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Saturday’s scrimmage at Memorial Stadium was mostly about mixing and matching for the Indiana football team.
The most important thing Bill Lynch was trying to do, he said, was get an idea what his depth chart should be heading into game-week for the opener against Towson.
“We had to make some decisions off today’s scrimmage and a little bit over the next couple of days about who the travel squad should be,” Lynch said. “That’s why we made a real effort of playing the young kids. There was a lot of bubble kids, when I say bubble, whether they’re gonna be in the mix or whether they’re gonna be scout team players on both sides of the ball. It was really important to get them all a lot of reps.” (more…)
The IU football team will hold an open scrimmage on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. The format of the scrimmage has yet to be determined, but it will be open to the public.
The Indiana athletic department will hold another installment of its Tailgate Tour at the Devault Alumni Center on East 17th Street on Monday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. IU football coach Bill Lynch will be the featured guest and athletic director Fred Glass, basketball coach Tom Crean, volleyball coach Sherry Dunbar, women’s basketball coach Felisha Legette-Jack and men’s soccer coach Todd Yeagley will also be featured speakers. Cost is $20 for dinner.
Former Indiana center Bawa Muniru has completed his transfer to Tennessee State, a TSU spokesman confirmed Friday.
Muniru, a 6-foot-10 native of Ghana, played a total of 62 minutes with the Hoosiers last season and scored a total of 11 points, an average of 0.6 per game. In June, IU announced that he would be transferring to look for a school where he could get more playing time.
Tennessee State finished 9-23 last season, including 6-12 in the Ohio Valley Conference, under first-year head coach John Cooper. Muniru becomes the team’s tallest player and joins a squad that currently has just nine players listed on its online roster.
Tom Crean said he doesn’t believe it will be necessary to anoint a point guard to be the primary ball-handler on every possession this season, but he did say that he does not envision senior Jeremiah Rivers at that position.
The 6-foot-5 transfer from Georgetown was the starter at point guard most of last season and led the Hoosiers in assists with 3.4 per game. He was also second on the team in rebounding with 4.3 per game. However, Rivers also was second on the team with 86 turnovers and struggled at the foul line, making just 57.8 percent of his free throws. His mid-range jumper improved throughout the year, but he finished the season 0-for-5 from beyond the 3-point arc.
Rivers severely injured his ankle earlier in the offseason, and has missed significant time.
“This is going to be a situation where I don’t see him at the point,” Crean said. “I see him as a guy that’s gotta get defensive rebounds. I see him as a guy that’s got to move the basketball. We don’t have anybody faster with the ball. The best way that that’s going to happen is if he gets a defensive rebounds. He’s got to be an outstanding defender for us, which is something that I think he got away from a little bit. I know what he’s capable of defensively, and I always hold that in my mind. That’s what I expect him to be. Again, I expect him to come in and hold his own. He’s going to have to earn his way into minutes on this team.” (more…)
North running back D’Angelo Roberts, an IU commit, with two of his offensive linemen, Evan Crouch (left) and Desmond Gilbert. Jeremy Hogan | Herald-Times
Indiana’s practice was closed except for the last 10 minutes on Thursday, but that was enough time to tell that a few key Hoosiers were back on the field.
Sophomore tailback Darius Willis has been out for much of the preseason with a hamstring injury, but he was back in pads and scrimmaging. Junior wide receiver Tandon Doss, who has been limited by a minor groin injury, was also back in action.
Freshman tailback Antonio Banks (hamstring) is still out though, as is wide receiver Tim O’Conner, who suffered a shoulder injury earlier this week.
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