Indiana-Michigan pregame

So after a dozen or so consecutive perfect days for football, and in the middle of a drought, it rains the day of the big game. That’s Indiana football.

But the weather is now actually pretty good for football here, as kickoff approaches. A bit raw, but not cold. And the students seem oblivious — for some reason.

Suffice to say that bacchanalia is proceeding with even greater gusto than usual south of 17th Street.

Amid the throngs, sorority sisters were seen running pass patterns along Woodlawn Avenue. They completed a few throws, too.

There is certainly Maize and Blue in evidence, but the crowd is overwhelmingly crimson-clad, which hasn’t always been the case for past Michigan games in Bloomington.

Fans are filtering in slowly, but there are already people sitting in the far corners of the stands. The game is indeed sold out.

And this game should entertain the fans, if nothing else. One would think there will be points aplenty.

And let’s face it, Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson has been worth the price of admission alone, so far this season.

Zeller to be among visitors

Indiana verbal commitment Austin Etherington has told several outlets, including the Indiana Daily Student, that his Indiana Elite AAU teammate Cody Zeller will be among the recruits in Bloomington for an unofficial visit on Saturday, coinciding with the Indiana football team’s game against Michigan. Another source confirmed that Zeller would in fact be making the trip.

Zeller, the five-star forward from Washington High School, has narrowed his colleges choices to Indiana, Butler and North Carolina. He has official visits scheduled for Butler next weekend, North Carolina the weekend of Oct. 15 and Indiana the weekend of Oct. 29.

Among the other players confirmed to be visiting this weekend are Etherington, La Lumiere forward Hanner Perea, Hamilton Southeastern guard Gary Harris, Lawrence Central swingman Jeremy Hollowell, Park Tudor point guard Yogi Ferrell and Heritage Christian guard Basil Smotherman.

IU-Michigan game closer to sellout

From IU Sports Info:


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass announced that as of the Friday close of the ticket office (6 p.m.) very few tickets remain available for Saturday’s game between Indiana and the 19th-ranked Michigan Wolverines. Those limited tickets will go on sale Saturday morning in the north end of Assembly Hall at 9 a.m. ET.

“We will sell out,” Glass predicted. “The only question is when.”   (more…)

Video: McClain on Hoosiers

Not a whole lot groundbreaking here, but assistant coach Steve McClain talked to IU’s J.D. Campbell for this video.

IU’s other athletes to take the field

The vast majority of Indiana’s athletes never get a chance to take the field in front of 50,000 fans. Outside of the football and men’s basketball team, few of them ever see a tenth of that.

But on Saturday, they’ll get the chance, if only briefly. Indiana athletic director Fred Glass said that before Saturday’s game against Michigan, at the time before the game  that the school’s freshmen in attendance usually run across the field, it will be the rest of the school’s student athletes that dash through Memorial Stadium.

“It’s kind of keeping with our 24 sports, one team theme,” Glass said. “And I know a lot of our teams and a lot of our athletes are jacked up about this.”

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Indiana is expecting a sellout for this Saturday’s game against Michigan. Chris Howell | Herald-Times


Freeland still out, Jones probable

Kicker Nick Freeland will miss his third straight game with a hip injury according to IU’s injury report Thursday. However, most of the other players who were in any sort of jeopardy will apparently play.

Safety Donnell Jones, who has practiced with a yellow jersey most of this week, is listed as probable with a knee injury. Senior linebacker Tyler Replogle, who also practiced in a yellow jersey after missing last week’s game with a concussion, is not listed on the injury report.

Safety Chris Adkins, who was still on crutches this week with an ankle injury, is of course, still listed as out.

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