In-State Recruit Watch: Cody Zeller

Cody Zeller might be the most important target Indiana has right now. The Hoosiers obviously need height desperately, and the 6-foot-10 Washington High School junior has that. He’s an in-state kid, the No. 35 recruit in the Class of 2011, and he’s got two brothers who have played major conference ball at North Carolina Notre Dame (Luke) and North Carolina (Tyler). His signing could mean a lot for IU not only because it would help the Hoosiers inside, but because it could really help Tom Crean’s recruiting rep.

So considering how important he is for IU, I probably could have picked a better opponent to watch him play against than Owen Valley.

To be fair, Roy Williams made the same decision I did. The North Carolina coach was in attendance looking to perhaps swipe a second Zeller from IU’s backyard. According to the youngest Zeller, the Tar Heels haven’t offered yet, but Williams was still there in person, signing autographs and taking pictures with babies before he got a chance to talk to Washington coach Gene Miiller about Zeller. (more…)

Selby, Thomas, Irving, Kendrick on McDonald’s list

The rosters for the McDonald’s All-American Game came out Thursday, and they include some familiar names for Indiana fans, though none that the Hoosiers actually have set to come for 2010. Baltimore guard Josh Selby, who the Hoosiers are still recruiting, is on the list. So are former IU targets Jelan Kendrick and Kyrie Irving. Also on the list is DeShaun Thomas, the Fort Wayne Luers star and likely Mr. Basketball.

The list follows, as copied and pasted from with Scout’s rankings. (more…)

Bobby Johnson to the Bills?

Rivals/Yahoo national college football writer Tom Dienhart said on his Twitter account that an Indiana source told him Hoosiers offensive line coach Bobby Johnson is leaving to take a job as the assistant offensive line coach with the Buffalo Bills. Trying to confirm this. Hopefully we’ll have more later.

[4:19 p.m. UPDATE]

Hearing that this is pretty much a done deal, but Johnson’s contract won’t be signed for a few more days, so no one at IU is going to confirm it on the record. Will keep trying.

[6:09 p.m. UPDATE]

Chris here. How have you been? Good? Good.

Anyway, this thing is a done deal. The holdup appears to be something procedural, as in the Bills want to talk about it next week and don’t very much mind that the sports editor in the town where Johnson currently lives believes that news should be reported when it happens instead of when it’s crafted.

Johnson, in case you were wondering, has spent parts of his recent off-seasons working with NFL staffs. Coaching in the league has been his goal. He’s spent time with the Saints, Browns and Colts. His name is out there in NFL circles as a young guy ready to do good things (and Rodger Saffold’s emergence has helped that). The Bills are giving him his chance.

There’s been no movement on finding a replacement yet.

Pitino linked to Nets job but denies report

Louisville coach Rick Pitino is interested in the New Jersey Nets’ head coaching job, the New York Daily News reported today.

Of course, Pitino came out and flatly denied the reports.

“I can’t keep talking about rumors and untruths,” Pitino, whose team visits St. John’s Thursday night at Madison Square Garden, said on the Big East conference call. “All I can say is in the past nine years I’ve never had one conversation with a pro team. I had one conversation with a college team and that was Providence College. There’s absolutely no truth to it [the Nets story] and I shouldn’t address it.”

There’s one important line there, the one that keeps this is in the “more than a rumor” category.

“… I’ve never had one conversation with a pro team.”

That is, not to say, that Pitino’s people have not had conversations with someone connected to the Nets. The Daily News reported that there has been no direct contact, which leaves indirect contact (agent, manager, family member, friend, etc…) as an available option. And, remember, that Pitino was linked to the Sacramento Kings job last summer.

The Nets have made it pretty clear that they are not interested in Pitino. That is not to say that there is not a NBA team out there (the Clippers come to mind) that would not mind getting in the Rick Pitino business.

So why does this matter to Indiana University? Because of one high school junior named Marquis Teague. Louisville is the heavy favorite to land Teague, in large part because of the relationship between Pitino and Teague’s father.

If Pitino is gone, you have to think Louisville is out of the running. That leaves Indiana and Kentucky (and the few stragglers) gunning for Teague’s services.

Thursday morning discussion, 11 a.m.

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