We’ll be back with our live pregame report SaturdayÂ here atÂ The Hoosier Scoop.
Starting at 5:30 p.m., we’ll be broadcasting from The Bus on the west side of Memorial Stadium. Join us here for discussion of the game, the pre-game festivities and some special guests.
I’ll bring you a report on the 1988 Liberty Bowl team that’s having its 20-year reunion at Saturday’s game and we hope toÂ have a player or two from that team join our Webcast. Buck Suhr, who was an assistant coach for that team and will be a part of the reunion, will join us to talk about this year’s team and what should be be a very interesting gameÂ against Ball State.
Another guest will beÂ John Decker from HoosierNation.com. John will give us some updates and his thoughts aboutÂ the progress of IU’sÂ basketball and football recruiting, and what he sees as the keys to Saturday’s football game.
We’ll also have our chatÂ open tomorrowÂ during the game where you can discuss all of the action on the field.Â Please join us. Â
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It includes full rosters and lineups on a PDF, which you can print out if you’re going to the game.Â One update to the starting lineup is that it appears unlikely that safety Austin Thomas will play for the Hoosiers.
Coach Bill Lynch said Wednesday that the availability of Thomas will be a game-time decision. But with Thomas wearing a protective boot on an injured foot or ankle on the sidelines at practice – and Joe Kleinsmith saying he expects to start in place of Thomas – it looks like Thomas will be out Saturday.
Â The athletic department — and I really mean practically the whole thing — is here speaking with the board of trustees. Rick Greenspan will present the annual report.
And I’ll present some updates.
Mr. Greenspan has taken his seat at the table and is working through a power point presentation.
One interesting thing he has to say is that the Big Ten Network now has 89 percent penetration in Indiana, the highest of any state with a Big Ten team in it. He thinks this has helped other sports that have been “under covered” by the media, including baseball and women’s basketball.
Now we’re watching fancy videos of the two major construction projects, the North End Zone Facility and the Basketball Development Center (both of which need better names).
The football building should be done by July 2009, according to Greenspan. The basketball facility will be ready a month later, he says.
Both are striking, at least according to these computerized renderings.
So far, Rick Greenspan has detailed the many things he did to improve the athletic department at Indiana. And, in fact, he was quite successful in making the operation fiscally sound while also managing to grow it through new business ventures, improved facilities and increased marketing efforts.
But he just spoke of compliance, the one area that he may have faltered in. Either way, the Kelvin Sampson fiasco cost him his job. But he assured the board that the school has a strong compliance culture and that what happened with the basketball was an anomoly.
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There’s still some questions out there about why the NCAA could have asked — no, demanded — Indiana to not send its response until Sept. 26.
I tried to explain it in my story that ran in today’s paper. But I realize that many of you don’t get the paper.
So here’s what ran, with some sections highlighted because I think they attempt to answer questions you still have:
Stephan Van Treese, once the hot name in IU recruiting circles, is off the board.
He verbally committed to Louisville, Scout.com reported Tuesday night.
Van Treese was once a top-100 prospect that was seen as a lock to join AAU teammates Jordan Hulls and Bobby Capobianco in Bloomington.
Tom Crean told Van Treese that IU’s coaching staff would watch him over the course of the summer. Key days during July, when Crean could be on the road sparingly, were spent, in part, watching Van Treese.
Ultimately, it does not look like IU ever re-offered (Kelvin Sampson did offer Van Treese) Van Treese. The Hoosiers now have Christian Watford, and Van Treese has found a home.
You could say it has worked out for both sides.