Michigan State was tabbed as the favorite to win the Big Ten championship at Big Ten media day with Purdue picked to finish second and Ohio State third. Michigan State’s Kalin Lucas was picked as the preseason player of the year. He’s joined on the all-conference first team by Michigan’s Manny Harris, Ohio States Evan Turner, Penn State’s Talor Battle and Purdue’s Robbie Hummell.
Indiana coach Bill Lynch waits for his team to leave the stands after shooting the team picture during the preseason. Chris Howell | Herald-Times
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Donnell Jones will start at cornerback against Iowa, co-defensive coordinator Joe Palcic said Wednesday.
Jones, a redshirt sophomore, has been out with a dislocated elbow. He is wearing a large apparatus on his right arm.
“I am hoping he is going to be able to play,” said Palcic, who is also the team’s secondary coach. “He hasn’t really tackled anybody yet so we’re going to see how he goes Saturday. He’ll start, and we’ll see how it holds up.”
Tuesday, Indiana head coach Bill Lynch said it would be an open competition to determine who starts opposite Ray Fisher on Saturday.
But Jones took the majority of the snaps with the first team defense on Wednesday. Nick Polk, the team’s starting safety, also played at the cornerback position.
Adrian Burks, who was listed as the team’s starting corner on the depth chart this week, and Richard Council played with the second team.
Council has been beaten for several touchdowns against Illinois and Northwestern, after replacing Jones.
Lynch said it was not decided who would start, and may not be until Friday. He said he wanted to watch film of practice and see how Jones felt.
A critical win for Indiana tonight over a very good Evansville squad, snapping a three-game losing streak. Indiana starts what it hopes will be a season-ending win streak that will propel the Hoosiers into the NCAA Tournament. HOOSIERS 2, ACES 0
9:07: Matt Wiet’s throw-in skips across the box and into the net to extend the Indiana lead. HOOSIERS 2, ACES 0
22:09: The scoreless streak ends at nearly 345 minutes as Lee Hagedorn gets the job done, dribbling to the middle of the field, then cutting back and launching a shot from the top of the box that beats the keeper to the lower right corner. HOOSIERS 1, ACES 0
28:00: We’re no closer to determining a winner than when we started. Evansville had a near-miss on a throw-in, IU missed a chance for Will Bruin off a cross by Daniel Kelly early in the half. Nick Blevins and Matt Wiet are in for Kevin Bick and Rich Balchan, who was shaken up a few minutes ago. HOOSIERS 0, ACES 0
Evansville evens up the shots a bit before half with the most dangerous chance a header off a corner blocked away by Indiana’s Ofori Sarkodie. The Hoosiers have not scored in 322 minutes now, and have just two goals in the first half this season. HOOSIERS 0, ACES 0
15:00: Darren Yeagle enters the game for the first time with 15 minutes to go, replacing Lee Hagedorn. Hoosiers have five shots to Evansville’s one, but just the one real good chance on an Adlard free kick in front of goal that was blocked away by the Aces’ keeper. HOOSIERS 0, ACES 0
30:00: Fifteen minutes in and nothing much happening. Each team has hit a header off a free kick. Evansville has probably had the better run of play so far. The Hoosiers are closing in on 300 minutes without a goal.
I’m at Armstrong Stadium tonight as the Hoosiers began a season-ending three-game homestand against Evansville. Indiana has lost three in a row to fall to 7-7-1, and every game from here on is almost a must-win.
A few lineup changes for IU. Nemanja Kostic will get the start in goal, while Kevin Bick joins the fray in midfield. Stay tuned and see what happens, or follow me on Twitter.
Indiana football coach Bill Lynch took athletics director Fred Glass’s public vote of confidence in stride, at least to reporters after Wednesday’s practice.
“Obviously, I really appreciate his support,” Lynch said. “I am excited, because I think we got a great future here. I’ve really enjoyed working with Fred and his staff over these last so many months. I really do appreciate the support. We got some really good things going and looking forward to the future.”
Lynch, who has two years remaining after this season on a four-year deal he signed after serving as the interim coach for the 2007 season, said he and Glass had talked some about it on Tuesday.
