numerous phone calls, text messages, e-mails and media requests. The first issue he addressed, of course, was Michigan State coach Tom Izzo’s discussions with the Cleveland Cavaliers and what it might mean for Crean if Izzo took the job.

“I don’t know what he’s going to do,” he said. “I talk to him a lot. I talked to him yesterday. I haven’t talked to him since he came back from Cleveland. As usual, those conversations are always private between the two of us and our families and I never share them. I hope it doesn’t offend anybody that I haven’t been able to talk about him, but I never choose to do that. I think he’ll do what he thinks is best for him, best for his family, best for his growth as a coach. I’m sure he’ll make the right decision.”

Crean, an assistant coach at Michigan State earlier in his career, then reiterated his commitment to Indiana.

“I’m at Indiana,” he said. “It doesn’t make any difference what job opens in the country. If you take a job like Indiana, you take it because it’s one of the great jobs in all of sports. You can take it out of the equation of just being a great college basketball job. This is one of those destination places that most people never even dream about getting. I was one of those people. Indiana is exactly the place that we’re going to continue to work and build, and it’s a hard job. It’s a hard challenge. You don’t take a job like this thinking that anything about it is going to be easy. You certainly don’t take it two years ago and think that it’s going to be as difficult as it has been, but it has been, and it’s a great, great thing to try to undertake day in and day out to get this thing back where it’s gotta be.”

Crean praised his players and the academic support staff at IU for the Hoosiers improved APR score. He said that he has already interviewed a potential replacement for departing strength training coach Jeff Watkinson, and said he supported Watkinson’s move to work full-time for Eric Gordon.

Crean also discussed conference realignment, but did so in what was in effect, a long no-comment.

“Most of you and most of us as coaches will know at the same time,” he said. “We’ll know when we read it, we’ll know when we hear it. I don’t have any inside information on anything, and frankly I don’t ask for it. I don’t look to find it. There’s so many things going on, I think it’s a lot of fun as a fan of sports to watch and see how it goes, but it doesn’t have anything to do with our daily job of trying to make this program better. We trust the people that are in the decision-making mode to make that happen. That’s kind of where it stands.”


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