Indianapolis TV station Fox 59 will carry the Insight Bowl between Indiana and Oklahoma State live on New Year’s Eve.
Fox 59 general manager Jerry Martin said the NFL Network, which is televising the game but isn’t carried on basic cable locally, made the game available on Friday to Indianapolis TV stations so Fox 59 submitted a bid to carry it.
The NFL Network informed Fox 59 today that it had won the rights to carry the game.
“Apparently, we had the highest bid,” Martin said.
The Insight Bowl will be shown on both the NFL Network and Fox 59 (in HD) in the Indianapolis TV market, which includes Bloomington and surrounding areas. Â
Press release from CSTV, which is running this sort of official Wooden watch list.
Tyler Hansbrough, a junior forward for North Carolina, the nationâ€™s *No. 1-ranked team, tops CSTVâ€™s 2008 Wooden Watch for the third consecutive week.Â Hansbrough leads all players with six first place votes, followed by Kansas State freshman forward Michael Beasley.Â Texas sophomore guard D.J. Augustin ranks No. 3 this week, up from No. 5 last week, followed by Memphis guard Chris Douglas-Roberts and Indiana guard Eric Gordon.
This season is the first year CSTV.com will feature the Wooden Watch, a weekly prediction of who will win college basketball’s most prestigious individual honor, voted on by CSTV and CSTV.com basketball experts and national and regional college basketball reporters.
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Receiver Charles Love has given Indiana its third football verbal commitment of the past two days.
Love is a 6-foot-3, 190-pound senior who was part of the group of players who visited Bloomington last weekend. He appears to be an under the radar type of player in terms of the national recruiting rankings. One reason for that, perhaps, is that he played on a Trezevant High School team that finished 4-7 this season.
An obvious attribute Love will bring is some additional height to a receiving corps that will likely lose 6-7 James Hardy after this season.
We’ll provide more information on Love as it becomes available.
I’m a little slow providing this news today because we’ve been busy covering the Darius Willis announcement, but this is another reason for it being a big day for the Hoosier football team. It’s the first time IU has had three All-Americans since 1987 and the first time any Hoosiers has been named an All-American since Antwaan Randle El in 2001.
Here’s the complete news release from IU:
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Junior kicker Austin Starr, sophomore defensive end Greg Middleton and junior wide receiver James Hardy of the Indiana football team picked up All-America nods from the Associated Press and SI.com, the publications announced today. Additionally, the three players joined quarterback Kellen Lewis on ESPN.com's All-Big Ten team.
Starr was a first team selection on SI.com's team and second team according to the AP. Middleton picked up second team honors from SI.com and third team laurels from the AP. Hardy collected honorable mention status from SI.com and third team recognition from AP voters.
Let’s get some of the rudimentary facts on Darius Willis out of the way first.
Scout.com ranked him the No. 2 overall player in the state and the 43rd best running back in the country.
He’s rushed for 3,005 yards at Franklin Central the past two years. He’s also scored 43 rushing TDs.
He’s also a star on the track team, and said that his goal for the spring is nothing short of a state championship ring.
Track, incidentally, is how Indiana started recruiting Willis. The Hoosier coaching staff saw him running his sophomore year and contacted him then. They offered a scholarship at the beginning of his junior year.
At that time, Willis’ coaches were sure he had the physical ability to be a Division I football player. They just weren’t sure that he had the work ethic to make it, or the vision to play his favored position of running back.
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When he told Indiana head coach Bill Lynch and assistant Billy Lynch that he wold attend Indiana on Sunday morning, the two grown men screamed like little girls.
Willis, who said he is 5-11 and a half and currently weighs 212 pounds, liked Indiana’s business school. He also saw a chance to earn early playing time.
“Anybody who works hard can play,” he said.
For you IU football junkies out there, complete this sentence: Darius Willis is the most important IU recruit since _______. Then, justify your answer.
I’ll be back in a few minutes with another update.
… at the press conference to announce his college committment today.
He is seated with his parents waiting for the press conference to begin.
Looks like great news for IU football.