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Crean uncertain Jones will play

All Tom Crean could say about Verdell Jones’ knee injury Wednesday is that there isn’t much he can say.

“The update on Verdell Jones is that he’s making progress,” Crean said. “He works every day with our doctors and trainer Tim Garl to get better and that’s the extent of the update.”

Asked later if that meant that it was still a fluid situation and he can’t say for certain when he would return, Crean confirmed that was what he meant.

“He really is making progress,” Crean said. “For me to go above and beyond that, I don’t want to do and really shouldn’t.” (more…)


Taylor: “Michigan was one of my dream schools”

In the end, Raymon Taylor said, it was just too hard for a kid who grew up in Detroit to say no to Michigan.

As was reported initially this weekend at AnnArbor.com, the four-star defensive back who was verbally committed to Indiana until and even after the firing of Bill Lynch decided to instead commit to the Wolverines this weekend.

“I think they have a great program,” Taylor said. “It was one of my dream schools. It was just the best situation for me and my family. It wasn’t anything against Indiana, I just think Michigan has a better thing going for me and my family.”

Ann Arbor is less than an hour from Detroit, while Bloomington takes closer to six hours. And of course, for as down as it’s been, Michigan is still one of the flagship football schools of the midwest. (more…)


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Indiana coach Tom Crean and Jordan Hulls talk on the bench during Sunday’s game against Iowa. David Snodgress | Herald-Times

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Verdell Jones watches Sunday’s game from the bench. David Snodgress | Herald-Times

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Crean: We missed Jones’ leadership

After watching the film of Sunday’s loss to Iowa, Tom Crean got a better idea of just how short-handed he was.

The Indiana coach said that as much as the Hoosiers missed junior guard Verdell Jones’ 12.9 points per game, they missed his leadership even more. He also added Maurice Creek into the equation and said there was a big difference in the team considering it was playing without two “excellent players,” that were there against Michigan.

The following is the transcript from Crean’s 10 minutes on the Big Ten teleconference this morning, with the exception of an answer to a question from ESPN.com’s Pat Forde about radio show callers that stemmed from comments from North Carolina’s Roy Williams and a question at the end about the Jared Sullinger-JaJuan Johnson matchup. If you’re interested, you could check that out on BigTen.org. But everything else follows. (more…)


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