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Simpson to Kentucky

Jody Demling of the Louisville Courier Journal has reported that running back Miles Simpson of Simon Kenton High School in Independence, Ky. has chosen Kentucky over Indiana and Illinois. Simpson has rushed for over 2,200 yards and 38 touchdowns in each of the past two seasons.

Indiana has already announced numerous signings, however, including those of Marlandez Harris, Matt Perez, Cameron Cole, Kofi Hughes, Paul Phillips, Cody Evers, Matt Zakrzewski, Brian Williams, Bill Ivan, Logan Young, Drew Hardin, Xavier Whitaker, Pete Bachman, Tim O’Conner, Ishmael Thomas, Ryan Phillis, Chase Hoobler, Antonio Banks, Shaquille Jefferson, Jack Denton, Leneil Himes, and Harrison Scott.

The Hoosiers already had letters of intent from junior college signees Jeff Thomas and Lenyatta Kiles. Defensive back Andre Kates will announce his decison at 11 a.m. on Tom Lemming’s signing day show on CSTV.


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Doug Crusan (77) looks on as Larry Csonka talks to Miami Dolphin teammates during an exhibition game. Jim Bourdier | Associated Press

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Kates, Simpson up in the air for signing day

Indiana may not be in the running for any five-star blue chips, but that’s not to say that signing day will be without intrigue in Bloomington.

The Hoosiers’ incoming class could include anywhere from 24 to 26 players, depending on the signing day decisions of two players who could be among the stars of the class.

Cornerback Andre Kates, a three-star cornerback from the ASA Institute, a junior college in Brooklyn, N.Y., verbally committed to Indiana in May. He’s never formally decomitted from the Hoosiers, but he got a lot more attention after winning Junior College Player of the Year honors from Triumphant Sports. He took visits to Oklahoma State and Miami in the last two months, and said Tuesday that he will chose between those schools, New Mexico and Indiana at 11 a.m. Wednesday morning on recruiting guru Tom Lemming’s signing day show on CSTV. (more…)


Crean: We’re not running enough

Tom Crean says he doesn’t have enough guards right now.

This may surprise the many who send the second-year coach e-mails and comment on blogs about the team’s lack of post presence, but Crean said in order for the Hoosiers to play the uptempo style he envisions he needs more perimeter players.

Through Monday, the Hoosiers ranked sixth in the Big Ten in scoring in all games, averaging 69.5 points per game. In conference games only, however, the Hoosiers are eighth with 61.4 points per game. That dip coincides directly, of course, with the season-ending knee injury to star freshman guard Maurice Creek. (more…)


Crean: Roth wasn’t going to play

Though sophomore guard Matt Roth dressed for the first time since breaking his foot in Puerto Rico in November, Tom Crean said Monday in the Big Ten teleconference that there was no chance he was going to play.

“Him dressing the other day was good for him, it was good for our team,” Crean said. “To have him out there. I wouldn’t have played him, even for a half-court shot, which we joked with him the night before about being in position to do that, but there’s no way we would do that until he’s totally cleared. Hopefully we’ll see more this week. Hopefully he’ll be able to be involved in practice sometime this week.”

The clock, of course, is running for Roth. Crean said earlier this season he would apply for a medical hardship if he was out until February. That’s still up for debate, Crean said. (more…)


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Indiana coach Tom Crean followed through and started three forwards against Illinois. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

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Yeagley adds two to staff

As expected, Todd Yeagley is bringing former Hoosier player and assistant Ernie Yarborough from Madison to Bloomington to serve as one of his assistants.

Yeagley was also able to convince one of the better players in program history — who happens to be one of the most highly regarded young coaches in the country — to move two hours up the road. Brian Maisonneuve will also be a Hoosier again, leaving Louisville after a two-year run.

Seeing that IU has already had time to shoot mug shots for these gentlemen, I’m thinking this is not exactly what you’d call “breaking” news. But it was announced today.

Here’s the full news release.

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