So where is Saffold going?

The first NFL Draft in primetime begins an hour from now, and there appears to be a good chance it will also be the first time in 16 years an Indiana football player is taken in the first round.

Of course, no one has Saffold going in the first 15 picks or even the top 20, so there’s no guarantee this will actually happen. But as you wait, here are a few mock drafts, highlighting Saffold’s position in them.

Of the four experts, two have him going in the first round, one at No. 27 to Dallas, one at No. 28 to San Diego.’s Don Banks has Saffold going No. 27 to Dallas.

Three of’s mock drafts now have Saffold going No. 31 to the Colts.

There are about seven trillion other mock drafts out there. I’d have put Mel Kiper’s and Todd McShay’s on here, but that would have cost me money, and then for any of you who don’t have ESPN Insider, it would have cost you money. After that, I can’t tell who’s an expert, and who’s just a dude who wants to make a mock draft. So check those out and enjoy the draft. We’ll have more when Saffold actually is selected.

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Steve McClain has joined the Indiana staff as its third assistant coach. Courtesy photo


Thursday live discussion

How about this?

How about we get together around 11 a.m. — but maybe we’ll start a bit earlier, for reasons I’ll soon discuss — and have our regular online discussion in our usual place.

At some point, Dustin and I will probably need to jump in the van and head off to Pike. Not because we think Marquis Teague will pick IU when he announces his college choice, but because you just never can be sure. And because this thing’s been going on forever. We thought we’d get our answer from Teague years ago, only to be flung through a series of broken deadlines and bland statements turned over too often by those looking for any meaning and an endless debate about who he is as a person and a player. The poor kid has had his name on the tongue of every recruitnik out there since his brother Jeff chose Wake Forest prior to the 2006 season. Covering that happened to be one of my very first assignments upon moving to Bloomington.

Watching Teague announce tomorrow will be like the sappy last episode of a sitcom, in which the two characters who dated on and off for years and years will finally stand at the alter. You probably have a good sense of what’s going to happen, but you watch anyway.

McClain: I wanted the chance to be in a program that could win a national championship

Steve McClain

When Steve McClain first met Tom Crean, Crean was recruiting McClain’s players. McClain was an assistant at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College and Crean was an assistant at Western Kentucky coming to watch the talent at one of the most esteemed powerhouses in the junior college ranks.

Though their paths diverted widely, the two stayed in contact for almost two decades. When Crean came to McClain to speak to him about filling the vacant position on his coaching staff at Indiana, the then Colorado assistant coach was thrilled about the opportunity.

“I think the relationship Tom and me have had for a long time,” McClain said when asked what drew him to the job. “But also  the opportunity to be involved in a program that no question is one of the best in the country and the chance to be in a program that has a chance to win a national championship. And I think we have a legitimate opportunity to do that.” (more…)

The official release on McClain

From Indiana sports information:

Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean has announced that Steve McClain, who boasts more than 28 years of coaching experience on the collegiate level, has joined the Hoosiers staff as an assistant coach, effective immediately.

“It means a lot to me to be able to bring in someone with the knowledge, experience and aggressiveness of Steve McClain,” said Crean.  “I have admired him for how hard he works and for how hard his teams, especially at Wyoming, played.  He brings a toughness to our program that has shown in those who have played for him, and he carries that same mindset over into recruiting.” (more…)

Indiana hosting two prime-time football games

From an IU sports information release:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Two of Indiana’s six home football games will be Big Ten Network prime time broadcasts, it was announced Wednesday afternoon.  The Hoosiers will face Towson on Thursday, Sept. 2, at 7:30 p.m. and Akron on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m.

“As we continue to grow our football program, it is terrific when we are able to play in prime-time games,” Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass said. “Playing at night creates an electric game-day atmosphere, generally increases our attendance and gives our program added exposure. Prime-time kickoffs are a win-win for IU Football.”

IU kicks off the 2010 campaign on a Thursday night for the second straight season. The Hoosiers will host Towson in the first meeting between the two schools. Indiana played its first Thursday game in Memorial Stadium in 2009, as it earned a 19-13 victory over Eastern Kentucky. (more…)

Offut considering walking on at Indiana

Walter Offut, a 6-foot-3 guard who transferred from Ohio State to Wright State, is now considering a transfer to Indiana where he would walk-on, according to this report from the Dayton Daily News.

Offut is also considering playing at Ohio University. The Warren Central product played in two games with Ohio State this season and saw limited minutes before deciding to transfer. He missed last season with knee surgery. He averaged 17.6 points per game as a three-year starter at Warren Central.

[5:45 UPDATE from Chris Korman]

As I’ve referenced several times, I spent much of the summer of 2007 watching the Indiana Elite Team Indiana squad coached by Mark Adams.

Offutt played on that team with Indiana’s Matt Roth, as well as Tyler Zeller of UNC and Lewis Jackson of Purdue and Emmanuel Negedu (Tennessee) and DeAndre Liggins (Kentucky) and others.

Offutt had been committed to Ohio State for a bit by the time I started watching him, so I rarely concentrated on watching him. With that team, there wasn’t one guy who dominated the play for any lengthy stretch. It had too much talent.

Injuries have slowed him, but I remember him as the quickest guy on that team with a knack for getting to the rim. Seemed to have the makings of an above-average defender at the time, too.

We’ll try to get in touch with Offutt so we can follow his decision.

In the meantime, you can see him on video. As one reader noted when I posted this earlier, this highlight clip is set to one of the most offensive songs ever written. That’s my bad. I was in Union Station when I watched and couldn’t hear it.


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