IU announces addition of Rivers

By   |   Friday, May. 30, 2008 - 12:19 PM   |   5 comments

Not that you didn’t already know this, but Indiana has made it official today that Jeremiah Rivers will join the Hoosier basketball program. Here’s the release from IU, including some comments about Rivers from Tom Crean:

Indiana Men’s Basketball Coach Tom Crean announced today that Jeremiah Rivers, a 6-4, 205 lb., guard will join the program this fall. He is coming to IU after spending his first two college seasons at Georgetown and will have two years of eligibility beginning in the 2009-10 season after he sits out this coming year to fulfill NCAA transfer requirements.

“I have been a fan of Jeremiah since early in his high school career,” said Crean. “I admire his all-around abilities and the way he approaches the game. He will be an asset both offensively and defensively and is a fierce competitor who knows how to win. Having our teams go head-to-head these past two years have given me even more of an appreciation for what he is capable of bringing to this program.”

Rivers played in 68 games in his two seasons with the Hoyas and averaged 18.6 minutes per game as a sophomore. He averaged 2.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and an assist. He was one of 16 players nationally to be chosen to CollegeInsider.com’s All-Defensive team. He had a season-high nine points against Fairfield and pulled down nine boards against St. John’s. As a freshman on the Hoyas’ Final Four squad, he averaged 1.3 points and 1.4 rebounds and had 31 assists in 34 games.

“In our opinion, he was one of the best defensive players in the BIG EAST this past season,” added Crean. “When you look at the experience that he has gathered in being in the Georgetown program and having the opportunity to win championships and be in the Final Four, his presence will be exactly what this program needs moving forward.”

Rivers, who played his high school basketball at Winter Park High School in Winter Park, Florida, was a two-time All-Metro (Orlando) pick and was a first team All-Central Florida choice as a senior. He led his team to the 6A state finals and averaged 15.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists as a senior. As a junior, he led his squad to the state quarterfinals and averaged 15.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists.

“We feel Jeremiah’s best days are ahead of him and as he continues to build his game on both sides of the ball,” said Crean. “He has great size and length, court awareness and potential and his basketball IQ is outstanding. We all welcome him to the Indiana family.”

His father, Glenn “Doc” Rivers, is the head coach of the Boston Celtics and enjoyed a standout NBA career after playing collegiately at Marquette. Rivers played 13 seasons in the NBA for the Atlanta Hawks (1983-84 to 1990-91), Los Angeles Clippers (1991-92), New York Knicks (1992-93 to 1993-94) and San Antonio Spurs (1994 to 1995-96).

Need a reason to be angry at Altoona, Pa.?

By   |   Thursday, May. 29, 2008 - 6:05 PM   |   5 comments

These people are quitters.

The Altoona Curve, a Double-A team that plays in the Eastern League, is hosting a night to honor quitters, including former Indiana coach Bob Knight.

Knight, you probably recall, left his Texas Tech team as it finished out last season.

You’d think this promotion bizarre unless, like me, you spent most of your youth working at a minor league baseball stadium. These people will do anything to draw attention to their games. The stadium I worked at had a seemingly endless supply of mascots — a duck, a beaver, a turtle, a large baseball with legs and arms, etc. — and they played in a rock band together. You haven’t heard “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” until you’ve heard it from those guys. That Bucky Beaver can really rip on the guitar.

Anyway, this promotion is much better than, say, giving away those miniature bats. Those things are useless. Unless you’re an insane 5-year-old hell-bent on destruction. Then, you use it to hit the guy filling the ketchup, and that guy is me.

(Thanks to Deadspin for the tip on this.)

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:


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.



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.


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.

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