Big opportunity here – your last chance to chat with Mr. Korman before we send him off to Maui Friday!
So what’s on your mind — Bucket Week, the first two games of the Tom Crean era or maybe my good fortune in visiting West Lafayette this weekend while Chris is stuck in Hawaii?Â
Join us Thursday at 11 to talk about all that and more. You can submit your questions and comments by clicking here. Â Â
Unfortunately, the reporter did not ask him for his opinion on the bailout or other economic stimulus possibilities.
But I thought you’d like to give it a read anyway.
Â The Indiana women’s basketball team announced two more 2009 signees today, bringing the total recruiting class to four.
The latest additions are 6-foot-2 forward Jasmine Davis of Metropolis, Ill. (insert Superman joke here), and 6-1 junior college transfer Hope Elam. Davis averaged 14 points and 11 rebounds as a junior. Elam, a forward, transferred from St. Louis to Vincennes University, where she is averaging 31.3 points and 12.7 rebounds in her first three games this season. She is a former Miss Illinois Basketball Award finalist from Champaign, Ill. — take that Bruce Weber.
They join 6-1 forward Aulani Sinclair of Eminence and 5-6 point guard Sasha Bernard of Delray Beach, Fla., who signed last week.
Indiana is able to hang on for a late-game win, one that certainly was important for the development of this team.
Tom Pritchard was superb in the paint, and Daniel Moore was the soul of the team.
We’ll bring you updates of what Tom Crean has to say soon after he says it.
Just noticed that a post I thought I made last night did not show up here, so you have no Tom Crean quotes.
Here’s the story that ran in our paper today, which has some.
By Chris Korman
331-4353 | [email protected]
November 19, 2008
And in its second game, the Indiana basketball team was challenged.
The Hoosiers persevered.
We’ve added another team member to our SuperLiveBlog. The three writers for Inside the Hall — one of the very best blogs covering the Hoosiers — will join in the discussion along with writers from HoosierNation.com and the Indiana Daily Student.
One tip: if you’re following along using only this live blog, you might also want to open some sort of game-tracking program, either from Indiana’s Web site or the Big Ten Network, so that you can follow the score, stats and play-by-play more closely.
We had our usual Tuesday meeting with Indiana football coach Bill Lynch today. He was in an upbeat mood and seemed genuinely excited about playing the Bucket game against Purdue this weekend.
The only significant news to come from today is that the Hoosiers are healthier than they have been in a while at QB. Lynch will actually have the option of playing either Kellen Lewis or Ben Chappell, whereas the decision has mostly been predicated on who was healthy enough to lug himself on the field recently.
Other notes of interest:
- Junior linebacker Will Patterson (knee) will be a late week decision.
- Right tackle Mike Stark has been dealing with a back injury for a while, and it might finally sideline him this week.
- Running back Bryan Payton is still day-to-day.
- Mitchell Evans is feeling better and will probably return to special teams and wide receiver. He’s been limited by sciatica and the need for him to serve as a backup QB.
- Lynch said he has a lot of respect for Purdue coach Joe Tiller, who will coach his final game on Saturday. Tiller’s had heavy influence on the game of football in Indiana and is, according to Lynch, one of the true good guys in the profession.
- Lynch says his staff is doing everything it can “within the rules” (that’s a popular saying at IU these days) to convince high school seniors that the program is still on the upswing. One of the better players to verbal to the Hoosiers, Michigan safety/linebacker Jeremy Gainer, was in State College last weekend. He was not there to see the Hoosiers (nor has he been offered by Penn State, yet). Lynch and his staff will use the month of December to conduct official visits and, they hope, solidify the recruiting class that can sign in February.
- Lynch wouldn’t say that this is the most injuries he’s had to deal with as a coach, but admitted that he’s never seen a rash of them that has caused so much disruption of a team’s development.
The Indiana men’s soccer team was awarded the No. 6 seed for the NCAA Tournament Monday night. The Hoosiers expected to be among the top 16 seeds in the 48-team field, but were clearly rewarded for strength of schedule (No. 3 in RPI) and a strong finish to the season with three straight wins prior to Sunday’s Big Ten Tournament final against Michigan State.
The Hoosiers will play the St. Louis-Drake winner on Tuesday, Nov. 25, at Armstrong Stadium. If they win that game, the Hoosiers are in line to play Michigan for a third time this season. That game would be on Saturday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. at Armstrong Stadium.