Bill Lynch has seen a few too many penalties, especially those of the pre-snap variety, in games so far this season.
So the Indiana coach said at his radio show Monday night that he will have officials watching his players during scrimmages in practices the next two days to try to break them of bad habits.
“We’re going to have officials out at practice Tuesday and Wednesday,” Lynch said. “We’re going to bring in the guys with the striped shirts, and they’re going to be throwing flags at them. Penalties are like turnovers. Those will come back to get you. We survived on Saturday, but we’re trying to make sure that won’t happen this week.”
Lynch said that the post-snap penalties, such as the pass interference, late hit, face mask and roughing the passer that the Hoosiers were charged for in the fourth quarter, are sometimes just “part of the game” and a product of aggressive play. He’s less tolerant of the pre-snap penalties, like illegal procedure and false starts.
“Those pre-snap penalties are inexcusable and we have to get them corrected,” he said. “Lining up offsides and jumping offsides, we’ve got to get that straightened out, and that starts with me.”
Lynch also updated the status of redshirt freshman running back Darius Willis, who missed Saturday’s game against Western Michigan with an ankle injury.
“I hope he’s back at it this week,” Lynch said. “He was running really well today at practice and he’s had a quicker recovery than we thought he would. … I certainly hope he gets back, but we won’t know until later in the week.”
So says USA Today.
Kyrie Irving has given several interviews since Indiana coach Tom Crean visited his home this weekend, and he didn’t reveal a lot more to the Herald-Times than to the rest of interviewers. No commitment is imminent, and he said he will still probably take all of his official visits before he makes a decision.
He did say it went well, he said he’s met with Crean and the IU staff enough times that there wasn’t much more they could tell him. (more…)
Indiana athletic director Fred Glass has been trying to push the envelope to change the atmosphere at IU football games, but he said a commercial spoofing referees that appeared on the video board during Saturday’s game against Western Michigan pushed the envelope a bit too far and disrespected the officials working the game.
During a penalty-boosted drive that helped Western Michigan to the Indiana 5-yard line, the IU video board showed a commercial from Subway’s “Fresh Moment” ad campaign in which an official used his microphone to admit a mistake by saying “I totally blew that call. In fact, it wasn’t even close. But don’t worry, I’ll penalize the other team for no good reason in the second half to even things up.”
The commercial aired immediately after Indiana cornerback Richard Council was flagged for pass interference, drawing cheers from IU fans. On the next play, however, the officials flagged linebacker Justin Carrington for a 15-yard, roughing-the-passer. A few plays later, linebacker Tyler Replogle was penalized for a face mask, putting Western Michigan on the 5-yard-line before Greg Middleton caused and Carrington recovered a game-saving fumble.
Glass claimed responsibility and said that the commercial should not have been aired.
“The buck stops with me there,” he said. “I’m the one who is ultimately responsible for what goes on there. I thought it was completely inappropriate and it will never happen again.” (more…)
Got a couple of quick updates from an IU spokesman on the status of Nick Polk and Darius Willis. Polk is apparently good to go after his head injury suffered in the first half of Saturday’s game. The status of Willis’s ankle will be determined throughout the week. He missed Saturday’s game.
Indiana just sent out game notes with a new depth chart, which will follow. Not much to see, but free safety Nick Polk, who missed the second half of Saturday’s game with a head injury, is still listed atop the depth chart. Left guard Justin Pagan, who returned Saturday after missing the opener with an ankle injury, is listed as the starter after being the backup on last week’s depth chart. Running back Darius Willis, who injured his ankle last week, is not listed. Freshman Adam Repogle, who started his first game Saturday, is in the starting position again.
The rest follows.
76 Rodger Saffold, 6-5, 318, Sr./Sr.
72 Andrew McDonald, 6-6, 309, Jr./So.
70 Justin Pagán, 6-5, 311, So./So.
65 Marc Damisch, 6-6, 304, So./Fr. (more…)
From Indiana media relations:
Indiana’s Sept. 26 game at Michigan will kick off at noon EDT at Michigan Stadium and will be televised on either ESPN or ESPN2, it was announced today. The final designation of which network the game will air on will be made following this weekend’s contests. All games can be heard on the statewide IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Pete Compise and Joe Smith).
Game times are predicated on the Big Ten Conference television agreement with ABC, the Big Ten Network, ESPN and ESPN2 and are often not announced until 12 days before kickoff.Starting 2-0 for the sixth straight season, the Hoosiers hit the road for the first time in 2009 with a visit to Akron this weekend. IU will be the second team to travel to brand new InfoCision Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 19. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPNU.
IU moved to 2-0 following a 23-19 victory over Western Michigan on Sept. 12. Senior Demetrius McCray ran for a career-high 134 yards with a 59-yard score and senior defensive end Greg Middleton forced a WMU fumble at the IU 8-yard-line with 1:20 remaining to preserve the victory. Bill Lynch became the first Indiana head coach to open his career with three consecutive 2-0 starts.
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