Four of the six incoming freshmen met with the assembled media Thursday afternoon at Assembly Hall to talk about their experience since arriving on campus.
Here are some notes:
— Christian Watford said he talks frequently with Maurice Creek, one of two freshmen (along with Bawa Muniru) that could not be on campus during the second summer school session. Creek and Muniru are both awaiting word on whether or not they have been cleared by the NCAA. Watford said he tells Creek to keep his head up and stay focused on doing what he needs to do.
— Bobby Capobianco said the summer workouts have been brutal, namely because of a fresh wound. Apparently Verdell Jones managed to stick two fingers in Capobianco’s eye the other day and scratched Capobianco’s cornea.
— Derek Elston said he was timid for the first several weeks, not wanting to make a mistake and draw the ire of the upperclassmen. Once he realized that was not going to happen, he said, he started to open up. He’s been mainly playing against Watford during workouts. Elston said that has been a learning experience, because he never had to defend players of Watford’s size who also had his ball-handing ability. (more…)
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This PDF explains what it means to you, the fan driving to the game.
This release explains how the plan was conceived:
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.– Indiana University announced today that a new gameday traffic plan will be implemented for the 2009 Football season. The new plan is the product of a collaborative effort between Indiana University and several key partners.
“I would like to thank President McRobbie and the Board of Trustees for their leadership in focusing us all on the issue of gameday traffic,” said Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass. “I would also like to thank our great partners, including Commissioner Michael W. Reed and the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT); Superintendent Paul E. Whitesell, Ph.D. and the Indiana State Police; Sheriff James L. Kennedy and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department; Chief Michael Diekhoff and the Bloomington Police Department; Captain Jerry Minger and the Indiana University Police Department; Mayor Mark Kruzan and the City of Bloomington; and Gorove-Shade Associates traffic consultants.”
Part four of a 12-part series outlining Indiana football’s opponents this season.
Rich Rodriguez is heading into his second season as Michigan’s head coach. Associated Press
OPPONENT: at Michigan
DATE: Sept. 26
TIME: Noon (more…)
So the mainstream blog network has discovered that, in fact, Indiana does still have a football team. They have uniforms and everything, guys.
Dr. Saturday, part of Yahoo!’s blog network, is taking a look at coaches on the hot seats. As you might guess, Bill Lynch got his own post.
“Bill Lynch’s head-coaching tenure has been fairly free of overtly embarrassing sound bites or motivational tactics, but one quote from his press conference the week after last season’s Northwestern game, responding to a question about nagging delay-of-game penalties, stood out: “When we were getting booed, I was booing too, because it’s unacceptable.” Seriously? You joined in the booing, coach? And this was after what would turn out to be the team’s lone conference victory of the season.”
John M., from Crimson Quarry (one of the better Indiana-related blogs going), was asked for his take.
“As for the numbers, I don’t think there is any doubt that winning six or more games will save Lynch’s job. I find it hard to believe that he would survive a season with two or fewer wins. It’s tougher to handicap three, four or five wins without knowing who IU might beat or how competitive they were in the losses.”
Take this with the appropriate grain of salt, or as me just throwing another log on the fire. I am good either way.
Former Indiana forward Brandon McGee has been dismissed from the team at Auburn, according to this Rivals.com report.
No reason was given. The 6-foot-7 forward from Chicago played one season for the Hoosiers before joining the rest of his freshman class in the exodus that followed Kelvin Sampson’s departure and Tom Crean’s hiring. McGee actually stayed through the spring semester and was one of two players who remained on the roster. He was dismissed, though, for violation of team rules in late May, 2008. Jordan Crawford — He Who Dunked On LeBron — left the team not long after.
Bawa Muniru, one of two incoming Indiana basketball recruits who has yet to be cleared to play this season, has arrived in Bloomington.
He hasn’t been declared eligible by the NCAA — and there’s no timetable for when that might happen — but his guardian said Tuesday that Muniru had “done everything he needs to do to get in and play.”
Brian Privett, a teacher and coach at Madison Academy (near Huntsville, Ala.) who is Muniru’s guardian, said that Muniru flew to Louisville Monday night and was driven to town today. Since he’s not officially here for school, he won’t move into the dorms and will stay with friends of the Privett’s.
Muniru took part in pick up games with other Indiana players Tuesday. Many of those players are bound for home and a few weeks of rest, though, with the second summer session ending this week. But Muniru plans to stay in the Midwest and continue working out with players here (South grad Jordan Hulls, for instance, will still be around.)
Fall classes begin on Aug. 31.
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