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Leary faces 17 felony counts

I was chasing this a bit after the game and couldn’t come up with anything, but the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette is all over the story.

Todd Leary, a former Indiana player and current color analyst on radio broadcasts, faces 17 felony charges for his part in a scheme to misappropriate real estate title funds.

This story is, as you’ll see, multi-layered.

According to court documents, Leary’s former teammate, Brian Evans, cooperated with state investigators to uncover the scheme.

Leary played basketball for coach Bob Knight’s Hoosiers from 1990 to 1994; the team advanced to the NCAA Final Four in 1992.

Leary once worked for former title insurance broker Joseph Garretson, who pleaded guilty this week in Allen Superior Court to conversion or misappropriation of title insurance escrow funds, corrupt business influence and unlawful loan origination activities in a scheme that court documents say totaled $2.7 million in losses.

IU police arrested Leary – an analyst for the Indiana University Radio Network – on Thursday evening, and he was booked into the Monroe County Jail in Bloomington about 6:45 p.m., 15 minutes before IU’s home game against Purdue.

Leary, 39, of Carmel, is accused of conspiring with Garretson between July 2008 and February 2009 to commit a variety of felonies, including conspiracy to commit conversion or misappropriation of title insurance escrow funds, conspiracy to commit theft and conspiracy to corrupt business influence. The majority of the charges are Class C felonies, with penalties of up to four years in prison each.

We’ll obviously have more on this story tomorrow. I believe Leary is actually an employee of Learfield Communications and not IU, but clearly the university has significant say in who broadcasts its games. They’ll be looking for a replacement.


Purdue 78, Indiana 75

A flag.

Tonight I am reminded of movie franchises that use the same generic theme and tweak the storyline just enough for fans to have a little bit of interest in the next offering. Yes, I’m looking at you National Lampoon and American Pie.

Indiana lost. Late. Again.

Verdell Jones got a decent look to tie the game, but his deep 3-pointer hit off the back of the rim and bounced high into the air and away from where it needed to land.

Prior to that Indiana had allowed a 9-0 run after leading 69-66, missing three front-ends on 1-and-1s. The variation on the theme for this night was that Jordan Hulls and Jones missed those free throws; they’re usually reliable.

Purdue’s veteran team calmly pushed to victory.

IU fans must feel as though they were made to watch the latest installment of the American Pie series. No one deserves that.

Of course the difference is that the Hoosiers are learning and building and clearly getting better. The American Pie people are simply bilking a trite concept for more than it should ever be worth.

We’re waiting for interviews. We’ll have more basketball-related analysis as the night goes on.

Here’s a picture of Kelsey Barlow, a Purdue freshman, demonstrating what to do if you get Buccetto’s pizza stuck in your throat.

And, less exciting but perhaps more revealing, a box score.

[9:30 UPDATE]

Here’s Matt Painter, the Purdue coach.

He thinks his team got “caught up in the emotion” a bit and didn’t carry out assignments on ball screens in the first half. Thus Tom Pritchard’s ability to get easy lay ins in the first half.

Down the stretch, Painter leaned on his three junior star players and they made plays.

The key, Painter believed going into the game, was the rebounding battle. The Boilermakers won it by four, and won on a late possession. That’s not coincidental, he offers.

Assembly Hall is the toughest venue in the Big Ten, Painter says.

Purdue held Tom Pritchard scoreless in the second half after he had a season-high 13 in the first. That was the product of better assignment basketball, not a switch in how the Boilermakers defended.

AUDIO: Matt Painter talks about winning despite shaky defense

AUDIO: Tom Crean talks about not getting enough stops

AUDIO: Verdell Jones calls his missed 3-point attempt “selfish”

AUDIO: Jeremiah Rivers says the Hoosiers are “right there.”

Jordan Hulls.


Purdue at Indiana: Discuss it here


Recruits headed to the Hall

It appears that 2012 recruits Jeremy Hollowell, Jared Drew and Kellon Thomas are all headed to Bloomington tonight for the Purdue game.

This comes from the Twitter feeds of Hollowell and AAU coach Chris Hawkins.


Mells not AWOL and more

Yes, Ashlee Mells is still suspended. No, she is not wandering aimlessly around south central Indiana.

IU women’s basketball coach Felisha Legette-Jack said after Wednesday evening’s practice that the idea that Mells was AWOL was a bit of a misunderstanding. While she did not know where Mells was during last Thursday’s game against Wisconsin, Legette-Jack said she didn’t know where her son was at that time either, but that didn’t mean he was missing and ditto for Mells, who may or may not return to the floor this season.

“Ashlee’s working her way back towards us,” Legette-Jack said. “It’s a good thing.
“Sometimes you’ve got to take care of the kid as a person before you can take care of the kid as a student-athlete. That’s one thing we feel strongly about. These kids have to be able to leave us and become somebody. That’s the most important thing to me, and we’re working towards that.”

On the subject of missing players, in case you missed it, Sasha Bernard has apparently transferred to South Florida. All indications are the transfer was simply a case of homesickness.

In other news of note, Sasha Chaplin was without a walking boot for the first time in a month at Wednesday’s practice, but not fully participating. Legette-Jack expects her to participate fully today and then the foot injury — likely a stress fracture, though IU won’t say — will be re-evaluated. But when will she take the court again in a game?

“It’s good to see she’s working toward getting back,” Legette-Jack said. “Our hope is to have her ready by March, and anything before that will be icing on the cake.”


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