Phegley a second team All-American

By   |   Thursday, May. 29, 2008 - 4:26 PM   |   7 comments

Josh Phegley

Here’s the press release, courtesy of our friend Matt Brady at IU:

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PHEGLEY COLLECTS SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICA
RECOGNITION FROM COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Sophomore catcher Josh Phegley has been named a
2008 Louisville Slugger Second Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball
Newspaper , the publication announced today. Phegley finished off one of the
best offensive seasons in IU history with a .438 average, 15 home runs, 80 RBI
and 20 doubles.

Phegley was one of four Big Ten players to be honored by the publication. The
sophomore was joined by a trio of Michigan upperclassmen in Big Ten Player of
the Year Nate Recknagel, Big Ten Pitcher of the Year Zach Putnam and First
Team All-Big Ten pitcher Chris Fetter. All four conference players were selected
to the second team. Phegley was edged for first team honors by National Player
of the Year Buster Posey, a catcher for Florida State.
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IU legal fees exceed $203,000 so far

By   |   Thursday, May. 29, 2008 - 8:03 AM   |   1 comment

The bills for outside counsel to help Indiana University handle allegations of NCAA rule violations committed by Kelvin Sampson and his staff have exceeded $203,000 through March.

The legal bills were obtained Wednesday by The Herald-Times through a public records request. IU has not yet been billed for continuing legal work beyond March.

You can check out these legal bills yourself on the PDF’s linked below. They include: (1) the Indianapolis Ice Miller law firm billing the IU athletic department $178,084 for 617 hours of work between July 2007 and March 2008 at rates ranging from $215 to $445 per hour, and (2) the Overland Park, Kan. law firm of Bond, Schoeneck & King billing IU for $24,989 for services in May 2006 relating to charges against Sampson and his staff at Oklahoma that the NCAA was investigating when IU hired Sampson in late March 2006.

05_28_08-ice-miller-bills.pdf

0528_responses.pdf



Thursday Q&A on hiatus

By   |   Thursday, May. 29, 2008 - 12:23 AM   |   Comments Off

Here’s a reminder that with the Hoosier sports calendar winding down for the 2007-08, we’re putting our weekly Thursday chats on hiatus until next fall.

But you can still submit your Indiana sports questions anytime on our new forum and we’ll answer them as soon as we can. This will also give readers the opportunity to answer or comment on the questions of others and we welcome your thoughts and input.

To participate on the forum, you must sign up for an account, which is free.

In addition to posting questions in the discussion on the link, I provided above, you can also separate your question into a separate discussion by clicking on the start a discussion button at the top right of the forum home page if you prefer.

Thanks so much to everyone who participated in our Thursday chats this year.

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Before I get into this wine . . .

By   |   Wednesday, May. 28, 2008 - 8:58 PM   |   6 comments

So I’m at Huber’s Winery, where Tom Crean just wowed a crowd of 850 people at an event that has become, in it’s own little way, legendary. Crean first heard about this gathering — which Kelvin Sampson considered his “Welcome to Indiana Basketball” moment — on the day that Rick Greenspan offered him the job. It was part of Greenspan’s pitch to lure the coach from Marquette.

Crean’s message tonight did not diverge from the message he has delivered since his first day at IU: he deftly navigated the need to acknowledge how difficult the last few months have been for the program with a message of hope for the future.

There will be a full story on this event in tomorrow’s paper, but here are some quick notes:

– Crean said that there is no change in Jordan Crawford’s status. Crawford, who will be the only returning player who came to IU on scholarship, is back in Detroit right now and will not attend summer school. “He doesn’t need to, and I think it’s good for him to get home,” Crean said. “It’s important to remember that those guys have been through a whole lot.”

– Crean said his staff is still looking to add a scholarship player to the team for the upcoming season, if the player fits what he’s looking for. Crean said his staff is not worried about the scholarships number right now and is concentrating on putting together a strong team for next year.

