Hulls on being at the top

By   |   Monday, Feb. 9, 2009 - 7:21 PM   |   2 comments

Does anyone here watch Entourage? If you do, you know Vince. If you don’t, Vince is an actor who, at the show’s beginning, was on the cusp of becoming not just famous, but Brad Pitt-famous.

But there was a scene in which he said he didn’t want to be the king. Why? He says he’d rather be the prince. Everyone wants to kill the king — but the prince just gets to walk around all day and tell girls he’s going to be king one day.

It’s a funny line in a show known for them, but it’s also indicative of where we are as a society. We build people up, so we can tear them down.

Right now, Jordan Hulls is king. He’s the best player on the best team, Bloomington South, in the state. He’s the favorite to win Mr. Basketball. He’s headed to Indiana, where he’ll be a part of the Hoosiers’ resurgence.

I didn’t ask Hulls if he’d rather be the prince, but I did ask him about the pressure. And a few other things. This is what he had to say. You can read the story that ran in today’s H-T here.



Crean and Dumes discuss elbowing and atoning

By   |   Monday, Feb. 9, 2009 - 6:42 PM   |   4 comments

Indiana coach Tom Crean had Devan Dumes, who is suspended indefinitely for throwing a couple of elbows at opposing players Saturday at Michgan State, face the media today.

Accountability is of utmost importance in his program, he said.

It is worth listening to the entire interview — about 15 minutes — if you have the time.



IU, Virginia agree to home-and-home series

By   |   Monday, Feb. 9, 2009 - 1:45 PM   |   27 comments

Scott Stadium

That’s Scott Stadium, home of the Virginia Cavaliers.

Indiana will be heading there on Oct. 10. Virginia and Coach Sweatshirt (Al Groh) will come to Bloomington in 2011.

Here’s the official release from IU media relations:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass announced Monday that Indiana and the University of Virginia have agreed to a home-and-home football series starting this fall.

“This is a great matchup for our players, alumni and other fans,” Glass said.  “Like IU, the University of Virginia is one of the country’s premier public universities from a premier conference.”

Glass noted that while this will be the first time that IU and Virginia have competed in football, they already compete for the best students in the country.

Academic excellence is a cornerstone of both campuses, with high achieving students, elite honors programs and outstanding faculty. Both boast premier scholarships for first-year students who have excelled as scholars, leaders and citizens – notably the Wells Scholars at Indiana University and the Jefferson Scholars at UVa.  IU and Virginia both enroll students with test score and GPA averages well above the national average and the averages of their states, and are routinely ranked by national publications and organizations – including both being selected by Kiplinger’s in their list of ‘100 Best Values in Public Colleges’. Indiana and UVa are schools committed to serving their states – with residents making up more than 60% of their student bodies, and are home to academic majors that are recognized among the best in the nation.

The Virginia game fills a slot in the Hoosiers’ schedule recently vacated by the University of South Florida.  USF asked to defer a game with Indiana so it could begin a series with Florida State University.

Glass said he was surprised, but pleased, to have an opportunity to impact IU’s football schedule in his first year as Director of Athletics.

IU and UVa will meet next season in Charlottesville, Va., on October 10. Virginia will travel to Bloomington for the return matchup on September 10, 2011. It will mark Indiana’s 16th meeting against an ACC opponent and its first since a 2001 showdown with North Carolina State in Raleigh.

“This is a great opportunity to face a very good team from the ACC,” Hoosier head coach Bill Lynch said. “We have tremendous respect for the Virginia program and we look forward to two challenging games.”

Virginia finished the 2008 season with a 5-7 record and a 3-5 conference mark. Former New York Jets head coach Al Groh owns a 56-44 record in his eight seasons at UVa. Groh has led the Cavaliers to five bowl games, including a 2007 appearance in the Gator Bowl, and three bowl victories.

The Hoosiers signed 18 student-athletes on National Signing Day. Head coach Bill Lynch’s second recruiting class included one four-star recruit and 12 three-star recruits in the Rivals.com and Scout.com rankings.

Indiana opens spring practice on Tuesday, March 24. The annual Cream & Crimson Spring Game will kick off at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 18, at 2 p.m.



Big Ten concurs with Crean, reprimands Dumes

By   |   Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009 - 7:20 PM   |   16 comments

Here’s the release:

Park Ridge, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference office announced that it concurs with the suspension of Indiana University men’s basketball student-athlete Devan Dumes for violating the Big Ten Sportslike Conduct Agreement during the Michigan State game on Feb. 7, 2009.

Indiana University head men’s basketball coach Tom Crean suspended Dumes indefinitely for unsportslike behavior. In accordance with penalties established in Big Ten Conference Agreement 10.01.1.A.1, the conference office also publicly reprimands Dumes for his actions.

“The behavior of Devan Dumes during the Michigan State game is unacceptable,” Commissioner James E. Delany said. “Dumes’ actions have no place in the sport of basketball or the Big Ten Conference, and we support his indefinite suspension.”

The Big Ten Conference considers this matter concluded and will have no further comment.

And here’s a PDF of the Big Ten’s Code of Sportsmanlike Behavior.



Dumes suspended indefinitely by Crean

By   |   Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009 - 7:05 PM   |   8 comments

Indiana junior guard Devan Dumes has been suspended indefinitely by Tom Crean for drawing a flagrant foul against Michigan State Saturday night.

Dumes was whistled for throwing an elbow at Spartans’ reserve center Tom Herzog’s shoulder (which was about as high as Dumes could reach) with two minutes remaining in the Hoosiers 75-47 loss. After reviewing the play on court side replay monitors, the officiating crew called a flagrant foul resulting in an automatic ejection.

Here is a copy of the release issued by IU:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean has suspended indefinitely junior guard Devan Dumes for his actions during Saturday’s game at Michigan State.

“After coming home and having the opportunity to review the game film, I believe that discipline is necessary and deserved in this matter,” said Crean.  “A line was crossed that was unacceptable.  However, Devan is one of ours and like with all of our players we want them to learn and understand what it takes to be successful.”

Dumes will not play when IU visits Minnesota on Tuesday night.

“I truly regret my actions and I will learn from this situation,” said Dumes.  “I apologize to everyone involved for doing something that is uncharacteristic of how I play the game.  I am looking forward to putting this behind me and being a better leader to my teammates.”

Dumes will continue to practice and travel with the team.



Indiana at Michigan State: Wrap

By   |   Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009 - 1:40 PM   |   3 comments

 Tom Creans and Devan Dumes have a discussion.

Michigan State 75, Indiana 47

HoosiersHQ coverage



Illinois at IU women: Discuss it here

By   |   Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009 - 12:20 PM   |   6 comments





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