What was learned in Maui

By   |   Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008 - 4:07 PM   |   4 comments

Here’s a story that ran in today’s paper. I’d be interested in your thoughts on this and any ruminations you may have on a starting five/rotation now that the season is a few weeks old.


Three games in three days is grueling for any basketball team.

For an Indiana Hoosiers team made up of college basketball neophytes, three games in three days also served as a revealing look at a team that fans are still trying to get to know.

Below, we break down how each of Indiana’s players fared in Maui, where the Hoosiers went 1-2 with a win against Division II Chaminade and losses to Notre Dame and St. Joseph’s.

Tom Pritchard


Made three starts; shot 16-of-31 from the field; grabbed 18 rebounds; scored 40 points

Pritchard played 82 minutes and was resilient throughout, though he got into early foul trouble against St. Joe’s and then struggled with free throw shooting late against Chaminade when it mattered the most. Still, Pritchard has gone from being a mystery in the summer to the most steady player on the team.

Sign of growth: Pritchard had four assists against the Silverswords (and also kicked the ball out several other times only to see his teammates miss open 3s). That means the offense is running through him (through being the operative word) which is how it will have to be for the Hoosiers to be effective.

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Back in B-Town

By   |   Friday, Nov. 28, 2008 - 8:32 PM   |   7 comments

After spending a wretched week in Maui, I returned this afternoon to a clear, crisp Indiana afternoon. It felt good to be home.

We have a breakdown of what we learned at the Maui Invitational in tomorrow’s paper, and I’ll post that here for you guys to comment on after it hits newsstands in the morning.

One thing Doug did not include in his post below on Bill Lynch was a statement I got from the current IU athletic administration.

It was: “Bill Lynch is our football coach,” according to spokesman J.D. Campbell.

That was it. Nothing more, the current regime decided, needed to be said. They stand by their man.

Enjoy your Friday night. I’m going to spend my celebrating Hugh Kellenberger’s birthday.

Glass: Bill Lynch will be the football coach at Indiana University

By   |   Friday, Nov. 28, 2008 - 4:12 PM   |   48 comments

Incoming IU athletic director Fred Glass said Friday that Bill Lynch will remain Indiana’s football coach.

Glass wasn’t initially planning to talk about Lynch and his football program until starting the athletic director job on Jan. 2. But in consultation with university President Michael McRobbie, he changed his plan because competing schools have been trying to exploit in recruiting the uncertainty created by a change in athletic directors and a losing football season.

“I just think it’s very important to be very clear that Bill Lynch is and will be the football coach at Indiana University,” Glass said.

Glass said that with IU having entered into a four-year agreement with Lynch that promised a chance to build IU’s football program, the university isn’t going to cut that opportunity short after just one year.

“I think contracts need to mean something at Indiana University,” he said.

Glass and Lynch met Tuesday. The incoming AD said he told Lynch that his expectations are for IU to win Big Ten championships, and while that isn’t likely to happen next year, he “certainly expects progress toward that goal.”

“He shares my expectations,” Glass said. “I have the very highest expectations. . . .My expectation is that we’ll do what we need to do to win Big Ten championships, and I’ll do my best to give him the resources to do so.”

Glass said he’s received a lot of e-mail from fans – some of it belligerent and some very thoughtful – about Lynch and IU’s 3-9 football season, and many of those who want Lynch fired are also people who didn’t want him hired last year. The question now, he said, isn’t whether Lynch should be given a four-year contract. The question is whether after a “terrible” season, IU should make a change just one year into that contract.

“I think the answer is clearly no,” Glass said.

Crean on the Cornell game

By   |   Friday, Nov. 28, 2008 - 3:32 PM   |   1 comment

IU released a few comments today from Tom Crean on Sunday’s 4 p.m. game against Cornell at Assembly Hall. Here’s what Crean had to say about playing Cornell, an Ivy League school that had a 22-6 record last season, including a 77-53 loss to Stanford in the first round of the NCAA Tournament:

On the fans:

“I think it is going to be critical at home that we have a loud and supportive crowd.  I know the response we received in Maui helped us immensely and the enthusiasm that has been shown to us in Assembly Hall this year has been outstanding.”

On playing Cornell:

“We are in a stretch of games where we are playing six of eight away from home in a  19-day span.  This schedule, with the exception of the TCU game,  was something we inherited and I am sure was put together with a veteran team in mind.  That being said, we will look at each challenge and try to get better for it.  Cornell is an NCAA Tournament team that has a veteran group that has grown together.  They are a very efficient team who understands where each other  is supposed to be.”

On the tie to the Wittman family:

“Without question, I think it is a special game for Ryan and his family.  Randy has been great to our staff and I am sure Ryan will have plenty of support in the stands.  I’m sure Cornell is going to come in here like every other team has and believes they want to come in here and come away with a win.  We have to be at our best, both physically and mentally, to prevent that.”

Will you be taking advantage of the break from school to work more with your players?

“We have to have a fresh team and the travel certainly can take its toll.  We have to judge this as a time to be ready for each game. However, we do have to take into consideration the amount of time we will be on the road and schedule accordingly.”

What the Scoop is Thankful for

By   |   Thursday, Nov. 27, 2008 - 3:46 PM   |   12 comments

5. Intern Jared, who works as hard as any of the athletes we cover and does it all for the glory of eating press box hot dogs.

4. The times when you guys discuss Bill Lynch and the Indiana football team without resorting to name calling, instead opting for rational conversation rooted in fact and not just emotion.

3.  The fact that no one has called any of us “Hoss” since February.

2.  Our family and friends and co-workers and all that.

1. Your passion for IU sports, and the sophisticated way you share it here. For that, I say: Mahalo, Hoss.

Indiana 81, Chaminade 79

By   |   Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008 - 10:36 PM   |   3 comments

Indiana holds off a late surge by the Silverswords — one made possible by missed free throws — and will leave Maui in a few hours with a 3-2 record and the satisfaction of getting a win on the final day.

That the win came against a Division II team that dressed only eight players, most of whom are new to the program, won’t wipe the smiles from Indiana’s players.

They, too, are mostly new. And because Chaminade has been built with transfers, the Hoosiers actually had less Division I experience than the Swords.

Hoosiers coach Tom Crean was unabashedly pleased with the win.

“I think we got better everyday,” he said. “And that’s the objective you have to be able to measure by. They’re learning so many different things. The greatest thing they’ve learned is how to bounce back in a hurry.”

Listen to the post game press conference with Crean, Verdell Jones and Tom Pritchard by clicking here.

Chaminade vs. Indiana: Discuss it here

By   |   Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008 - 7:46 PM   |   5 comments

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