Indiana junior big man Tijan Jobe met with the media for the first time today, and among the topics he discussed was his roommate, Kyle Taber.
Taber, the lone returning scholarship player for the Hoosiers, had knee surgery in late August and is expected to be out until at least early November.
According to Jobe, though, Taber has begun working out at Assembly Hall again.
“He’s been doing some work, all non-contact, but just running by himself,” Jobe said.
In the meantime, Jobe and freshman forward Tom Pritchard have been facing each other frequently (being the only true big men on the team) with assitant coaches Roshown McLeod and Bennie Seltzer filling in when needed.
Jobe was asked if he could get the better of McLeod, a former Duke player and first-round pick in the NBA draft whose career was cut early by injury.
So we’ve heard a lot about a couple of issues people had with last Saturday beyond the 42-20 trouncing delivered by the visiting team.
First, there was the report of a rowdier-than-usual scene in one of the parking lots where people were tailgating. (I’ve pasted a story about that after the jump.)
Then, I began getting e-mails and reading in the comments section of the difficulty some people had in getting to and then leaving the game due to heavy traffic.
If you have any anecdotes to share about the above two issues, list them here. We’re pretty tied up covering the game so we don’t often get a chance to be out reporting about issues such as these. Any input you have would be helpful as we digÂ into them.
Though Indiana football coach Bill Lynch tried to discuss mostly his team’s upcoming game against Michigan State, much of the talk from Tuesday’s press conference centered on the team’s 42-20 loss to Ball State.
Specifically, the question of what went wrong.
“Ball State’s a very good football team on both sides of the ball,” Lynch said. “We didn’t play well enough. I say that in respect to a lot of fundamental things. Execution. Those are things that are very, very correctable.”
Indiana head football coach Bill Lynch and his wife, Linda, went to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis on Sunday to visit injured Ball State wide receiver Dante Love.
You could see the concern on Lynch’s face as he hovered near the huddle of people working on Love in the seconds after he was injured near Indiana’s sideline on Saturday night.
Lynch doesn’t know Love well, but they have strong ties: Lynch’s son Joey played quarterback at Ball State during the first two years of Love’s career.
“I know how much my son thought of Dante,” Lynch said Tuesday. “He really thought the world of him.”
Love was awake and able to speak when Lynch visited on Sunday.
“When I was there he was certainly tired,” Lynch said. “But he was very aware.”
Lynch did show some concern for Chris Adkins, whose solid hit led to Love’s injury. Adkins will speak with the program’s psychologist, Chris Carr, tomorrow.
“I think he’s fine,” Lynch said of Adkins. “He’s a young guy, too. I think it would effect any of us. But I think he’s a mature guy. He also knows that it was an unfortunate thing that happened.”
Love suffered a neck fracture and an injury to his spinal cord early in the second quarter Saturday night. He underwent successful surgery on Sunday morning. He suffered no paralysis and doctors said he will be able to live a normal life but not return to football.
Indiana’s secondary has been decimated by injury.
Fifth-year senior Christopher Phillips, a senior and starter at conrnerback, is done for the year. He injured his knee trying to defend a 45-yard touchdown pass by Nate Davis on Saturday. Phillips attempted to jump to deflect the ball but never got off the ground; his knee buckled and he was helped off the field minutes later. Sources told the Herald-Times that night that trainers immediately feared ACL damage.
Well, you’re going to hear a lot about Javon Ringer this week.
Not that you’ve exactly forgotten about him. He did run for 203 yards and two touchdowns when Michigan State blasted Indiana 52-27 last year.
Anyway, here’s a release from the Big Ten saying that Ringer has been named Player of the Week for a third consecutive week, becoming the first offensive player ever to do so.
Ball State’s 42-20 win against Indiana on Saturday earned it a few more votes in both the media and coaches’ polls.
The Cardinals went from receiving one point in the AP polls to six. Fort Wayne News-Sentinel reporter Pete DiPrimio, who covered both the Central Michgan-Purdue game and the IU game on Saturday, ranks them 24th.
In the coaches’ poll, Ball State went from two votes to 16.