No problems with Adidas May Classic at Indiana

The Adidas May Classic will still use Assembly Hall, Criss Beyers said a few minutes ago.

There was a report today from the Raleigh News & Observer that Bob Gibbons’ Tournament of Champions is without venues.

The NCAA’s Legislative Council adopted a proposal earlier this month that prohibits Division I programs from hosting, sponsoring or conducting non-scholastic basketball practice or competition in which men’s prospective athletes participate. The practice or competition is prohibited on campus or at off-campus facilities that are regularly used by the school.

Gibbons’ tournament last year used 18 courts, including 12 on the Duke, State or UNC campuses.

Beyers, who runs the AMC, said he signed a five-year contract that grandfathers the tournament into use of Assembly and Cook Hall. He used the latter last season, but said he may not this year. No reason was given.

The Classic also uses a variety of courts around town, including both high schools and the Twin Lakes Recreation Center, but the marquee games (usually involving players Indiana is targeting) tend to up on campus.

This year’s Classic is scheduled for May 13-15.

Willis suspended for one game

Indiana running back Darius Willis has been suspended for one game. The listed reason is for conduct detrimental to the team, but it stems from the alleged domestic assault incident in December for which he was served with a six-month protective order but has not been charged with a crime. Willis was present at most practices this spring, but participated only in rehabilitation drills because of injuries suffered last season. The official release from the athletic department follows.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana head football coach Kevin Wilson announced Friday that junior running back Darius Willis will serve a one-game suspension during the 2011 season for conduct detrimental to the team. There will be no further comment on this matter.

Report: IU has contacted Abell

Jody Demling of the Louisville Courier-Journal is reporting that  2011 guard Remy Abell has been contacted by Indiana after receiving a release on his letter of intent from Bradley. The Braves have undergone a coaching change, making Geno Ford the new head coach.

Abell said he’s also been contacted by Penn State and Xavier among others.

Fife: Working with Izzo too good to pass up.

I spoke with Dane Fife earlier today about his new job with Michigan State. The story will run in the paper tomorrow. An excerpt from that follows.

Dane Fife understands this move might seem strange.
Not only did the former Indiana guard already have a head coaching job, he had it locked up for the foreseeable future. Just three weeks ago, Fife signed a contract extension that would keep him at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne through 2016.
But on Wednesday, after six years as a Division I head coach, he went back to being an assistant. By choice.
So why would a coach go back to working for someone else and take what some might view as a voluntary demotion? Because, Fife said, it was that important for him to work for Tom Izzo. (more…)

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Live: Morehead State at Indiana baseball

UPDATE, End of Game: Indiana reliever Casey Smith gave up a single to start the ninth but retired the next three to preserve the victory for Indiana, who take down Morehead State, 5-1. IU improves to 25-12 overall.

UPDATE, End of the Eighth Inning: Catcher Dylan Swift ripped a two-out, two-run double in the left-center field gap to the give the Hoosiers a little more comfort heading into the ninth. They lead 5-1.

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Dane Fife headed to Michigan State

Tom Izzo wanted Dane Fife to come to Michigan State as a high school prospect, but Fife chose Indiana.

This time, he did not get away.

Fife has left his job as head coach of IPFW to become an assistant for Izzo at Michigan State.

Here is the Lansing State-Journal report, which includes statements from both Fife and Izzo.

“I’m giving up a lot, but gaining a ton in return,” Fife said in a statement of leaving his head coaching job to join Izzo’s staff. “At this point in my life, the opportunity to be a part of an unbelievable staff and operation is simply one I could not turn down. I’m truly honored to be the latest addition to the Spartan basketball family.”

“I’m happy to finally get him to Michigan State,” Izzo said in a statement of Fife. “His toughness, competitive spirit and enthusiasm will be great additions to our staff. Having played at Indiana and growing up in Michigan, he knows the Big Ten well and has recruited the area. As a player, he understands the commitment and dedication needed to reach a Final Four.”

Fife has had opportunities to leave IPFW before. He interviewed with Michigan last season and one report suggested he was offered the job but turned it down. He was also a candidate for Indiana’s opening, which eventually went to Steve McClain.

There was also some talk of Fife joining Purdue, which had two assistant coaching openings to fill this  spring.


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