IU’s No. 82 (?)(!)

By   |   Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008 - 10:09 PM   |   26 comments

Sports Illustrated has ranked all 119 Division I teams.

Indiana comes in at No. 82, behind every other Big Ten team. In fact, Indiana ranks behind all 10 Division I-A teams it will play this season.

Student-athlete added to search committee

By   |   Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008 - 12:19 PM   |   7 comments

Four days after the rest of the athletics director search committee was named, IU added a student-athlete to the group on Tuesday.

Drew Allenspach, captain of the men’s golf team, will be the 14th member of the committee charged with conducting a nationwide search to replace Rick Greenspan.

“Drew has distinguished himself as both a student and an athlete, and I am confident he will give our students an effective voice in the search process,” McRobbie said in a statement. “I believe it is especially important to have student representation on this committee because our students care deeply about the teams that represent Indiana University in inter-collegiate competition.”

Why Allenspach? He’s one of IU’s top student-athletes, emphasis on the former, as he carries a 4.0 GPA as a finance and accounting major.

Preseason camp – Day One notes

By   |   Monday, Aug. 4, 2008 - 6:14 PM   |   13 comments

Jerimy Finch, the much-heralded transfer from Florida, is at practice, but is on the sideline in street clothes. He should be joining practice sometime this week.

Freshman Cortez Smith is practicing with the cornerbacks. The 5-11, 190-pound Smith, also a star running back in high school in Detroit, was one of the highest-rated players in IU’s 2008 recruiting class.

Shane Covington, a 6-1, 185 freshman from Milwaukee, was also recruited as a running back, but is at wide receiver to start camp.

Senior Joe Kleinsmith practiced at punter, as well as his usual safety position.

Mitchell Evans, after switching from safety to quarterback this spring, is still at QB at the start of camp.

Two players, both of them defensive backs, are injured and will miss practice. Rayshun Calhoun is still out with a knee injury suffered in spring practice. Bruce Hampton has a hamstring injury that appears to be more of a day-to-day situation.

Offensive lineman Kenny Love is not at practice because he is dealing with academic issues, according to the IU media relations staff. The timing of Love’s return to the team is uncertain.

Wide receiver Jake Kocal has decided to give up football. Kocal, a junior from Valparaiso, has played in one game in his career – against Indiana State last season – and did not appear likely to see significant playing time this year.

Chris Ahlfeld, the younger brother of former IU basketball player Adam Ahlfeld, is a walk-on offensive lineman.

Preseason camp ready to start

By   |   Monday, Aug. 4, 2008 - 4:14 PM   |   1 comment

We’ll be at Indiana’s first practice of its preseason football camp in about an hour.

I’m taking my laptop over to the practice fields and will give you an update midway through practice on new players, any position changes and whatever else we see.

One early update: Jerimy Finch will be at practice, but may or may not practice today, depending on whether he’s been cleared administratively. If he doesn’t practice today, he’s expected to be on the field in the next couple of days.

AD search committee named

By   |   Friday, Aug. 1, 2008 - 5:07 PM   |   13 comments

Just got this release and am passing it quickly along to you guys. Thoughts on it later.


Bloomington, Indiana–Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie announced today (Aug. 1) that he has appointed a 13-member committee of faculty, administrators, alumni and Athletic Department representatives to begin a nationwide search for a new athletics director.

The search committee will be chaired by IU Vice President for Engagement Bill Stephan. An Indiana native, Stephan is an attorney by profession with extensive experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. In 2005, he became senior vice president for corporate communications and community relations for Clarian Health in Indianapolis, one of the nation’s largest health care systems. Previously, he had been IU’s vice president of university relations and corporate partnerships.

Stephan returned to IU in the fall of 2007 to assume his current position.

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A few free throws on Friday afternoon

By   |   Friday, Aug. 1, 2008 - 2:45 PM   |   9 comments

Thoughts on Indiana basketball and college hoops in general . . .

  • No word yet on Indiana’s third assistant coach. Tom Crean has said that he wasn’t in any rush to fill the position because, per IU’s self-sanctions, that person would not have been able to recruit. Well, that part of the sanctions — as well as restrictions on how many times the basketball staff can contact recruits — expired yesterday. So there should be movement there soon. It will be interesting to see if Crean, who so far has  hired only people he’s worked with before, brings in what Gary Parrish of CBS calls a free-agent assistant.
  • Christian Watford told Louisville Courier-Journal recruiting writer Jody Demling, who hit the late July circuit hard, that Indiana coaches have called him their “No. 1 target.” That makes sense. Watford’s a dynamic scorer whose game is similar to former Indiana recruit Devin Ebanks. He’s 6-7 and, in the games I’ve seen him play, has effortlessly dominated the unique summer-style games. Watford may make the trip to Bloomington for an elite camp taking place later this month.
  • Marshall Plumlee may attend the same camp, according to Mike Pegram and Peegs.com. Both of Plumlee’s older brothers are headed to Duke, but the sophomore-to-be is still early in his decision-making process. Indiana is also following the development of Cody Zeller, younger brother of Notre Dame’s Luke and North Carolina’s Tyler. Think about what those families have seen: their kids have been recruited by three different IU head coaches and probably three or four or five different assistants.
  • Parrish has an interesting story on elite camps, by the way. In my two years here I haven’t caught on to IU pulling this trick. Anybody who’s been around longer think of an instance where this took place here?

1/5 of top 25 comes from Big Ten

By   |   Friday, Aug. 1, 2008 - 12:53 PM   |   15 comments

So the coaches have voted and it is their decree that five of the top 25 teams heading into the season are Big Ten teams.

To think that it was just a week ago at Big Ten Media Days that much of the talk centered on whether the conference had dropped a notch or two in the hierarchy.

Here’s a link to the complete poll.


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