Wilson says there will likely be designated play-callers

In putting together his coaching staff, Kevin Wilson passed out a lot of titles and split a lot of responsibility.

He has co-defensive coordinators and co-offensive coordinators and a designated assistant head coach. He also has two coaches for both the defensive line and the secondary.

So what makes him think it will work? The personalities of the guys he hired.

“I don’t think there’s a lot of egoes,” Wilson said Saturday after an availability session for his new assistants. “I think everybody checks that at the door. Hopefully it’s going to be a group that works together that’s better collectively than they are individually.”

Still, Wilson said there will be a clear chain of command. He has two co-offensive coordinators in quarterbacks coach Rod Smith and wide receivers coach Kevin Johns, but he said at first he will probably be the one in charge. (more…)

Discuss: Indiana vs. Michigan

IU preparing for Michigan

Indiana coach Tom Crean spoke at length Monday about the teaching points he was finding in the film of Sunday’s game against Northwestern, about all the things that were wrong and all the things that he could fix.

On Friday, during a media availability session for Saturday’s 8 p.m. game with Michigan when the Hoosiers will try to snap their eight-game losing streak , he didn’t elaborate quite as much.

He was asked about the team’s preparation this week.

“We got a good week,” he said. “We’ve had a good week.” (more…)

We’re stuck with Legends and Leaders

The Big Ten announced Friday it is sticking with the Legends and Leaders monikers for the two football divisions through the 2011 football season.

When the conference announced last month the names for the divisions, which became necessary with the addition of Nebraska to create a Big Ten championship game, there was public outcry about how lame the names were. Shortly thereafter, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said the conference would reconsider the names. Evidently, they still are.

According to Big Ten chief communications officer Diane Dietz, the league will spend the 2011 doing market research to see how the names play out.

Indiana, by the way, is in the Leaders division with Illinois, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin. The Legends division has Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Northwestern.

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Illinois at IU women

Tough loss for Indiana tonight after rallying from nine down to take the lead, only to see Illinois have an answer. Amber Moore’s career night (27 points) a big part of that equation.

Three Hoosiers in double figures, led by Hope Elam’s 19. Jori Davis with 16 and Alisha Goodwin 14. ILLINI 74, HOOSIERS 67

0:47: Indiana has not been able to do anything as Illinois reasserts itself, including a runner by Amber Moore to give her 27 points. ILLINI 69, HOOSIERS 65

3:10: Indiana took its first lead at 56-54 and eventually led 61-57, but that lasted just two possessions before the game was tied again. However, Karisma Penn just fouled out fouling Jori Davis on a 3-point attempt. She leaves with 16 points and 9 rebounds. ILLINI 61, HOOSIERS 61

7:44: Indiana finally made its move with an 11-2 run to tie the game at 48. Lineup that got things going was Jori Davis, Andrea Newbauer, Simone Deloach, Aulani Sinclair and Alisha Goodwin. ILLINI 50, HOOSIERS 50

11:48: Simone Deloach and Andrea Newbauer just making their first appearances of the game as IU searches for a spark. Illinois leads by seven, matching its largest lead of the game. ILLINI 44, HOOSIERS 37

14:37: Illinois getting some easy baskets in transition to go with Amber Moore’s unconscious shooting take a seven-point lead on several occasions. Indiana has got to pick it up or another loss is heading their way. ILLINI 41, HOOSIERS 35

Illinois took a seven-point lead, but IU closed the half with a 5-0 run on a Jori Davis 3 and an Alisha Goodwin runner. The latter came after an offensive rebound by Milika Taufa, her second in the final minute. Davis’ 3 was her first basket of the game. Hoosiers are 5-of-17 from 3 and 5-of-13 inside the arc.

Illlinois had just three players score in the first half. Amber Moore has 12 on four 3s, Karisma Penn has 10 and Macie Blinn 7. Illini are 5-of-12 on 3s, above their season average of 33 percent. ILLINI 29, HOOSIERS 27

IU staff adds Smith, Frey from Michigan, Montgomery from Wyoming

Indiana has added former Michigan quarterbacks coach Rod Smith to coach QB’s and be co-offensive coordinator with wide receivers coach Kevin Johns. Michigan offensive line coach Greg Frey has been added to coach the offensive line, and Jerry Montgomery has been hired from Wyoming. He will coach defensive tackles. Mark Hagen, who was originally supposed to coach defensive tackles, will coach the ends.

This means IU needs just one more assistant, a running backs coach.

The release follows. (more…)


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