Jeremy Gainer officially picks MSU

By   |   Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008 - 5:21 PM   |   22 comments

Jeremy Gainer announced today that he’ll sign with Michigan State, according to Rivals.com. A top 15 outside linebacker in the country, Gainer gave a verbal commitment to Indiana over the summer but opened his recruitment a few weeks ago.



Cortez Smith arrested

By   |   Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008 - 3:49 PM   |   43 comments

Here’s the story from cops reporter Marcela Creps;

An Indiana University football player was arrested Thursday on preliminary charges related to a strong-arm robbery reported Wednesday night.

Courtney “Cortez” Alan Smith, 18, faces preliminary charges of robbery and burglary, both B-felonies. Lazell C. McClellon, 19, faces preliminary charges of robbery, burglary, false informing, battery on a police officer and resisting law enforcement.

Smith is a freshman cornerback for the IU Hoosiers.

Bloomington police were called just after 7 p.m. to the 500 block of Muller Parkway where two residents reported being robbed by two unknown assailants.

According to the police report, a friend had come to visit the two residents. Soon after he arrived, there was a knock at the door. Police said one of the residents answered the door and was immediately punched by a man standing at the door dressed all in black. The man then ordered everyone in the home to get on the ground.

A second male entered the home, also dressed in black. The first suspect went towards a back bedroom where one of the residents was exiting. The suspect punched the resident and ordered him back into the bedroom, police said.

The two men, later identified as Smith and McClellon, went through the residence. Taken items included wallets, cell phones, an Xbox and marijuana. During the crime, the two residents told police their visitor crawled to the front door and shut it. The roommates told police they thought it was odd since their visitor was 6-foot-7 and weighs over 300 pounds. Police interviewed the visitor who led authorities to Smith and McClellon.

The two suspects were found in an apartment in the same complex where the crime occurred. The resident allowed police to search the home. During the search, police found two wallets, IDs and other items belonging to the two victims. Police also found clothing worn by the suspects including a mask that covers the lower part of the face and a black hoodie.

When police attempted to arrest McClellon, he fought with officers as they attempted to cuff him. Police said he also gave many false names, later admitting he has four open drug cases in Detroit, Mich.

Both men were taken to the Monroe County Jail.

Smith was one of Indiana’s top recruits in the 2008 class. He redshirted this year and played cornerback on the scout team.

Indiana football spokesman Jeff Keag issued the following statement: “We are aware of the situation and take this matter very seriously.”



Yeagley to Wisconsin

By   |   Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008 - 5:49 PM   |   11 comments

Thursday 10:45 a.m. update: We’ve learned that Todd Yeagley has accepted the job to become Wisconsin’s head soccer coach. Wisconsin is expected to announce the news at noon today.

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Spent some time this afternoon talking to Indiana soccer coach Mike Freitag, who confirmed that assistant coach Todd Yeagley is in Madison today, interviewing for the head job at Wisconsin.

Yeagley just missed out on the Louisville job a few years ago, and would presumably be the front-runner for the Badgers. Freitag said he thought a decision could come before the end of the week. I’ll throw out some more soccer nuggets over the next week as I get time to sort through our interview.



Holiday chat

By   |   Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008 - 4:28 PM   |   5 comments

Here’s your chance to tell jolly old us what you want for Christmas. Or just to ask about IU sports. Either way.

Click here to pre-emptively ask your question or to join us when we start at 11 a.m. Thursday.



Chaplin out for the season

By   |   Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008 - 1:20 PM   |   2 comments

An IU press release just a few minutes ago confirmed what I first suspected last week, 6-foot-3 freshman Sasha Chaplin will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury suffered against Butler last week. She is to undergo surgery later this month. Chaplin averaged 4.9 points and 4.0 rebounds in eight games.

Hoosier coach Felisha Legette-Jack hinted as much in Saturday’s postgame press conference at West Virginia, saying, “… we’re going through one of the young ladies just being told she wouldn’t be able to play this year.”

Chaplin’s loss hurts IU’s depth at the post positions, something that was noticeably improved this season. Now they must turn to another freshman, 6-2 Danilsa Andujar, for some help. Jori Davis is also likely to slide into the ’4′ spot at times.



UAB loses four players

By   |   Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008 - 6:57 PM   |   34 comments

A news release out of UAB this evening has made it official that two players are leaving Mike Davis’ program and two others are academically ineligible for the upcoming semester.

The information reported by Gary Parrish of CBS this afternoon didn’t have it quite right, saying that former Hoosier Armon Bassett was leaving and three players are academically ineligible.

The entire UAB release is provided below. The news makes it appear that Davis has troubles ahead in what started as a promising season (a familiar storyline to fans who followed Davis’ teams at IU?). The Blazers will be left with six scholarship players and two walk-ons for the second semester.

UAB Men’s Basketball Loses Four Players
(For Immediate Release: Dec. 16, 2008)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. —– The UAB men’s basketball team will be without four players from its roster for the remainder of the 2008-09 season, according to an announcement Tuesday by Blazers’ head coach Mike Davis.

Guards Armon Bassett and Terrence Roderick are leaving UAB. Guard Ed Berrios and forward Jeremy Mayfield do not meet NCAA requirements for participation at this time.

Berrios and Roderick had played in all eight of UAB’s games this season while Mayfield and Bassett have not seen action.

“This team remains committed to work hard the rest of the season and to move this program forward,” Davis said.

The Blazers’ head coach also announced that guard Mike Davis Jr., who sat out the first semester due to academics, has been reinstated and is expected to suit up for the Blazers’ game Wednesday night against Jacksonville State.



Bassett leaves UAB; Davis’ program hurting

By   |   Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008 - 5:00 PM   |   23 comments

Former Indiana guard Armon Bassett has left UAB.

He told The Herald-Times minutes ago that he left for personal reasons, and has returned to Indiana to deal with a serious situation concerning a person close to him. He left in good academic standing, he said. The unstable situation with UAB coach Mike Davis, who first recruited Bassett to IU when he coached the Hoosiers, also played a factor in Bassett’s decision. Davis was set to sign top 2009 big man DeMarcus Cousins but the university refused to give Cousins a clause in his letter-of-intent that would allow him to leave should Davis no longer be employed.

Bassett was sitting out this year in accordance with NCAA rules. He hopes to enroll at a Midwest school that runs on a quarter system, which he said would allow him to become eligible in the early part of next season.

Interim Indiana coach Dan Dakich kicked Bassett off the team during the spring for insubordination, and Tom Crean ultimately decided not to allow Bassett to rejoin the team.

In addition to the departure of Bassett, UAB will also lose three players next semester  – Jeremy Mayfield, Terrence Roderick and Ed Berrios – because they are not academically eligible to compete, according to Gary Parrish of CBS Sportsline.com. We have not been able to confirm that report, but if true, UAB would be left with six scholarship players for the rest of the season.





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