Indiana’s Ben Hubers and Sarah Pease have both garnered Big Ten runners of the Week honors after leading their respective Hoosier squads to second-place finishes among 56- and 50-team fields at Saturday’s Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival in Fayetteville, Ark.
Pease won the 5-kilometer women’s race, posting a 16:39 for a 10-second victory margin over 468 competitors, and Hubers ran a 29:39 to finish eighth out of 470 runners on the men’s side over a 10-kilometer course.
IU’s cross country teams will next compete Oct. 31 in the Big Ten championships at Wisconsin.
Tuesday’s Big Ten teleconference included one coach who made it very clear he would have not been on it.
Jeff Horton, Minnesota’s interim coach, took the place of Tim Brewster, who was fired this week after the Golden Gophers’ loss to Purdue dropped them to 1-6 on the year. Horton hasn’t been a head coach since 1998, when he was the head coach at UNLV, but this wasn’t how he wanted to get the job.
“I was obviously disappointed, because I feel like I’m one of the big reason why the change even happened,” Horton said. “We didn’t do a good enough job on our side of the ball as coordinators to prevent this from happening. I felt a great deal of disappointment that I let coach Brewster down. I took full responsibility for that, and I told my staff we needed to and the players, because whatever we’ve given, we haven’t given enough. We have to find a way to give more in order to be successful, because coach Brewster was a great man, he had great passion and great energy. He gave his heart and soul to this program and we need to all be like that.” (more…)
From IU Sports Info:
BOLSER NAMED TO MACKEY AWARD MIDSEASON WATCH LIST
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana redshirt freshman tight end Ted Bolser has been named to the John Mackey Award midseason watch list, the Nassau County Sports Commission announced. Given annually to the best collegiate tight end, the award recipient is selected by vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee and the 2010 John Mackey winner will be announced on Dec. 9, 2010. Other key dates include the announcement of the 2010 Mackey semifinalists on Nov. 15, 2010, and the announcement of the 2010 Mackey finalists on Nov. 22, 2010.
Bolser, the lone freshman on the 22-player watch list, has 12 catches for 194 yards to go along with four touchdowns (tied for team lead) and 16.2 yards per catch (leads team) in 2010. His four scores match the school record for a Hoosier tight end, set by Bob Stephenson in 1979. Bolser’s receptions and yards are the most in a season since Aaron Halterman recorded 23 catches for 230 yards in 2003. (more…)
Michigan State forward Draymond Green posts up Indiana’s Tom Pritchard last season. Chris Howell | Herald-Times
Once the season begins, I’ll do this once a week. Consider this the preseason edition. As always, discuss amongst yourselves in comments.
Admittedly, this was Purdue’s spot, pre-Robbie Hummel injury. Instead, the team with two-straight Final Four appearances and legitimate hopes of making in three in a row seems like a good place to start.
Yes, the Spartans did lose Chris Allen and Raymar Morgan. But Allen was a continual problem for coach Tom Izzo and Morgan was more of a role player. Keith Appling and Adreian Payne, both freshmen with big upsides, can fill those spots.
Michigan State does return 71.7 percent of its scoring from a year ago, has Kailin Lucas getting healthier by the week, and Durrell Summer seemed to become the man during the NCAA Tournament for this team.
Recruits were impressed by coach Tom Crean’s energy during practice. Chris Howell | Herald-Times
Junior offensive tackle Josh Hager is out for the season with a torn ACL, Indiana coach Bill Lynch said on his radio show on Monday night.
The 6-9, 302-pounder started at right tackle on Saturday in place of the injured James Brewer. Hager injured his knee on the first series, however, and didn’t return.
“I really feel bad for Josh Hager,” Lynch said. “Josh, we just found this out this afternoon, he tore his ACL. He’s a fourth-year junior. He worked so hard andhe finally got a chance to start. It was the first series of the first game he started. It was really one of those unusual non-contact kind of plays that kind of got him in a bad situation. … He’ll be out the rest of the year, and I’m sure he’ll have some surgery.”
The offensive line looks thin. The running backs have returned, but kicker Nick Freeland has not.
The IU depth chart for Illinois follows.
72 Andrew McDonald, 6-6, 306, Sr./Jr.
68 Colin Rodkey, 6-4, 275, So./Fr. (more…)
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