Don Fischer is reminding y’all that the Hoosiers moved up to No. 13 in the AP poll and No. 14 in the coaches’ poll.
And that’s it.
Ian from Marion says he loves Kelvin’s team and likes the defensive toughness. That’s it. Sampson appreciates the comments. As he usual does when the caller doesn’t question him.
Another guy calling to thank Kelvin for beating Kentucky. But he’s got a question. It’s getting back to this debate about offensive sets vs. playing off the dribble.
Sampson says the game has changed. With more athletic players you’re able to play the game off the dribble. That’s just the trend, the way the game has evolved. The less talented a team is, the more it has to rely on fundamentals. Not to say Kelvin doesn’t emphasize them, but it’s not so essential. At least that’s what I took from his answer.
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Tomorrow could be a big day for Indiana’s 2008 football recruiting class.
After visiting Bloomington over the weekend,Â highly recruited Indianapolis running back Darius Willis will announce his college choice Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Franklin Central High School.
Willis has been considering IU, Purdue, Kentucky and Boston College, according to Franklin Central coach Lance Schieb.
Scheib said Willis’ visit to IU was “fantastic.”
“He had a great weekend and was excited to have his parents come and meet with coach Lynch,” Scheib said.
Willis, at 6-foot, 215 pounds, would give the Hoosiers a combination of size and speed they haven’t had recently at running back.
Willis has size, strength and speed, while many running backs have only two of those three qualities, Scheib said.
“His number one strength is his character,” Scheib said. “In the two years we’ve had him, he’s never taken a play off.Â With his other abilities, that’s probably as good a situation as you can have with a running back.”
Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson spoke to the conference media this morning. He was asked about the status of Eric Gordon and Armon Bassett. Here’s what he had to say.
“Not really an update on Armonâ€™s status,” Sampson said. “Thatâ€™s game to game. He has some work to do before he gets back. Iâ€™m not sure when that will be. ”
As for Gordon, Sampson thinks the freshman guard is feeling better.
“I think the big thing for him is getting in his stance and sliding laterally,” Sampson said. “He has pain that shoots up his left hip and the left side of his back.”
The Hoosiers, of course, don’t play until Saturday. And then they play a team called Western Carolina.
So, in other words, take all the time you need, E.J.
Here’s this week’s release from the Big Ten:
D.J. White, Indiana
The former Indiana recruit — he was the first to verbal for the class of 2008 — has moved to Georgia and will begin taking classes at Redan High School (about 20 minutes outside of Atlanta) today. Mackey was arrested for trafficking crack cocaine in late September and still faces a grand jury trial (no date set).
But clearly Mackey is optimistic about how his future will turn out. He says he’s hearing from schools — Cincinnati, which he followed as a kid growing up there, is his favorite — and hopes to sign once his legal situation is sorted out.
“Once all of this is over it will be a great success story,” Mackey said.
According to the story, Mackey has spoken with Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson recently. Sampson wants Mackey to attend a junior college and then transfer to IU; Mackey doesn’t want to.