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The official word: Johnson to Bills

Indiana and the Buffalo Bills made last week’s news official with releases Wednesday. IU offensive line coach Bobby Johnson has left the Hoosiers to join the Bills as an assistant offensive line coach. The release from IU sports information.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana offensive line coach Bobby Johnson has been hired an assistant offensive line coach with the National Football League’s Buffalo Bills. Johnson, who served as IU’s offensive line coach since 2005, will join head coach Chan Gailey’s staff immediately.

“We wish Bobby and his family the very best in Buffalo,” Indiana head coach Bill Lynch said. “Bobby is a bright and passionate coach who cares a great deal about our student-athletes. This is a tremendous opportunity for him and we thank him for his contributions to our program.”

Johnson has spent 15 seasons coaching in the college ranks and is excited to venture into the NFL.

“This is a very exciting opportunity to move to the Buffalo Bills and the National Football League. It is also bittersweet because my family and I have had a lot of great times and memories in Bloomington. We will leave sadly, but we look forward to our future in Buffalo.”

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Verdell Jones drives to the lane against Michigan State on Tuesday. Chris Howell | Herald-Times


ScoopTalk: Hoosier heart returns, as does Hugh

Michigan State 72, Indiana 58

Verdell Jones makes a funny face.

They tried. That’s enough.

The Hoosiers (9-16, 3-10 Big Ten) did not have the size or talent to stay within reach of Michigan State (21-6, 11-3). The Spartans had the skill and composure to hit every important shot and make every key stop.

Tom Izzo is here. Funniest joke so far: “I saw Creek after the game and I said to him, ‘How could you do that to my buddy, getting hurt?'”

He said he knew the Hoosiers would come out and play with a sense of urgency, and that required a “workman-like” effort by Michigan State. He ended up using his bench liberally, playing 10 players eight minutes or more. “That’s the difference between a team that has some depth and one that doesn’t,” he said.

The Hoosiers were able to get to the line, and hit free throws. They were 25-of-28, while MSU went only 5-of-10. Check the rest of the stats here.

Izzo says that the one thing he’s learned since being in the Big Ten is that when a program goes through dramatic coaching change, it takes time to rebuild. Losing a player like Maurice Creek in the early goings of that process hurts, especially. His team was “like a fish out of water” without Kalin Lucas for a few games earlier this season, and the Spartans have actual depth.

All of which is a way to say that he still believes in his protege, Tom Crean:

“Look me in the eye: he’ll get it turned, and he’ll get it turned quicker than most,” he said.

[9:40 UPDATE]

Crean’s here.

His take: “Every time we thought we were going to cut it, Kalin hit a big shot. He really is a next-level, all-American guy, all that.”

Twice he was asked about his team’s effort following a series of lifeless performances. He did not take the bait.

“We played hard,” Crean said to the first question.

Then, this: “We played very hard. We competed.”

[11:40 UPDATE]

Here’s some audio for you to listen to:

Fun with numbers

Stats don’t tell much of the tale about the Indiana basketball program right now.

While earlier in the season, you could use specific numbers in certain categories to explain what was ailing the Hoosiers (e.g. free throw shooting, rebounding, turnovers) you didn’t need to see any stats from the last three games to understand what was wrong — a total and complete lack of energy.

But without much going on on this chilly Tuesday afternoon with more than two hours separating us from tip-off, I combed over IU’s season stats and found a list of things I found either intriguing or telling or otherwise strange. They follow.


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