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After a blowout loss to Ohio State in which they looked like a broken team, the Indiana Hoosiers took a collective mental health day.
This wasn’t a calculated psychological ploy by IU coach Tom Crean to get his players’ heads back in the game. The NCAA requires teams to take at least one day off per calendar week. Because the Hoosiers played on Sunday, they had to take a mid-week day off, and Thursday made as much sense as any other.
But after seeing his team get away for a day and come back refreshed, Crean said it might have been the best thing that could have happened to them.
“We took yesterday off which I think was incredibly important to us,” Crean said. “Some guys were in the gym and it certainly wasn’t required of them. I think they had a day to really just free their minds. Today it’s load our minds, and that’s exactly what we’ve done.” (more…)
Indiana coach Tom Crean said senior Devan Dumes will not travel to Madison for tomorrow’s game against Wisconsin because he is sick with the flu. More in a few.
SI.com’s Paul Daugherty has an interesting story today about Jordan Crawford, the former Hoosier who is now at Xavier.
Parts of the story have been told before, some of them many times, but Crawford talked about why he left Indiana. Very interesting stuff.
Jordan Crawford intended to stay at Indiana, even as his teammates left, one by one. “Armon (Bassett), Jamarcus (Ellis), DeAndre (Thomas),” he said. Crawford said he knew it was time to leave when he saw one of the last Hoosiers holdovers, Brandon McGee, running stadium steps in the rain, as punishment for being late to study hall.
“He was two or three minutes late,” Crawford said. “It was after the first day of summer classes. No homework. I was thinking, if they’re going to do him like that, they’re going to do me like that, too.”
Indiana coach Felisha Legette-Jack grimaces after a made basket during the second half Thursday. James Brosher | Herald-Times
Cody Zeller might be the most important target Indiana has right now. The Hoosiers obviously need height desperately, and the 6-foot-10 Washington High School junior has that. He’s an in-state kid, the No. 35 recruit in the Class of 2011, and he’s got two brothers who have played major conference ball at North Carolina Notre Dame (Luke) and North Carolina (Tyler). His signing could mean a lot for IU not only because it would help the Hoosiers inside, but because it could really help Tom Crean’s recruiting rep.
So considering how important he is for IU, I probably could have picked a better opponent to watch him play against than Owen Valley.
To be fair, Roy Williams made the same decision I did. The North Carolina coach was in attendance looking to perhaps swipe a second Zeller from IU’s backyard. According to the youngest Zeller, the Tar Heels haven’t offered yet, but Williams was still there in person, signing autographs and taking pictures with babies before he got a chance to talk to Washington coach Gene Miiller about Zeller. (more…)
The rosters for the McDonald’s All-American Game came out Thursday, and they include some familiar names for Indiana fans, though none that the Hoosiers actually have set to come for 2010. Baltimore guard Josh Selby, who the Hoosiers are still recruiting, is on the list. So are former IU targets Jelan Kendrick and Kyrie Irving. Also on the list is DeShaun Thomas, the Fort Wayne Luers star and likely Mr. Basketball.
The list follows, as copied and pasted from Scout.com with Scout’s rankings. (more…)
Rivals/Yahoo national college football writer Tom Dienhart said on his Twitter account that an Indiana source told him Hoosiers offensive line coach Bobby Johnson is leaving to take a job as the assistant offensive line coach with the Buffalo Bills. Trying to confirm this. Hopefully we’ll have more later.
[4:19 p.m. UPDATE]
Hearing that this is pretty much a done deal, but Johnson’s contract won’t be signed for a few more days, so no one at IU is going to confirm it on the record. Will keep trying.
[6:09 p.m. UPDATE]
Chris here. How have you been? Good? Good.
Anyway, this thing is a done deal. The holdup appears to be something procedural, as in the Bills want to talk about it next week and don’t very much mind that the sports editor in the town where Johnson currently lives believes that news should be reported when it happens instead of when it’s crafted.
Johnson, in case you were wondering, has spent parts of his recent off-seasons working with NFL staffs. Coaching in the league has been his goal. He’s spent time with the Saints, Browns and Colts. His name is out there in NFL circles as a young guy ready to do good things (and Rodger Saffold’s emergence has helped that). The Bills are giving him his chance.
There’s been no movement on finding a replacement yet.
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