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
The Indiana football team nabbed its 14th commitment for the class of 2009 earlier today, when Michigan lineman Charlie Chapman called the coaching staff to announce that he’d like to play for the Hoosiers.
He fits the profile for what IU coaches want from their offensive linemen, standing 6-6, 295 pounds. Scout.com considers him the 94th-best offensive tackle in the country.
We’ll have more on this (and on Columbus QB Dustin Kiel, who committed Thursday night) later today.
Just got off the phone with Lawrence Barnett, a cornerback out of Fort Wayne Bishop Luers. He’s committed to IU for the class of 2009, giving coach Bill Lynch 12 verbal promises.
Barnett, a two-star recruit according to scout.com, said early playing time was his biggest reason for choosing Indiana over Michigan State and Central Michigan.
“I did a little bit of homework on them,” Barnett said in a phone conversation. “What their depth charts looked like.
“I’d rather go to a college where I can go in and compete for a position that is open, rather than a position that somebody already has.”
Barnett also has return ability. He said he return eight punts and kickoffs for touchdowns in 2007, though four were called back because of penalties.
Well, it’s official. Indiana will travel to Wake Forest on Dec. 3 to play the Demon Deacons in the annual Big Ten/ACC Slaughter…I mean challenge.
The rest of the schedule’s below, if you want to know.
I’d like to personally thank Mr. ESPN Schedule Maker Guy for giving IU the 7:15 game. Better deadline.
Just released by IU in what reads like an advertisement for FieldTurf – an announcement that work has started on a $406,680 playing surface at Memorial Stadium. The bulk of that expense is to be paid by insurance money, according to the release.
According to IU athletics spokesman J.D. Campbell, the field will be done in time for the drum and bugle corps competition to be held in Bloomington in early August.
Hereâ€™s the entire release:
Bloomington, Ind.–FieldTurf, the world leader in artificial surfacing, made further inroads in the prestigious Big Ten Conference when it was selected by Indiana University for installation at Memorial Stadium. The announcement was made by IU Associate Athletic Director Jack Garrett and FieldTurf Tarkett CEO Joe Fields. The state-of-the-art FieldTurf surface will get its official debut on August 30 when the Hoosiersâ€™ football squad opens the 2008 season against Western Kentucky.
Indiana becomes the sixth Big Ten school to have FieldTurf as its official stadium surface, joining Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State and Wisconsin. Additionally, Penn State and Purdue utilize FieldTurf as a football practice surface. More…FieldTurf Tarkett have proposed installing a 2.5 inch DuraSpine Monofilament Turf. The total cost for removal of the old turf and installation of the new product is projected to be $406,680. Insurance will cover the majority of the expenses.
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