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.
Joey Lynch, the son of Indiana coach Bill Lynch and brother of wide receivers coach Billy Lynch, has been hired by new Ball State coach Stan Parrish to coach the receivers at his alma mater. Lynch was a quarterback for the Cardinals and graduated after the 2006 season.
With average attendance at 12,807, Indiana is offering $5 tickets to students to Saturday’s 6 p.m. game with Penn State.
But don’t stop reading if your glorious college years are in the distant past. There’s a loophole: students maybe buy as many of these tickets as they want, and give them to whomever they want. So if you at least know somebody currently enriching their lives and stretching their intellectual boundaries in IU’s classrooms, you can probably finagle a spot in the Hall Saturday.
Or there might be some enterprising students who buy a batch of these $5 tickets and try to sell them for $10 or $7.50 or whatever.
But just because you get into the game with a student ticket and sit near all the students does not mean you will be hip enough to hit Sports later in the night (Nick’s is better anyway, right?)
Here’s a letter from Tom Crean, written to the students, about the Student Appreciation Night promotion.
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We’ve been lax in bringing you videos from our friends at Palestra.net, but here’s the latest on the Hoosiers from Ryan Cost.
For those of you wondering what kind of input former IU women’s coach Kathi Bennett might have had when brother Tony was among the hot prospects to replace Kelvin Sampson last spring, I asked her last night at Assembly Hall when she returned as a Wisconsin assistant. Here’s what she had to say:
“We talked about it. We talked, and Tony has his head on. Heâ€™s at a great place right now and itâ€™s where he wants to raise his family.It wasnâ€™t an issue of me being at IU or anything like that. Heâ€™s happy. He had other opportunities besides IU and he just â€¦ he knows what heâ€™s about, and heâ€™s not going to take a job because heâ€™s afraid another one might not come along.”
Bennett added that she had “good things to say, very good things to say” about IU and Bloomington.