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.
One thing that has looked better week-after-week for Indiana at coach Bill Lynch’s press conference is the injury report, because there are fewer and fewer names on it.
Offensive lineman Alex Perry and defensive end Kyle Kozak, both of whom are out with long-term injuries, are the only two Hoosiers who are listed as “out” this week.
Running back Darius Willis, who missed last Saturday’s game against Western Michigan with an ankle injury, has been upgraded to questionable. So have defensive end Fred Jones (foot) and running back Zach Davis-Walker (shoulder), who have been listed as out since the first post-camp depth chart. Davis-Walker has been practicing, but has been wearing an orange jersey that has kept him from contact.
Cornerback Donnell Jones is still listed as questionable with his hamstring injury, but Lynch said he could practice today. Linebacker Chad Sherer (hamstring), defensive end Terrance Thomas (shoulder) and left guard Justin Pagan (ankle) are also listed as questionable. (more…)
Kyrie Irving, Indiana’s top target in the class of 2010, will visit Kentucky.
So says Adam Zagoria, the leading authority on East Coast recruiting.
Zagoria got this story from Kyrie’s father, Drederick, who played at Boston College.
Here’s what Mr. Irving had to say about the job Indiana, which had a home visit with the Irvings Sunday and will host Kyrie in a few weeks, has done:
Indiana also figures strongly in Kyrie’s recruitment, largely because of the relationship with assistant coach Roshown McLeod.
“Coach Ro has done a splendid job recruiting Kyrie, recruiting the family so I got a chance to sit down and speak with Coach [Tom] Crean and just to have discussions with him about his plans for Kyrie and how Kyrie fits in,” he said.
Asked if it would come down to Duke or Indiana, Drederick said flatly:
“I think that’s very premature at this point. We’re being open to all the schools. They’re all great schools.
“It’s all predicated on a feeling that’s elicited once you’re on campus. There are so many intangibles that we’re looking to see when we go on these visits.
“But they’re all great schools and I just think it’s a matter of finding the right school for Kyrie and he’ll know because he’ll get a gut feeling.
“And when he gets that feeling he has said that he will pull the trigger.”
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