Belcher returning for senior year

Most probably expected this, but Indiana’s other top wide receiver is coming back. Damarlo Belcher will return for his senior year.

From IU Sports Information:


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana wide receiver Damarlo Belcher announced Monday that he will not declare for early entry to the 2011 National Football League Draft and will return to the Hoosiers football program for his senior season.

“I believe it is my best interest to return to Indiana University for my senior season,” Belcher said. “One of my goals is to earn my degree and this gives me the opportunity to accomplish that. I am also excited about what we can achieve as a team. I look forward to playing for Coach Wilson and getting back to work with the rest of my teammates.”

Belcher led the Hoosiers with 78 receptions and 832 yards in 2010. His 78 catches rank second on IU’s single-season list, one behind James Hardy’s top mark of 79 set back in 2007, and his 832 yards put him ninth on the single-season chart. Belcher led the Big Ten in receptions and topped the league in catches per game (6.50). He also ranked fourth in the league with 69.3 receiving yards per game and added four touchdowns.

The Fort Wayne, Ind., native became the 15th Hoosier to ever reach 100 career receptions and 1,000 career yards last season. He currently sits third on Indiana’s career list with 164 catches and sixth with 1,939 yards. Hardy is IU’s all-time leader in both categories with 191 receptions and 2,740 yards.

“We are very pleased Damarlo is returning for this upcoming season,” Indiana Head Coach Kevin Wilson said. “He obviously is a tremendous talent and we are excited to continue his development into one of the top receivers in the nation. Not only is he going to improve on the field, but he is going to work very hard toward earning his degree, which is an important goal for all of our student-athletes.”

ScoopTalk: Another loss

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IU’s losing streak reaches six

EVANSTON, Ill. — Indiana fell behind by as many as 24 points after a miserable first half and fell 93-81 to Northwestern, continuing its six-game losing streak and remaining winless in the Big Ten.

Northwestern junior forward John Shurna scored 24 points to lead the Wildcats, and needed just nine field goal attempts to do so. Center Luka Mirkovic had 20 points and 12 rebounds. Senior guard Michael Thompson had 16 points and eight assists and freshman guard JerShon Cobb added 11 points.

The Wildcats knocked down 10 of 20 3-point attempts and killed the Hoosiers on backdoor cuts in the Princeton offense, shooting 49.1 percent from the field.

The Hoosiers fell behind 40-28 in the first half and didn’t get back within double digits until the final minutes. (more…)

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Purdue at IU women

Aulani Sinclair had a chance to tie on a 3 with 13 seconds left, but her shot went about 15 feet and no whistle to coach Felisha Legette-Jack’s chagrin. Two more free throws for Courtney Moses to close it out. BOILERMAKERS 55, HOOSIERS 50

1:36: Davis missed the free throw, but Lindsey’s 3 on the next possession makes it a one-point game — Purdue ball. BOILERMAKERS 51, HOOSIERS 50

2:36: Indiana led 45-43, but six straight free throws put Purdue on top by four. That’s still the margin as Jori Davis heads to the line for a 1-and-1. BOILERMAKERS 51, HOOSIERS 47

8:11: Purdue had a brief four-point lead, but Jori Davis with a 3 and Andrea McGuirt’s driving layup puts the Hoosiers back in front. HOOSIERS 42, BOILERMAKERS 41

11:13: Indiana keeps scrapping away. Whitney Lindsey with 13 points the only one who has really gotten going offensively, but Purdue shooting just 30.4 percent from the field, while IU is winning the rebounding battle 33-29. BOILERMAKERS 35, HOOSIERS 33

15:46: I’m not saying these officials stink, but they’ve had more meetings than city council so far. It’s like college football where every play is under review. In the few minutes of play, Purdue has taken the lead as Indiana continues to struggle for consistent offense. BOILERMAKERS 29, HOOSIERS 27

Chelsea Jones made two free throws with 4.2 seconds left to end Purdue’s scoring drought at exactly 10 minutes, but Indiana surged to the lead with an 11-0 run prior to that. Freshman Milika Taufa, the Hawaii native, gave IU a shot in the arm, including her first career point that tied the game at 19. Aulani Sinclair was fouled on a 3 and hit all three free throws to give IU the lead with under two minutes left.

Whitney Lindsey with 8 points to lead the Hoosiers. Georgie Jones added four points and five rebounds. Four Purdue players have four points apiece. HOOSIERS 22, BOILERMAKERS 21

Report: Pease going back to Boise State for OC job

A Boise, Idaho television station is reporting that Brent Pease, who recently left his position as Boise State’s assistant head coach/wide receivers coach to become Indiana’s offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach, is going back to Boise State to become the Broncos’ offensive coordinator. Boise State’s previous OC, Bryan Harsin, was recently named the offensive coordinator at Texas.

The television station claimed that several sources close to Pease confirmed that he was taking the job, and that Boise State defensive back George Iloka tweeted “So Coach Pease is back … Congrats again, I guess.”

Pease did not immediately return a call seeking comment. Neither did an IU spokeman.


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