Then we blogged no more

By   |   Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008 - 12:29 AM   |   40 comments

As you may have experience or heard about or will read about imminently, two reporters from the IDS and I were asked to stop commenting on our live blog (below) during the Wake Forest game today.

Here’s what I wrote about the incident for the newspaper.

    Early in the second half of the game, reporters from The Herald-Times and the Indiana Daily Student were asked to stop posting commentary on a joint live blog they were hosting with two other outlets.
Steve Shutt, an assistant athletic director at Wake Forest, cited an ACC rule permitting only four blog posts per half when making the request, which both publications complied with. The live blog continued to be operated by contributors from the H-T, IDS, HoosierNation.com and Inside the Hall who were not credentialed to cover the event.
After the game, Shutt said that the ACC rule on blogging was probably not in writing anywhere but followed common practice. Last year, the NCAA began limiting the number of blog posts reporters could make during all of its championships events.
He also said that Wake Forest could not allow the dissemination of information about the game on the Internet by courtside reporters because it violated the multimedia rights agreement the school has with ISP (International Sports Properties).
Under the agreement, which is for between $800,000 and $1.2 million per year according to Shutt, ISP owns the radio and Web rights to Wake Forest games.
ISP relies on drawing viewers to the Wake Forest Web site — which includes a GameTracker feature that allows fans to follow the game in close-to real-time — to set its advertising rates and generate revenue, so the university could not allow reporters to operate a blog that may divert readers from the official web site.

I’m not sure I’ve really formulated my full thoughts on this yet. At first I was in denial and wanted nothing more than to continue chatting with you. Then, I was angry. Now, I sort of understand where all the parties are coming from and am trying to sort through how I think this should all play out.

Forgot the matter of whether anybody can really prevent us from reporting WHAT HAPPENS IN THE WORLD (does anybody really own that?) for a moment.

My immediate question is: as much as I’d like to think our reporting from the arena is quite significant, is it really essential to the live blog? As I wrote above, the chatting continued after we were gone. And if this rule continues to be enforced (possibly by Learfield or the Big Ten Network in the future) I suppose we may be relegated to having the people from home run it. And you know what? You’ll still come. Because the chat has a different purpose than GameTracker.

Your immediate thoughts on this?



Former Hoosier Crawford denied

By   |   Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008 - 6:37 PM   |   5 comments

According to the Associated Press, the NCAA has turned down Jordan Crawford’s request to play for No. 14 Xavier this season. Instead, Crawford will have to sit the mandatory year for transferring before suiting up for the Musketeers. Crawford was part of the mass exodus at IU following the Kelvin Sampson fiasco last year, and had hoped the NCAA would waive the transfer year due to extenuating circumstances.

Xavier could use Crawford right now as freshman point guard Terrell Holloway, who had verbally committed to IU prior to the Sampson meltdown, is out for several weeks with a stress fracture in his left foot.



You know it’s too early when . . .

By   |   Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008 - 8:10 AM   |   17 comments

. . . you’re waiting in the drive-thru at McDonald’s and the guy behind you hits your car. My guess is that he ordered his McSkillet and then promptly fell back asleep, only to awake upon hitting my car. Luckily my bumper performed its duty — to be bumped but not harmed — and I was able to collect by breakfast burritos without further interruption.

You know, I never really realized just how strange McDonald’s eggs look until I ate them in the dark. I swear to you that when I bit into that thing and revealed the contents inside, the eggs were glowing. I mean, those things are fluorescent.

Anyway, I decided to call into the B97 morning show to check in with those guys. Frankly, I was feeling guilty because I was supposed to talk with them a couple of times from Maui but ended up missing them because of the time difference and the NCAA announcement. That and I’m easily distracted by fresh pineapple.

Fittingly, the boys followed up my brief spot with a song by Eminen. As you have no doubt comprehended already, Eminem and I share many traits: unending and fierce anger, the ability to bust rhymes on cue and, of course, being easily distracted by fresh pineapple.

So now it’s off to Winston-Salem, where Indiana faces No. 15 Wake Forest at 7:15 tonight (ESPN).


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Our weird poll to the right

By   |   Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008 - 5:05 PM   |   38 comments

You can see that we’re asking people whether or not they subscribe to either The Herald-Times in print or the HeraldTimesOnline.com Web site.

