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Jared Jeffries, guarding last year’s No. 1 pick, Derrick Rose, on Monday in the above photo, told the New York Post why President Barack Obama’s inaugration meant so much to him.
“My dad’s uncle was killed. The sheriff just walked in and took him. It was part of life in Mississippi; the law enforcement was corrupt, the Klan was still very strong. You had a lot of families that were affected by that. That happened a lot, and there were no consequences,” Jeffries said. “That’s how far this country has come.
“I talked to my dad all through the (race). My dad grew up in Mississippi, was a sharecropper and picked cotton by hand when he was young. For the world to come as far as it’s come just during his generation, and to see a black president in his lifetime, it’s incredible. For people of my father’s generation to see this moment is incredible.”
Jeffries, who starred at Bloomington North and Indiana University, worked, along with teammates Chris Duhon and Malik Rose, with 30 foster children at Planet Hollywood yesterday. The event was sponsored by the Garden of Dreams Foundation.
Jeffries, who has started 12 of the 19 games he has played this season, is averaging 4.7 points and 4.8 rebounds a contest. Those are his best numbers since arriving in New York three seasons ago.
If you saw the Indiana women’s basketball team practice Tuesday afternoon, you would never have known that less than 24 hours earlier they beat arch-rival Purdue for first in the Big Ten standings. The Hoosiers looked to have tired legs here and there, but coach Felisha Legette-Jack wasn’t having any of it. They did one of their daily shooting drills three times, or as Legette-Jack said, “until we reach our goal.”
“It’s a good in-state rivalry and we are excited that we won. But this is something you think about in July when you’re out in the summer and say, ‘Remember when?’ Right now our focus has got to be the now and the present,” Legette-Jack said.
A few other follow-up notes:
- This was the first time that IU beat Purdue at Assembly Hall since 1998. The Hoosiers did win in West Lafayette last season.
- Indiana is off to its best start in Big Ten play (6-1) since the 1982-83 season, the year the Hoosiers won their lone regular-season Big Ten title.
A couple of women’s basketball updates heading into Monday night’s big game against Purdue at Assembly Hall.
- Sophomore guard Haylie Linn, suspended indefinitely on Jan. 3, is back with the Hoosiers now. She was practicing for the first time Saturday and head coach Felisha Legette-Jack said Linn will be in uniform against Purdue.”Sheâ€™s back to being a part of our program,” Legette-Jack said.
- Also, senior Amber Jackson, who tweaked a knee prior to the Wisconsin game, was running full speed without a brace in Saturday’s practice. Legette-Jack just blamed the weather.”That cold weather went under zero and her knee said, ‘Heck, no.’ Sheâ€™s fine, thereâ€™s no issues whatsoever. Sheâ€™s back to old Amber.”
- The IU athletic department is hoping for a White Out against Purdue. I guess they just want those wearing black or gold to stand out a little more.
- If you have a ticket from the men’s game against Penn State Saturday, bring it Monday night and see the women play for $2.
The $5 ticket deal has been expanded to include all you non-students and will last the rest of the year.
A press release from IU:
Indiana Menâ€™s Basketball Looking To Encourage Support For Team
Indiana University Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass is hoping to attract more fans to come to Assembly Hall for the remainder of the 2009 menâ€™s basketball season. Effective immediately, balcony tickets (subject to availability) will be on sale for the remainder of the season for $5 per game.
â€œAttendance at Assembly Hall, as it has been around the conference, is a little down,â€ said Glass. “Because some of this is likely attributable to the challenging national economic situation, we want to make the games more affordable and otherwise more family friendly.
â€œI love how hard our team plays and how hard Coach Crean coaches,â€ added Glass.Â “They never quit and I want to encourage Hoosier Nation not to quit on them.Â Fan support in Assembly Hall has been tremendous.Â We just want to encourage more people to be there.â€
Among ideas that Glass hopes will catch on with the Hoosier faithful is an honorary game captain; allowing youngsters to shoot layups on Assembly hallâ€™s hallowed hardwood following weekend home games; encouraging the crowd to be more engaged in and around the game; and resurrecting spirit signs for dorms, greek houses, and local businesses to hang up prior to home games.
Indiana has seven remaining home games on the schedule, including next Sunday against Minnesota.
â€œWe are very appreciative and grateful for the support that our fans have shown to the program this year,â€ said IU Menâ€™s Basketball Coach Tom Crean.Â â€œItâ€™s great to get the opportunity to meet so many friends and fans of the program who share our passion and are with us all the way.
To order your tickets, contact the Indiana University Athletics Ticket office at 866-IUSports.