Indiana needs three more wins to become bowl-eligible. With week six opponent Virginia sitting at 0-3, it seems probable that Indiana will sweep its non-conference schedule. That means the Hoosiers would need to pick off two Big Ten teams.
It’s important to note that Schlabach has Northwestern going to the Little Ceasars Pizza Bowl (formerly known as the Motor City Bowl), which means he thinks Indiana would finish ahead of the Wildcats (or at least win head-to-head and own the tie-breaker).
By the way: has anyone had Little Ceasars pizza this decade?
Indiana is trying to win at Michigan Stadium for the first time in 42 years, but at least they get to do it with a full squad.
Tuesday’s injury report brought more promise than recent weeks. Freshman running back Darius Willis is off the report. Cornerback Donnell Jones and offensive guard Justin Pagan are both listed as probable. Defensive end Fred Jones and offensive lineman Cody Faulkner have both been upgraded to questionable as has running back Zach Davis-Walker. Linebacker Chad Sherer is now questionable with a hamstring injury, and right tackle James Brewer has joined the injury report with an ankle injury, but he is considered probable. Offensive lineman Alex Perry (ACL) and defensive end Kyle Kozak (shoulder) are again the only players expected to be out.
Moses Morgan, the son of Winston, a former Hoosier, committed to DePaul today.
That leaves Josh Selby, the No. 4 guard in the county, and Brandon Mobley as the two targets remaining on our working list of 2010 prospects. Indiana has an in-home visit scheduled today with Selby (Dustin Dopirak talked to Selby’s mother yesterday about where Indiana stands), and Mobley has a final three of Indiana, Cincinnati and South Carolina.
Mobley is an interesting case. South Carolina took two commitments yesterday, and now has five coming in for 2010. And former IU target Stacey Poole is scheduled to pick this week between Kentucky and South Carolina. Not sure of the Gamecocks’ scholarship situation, and could not find any help online, but the roster lists five seniors on this year’s team.
Bil Lynch’s radio show Monday night was as uneventful as usual, but there were a few mildly interesting responses to questions.
For one thing, the breakdown in blocking Saturday that lead to the block punt on which Akron scored its second touchdown will not discourage Lynch for continuing to use spread punt and the rugby punt.
“What it does is, it’s a spread formation,” Lynch said. “So it spreads everybody out, and you have multiple eligible receivers, so it kind of spreads the defense out. What I think happened is the traditional pro-style punt, what we used to call the spread punt, people found ways to rush the punter. That particularly was what happened to us last year. … When the season was over, we looked at everything we were doing. We just thought it could give us an advantage and take the heat off the punter. What it does is it gives you four gunners down the field. … We have a bunch of guys that can get down the field quicker, and it also slows the rush down a little bit.”
A caller into the radio show asked Lynch if he would be willing to use the triple option offense. It’s been kind to Navy, which had Ohio State on the ropes in the opening week, as well as Georgia Tech and others. Lynch said he likes the offense and considers it tough to defend, but isn’t looking to make a switch. (more…)
Just about every recruiting website out there has reported that Indiana has an in-home visit with Josh Selby on Tuesday. In my quest to independently confirm that, I’ve spoken to the current and former coach of Rivals.com’s No. 4 player in the class of 2010, and came up with some info I’d like to share while I’m waiting on callbacks.
Selby’s current coach at Baltimore’s Lake Clifton-Eastern High School, former Syracuse player and British Basketball League pro Herman “Tree” Harried, confirmed that Indiana is involved in Selby’s recruiting, though he couldn’t state for certain whether an in-home visit was imminent. Though he couldn’t say much about Selby because the 6-foot-2, 183-pound point guard hasn’t played a game at Lake Clifton yet, he loves what he has seen.
“He’s athletic,” Harried said. “He’s very strong, and he plays very mature with his size and his strength. He can put the ball in the basket.”
DeMatha Catholic coach Mike Jones’ praise for Selby was much stronger.
Jones wouldn’t say why Selby left DeMatha — “I can’t say anything about it,” he said — but he did say that Selby might be the best prospect to ever come out of the D.C. suburban superpower.
“I believe he’s the best player in the country,” Jones said. “I think he can do pretty much anything on the court that you needed him to do. He can handle the ball, he can shoot the ball, he can defend the ball, he can rebound the ball, he can pass the ball. He’s as talented guy as we’ve ever had here at DeMatha.”
That’s impressive considering it’s a strong list, thanks to the legacy of former coach Morgan Wooten, a basketball hall-of-famer. Former North Carolina star Joseph Forte and former Kentucky star Keith Bogans are among the better known recent DeMatha stars, and Hall-of-Famer Adrian Dantley is also on the list.
But Jones believes Selby could be special.
“He doesn’t have many weaknesses,” Jones said. “If he has any, I don’t see him having much. He’s a pro waiting to happen. I work all the camps in the summer. I’ve seen every player out there, and I don’t believe there’s a player better than him.”
Indiana is obviously fighting some extremely tough competition. According to internet reports, Selby, who de-committed from Tennessee earlier this year has already had in-home visits from Connecticut, Kansas, Kentucky, Florida State, Baylor and Oregon. The Hoosiers apparently got involved within the last two weeks, and it’s uncertain whether that will hurt their chances.
“I don’t want to say it hurt them, because I don’t want to say anything bad about them,” Harried said. “But it does usually help in recruiting when you’re involved with a guy from the beginning. … I’ll be honest with you. There’s a number of schools that are recruiting him, and he’s trying to treat everyone fairly.”
Saturday’s 12 p.m. game against Michigan will be on ESPN2.
Michigan State at Wisconsin got the ESPN nod.
Indiana’s depth chart just came out and there’s virtually no change from last week. The only differences are that redshirt freshman running back Darius Willis moved up to second-string and cornerback Donnell Jones is listed as the starter now that he’s finally played a game. The rest of the depth chart follows. (more…)
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