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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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Chat with us at 11

OK, it looks like Chris and I are just the warm-up act today for the 3 p.m. chat with Jordan Hulls and J.R. Holmes.

Stop by and ask a question or two anyway. We couldn’t coach a team to a state championship – or a Biddy Ball championship for that matter – and we certainly aren’t candidates for Mr. Basketball, but we’ll show up ready to play.


Carlino to begin practicing with Indiana Elite

I spoke with Mark Carlino, the father/coach of 2011 commit Matt Carlino, earlier tonight. They’re headed this way in a few days so that Matt can begin practicing with Bob Pryor’s Indiana Elite One team that includes Bloomington South’s Spencer Turner and top 2011 big men Cody Zeller and Marshall Plumlee.

Matt Carlino, who is the only player Indiana has gotten a commitment from for the class of 2010 or above (Carlino is a 2011 kid), had, by all accounts, a superb sophomore season for the Highland team his father coaches. He averaged 19.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.7 steals per game (review game-by-game stats here) and was named to the 5A all-state team by the Arizona Republic.

His team lost in the state final to Demetrius Walker’s St. Mary’s team. Carlino suffered a broken nose and mild concussion (which wasn’t diagnosed until after the game) in the second quarter and went on to have 20 points on 6-of-22 shooting.

Carlino needed surgery to fix a deviated septum after the tournament, and has been resting since then. Jordan Hulls, the point guard that led Bloomington South to the state title, needs the same surgery but will probably push it back until May so that he can take part in various all-star games.


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