– Crean expects most of the seven new players to be on campus for the second summer session so they can start working with strength trainer Jeff Watkinson, who is currently attending the pre-draft camp in Orlando.

– Football coach Bill Lynch also attended the event. He and his staff are preparing for camps — last year the Hoosiers picked up many of their verbal commitments by bringing players to Bloomington for the June events — and concentrating on recruiting. He gave a brief update on Kellen Lewis, who was not with the team through spring. Lynch said Lewis is doing the things he’s been asked to do but has not yet earned his way back onto the squad. He expects to make a decision on Lewis by the end of June.



Double-secret NBA deal involving D.J. White

By   |   Tuesday, May. 27, 2008 - 4:48 PM   |   16 comments

D.J. White celebrates his 3-pointer.

[5:30 UPDATE]

According to the all-knowing ESPN college hoops guru Andy Katz (you have to be an Insider to read the article and if you aren’t, well, then you’re probably an unloved outcast), White will not, in fact, be in Orlando.

Also, Eric Gordon was voted by the NBA teams as one of the 15 players who will only go through skills, strength, agility and medical testing. This means — perhaps only to the shock of the IU fans who soured on his play last season — that Gordon is basically a lock to go in the first 15 picks.

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According to DraftExpress.net, in an article entitled Word on the Street (fourth note), D.J. White may have received a promise from the Detroit Pistons that they will pick him with the 29th pick in the first round of the NBA draft.

The article also says that White may not participate in the Orlando pre-draft camp this weekend — something we’ve heard but have not been able to confirm. If White does in fact skip out on the workouts, it means he’s received some sort of information that leads him to believe his draft status is secure.

Whether or not that information was an assurance from a team currently playing for the Eastern Conference Finals or simply the advice of his agent is something we’re trying to find out.



Negedu visit set

By   |   Tuesday, May. 27, 2008 - 12:41 PM   |   38 comments

[5:10 UPDATE]

Looks like Negedu has set the rest of his visits.

Here’s the complete schedule.

  • Indiana                 June 3
  • Georgia Tech        June 8
  • Tennessee            June 10
  • Memphis              June 12

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An update on the hottest recruiting drama of the summer….

Emmanuel Negedu, the 6-7 springy forward freshly freed from his letter of intent to Arizona, will visit Indiana on June 3. The Hoosiers are in the running for his services — he’ll begin his college career this fall — along with Memphis, Tennessee and Georgia Tech.

As has been reported, Negedu knows the Bloomington area well. The Nigerian native came to the U.S. as part of Mark Adams’ A-HOPE Foundation and spent a lot of time with Adams and his family while not attending Brewster Academy in New Hampshire.

So Negedu’s visit will focus on what he doesn’t know: the current IU staff. Kelvin Sampson and his assistants pushed hard to make Negedu a Hoosier, whereas Tom Crean and his assistants have had limited contact with Negedu. So they’ll inevitably pitch him on being a part of the rebuilding project, playing in Crean’s up-tempo system and the chance to play early.

Stay tuned.



Source: Rivers commits to IU

By   |   Monday, May. 26, 2008 - 9:57 PM   |   106 comments

Jeremiah Rivers.

Jeremiah Rivers committed to Indiana this weekend, a source close to the situation has told The Herald-Times.

Rivers, a 6-4 point guard known for his defensive ability, played the past two seasons at Georgetown. He played in all 34 of the Hoyas’ games last year, averaging 2.5 points, 2.4 rebounds, one assist and one turnover in 18.6 minutes per game.

He will sit out next season per NCAA rules and have two years of eligibility remaining.

Rivers is the seventh player in Indiana’s incoming class, and the fifth brought in by new coach Tom Crean since being hired in early April.

Crean knows the Rivers family well; Doc Rivers, Jeremiah’s father and the coach of the Boston Celtics, starred at Marquette and was close to the program during Crean’s tenure with the Golden Eagles.





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