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Finch “Doing OK,” says Lynch

The increasing bewilderment Indiana fans have with Florida transfer Jerimy Finch’s lack of playing time finally inspired one caller to ask IU coach Bill Lynch about it on his weekly radio show on Monday night.

Lynch, unsurprisingly, did the best he could to dodge the question, and said it has more to do with the play of starting safeties Austin Thomas and Nick Polk.

“Jerimy has been playing special teams right now,” Lynch said. “He’s playing safety. Nick Polk and Austin Thomas are two fifth-year seniors that are really, really good football players. They have a great grasp of the defense. I think them coming back from injuries, as well as moving (Ray Fisher) over there, has really helped stabilize our defense. Jerimy’s a backup safety right now. He’s on special teams. He’s doing fine, and as we go on, his opportunities will open up, but right now, Nick and Austin are our starting safeties.”

That doesn’t necessarily explain why Chris Adkins still plays ahead of Finch in nickel packages and why he came in when Polk had a head injury in a game earlier this season, but it does provide some info.

Lynch also cleared up what happened on the illegal substitution penalty in Saturday’s game against Ohio State that gave the Buckeyes a first down before having to try a fourth down play.

“The rule is that when you substitute for a player and he comes off the field, he has to sit out for a play,” Lynch said. “What happened in the game the other night is Justin Carrington came off the field, but he wasn’t substituted for. We only had 10 guys on the field. So he came off the field, then he turned and ran backon the field to put us to 11. So we were flagged for illegal substitution. That’s what happened the other night. We’re still getting that clarified to because he wasn’t substituted for. … When he went back on the field, I didn’t feel like it was an illegal substitution because we only had 10 on the field, but I was clearly wrong.”

Lynch also said that tailback Darius Willis, wide receiver/wildcat quarterback Mitchell Evans and Thomas all missed Monday’s practice with ankle injuries. He said he expects all to be ready by Saturday’s game against Virginia, however.


Hysteria less than two weeks away

Just received a press release entitled “CREAN EXCITED FOR HOOSIER HYSTERIA.” I filed it under, “BIGGEST UNDERSTATEMENT MADE TODAY.” Tom Crean is excited when oxygen enters his lungs. What he feels when he thinks of Hoosier Hysteria being so near cannot aptly be put into words.

Here’s the release:

Bloomington, Indiana—Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean, backed by seven newcomers which provided the Hoosiers with the top recruiting class in the Big Ten and nine returnees, is ready to tip-off the 2009-10 season at Hoosier Hysteria, Friday, October 16.  Admission is one canned food item with the proceeds benefitting the Hoosier Hills Food Bank.

“We can not wait to be a part of the energy that has been established this fall within our athletic program,” said Crean.  “It was great to see 11,000 students in the stands at Memorial Stadium last weekend.  Now we need to carry over that support and enthusiasm to show that Indiana is still one of the premiere programs in college basketball.”

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Groh slightly happier this week

In case you’re interested, the following is the complete transcript from Virginia coach Al Groh’s weekly press conference, two days after the Cavaliers broke their seven-game losing streak.

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Depth chart stays the same

For yet another week, the Indiana depth chart saw virtually no changes. Freshman tailback Darius Willis needed treatment on his ankle after Saturday’s game, but he’s still at the top of the depth chart. Cornerback Donnell Jones, who is still battling a nagging hamstring injury, is listed as a second-stringer after being off the depth chart last Monday, though he played most of Saturday’s game. Leon Beckum, who missed Saturday’s game with an ankle injury, is off the depth chart and has been replaced as the backup middle linebacker by sophomore Brandon McGhee. Freshman kicker Mitch Ewald, who has had to battle back from an injured oblique, is now the second string kicker behind Nick Freeland.

The full depth chart follows.

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Sagarin/ESPN: IU No. 5 alltime

Indiana is the alltime No. 5 college basketball program in the country, according to Jeff Sagarin’s statistical formula in ESPN’s College Basketball Encyclopedia.

Sagarin, a resident of Bloomington, was asked to rank all 330 current Division I programs.

Kentucky is No. 1 by a longshot, followed by, in order, UCLA, Kansas, North Carolina, Indiana, Illinois, Duke, Purdue, Ohio State and Iowa.

Yes, that’s five Big Ten teams in the top 10. And Michigan (13), Minnesota (14) and Michigan State (15) are all in the top 20.

That’s because Sagarin’s ratings take into account years played, and count NCAA Tournament championships as much as a single first-round victory.

Sagarin also rated the top 40 in each decade. Indiana is consistently among the best, until you get to the 2000s — No. 31.

Here is ESPN.com’s Pat Forde’s take on the ratings, which include a link to the full list.


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Indiana wide receiver Tandon Doss eludes two Ohio State defenders during Saturday’s game. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

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Men's Basketball Player Pages

[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_blackmon1.jpg]8550James Blackmon, Jr.
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard James Blackmon Jr. (1)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_zeisloft1.jpg]6680Nick Zeisloft
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Nick Zeisloft (2)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_hoetzel1.jpg]5780Max Hoetzel
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Max Hoetzel (3)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_johnson1.jpg]5300Robert Johnson
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Robert Johnson (4)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_williams1.jpg]4970Troy Williams
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Troy Williams (5)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_burton1.jpg]4750Ryan Burton
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Ryan Burton (10)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_yogi1.jpg]4560Yogi Ferrell
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Yogi Ferrell (11)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_perea1.jpg]4910Hanner Mosquera-Perea
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea (12)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_robinson1.jpg]4260Stanford Robinson
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Stanford Robinson (22)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_ritchie1.jpg]4250Nate Ritchie
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Nate Ritchie (23)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_holt1.jpg]4690Emmitt Holt
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Emmitt Holt (25)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_hartman1.jpg]5090Collin Hartman
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Collin Hartman (30)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_priller1.jpg]5570Tim Priller
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Tim Priller (35)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_april1.jpg]5820Jeremiah April
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers center Jeremiah April (44)

Women's Basketball Player Pages

[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_walter1.jpg]6200Jess Walter
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Jess Walter (2)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_buss1.jpg]14030Tyra Buss
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Tyra Buss (3)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_brooks1.jpg]8050Larryn Brooks
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Larryn Brooks (5)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_agler1.jpg]6800Taylor Agler
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Taylor Agler (10)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_bell2.jpg]5300Nicole Bell
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Nicole Bell (12)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_stratman1.jpg]5020Liz Stratman
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_hulls1.jpg]5100Kaila Hulls
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard/forward Kaila Hulls (15)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_mcbride1.jpg]4390Karlee McBride
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Karlee McBride (21)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_gassion1.jpg]3960Alexis Gassion
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Alexis Gassion (23)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_muensterman1.jpg]5070Maura Meunsterman
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Maura Muensterman (31)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_mize1.jpg]4590Andrea Mize
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Andrea Mize (32)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_cahill1.jpg]4380Amanda Cahill
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Amanda Cahill (33)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_jakubicek1.jpg]4500Claire Jakubicek
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Claire Jakubicek (34)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_leikem1.jpg]4220Lyndsay Leikem
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Lyndsay Leikem (40)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_anderson1.jpg]4160Jenn Anderson
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers center Jenn Anderson (43)
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