The Indiana football team practiced this afternoon, with coaches once again punishing players and entire units when things went wrong
This week has definitely brought out a more antagonistic relationship between player and coach; it’s also amped up some of the players. There was more yapping and screaming out of the team than there has been in a while. You could also see that the increased “good vs. good” sessions â€” where the top players faced the top players instead of the scout teams â€” brought out more intensity from all involved.
“Really what we did was went back to a preseason camp mindset,” head coach Bill Lynch said. “More good-on-good, more competition, rewarding winners, getting after them for breakdowns and mistakes. I think they responded well.”
Starting quarterback Kellen Lewis sat out again. He appeared with a boot on his right foot again, and Lynch said he is “day-to-day.” This is the first time Lewis’ has worked through an injury of this nature, and Lynch wasn’t sure how he would respond.
Just released by IU– Graduation success rates for Indiana’s athletic program as a whole and for selected individual sports. These numbers involve athletes who enrolled at IU in 1998-2001, meaning most of them would have graduated or otherwise left school sometime in 2002-2006.
Some of the key figures: NCAA Division I (all schools) 78 percent, IU (all sports) 81 percent, IU men’s basketball 62 percent, IU football 68 percent, IU women’s basketball 90 percent.
You can compare that to Marquette basketball under Tom Crean at 100 percent, according to the NCAA figures. I also looked up the rate for Oklahoma men’s basketball for this period under Kelvin Sampson: 55 percent.
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Here’s a story from our cops writer, Marci Creps . . . .
A former Indiana University basketball player was arrested on an alcohol-related charge following an incident downtown.
Robert Vaden, 23, of Indianapolis, was arrested on a preliminary charge of public intoxication.
Vaden is a former IU basketball player who is now a senior at The University of Alabama Birmingham.
Bloomington Police Officer Ian Lovan was on patrol early Saturday morning. At 1:56 a.m., Lovan saw a man in a red shirt who appeared intoxicated and was pushing people in front of the 300 block of North Walnut Street.
Lovan spoke to the man, later identified as Vaden. According to the police report, Vaden appeared intoxicated. Lovan administered several dexterity tests on Vaden, which he failed.
After the game, Bill Lynch said he would examine every aspect of the program right now.
“You get done with a game like that you evaluate everything,” he said.
That includes “what weâ€™re doing, who weâ€™re playing, the different areas weâ€™re really failing ourselves,” he said.
It’s clear that many of the most serious IU football fans (or at least the serious ones who like to be heard) believe Lynch has not done a sufficient job of coaching the team this year.
Let’s not bother discussing whether Lynch should be fired. There’s too much we don’t know â€” such as who the athletic director who would have to make that decision would be â€” to reasonably consider it.
What we can discuss is actual steps Indiana can take to improve now. So, evaluate everything. Then, outline your plan for making it better.
Indiana has been charged $249,806.39 by the Indianapolis law firm Ice Miller for its work on investigating violations committed by the menâ€™s basketball program and assisting the university in its dealings with the NCAA regarding the matter.
But that tab â€” calculated using billing records obtained Thursday by The Herald-Times through a public records request â€” covers only charges accumulated between the months of July 2007, when the investigation started, and March 2008.
Ice Miller continues to work with the school. Lawyers from the firm attended Indianaâ€™s June hearing in Seattle and also helped craft a response to the committee on infractionsâ€™ contention that the athletic department failed to monitor two former basketball coaches.
[2 P.M. UPDATE]
According to a story written by Doug Wilson, D.J. White had surgery to remove a benign lesion on May 4, 2005. He missed about three months of on-court work at the time.
News coming out of Oklahoma City is that former Indiana forward D.J. White — the Big Ten Player of the Year last season — will have a benign growth removed from his jaw soon. Doctors will then graft bone from his hip to the jaw. He’ll be out four to six months.
This is not the first time White has had jaw surgery; he had a procedure done during his time at Indiana but I don’t know the details behind it. White once mentioned the surgery as one of the many difficulties he endured at IU â€” along with foot injuries and new coaches â€” but I didn’t think to ask more about it at the time.
White, who was drafted late in the first round by the Detroit Pistons then traded to the Seattle Supersonice who have since become the Oklahoma Thunder, is one of the most popular players to play at IU in the post-Bob Knight era.