Bluntly put, we’re trying to figure out who our audience is and what they need from us. It took an embarrassingly long time for me to realize that I should probably just go ahead and ask you guys.

So I am.

If, as the poll indicates as I write this, most of you are not subscribers to the paper or HTO, you’re missing out on our stories. So maybe we need to summarize them for you, or regurgitate parts of them on the blog.

But let me just stop there and wait for your thoughts. What would you like the Scoop to be?



A reflective Tuesday afternoon

By   |   Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008 - 4:19 PM   |   2 comments

Tom Crean held a press conference today, even though we had discussed his team’s Wednesday game against Wake Forest on Sunday afternoon.

We discussed the Demon Deacons a bit more today, but also had time to talk with Crean about his philosophies on and off the court.

Here’s the audio, which is probably worth a listen if you’re interested in hearing Crean ruminate on a number of topics. (Thanks to John Decker for sending me the file, since my recorder freaked out today.)

A few quick notes from what Crean had to say:

  • Verdell Jones, who suffered a head injury against Cornell, went back to classes today and was expected to attend practice, though his level of participation was to be determined. He’s “questionable, at best” for tomorrow’s game, Crean said.
  • Crean continued his praise of Wake Forest guard Jeff Teague, saying the Pike product is “playing as well as any guard in the country.” Crean specifically recalled a play late in Wake’s game agianst UTEP when Teague went hard to the hole and drew a foul as an example of his “courage and toughness.”
  • Blocking out has been an emphasis in recent days for the Hoosiers. Crean said his team has not been aggressive enough on that front. “If we stand and wait for the contact to come to us we may not even feel the contact,” he said, referring to the games against Wake Forest and Gonzaga. “They’ll go up over us.”
  • Crean hasn’t been given an update on the basketball practice facility, though he and his staff did have some input into some recent changes made to the plans. Most notably, they asked that padding be added to the walls in the practice gym.
  • On the recruiting front, Crean’s coaches are still encountering a lot of kids who are in what he termed a “wait-and-see mode.” Young players are still waiting to see how Indiana will play under Crean, and of course Crean tells them that this team hasn’t been built to play the way his teams will eventually play. But it’s hard to convince kids of that. So the Hoosiers are still behind a little bit in recruiting as the program becomes stabilized after the NCAA ruling.
  • Right now, Crean’s assistants are concentrating on building this team by being in town and at practices. There will be times that one or two of them will try to get out to see prospects that are playing near whereever the Hoosiers are on a roadtrip as the season continues. When the schedule becomes a little bit more regular come conference play, they’ll be able to plan more trips, too. Crean’s assistants did get new BlackBerry phones recently, so he expects them to be making all their calls to prospects.
  • Not too many, though.
  • The team had Thanksgiving dinner together on Friday night in Assembly Hall and each player said what he was thankful for. Crean said that what he learned was that all the players are thankful for their families and their extended basketball family at IU.


There’s (the beginning of) a building there

By   |   Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008 - 1:49 PM   |   14 comments

Many of you have asked about the progress of the basketball practice facility being built next to Assembly Hall. To this point, it consisted of mostly a mangled hole filled with wires and tubes and sewers and alligators (I made that up) that delayed the project so that it probably won’t be ready until after the middle of next year.

Well, today I arrived at Assembly Hall to find what looks to be a wall. I’m no engineer, though, so I took photographic evidence for you to review.  To take the second shot, I stuck my camera under the green screening on the fence. If that’s an NCAA violation, I apologize.

The basketball practice facility begins to rise.

A closer look.



Crean’s on the radio

By   |   Monday, Dec. 1, 2008 - 6:04 PM   |   Comments Off

So I just realized how much I babbled in the below post (it’s a rare occasion, really) and thought I would pull out the big news:

  • Verdell Jones is sore today after being knocked out of Sunday’s game against Cornell by a devastating (but clean) screen by Jeff Foote. IU’s medical staff is treating Jones as if he has a concussion, and Crean said he is day-to-day at this point.
  • Crean isn’t so mad at his players for not calling out the screen to Jones after watching video. Turns out most of the players were already at the other end of the court, he said.
  • Wake Forest, which Indiana plays Wednesday in Winston-Salem as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, is the most athletic team the Hoosiers have seen this year. Crean thinks Jeff Teague, the Deamon Deacons point guard and an Indianapolis Pike grad, could soon be compared to Chris Paul.


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