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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Through an open records law request, we’ve learned that IU’s basketball team had a 2.13 GPA last semester.Â As we noted in a storyÂ on HeraldTimesOnline.com today, that marked a significant drop from the 2.89 last fall that Kelvin Sampson called one of the best GPAs of his coaching career. Â
Former player Armon Bassett toldÂ H-T reporter Chris KormanÂ Â that the turmoil leading up to Sampson’s resignation in late February was the biggest reason for the lower grades.
â€œEverybody talks about our grades going down, and they did,â€ Bassett said. â€œWe didnâ€™t go to class for two weeks when everything was going on, when we didnâ€™t know what would happen to our coach. Every day we heard a new story, there were reporters waiting everywhere we went. It was a crazy time for us. We lost focus. And when that happens, you fall behind quickly. But our first semester showed what we can really do.â€
Tom Crean, however, has made it sound likeÂ some players lostÂ their focus in the classroom for well more than two weeks. Â He has said that when he was hired in late April most of IU’s players still needed to pick up the pace significantly with their academics at that point.
The GPAs for all of IU’s men’s sports teams can be viewed by clicking the following link:
Former Hoosier basketball player DeAndre Thomas will play at Robert Morris College inÂ ChicagoÂ next season, according to Rivals.com. He will be able to play in games right away because it is an NAIA school.
Pat McShane, a 6-foot-5, 285-pound offensive lineman from Walsh Jesuit High School in Stow, Ohio has given Indiana a verbal commitment, according to Rivals.com.
McShane is the 11th player in IU’s 2009 recruiting class. He also had scholarship offers from Bowling Green, Ohio and Miami of Ohio.
No one is confirming it, but it appears Notre Dame has hired Indianapolis attorney Jack Swarbrick as its new athletics director.
A variety of places have the story, but the South Bend Tribune’s story had a particularly interesting twist:
â€œIf itâ€™s true, Notre Dame has just hired a brilliant, brilliant man who has a great feel for intercollegiate athletics and is, I think, everything Notre Dame would want in an athletic director,â€ said Bill Benner, former vice president of Indianapolis Sports Corp., where Swarbrick served as chairman for eight years, in a phone interview Tuesday. â€œIâ€™m only upset because I wanted Indiana University to hire him. IU needs him more.â€
Swarbrick was bandied about as a candidate for Rick Greenspan’s job, as well as Myles Brand’s. He was chairman of the Indiana Sports Corporation, helped to bring the 2012 Super Bowl to Indianapolis and was the driving force behind the NCAA locating its offices in Indianapolis.
He’s also a resident of Bloomington, who went to Notre Dame for his undergraduate degree and went to Stanford Law.