IU to play Notre Dame in first Crossroads Classic

Less than two weeks after Indiana athletic director Fred Glass leaked the prospect of a doubleheader involving the state’s four premier basketball programs, they made it official with a press conference Monday morning at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Indiana, Purdue, Butler and Notre Dame signed a memorandum of understanding for a two-year deal to play doubleheaders at Conseco Fieldhouse on Dec. 17, 2011 and Dec. 15, 2012. In 2011, Indiana will play Notre Dame in the first game, followed by Purdue against Butler in the second game. In 2012, the opponents will switch, allowing Indiana to play Butler and Purdue to play Notre Dame. (more…)

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Ron Patterson verbally committed to Indiana on Sunday. Jeremy Hogan | Herald-Times


Patterson commits to IU

Ron Patterson made it two verbal commitments to IU within a week.

The 2012 guard from Broad Ripple verbally committed to Indiana on Sunday, joining Peter Jurkin.

The 6-foot-3 Patterson is most noted for his defensive ability, understanding the intricacies more than many of his peers. He’s improved as a shooter and has the ability to drive and score in the lane. rates Patterson as the 10th best shooting guard in the class of 2011 and the No. 57 player overall. Rivals has him at No. 10 for SG, No. 65 overall.

More on this later.

UPDATE, 6:03 p.m.

Ron Patterson decided he just didn’t want to wait any longer.

“I was really getting tired of recruiting,” Patterson said when asked what made him decide it was time to commit. “And I like IU a lot.”

Patterson had been interested in Indiana for some time and had taken several unofficial visits. He visited again on Sunday and told IU coach Tom Crean about his commitment.

“I love the atmosphere,” Patterson said. “I knew if I came to Indiana, everyone would know who I was.”

Patterson may not be as prolific a scorer as some of the other players IU is recruiting for the 2012 class, but he is known for his versatility. He’s only 6-3, but he has a 6-11 wingspan and therefore plays much bigger. He’s been used at every position from 1-5 in high school and AAU tournaments.

“I think they’re getting the ultimate competitor on both ends of the floor,” said Chris Hawkins, Patterson’s AAU coach with Indiana Elite One. “You can find a lot of offensive players out there, but not a lot of players really work on defense. This is a kid that wants to play defense. He does it all the time in high school and AAU and he excels at it. I think they’re getting an electrifying player on both ends of the floor.”

Love suffers thumb injury

Indiana has suffered the second thumb injury in a month that will require surgery. After losing freshman wide receiver Kofi Hughes to the injury, the Hoosiers are now without tight end Charles Love III for an undetermined period of time. The redshirt sophomore saw playing time in just one game last season, but had a strong spring and appeared to have a chance to battle with Max Dedmond and Brad Martin for time at tight end.

The Hoosiers continued to hold wide receiver Tandon Doss and running backs Darius Willis and Antonio Banks out of practice in Saturday’s morning session. They will have a scrimmage later in the day that will be closed to the media.

James Blackmon Jr. takes unofficial to IU

Tom Crean has been making a point to get to in-state players early. That was made especially evident on Saturday morning when the Indiana coach stopped in at IU’s football practice with James Blackmon Jr, a 2014 recruit, and his family, on Blackmon’s unofficial visit.

Blackmon is a 6-foot-2, 170-pound guard who is entering his freshman year at Bishop Luers in Fort Wayne. He will be coached by his father, James Blackmon Sr., a former Kentucky star and NBA draft pick.

Doss, Willis still out for practice

With 16 days in between their first and second games, the Indiana football team has been taking it somewhat easy in the preseason, which to say they’re largely avoiding leg pads and therefore full tackling. On Friday, in a practice that was open to the media, but after which players were not available, the Hoosiers again practice in shorts and shoulder pads, calling plays in full-scrimmages down on contact.

Still, several important Hoosiers continue to miss practice. Tandon Doss was out for the second straight practice with a minor groin injury. Running backs Darius Willis and Antonio Banks are still out with hamstring injuries. Tight end Charles Love III was also out Friday, but new injuries will not be disclosed until Saturday morning’s practice.

Some Obervations: (more…)

Is it really time to say goodbye?

There are so many stories about Chris Korman. His childhood friends called him C.B. Most in Bloomington call him Chris. Like our dear ginger friend, I have often referred to him as simply Korman. There are stories about his hard work and stories about his off-the-clock extracurricular activities. Whatever name he is going by at the moment, he has the rare ability to touch those around him and make an impact in their lives, no matter how brief the encounter.

But the memory that will last for me happened on March 9 of this year. My son, Logan, was born on that day. It was a planned c-section and he was born shortly after 3 p.m. When he left the operating room, I followed. And I sat and held his fingers, wondering how it was possible that I had played a role in creating such a beautiful little boy, while the nurses did their thing. I looked up and, out of the corner of my eye, I saw Chris and Dustin walking down the hall. They were headed the wrong way, towards the laboring mothers. Luckily, they were intercepted before Dustin re-enacted perhaps my favorite scene from Knocked Up.

The guys eventually found my wife’s room and when we walked in the door, they were there. Chris was the first person to hold Logan besides me and my wife. Dustin was the second. There were a million things to be done that day for the sports editor of the Bloomington Herald-Times. Dustin, having just completed his first football/basketball season, probably should have been holding up a bar somewhere on Kirkwood. But there they were, holding my child. It meant so much. It means so much.

Korman was a hell of a boss. The kind of editor you dream about — always full of ideas and energy, always willing to go to bat for his guys and always ready to buy the first round. But he was a better friend.

I am sad to see him go. Incredibly sad. If Logan, now five months old, understood what is happening, I suspect he would cry over the loss of his Uncle Chris. But the Baltimore Sun is an incredible opportunity, one that he could not pass up. I told him as much as he wrestled over the decision.

The Scoop will never be the same. We’ll keep doing our thing, trying to blend serious news and giving a sense of context and perspective in a crazy Hoosier world. The H-T will hire another sports editor, and I fully expect that person will do their best for you, our readers. In the meantime, Dustin and I will soldier on. Perhaps we will take another photo, tipping a Yuengling to our dear, departed friend.

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