The two have weekly meetings, which Lynch characterized as productive.
“It’s great,” Lynch said. “He travels with us and he’s with us. … We’ve developed a really good relationship that I’ve really enjoyed.”
But there has been no talk of a contract extension, which could definitely give Lynch increased job security and could potentially also help him on the recruiting trail.
Glass said before the season started that there had been no talk of a contract extension.
“That isn’t important at this point,” Lynch said. “We’ve had really good discussions about the football program. Like I said to start with, I really appreciate the support he has shown and gives us great direction.”
Dick Vitale, the (occasionally grating) voice of college basketball, has reported that Bob Knight won’t attend his induction into the athletics Hall of Fame next week. He reported this via Twitter. No, Twitter has not devised a way to make Vitale’s tweets louder and more exuberant than all other tweets combined.
Here’s the series of tweets, made earlier today:
just spoke to Bob Knight and my feeling is Indiana should honor Knight with a special evening for all he achieved with the Hoosiers.
Bob Knight will not take a dime from the boosters for what he felt was an injustice involving the suit with ex asst Ron Felling.
Just found out bob knight will not be going to Hoosier HoF.
*I feel as though I should point out here that Vitale’s preceding two tweets were as follows:
Tired of Kate Hudson getting credit for Arod’s success. How about talent? His ex Cynthia is a real LADY!
I prefer her Mom Goldie&Kurt. Favorites of my wife also.
Anyway. There’s confirmation. My guess is that Knight yelled this over his cubicle wall at ESPN’s underground headquarters for Super Star Analysts to Vitale in between scoops of Beefaroni. Yeah, that kind you put right in the microwave. So clutch when you need a quick at-your-desk lunch. As long as you don’t desire flavor.
For what it’s worth, Fred Glass told me this morning that he recently wrote a note to Bob Knight saying that the invitation to the induction was an open one. It said, in essence, that Knight need not RSVP. He could show up next Friday and IU would be able to accomodate him.
Steve Downing, the former Knight player who is currently working in the Texas Tech athletic department, has told IU that he will attend the ceremony. So there’s that.
Indiana athletic director Fred Glass said this morning that he’ll honor the final two years of head football coach Bill Lynch’s contract.
“As I said last November, I think contracts need to mean something at Indiana again,” he said. “But beyond the pure letter of what we agreed on, I think coach Lynch has done a good job and will continue to be successful at Indiana beyond the length of his current contract.”
Glass said he had not discussed an extension with Lynch. It can be difficult for football coaches to recruit if they have only a few years remaining on their contracts. Players want to be assured of stability.
“I think that’s a fair question, but I don’t really want to get into speculation or ‘what-ifs’,” Glass said. “That’s really a personnel issue that I have to discuss with all of our coaches.”
A lawyer and civic leader before taking over IU’s athletic department in January, Glass has said that he would measure Lynch on progress and not win-loss record. He has been pleased with the year.
“It’s been an up and down year,” he said. “I think early in the year they improved game-to-game. The Virginia game was not good, and the question became whether that was indicative of where the program was going. We found out against Illinois that it wasn’t, because the team had its best performance of the year.”
Glass disagrees with those who have been critical of the coaching staff for the 29-28 loss at Northwestern over the weekend.
“They were a unique matchup for us, and I don’t agree with those who put it solely on the doorstep of the coaches,” he said. “There was good and bad in all three phases of the game, and ultimately the bad lingered a bit longer. But I didn’t see it as the coaching staff getting too conservative or going into a deep freeze or anything like that. It’s legitimate and fun to look at it that way, but ultimately not a round vision of what occurred.
“Sports Illustrated picked us to win two games. We’re 4-4. I’m a big fan of saying that you are what you are. And we are. We’re 4-4. But we’re two plays away from being 6-2. Last year we got shellacked by Purdue in one of the worst Bucket games ever. This year, you can see the improvement. The student and fan support has increased, partly due to what we’ve done to make the atmosphere better. But also because the team has had such solid performances. The fans appreciate that.”
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