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I hate to quote Tom Crean already, because at this point I still haven’t met him, and it strikes me as homer to paint him as some sort of wise philosopher.
But the reason he said he took his job and the reason I took mine are pretty much the same.
I certainly didn’t have it bad at the Daily News-Record in Harrisonburg, Va. I had great friends and co-workers. My sports editor was one of the most revered small town SE’s in the country, and I had a Division I college basketball beat with a team that gave me access to practice every day and wouldn’t take it away from me for being critical (which I often had to be and was). And in the offseason, I had more than enough interesting stories to write to keep me busy.
But when you get a chance to cover one of the most storied programs in the history of the sport in a state that treats basketball like Scotland treats golf, you don’t pass it up.
Of course, you also don’t pass up the opportunity to work for one of your best college friends, particularly if that college friend happens to double as one of your journalistic heroes. Since we were freshmen — when, on the advice of a PSU assistant sports information director, I tried to steal his men’s cross country beat — I’ve been amazed by Chris Korman’s writing talent and dedication to the ideals behind the profession.
So it’s Indiana, and it’s Chris Korman. That’s why I’m in Bloomington. Hopefully I live up to the expectations of both.
IU football players, Jarrod Smith, left, and Jamie Lukaszwski talk to incoming freshmen Lily Inman, left, and Abbie Gray on the fifth floor of Foster. Smith, Lukaszwski and other Hoosiers helped freshmen move into the dorms Wednesday. Jeremy Hogan | Herald-Times
Former North star Jared Jeffries will be in town this week raising money and hosting basketball clincs.
Jeffries, who has supported local youths through college scholarships for the past several years, established a charitable foundation earlier this year. This week, he’s working in conjunction with the city and its new facility, the Twin Lakes Recreation Center (formerly SportsPlex).
Apparently Jeffries will have a few other former Hoosiers in tow.
Here’s a flier about the different events. You can find more information right here.
When Indiana fans sit down and make up their dream list of coaches that should replace Bill Lynch after this season, Phillip Fulmer seems to be a name that often comes up.
And that makes sense, because Fulmer has won a national title, was competitive in the Southeastern Conference and is available, having been tossed out by Tennessee after last season.
But do not expect, should the Indiana coaching job become open in the near future, to see Fulmer walking through the doors of Memorial Stadium.
“I think the commitment comes from the administration in terms of facilities, hiring the best possible staff and giving them the tools to succeed,” Fulmer said. “It would be silly for me at this point to go start up a program. Building new programs is very important work. But that is not what I want to do at this point.”
Add this the folder entitled, “List of things silly, irrational fans really have no clue about.”
At today’s Indiana football practice — the first since Saturday’s public scrimmage — a few things had changed.
The team was more clearly divided into depth chart players and scout team players.
And when the second team offense jogged onto the field, true freshman Edward Wright-Baker was the guy in the orange jersey. The lefty from Jeffersonville hasn’t secured the backup spot, but it might be his to lose. Indiana coach Bill Lynch said that Wright-Baker was the clear No. 2 Monday. But the staff will continue to watch tape and could tweak the depth-chart on a practice-to-practice basis.
Lynch said the staff hasn’t decided whether it would burn Wright-Baker’s redshirt year just to use him in spot situations or during mop-up time. His theory, when it comes to playing true freshmen in general, is that it needs to be worth it to both the team and the player. That is, the player should help the team and get enough playing time to continue developing. (more…)
Part nine of a 12-part series outlining Indiana football’s opponents this season.
Indiana defense end prepares to sack Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi during the team’s 2008 game. Chris Howell | Herald-Times
OPPONENT: at Iowa
DATE: Oct. 31
TIME: TBA (more…)
Maurice Creek, the shooting guard who some believe to be the most Division I ready player in the 2009 class, has updated his profile on Facebook to say he’ll be headed to campus Sunday.
He had previously said he’d arrive on Aug. 23, which not coincidentally is the first day freshman can move into the dorms if they pay a little extra money (actual move-in day is Wednesday).
Creek and center Bawa Muniru did not join the other four incoming freshmen for the second summer session because they haden’t been ruled academically eligible yet. Muniru, a 7-footer from Ghana by way of Alabama, came to campus two weeks ago to begin working out.
Camps for both players have said that they did what they needed to do to get eligible, and Indiana coach Tom Crean has echoed those sentiments. But no official word on the players has come from the NCAA Eligibility Center.
According to this FAQ from the Eligibility Center, Indiana can request the status of certain players and the NCAA will prioritize its work according to that list.
Still, as the case of Mississippi State’s Renardo Sidney shows, players might not receive academic clearance until right before the start of classes.
Indiana’s classes begin on August 31.
So how worried should you be? Hard to tell. Both Creek and Muniru have extenuating circumstances that could be causing the delay. Creek played at four different high schools and Muniru spent only his high school years in this country (and also shuffled through several schools). Their transcripts, therefore, might be a bit more complicated to figure out.
But certainly no Hoosier fan will rest easy until head coach Tom Crean exlaims (probably via Twitter, with many capital letters) that the final two pieces of a top ten recruiting class will be able to play this year.
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