Matt Carlino has been declared eligible to play basketball for South this season.
The Indiana High Schools Athletics Association (IHSAA) told both South and the Carlino family of its decision Friday morning, ending a process that lasted throughout the summer.
“I thought it was a long, drawn-out process for a case that was black and white,” South coach J.R. Holmes said. “They moved and it was nothing athletically involved from our standpoint.”
Carlino, a junior, moved to Bloomington in late May from Gilbert, Ariz.
He’s a 2011 verbal commitment to Indiana and coach Tom Crean, but his family has said he is moving because the Carlinos have grown to love Bloomington.
“You know, the overriding factor on all this is literally how much Matt and myself and the rest of the family loves Bloomington,” Carlino’s father, Mark, said in May. “People in those parts might find that funny because they want to come to warm weather like we have. But every time we go there we are sad to go home. Pretty much the driving force behind all of this is our affection for Bloomington, Indiana.”
I wrote a story for tomorrow’s H-T about Akron’s new stadium, and what strikes me most about it from talking to those involved is that it sounds like the school has entered an entirely different universe in terms of football atmosphere. Coach J.D. Brookhart freely admits he didn’t even want recruits to see the Rubber Bowl on trips, but now he thinks it can totally change the Zips place in recruiting. The $61.6 million facility has about 30,000 seats, it’s located on campus unlike the old facility and it’s got tons of amenities the Rubber Bowl didn’t have, like club seating and video boards.
“I’d venture to say overall we have the best facilities in the whole league,” Brookhart said. “Hopefully it takes recruiting to a whole new level. Most of the kids we’ve recruited are over 3.0 students, so with the APR, we’ve positioned ourselves for the future should the landscape of college football change. That’s visionary thinking to me.”
According to an IU release, guard Pete Saxon, tight end Brian Zematis, wide receiver Terrance Turner and wide receiver/quarterback Mitchell Evans have been named game captains for Saturday’s 3:30 p.m. game at Akron.
Indiana football coach Bill Lynch said Wednesday that his team has adapted well to what it will see from Akron this weekend. A team needs look comfortable facing the scout team — which runs what the next opponent is expected to run — by Wednesday. He felt his team has. There will be challenges on both sides of the ball for Indiana, as Akron runs a fairly traditional spread and a 3-4 defense.
Other observations/notes from practice today:
Plenty of interesting takes out there tonight on Myles Brand, the man who fired Bob Knight and went on to implement several academic reforms as the head of the NCAA.
A few worth reading.
From Indiana media relations.
FB STUDENT SEASON TICKETS TOP 6,000 MARK, $5 FRIEND PROGRAM CLARIFIED
Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass, announced today that football season ticket sales among students have eclipsed the 6,000 mark for the first time since 2006.
“We are thrilled that over 6,000 students bought season football tickets this year,” said Glass. “One of our primary goals was to enhance the gameday atmosphere for the students to encourage them to come to our games, but their commitment and support for our football program has exceeded our most optimistic expectations”.
Glass noted that single-game ticket sales have also been strong, with overall student attendance averaging over 8,200 through the first two games. Glass believes that student attendance has been encouraged not only by the improved gameday atmosphere and winning play by the team, but also by the $5 gameday student tickets for IU and other college students.
The Department had made $5 gameday ticket sales also available to non-IU college students in an effort to increase attendance among IU students and students from other universities visiting friends who attend Indiana University. While the department had initially indicated that the “$5 Friend Program” would be available without any limitations, Glass also announced today that the program would not apply to the students of the school Indiana is actually playing on gameday.
“We want to be hospitable,” Glass said, “but we don’t want to be patsies. Our opponents are welcome, but we won’t be subsidizing their ticket costs.”
From Indiana media relations.
Bloomington, Indiana – The Indiana Memorial Union Board announced today that IU men’s basketball coach Tom Crean will give a public address to the Indiana University student body on Wednesday, September 23 at 7 pm at the IU Auditorium. The lecture will be free to the public and will conclude with an extended question and answer session, with an autograph session to follow.
For decades, the Union Board has invited the men’s basketball coach to speak to students and preview the upcoming season This address will mark the second year for the revival of that tradition.
“We’re excited to provide students with a chance to directly interact with Coach Crean,” said Caitlin Van Kooten, Union Board Lectures Director. “He is returning IU men’s basketball to a proud Hoosier tradition and we’d like to support his efforts by rebuilding a tradition of our own.”
In his remarks, Crean will discuss the importance of strong student-body and campus support for the program, his vision for the future of IU basketball, his thoughts on leadership, and what it means to be a Hoosier.
“It is always an honor to get in front of the campus community as the head basketball coach at Indiana University,” said Crean. “They play a big part in the success of this program.”
The lecture will be co-sponsored by the IU Auditorium and IU Athletics.
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