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MEN’S BASKETBALL TO HOLD FAN APPRECIATION TAILGATE PRIOR TO SPRING FOOTBALL GAME

Bloomington, Indiana—Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean has announced his program will hold a Fan Appreciation Tailgate on Saturday April 18, at 11:30 a.m. in the Mellencamp Pavilion.  The event, which is free, will be held prior to the start of the annual spring football game which begins at 2 p.m. next door at Memorial Stadium.

“I thought this would be a great way for our players and coaches to interact with our great fans in a very informal and fun setting,” said Crean. “Our fans are the best in the country and we wanted the opportunity to thank them personally and to tie it in with the spring football game is another added bonus.”

The first 90 minutes of the tailgate will include interaction with the players and coaches and games for the kids.  At 1 p.m., Coach Crean and his staff will publicly announce their 2008-09 team awards recognizing several of the players at that time.

“Most of the time you would hand out your team awards at a formal banquet after the season, but we as a staff felt this was a unique situation,” added Crean.  “I think our fans and their support of the program was as important in telling the story of this team as any individual or group accomplishment this season.  We are looking forward to sharing the day with so many of them and then going over together to Memorial Stadium to see Bill Lynch’s 2009 Hoosiers for the first time.”

In addition to the spring football game, the baseball team will host the second of a three-game series against Penn State at 1 p.m., and the softball team will host Tulsa in a twin-bill at 2:30 p.m.


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Rivals/SI was not very nice

Kirk Ferentz is the best coach in the Big Ten. The man with the most wins in college football history, Joe Paterno, is No. 4.

And Indiana’s Bill Lynch? He’s in the basement.

So says Tom Dienhart, a senior Rivals.com writer in a ranking of all 11 Big Ten football coaches for SI.com.

I am always very dubious of such lists, believing that far too much credit is given to recent success and not enough to longevity and the overall strength of the program.

But Dienhart does a pretty good job. Michigan’s Rich Rodriguez is second, after a season in which many a pundit would find it tempting to place him in the bottom half.

I do think Jim Tressell got a bit of a raw deal. Granted, his teams struggle in the bowl games but he takes new talent each and every year and gets the Buckeyes to where they want to do. Also, you have to respect a man with enough courage to wear a sweater vest.

As for Lynch, Dienhart gives credit to his coaching experience, but also notes his lack of success at previous stops.

But here’s the question for you — a year ago, after a bowl appearance, where would you have ranked Lynch?


Q&A with Elston

Derek Elston

Tipton’s Derek Elston goes to the basket during Sunday’s North/South Indiana All-Star Classic in Batesville. Monty Howell | Herald-Times

BATESVILLE — Derek Elston, a 2009 Indiana commit, looked like he had not played a competitive game in nearly a month.

Which is, well, true.

Elston, who’s been bulking up in preparation for next season, scored seven points and pulled down 12 rebounds for the North in a 124-97 loss.

For a Q&A with Elston, read after the jump. (more…)


Q&A with Hulls

Jordan Hulls

Bloomington South’s Jordan Hulls passes the ball during the North/South Indiana All-Star Classic on Sunday in Batesville. Monty Howell | Herald-Times

BATESVILLE — Jordan Hulls, an Indiana commit for the class of 2009, pretty much played his game during the North/South Indiana All-Star Classic on Sunday.

Eighteen points, with four rebounds and five assists, along with one move that left Terre Haute South’s Jake Odum sitting on the court with a sheepish look on his face.

For a Q&A with Hulls, read after the jump. (more…)


VIDEO: Matt Carlino in Bloomington

Matt Carlino, a 2011 Indiana verbal commitment, was in Bloomington on Saturday to practice with Indiana Elite One.

He’ll be playing this summer with other Indiana recruits like Bloomington South’s Spencer Turner, Washington’s Cody Zeller, Arden Christ School’s (Asheville, N.C.) Marshall Plumlee and the Princeton trio of the Chavis brothes (Rontray and Dontray) and Jalen Packer.


Let the All-Starring begin

South’s Jordan Hulls will play for the South in the North/South Indiana All-Star Classic at 4 p.m. Sunday in Batesville.

The game, sponsored by Hoosier Basketball Magazine, features Hulls, Tipton’s Derek Elston (Indiana), Batesville’s Colt Ryan (Evansville), North Montgomery’s D.J. Byrd (Purdue) and Marion’s Scott Wood (North Carolina State).

The girls game is at 2 p.m., with Miss Basketball runner-up Kelly Faris. Faris is headed to Connecticut. IU recruit Aulani Sinclair of Eminence is also scheduled to participate.

Hulls is also expected to play in the Derby Festival Classic in Louisville, the Hickory Husker game and the Indiana/Kentucky All-Star weekend.

Full rosters for the men’s game after the jump.

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