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What would the Big Ten Conference be looking for in a 12th member? A strong history of success in the two major sports, football and men’s basketball. And a very good academic reputation (all current schools finished in the top 71 in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings). A television market would be nice, as would establishing new rivalries.
From Indiana sports info:
SAFFOLD, KIRLEW INVITED TO ALL-STAR GAMES
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Left tackle Rodger Saffold has been selected to play in the 85th East-West Shrine Game and defensive end Jammie Kirlew accepted an invitation to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Texas vs. the Nation Challenge.
The East-West Shrine Game will kick off at 3 p.m. EST on Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando. Saffold is a member of the East squad that will be coached by former Cleveland Browns boss Romeo Crennel. The Bedford, Ohio, native will be the first Hoosier to play in the game since current New Orleans Saints cornerback Tracy Porter in 2008.
Kirlew will take the field on Saturday, Feb. 6, for the fourth annual contest. Kickoff is scheduled for noon MST at Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas. Kirlew and the Nation squad will be coached by Florida Atlantic head coach Howard Schnellenberger.
From the Big Ten office:
BIG TEN STATEMENT ON EXPANSION
Park Ridge, Ill. – The Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors (COP/C) discussed the future of the Big Ten Conference at its winter meetings on Dec. 6 in Park Ridge, Illinois. The following statement is issued by the Big Ten office on behalf of the COP/C.
Penn State joined the Big Ten Conference in June of 1990 and its addition has been an unqualified success. In 1993, 1998 and 2003 the COP/C, in coordination with the commissioner’s office, reviewed the issue of conference structure and expansion. The COP/C believes that the timing is right for the conference to once again conduct a thorough evaluation of options for conference structure and expansion. As a result, the commissioner was asked to provide recommendations for consideration by the COP/C over the next 12 to 18 months.
The COP/C understands that speculation about the conference is ongoing. The COP/C has asked the conference office to obtain, to the extent possible, information necessary to construct preliminary options and recommendations without engaging in formal discussions with leadership of other institutions. If and when such discussions become necessary the COP/C has instructed Commissioner James E. Delany to inform the Chair of the COP/C, Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon, and then to notify the commissioner of the affected conference(s). Only after these notices have occurred will the Big Ten engage in formal expansion discussions with other institutions. This process will allow the Big Ten to evaluate options, while respecting peer conferences and their member institutions. No action by the COP/C is expected in the near term. No interim statements will be made by the Big Ten or the COP/C until after the COP/C receives the commissioner’s recommendations and the COP/C determines next steps, if any, in this area.
So says the Chicago Tribune. We’ll post the mentioned release as soon as we get it (about a half an hour from now) and hopefully we’ll have more info from interested parties.
Yes, that’s Purdue’s Robbie Hummel. No, this has not become Boiler Morning. Just follow the jump and all will be revealed. Butch Dill | Associated Press
If I learned anything from Tom Crean’s radio show on Monday night, it was this: Indiana fans love them some Tom Crean.
The Indiana coach didn’t so much answer questions from callers as he did thanked them for their glowing praise. Most didn’t even have questions. They just wanted to thank him for doing a good job.
Amazing what one win in Madison Square Garden, even if its followed by a loss, can do for morale.
But a few Hoosier fans did express some concern about the reasons Indiana got crushed on the rebounds by Kentucky and others. Crean of course, gave the obvious explanation.
“The difference is that they’re very athletic, and they’re older and we’re not there yet,” Crean said. “We can get better with our technique all the time. We can definitely get better with our leverage. That’s a great question, but you need to put into context what we’re dealing with and look at the ages of those guys and the body sizes. If Eli Holman was still here, and a couple of those guys were still here, maybe if we had Devin Ebanks still with us, if we ever had a chance to recruit him, those guys might have been able to hold those guys off. But those guys aren’t here as you know. They’re not here, so we’re doing everything we can do with these guys to help speed the process up with the lifting and the weights and the conditioning. … That’s the topic of the last couple of days, ‘When are you going to get a power forward?’ When are you gonna get this? Well we just signed four guys 6-9 or bigger, but they’re freshmen.”
Indiana has selected three candidates — all with ties to the Hoosiers — to interview for the men’s soccer coaching vacancy, according to an athletic department source who asked to remain anonymous.
The first candidate was on campus today, and the next two will be here Tuesday and Wednesday.
An announcement is expected late this week or early next week.
We’re working on confirming who the three candidates are.
Four former players who also served as assistants at Indiana are possibilities: Caleb Porter (Akron head coach), Todd Yeagley (now the head coach at Wisconsin), John Trask (head coach at UIC) and Mike Getman (UAB coach). Former player Brian Maisonneuve, now an assistant at Louisville, is also a possibility.
Porter has said that he is not interested in the Indiana job. Yeagley has not returned calls for comment. Trask told us that he’d have to consider the Indiana job if approached. Getman was in his office Monday but refused to discuss the Indiana opening. Maisonneuve said that he did not think it would be appropriate to publicly discuss the position.
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