It’s taken me a while to compose myself enough to compose this post, so shaken was I by the news.
A splendid sports blog called We Are The Postmen has shuttered its doors after two and a half years. This is somewhat relevant — not that we’ve ever really made that a requisite here at the Scoop — because the two people responsible for the site are Indiana alums who happened to work the basketball beat for the IDS during the 2006-07 season, my first year here.
I am fond of them. As far as I can tell, no one has given them a proper sendoff. So I’ll try.
Tracy Porter will continue to start for the Saints this week in a re-shuffled secondary, according to a blog report today from Times-Picayune beat reporter Jeff Duncan.
The former Hoosier started and made two critical plays in the Saints’ season-opening 24-20 win over Tampa Bay, prompting a column about him, “Porter gives great first impression,” in yesterday’s Times-Picayune. Porter stepped in front of a receiver to prevent a touchdown in the third quarter and broke up a potential first-down pass near midfield in the fourth quarter.
After finally reading through Bob Kravitz’s column this afternoon, I know. Well, I’m relatively sure. I mean, there’s room for interpretation.
A quick bit of background: Bob Knight was in Indianapolis last night appearing on a show called “Mickey’s Corner,” which is, from what I’ve gathered, not exactly hard hitting.
But at one point, the host did dangle a chance for Knight to take a swipe at Kelvin Sampson, a coach he had feuded with while they competed in the Big 12 and who many of Knight’s former players openly criticized.
Knight, of course, took it.
The closest we got to juicy was when Maurer asked a general question — not a Sampson-related question — about cheating in recruiting. “If you get caught cheating, they should shoot you,” Knight said. “Because you’re too dumb to be alive.”
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Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean will hold a press conference any second now.
I’ll provide updates as soon as that happens.
Here’s what Crean has to say to open it: the recruiting period started yesterday. He’s trying to balance being on the road with keeping his current players first. Developing them, he says, is by far the most important thing.
There will be a workout later today at 3:30. Those are the “individual” workouts, though four players may be on the court at one time.
The team had a 3.34 GPA for the summer. That pleases Crean.
When I spoke to Christian Watford today, he had to duck out of the dining room at P.F. Chang’s in Birmingham. The Watford’s had a table there for 18, including IU coach Tom Crean, Bennie Seltzer and Roshown McLeod.
Not surprisingly, I could hear Crean in the background.
Watford said he has basically known that he wanted to attend IU since the late August elite camp. He’s taken the last two weeks to think about the decision and wanted to be able to celebrate the decision with the coaching staff, which couldn’t go on visits until today (per NCAA rules.)
Watford said Indiana’s history and the chance to come in and play right away influenced him. He also thought Crean could help him become a better player, and that IU could be contenders for a national title more quickly than many think.
His father, Ernest, did say that the family would have to re-visit the commitment should IU receive an unexpectedly harsh punishment from the NCAA.
For more on this story, see tomorrow’s Herald-Times.
that Christian Watford had committed to Indiana.
We were standing out at football practice, listening to head coach Bill Lynch, when the call came. I didn’t answer. Then a text came through. So I really knew.
A source in Geogia and a source close to the Indiana basketball program have confirmed that Hoosiers coach Tom Crean received a verbal pledge from the 6-7 guard out of Birmingham. Crean was visiting there today.
We’ll have more on this story as soon as we can speak with the Watford family. They’ve already spoken with The Birmingham News.