Knight, Packer and a bookie

By   |   Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009 - 4:36 PM   |   4 comments

Wynn

Sounds like the latest CBS comedy, right?

No, this one is real.

Bob Knight and Billy Packer will be shooting a series of televised specials about the NCAA Tournament … from Las Vegas. In a casino (the Wynn, to be exact). Actually, in the casino’s sports book.

But, you know, they won’t talk gambling.

“Why Vegas is because Bob and I, and a lot of people, want to really experience what this is really like because we do think, next to being center court, this is the place to be,” Packer said.

The shows, which will air on Fox Sports Net, will start right after the seedings are announced and continue until after the Final Four.



Greenspan named assistant baseball coach

By   |   Monday, Jan. 12, 2009 - 4:42 PM   |   6 comments

Ben, not Rick . . .

This move has been talked about within IU athletic circles for months…and now has been officially announced.

Here’s IU’s press release:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Baseball Head Coach Tracy Smith today announced
the hiring of former Hoosier Ben Greenspan as an assistant coach for the
2009 season. Greenspan will serve as the full-time assistant coach that
oversees hitting and catchers.


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IU women back on winning track

By   |   Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009 - 4:15 PM   |   13 comments

After seeing a nine-game winning streak die at Minnesota Thursday night, the Indiana women’s basketball team made sure the losing streak didn’t reach two with an 84-77 win at Penn State Sunday.

In a seesaw second half, Indiana (11-3, 4-1 Big Ten) pulled away from a 73-all tie with two and a half minutes left with eight straight points. All five IU starters were in double figures, led by former North standout Whitney Thomas with 19 points and six rebounds. Amber Jackson had 14 points and 12 rebounds, Jamie Braun 17 points, Jori Davis 13 points and Kim Roberson 12 points. Andrea McGuirt was the only other Hoosier to score with nine points on three first-half 3-pointers.

For more on the game, visit www.HoosiersHQ.com later tonight.



Don Meyer passes Knight for most wins

By   |   Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009 - 2:14 PM   |   8 comments

The title of this post, if you know anything about Meyer’s story, is wildly inadequate. Meyer had part of his leg amputated after a car accident on Sept. 5. As doctors operated on him that day, they found cancer in his liver and small intestine.

Meyer, by the way, coached Lipscomb for 24 years before going to Northern State University.

Northern State beat University of Mary last night, giving Meyer 903 career wins. ESPN’s Buster Olney was there, and he wrote about it.



Illinois 76, Indiana 45

By   |   Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009 - 6:35 PM   |   11 comments

Kyle Taber is surrounded.

Illinois’ 31-point margin of victory was the largest ever by the Illini in the 161-game history of this series.

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Indiana at Illinois: Discuss it here

By   |   Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009 - 12:19 PM   |   21 comments



Means declares for NFL draft, S. Florida backs out

By   |   Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009 - 12:14 PM   |   7 comments

A couple of lingering tidbits on football to brighten up this bleak Saturday.

Former Indiana wide receiver/center fielder and current Cincinnati Reds prospect Andrew Means has entered his name in the 2009 NFL Draft.

Due to his baseball obligations, Means was not going to return to the football team (he’s got to report to spring training in February.) He’s harbored thoughts of playing both sports professionally for a few years and now will give it a try.

Certainly stranger things have happened than a guy like Means, who caught 34 passes for 450 yards and one touchdown last year, making it in the League. You look at any NFL roster and see a mish-mash of top draft picks from power schools and unsigned free agents from smaller schools and everything in between. Despite all the money spent on talent evaluation there’s still no reliable way to tell exactly who has what it takes to play at the next level.

Means has above average speed for a player his size (6-0, 215) and is tough.

So maybe somebody will take a chance on him as a free agent. I can’t imagine he’ll get drafted, given he won’t be available for training camp. Or mini camps. Or any of that.

The respected Web site www.nfldraftscout.com ranks Means the 74th wide receiver available.

The same site lists RB Marcus Thigpen as the 39-best at his position. It seems likely he’ll get a look as a kick returner.

Finally, South Florida has backed out of a scheduled game at Memorial Stadium next year to play (and cash in on) a home-and-home with Florida State.

The Hoosiers will now host the Bulls in 2015.





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