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It’s Indiana, So I’m Here

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.

“It’s Indiana.”

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.


Welcome to campus

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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


Jeffries to host fundraisers, clinic

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.

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Fulmer wants to win championships

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.

Fulmer told Tony Barnhart, the college football writer in the South, that if he were to come back, it’d be at a place that was ready to win a championship.

“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.”


Wright-Baker moving up (and other notes)

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…)


WIN, LOSE OR DRAW: Iowa

Part nine of a 12-part series outlining Indiana football’s opponents this season.

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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…)


Mo Creek says he’s Bloomington-bound

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).

(For an interesting read, check out what www.i95ballerz.com had to say when it named Creek a second-team all-star in the higly respected Kenner Summer League.)

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.



Scoop Poll:

How many games will IU basketball win in 2014-15

  • 16-19 (45%, 145 Votes)
  • 20-23 (36%, 117 Votes)
  • 15 or less (12%, 38 Votes)
  • 24 or more (7%, 24 Votes)

Total Voters: 324

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IU vs Eastern Washington men\'s basketball

Men's Basketball Player Pages

[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_blackmon1.jpg]3040James Blackmon, Jr.
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard James Blackmon Jr. (1)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_zeisloft1.jpg]2260Nick Zeisloft
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Nick Zeisloft (2)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_hoetzel1.jpg]1900Max Hoetzel
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Max Hoetzel (3)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_johnson1.jpg]1680Robert Johnson
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Robert Johnson (4)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_williams1.jpg]1550Troy Williams
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Troy Williams (5)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_burton1.jpg]1490Ryan Burton
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Ryan Burton (10)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_yogi1.jpg]1410Yogi Ferrell
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Yogi Ferrell (11)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_perea1.jpg]1410Hanner Mosquera-Perea
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea (12)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_robinson1.jpg]1170Stanford Robinson
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Stanford Robinson (22)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_ritchie1.jpg]1190Nate Ritchie
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Nate Ritchie (23)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_holt1.jpg]1360Emmitt Holt
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Emmitt Holt (25)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_hartman1.jpg]1350Collin Hartman
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Collin Hartman (30)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_priller1.jpg]1600Tim Priller
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Tim Priller (35)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_april1.jpg]1700Jeremiah April
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers center Jeremiah April (44)

Women's Basketball Player Pages

[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_walter1.jpg]1330Jess Walter
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Jess Walter (2)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_buss1.jpg]3270Tyra Buss
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Tyra Buss (3)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_brooks1.jpg]1710Larryn Brooks
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Larryn Brooks (5)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_agler1.jpg]1520Taylor Agler
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Taylor Agler (10)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_bell2.jpg]1220Nicole Bell
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Nicole Bell (12)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_stratman1.jpg]1180Liz Stratman
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_hulls1.jpg]1130Kaila Hulls
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard/forward Kaila Hulls (15)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_mcbride1.jpg]1100Karlee McBride
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Karlee McBride (21)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_gassion1.jpg]1120Alexis Gassion
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Alexis Gassion (23)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_muensterman1.jpg]910Maura Meunsterman
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Maura Muensterman (31)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_mize1.jpg]940Andrea Mize
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Andrea Mize (32)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_cahill1.jpg]980Amanda Cahill
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Amanda Cahill (33)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_jakubicek1.jpg]1030Claire Jakubicek
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Claire Jakubicek (34)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_leikem1.jpg]860Lyndsay Leikem
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Lyndsay Leikem (40)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_anderson1.jpg]920Jenn Anderson
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers center Jenn Anderson (43)
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