Ben, not Rick . . .
This move has been talked about within IU athletic circles for months…and now has been officially announced.
Here’s IU’s press release:
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. â€“ Indiana Baseball Head Coach Tracy Smith today announced
the hiring of former Hoosier Ben Greenspan as an assistant coach for the
2009 season. Greenspan will serve as the full-time assistant coach that
oversees hitting and catchers.
After seeing a nine-game winning streak die at Minnesota Thursday night, the Indiana women’s basketball team made sure the losing streak didn’t reach two with an 84-77 win at Penn State Sunday.
In a seesaw second half, Indiana (11-3, 4-1 Big Ten) pulled away from a 73-all tie with two and a half minutes left with eight straight points. All five IU starters were in double figures, led by former North standout Whitney Thomas with 19 points and six rebounds. Amber Jackson had 14 points and 12 rebounds, Jamie Braun 17 points, Jori Davis 13 points and Kim Roberson 12 points. Andrea McGuirt was the only other Hoosier to score with nine points on three first-half 3-pointers.
For more on the game, visit www.HoosiersHQ.com later tonight.
The title of this post, if you know anything about Meyer’s story, is wildly inadequate. Meyer had part of his leg amputated after a car accident on Sept. 5. As doctors operated on him that day, they found cancer in his liver and small intestine.
Meyer, by the way, coached Lipscomb for 24 years before going to Northern State University.
Northern State beat University of Mary last night, giving Meyer 903 career wins. ESPN’s Buster Olney was there, and he wrote about it.
Illinois’ 31-point margin of victory was the largest ever by the Illini in the 161-game history of this series.
That is all.
A couple of lingering tidbits on football to brighten up this bleak Saturday.
Former Indiana wide receiver/center fielder and current Cincinnati Reds prospect Andrew Means has entered his name in the 2009 NFL Draft.
Due to his baseball obligations, Means was not going to return to the football team (he’s got to report to spring training in February.) He’s harbored thoughts of playing both sports professionally for a few years and now will give it a try.
Certainly stranger things have happened than a guy like Means, who caught 34 passes for 450 yards and one touchdown last year, making it in the League. You look at any NFL roster and see a mish-mash of top draft picks from power schools and unsigned free agents from smaller schools and everything in between. Despite all the money spent on talent evaluation there’s still no reliable way to tell exactly who has what it takes to play at the next level.
Means has above average speed for a player his size (6-0, 215) and is tough.
So maybe somebody will take a chance on him as a free agent. I can’t imagine he’ll get drafted, given he won’t be available for training camp. Or mini camps. Or any of that.
The respected Web site www.nfldraftscout.com ranks Means the 74th wide receiver available.
The same site lists RB Marcus Thigpen as the 39-best at his position. It seems likely he’ll get a look as a kick returner.
Finally, South Florida has backed out of a scheduled game at Memorial Stadium next year to play (and cash in on) a home-and-home with Florida State.
The Hoosiers will now host the Bulls in 2015.
Indiana signee Jordan Hulls, and a few Bloomington South teammates who might become future IU targets, will face rival Bloomington North tonight, which has a guard worth watching in Julian Boatner.
H. Williams Kellenberger will have the coverage for The Herald-Times, and he’ll be blogging at QuickHits if you want to follow along.