I had a pretty relaxed Sunday. Hope you did, too.
I ran some errands, did some chores.
Most thrillingly, I bought a toaster. And then I toasted bread to test it. It works.
The floor needed sweeping, the bathroom needed cleaning and I had to take out the recycling bin.
You know, one of those days.
I did have the tube on and heard/watched the Big Ten games today. Was surprised how well Illinois played in winning (and showing that it can actually score the basketball) at Ohio State, how easily Minnesota handled Northwestern and by the Michigan meltdown in overtime against Iowa.
(By the way, I was folding laundry and heard the announcer yell “That’s the dagger by Michigan!” Of course when I came up the game was headed to overtime. So it wasn’t much of a dagger. But therein lies my question: what does that term even mean? Is the rest of the game a fist fight and then suddenly one dude pulls out a dagger and stabs the other, ending it? Is that the imagery we’re after there? I get confused every time I hear it.)
Anyway, it was a day to let the brain recharge a bit. I actively tried not to think too much, which, because I know you have this question, is different than other days because other days I try to think and simply fail to do so with much result.
But I could not let the anniversary of Kelvin Sampson’s resignation pass without at least a note here.
We’ll get chatting started shortly for today’s big game. Ohio State is ranked No. 17 in this week’s AP poll and present a chance for IU to get an NCAA Tournament-worthy win as the season winds down.
For live audio streaming of this game, see The Herald-Times’ high school blog, QuickHits.
It appears as though Purdue’s star forward Robbie Hummel could miss the rest of the season with the fractured vertebrae that has limited his availability for much of the season.
That’s what the Journal Courier of West Lafayette, among others, is now reporting.
After his team had been thrashed 72-54 on Tuesday night, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo commented that without Hummel (who was playing in his second game since returning from originally hurting his back) the Boilermakers were a good team; with him, a special team.
Following a 3-9 season, Bill Lynch has made some small changes in the structure of his staff.
The major news is that Dennis Springer, the lone assistant brought into the program by Lynch, has been elevated to assistant head coach.
It’s difficult to know what that means, exactly. Lynch was the assistant head coach to Terry Hoeppner; that title seemed as much as anything a nod toward Lynch’s considerable experience as a head coach. This move makes it clear that Lynch wants Springer to have more influence within the staff.
The rest of the offensive staff stays the same (though tight ends coach Kyle Conner will assist with the offensive line; this makes sense given the limited role tight ends play in IU’s offense.) Matt Canada is still the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach. It’s unclear if he’ll continue to call plays.
On the defensive side of the ball, co-defensive coordinator Joe Palcic will now coach the entire secondary. Former safeties coach Mike Yeager becomes the linebackers coach, while George Ricumstrict will shift his focus from the backers to the defensive ends. That leaves co-defensive coordinator Brian George to concentrate on the defensive tackles.
Here’s the whole release from IU, and a list of the current staff and their positions: