Indiana adds highly recruited slot wide receiver

Up to the moment, Indiana has received letters of intent from 16 of its recruits and most of them were expected, but there was one pleasant surprise. Shane Wynn, a  slot receiver from Glenville Academic Campus in Cleveland, signed a letter of intent with the Hoosiers despite interest from some heavy hitters.

The 5-foot-6, 147-pounder with 4.43 speed in the 40-yard dash had scholarship offers at least at some point from Illinois, Miami, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio State, Tennessee, Toledo, Southern California and West Virginia.

So far, the other recruits who have signed are defensive backs Michael Hunter, Nick Stoner, Mark Murphy, Forisse Hardin and Kenny Mullens, wide receivers Jay McCants and Cody Latimer, offensive linemen Ralston Evans (spring enrollee) and David Kaminski, tight end Jake Reed, defensive linemen Bobby Richardson, Adarius Rayner, and Bernard Taylor and linebackers Mike Replogle and Kyle Kennedy.

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Randle El at the Super Bowl

Former Indiana standout quarterback Antwaan Randle El will have a shot at earning a second Super Bowl ring this Sunday when the Pittsburgh Steelers play the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV outside Dallas.

Randle El played at IU from 1998-2001 and earned first team All-American accolades in 2001 when he also was named the Big Ten’s MVP.

He threw a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to hep the Steelers clinch a 21-10 win over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL.

Chris Yandek sat down with Randle El for an in-depth interview about the Super Bowl, the future of the NFL and much more for You can read a transcript and listen here.

With Watford out, Crean asks for fan support

Tom Crean disseminated the news before anyone could ask, seemingly stunned that he had to give out news like this yet again.

“Our road to getting better and our path on how we’re going to get there with the people we have took another hit,” he said. “We’ll be without Christian Watford indefinitely. He had surgery today on his left hand. He broke a bone in his hand, so he’ll be out indefinitely.”

Crean said junior guard Verdell Jones is still in a “day-to-day” situation with knee inflammation. Add to that the stress fracture in the right knee of Maurice Creek that ended the sophomore guard’s season and the Hoosiers have lost three opening day starters in the span of just over two weeks.

Watford’s loss may be the most devastating. He leads the team in both scoring and rebounding with 17.0 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, and was coming off a particularly strong week, scoring 67 points in the last three games. He scored 21 points in the Hoosiers’ overtime loss to Michigan State, but he also broke the hand in the scrum for a ball on the floor. He was wearing a brace on the hand afterward. (more…)

IU’s Watford out indefinitely with broken hand

Injuries continue to afflict Indiana’s basketball men.

From an official IU release:

Indiana University sophomore Christian Watford is out indefinitely with a broken left hand suffered Sunday in an 84-83 overtime loss at Michigan State.  He underwent surgery today.  He is the team’s leading scorer and is eighth in the conference averaging 17.0 points. He is sixth in the conference in free throw percentage (83.5) making 111 of 133 charity tosses.

Minnesota has landed in Indy

Indiana put out a release moments ago saying it is continuing to monitor the weather. It said that Indiana is obligated to play the game if both Minnesota and the game officials can travel to the game and Monroe County does not declare a state of emergency. Moments after that release was sent, IU confirmed that Minnesota’s basketball team has landed in Indianapolis and is busing to Bloomington, meaning it’s likely the game will be played as scheduled.

The release follows.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.- With severe weather continuing to affect travel conditions throughout Indiana, Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass has appointed Assistant Athletics Director for Game Management Kit Klingelhoffer to coordinate information relative to the status of Indiana’s men’s basketball game scheduled for Wednesday night at 6:30 against the University of Minnesota.  A 30-year veteran of game management, Klingelhoffer and IU Athletics is consulting with IU Emergency Management, Monroe Country Emergency Management, Indiana State Police, the Big Ten Conference, and the University of Minnesota to determine whether the game should be played or postponed.

If the University of Minnesota basketball team and the officiating crew are able to travel to Bloomington to participate in the game, IU is obligated to host it unless a state of emergency is declared in Monroe County.

If the game is played as scheduled, due to weather conditions throughout the state of Indiana, fans are encouraged to use their own discretion and take precautions when travelling to Assembly Hall.  The forecast for overnight and Wednesday calls for more snow and freezing rain across much of Indiana. Indiana University would like to have a great crowd, but more importantly wants all its fans to be safe.

IU Athletics will update fans on the status of Wednesday night’s game on and through regional media entities.

Crean: Watford’s injuries being evaluated

Indiana coach Tom Crean was asked during the Big Ten teleconference Monday what sophomore forward Christian Watford’s status would be after suffering an injury to his wrist and one to his knee during Sunday’s game at Michigan State. Crean said the injuries were still being evaluated and he could not yet declare that they would not be an ongoing problem.

The Hoosiers have obviously already had injury issues with sophomore guard Maurice Creek out with a stress fracture in his right knee and junior guard Verdell Jones missing the last three games with inflammation in his right knee.


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