Canada takes OC job at Northern Illinois

At least one member of Indiana’s departing football coaching staff managed to land on his feet quickly.

Former IU offensive coordinator Matt Canada said Thursday that he has been hired as the offensive coordinator at Northern Illinois under new coach David Doeren, the former defensive coordinator at Wisconsin. Doeren was one of three coaches to interview for the head coaching position at IU before Kevin Wilson was hired.

“I needed a job and I was really fortunate to land at a top 25 program, which is what they are right now,” Canada said. “They’ve got a bunch of players coming back. It’s a great opportunity for me. It’s really nice to get a job that quickly after getting the rug pulled out from under you here. I’m very appreciative of the opportunity.” (more…)

ScoopTalk: A lack of communication

The chat

By now, you’ve no doubt realized that the live chat is not, well, live. Blame the time zone difference — the thought of an 8 a.m. chat was too hard to imagine going well, no matter our location.

But we’re still going to chat, because we need to. The current state of the basketball team, I am sure, will be a topic of discussion, and perhaps Kevin Wilson’s latest coaching hires.

We’ll start at 1 p.m. ET, 10 a.m. PT. As always, you can find us here.

IU falls to Northern Iowa

LAS VEGAS — Indiana hasn’t lost at Assembly Hall yet, but it hasn’t won away from there either.

The Hoosiers fell 67-61 to Northern Iowa on Wednesday night at the Las Vegas Classic. They rallied back from a 13-point deficit to tie the game, but allowed Northern Iowa to get back-to-back scores to take the lead for good.

Northern Iowa led 42-33 at halftime thanks to eight first-half 3-pointers. Senior guard Kwadzo Ahelegbe hit two of those and finished with a game-high 24 points to lead the Panthers. Junior guard Johnny Moran hit four 3’s and scored 15 points while sophomore foward Jake Koch hit three 3’s in the game and scored 11 points. The Panthers went cold in the second half, hitting just one of seven 3’s, but scored just enough to hold off IU’s comeback.

The Hoosiers got the best combined production they’ve had all season from their forwards. Sophomore Christian Watford led the squad with 23 points and 10 rebounds while sophomore Derek Elston scored a season-high 19 points on 8-for-9 shooting. However, IU’s guards had a brutal day. Maurice Creek, Verdell Jones and Jordan Hulls shot a combined 2-for-18 from the field and totaled 11 points. The Hoosiers got just eight points from their bench and shot just 30.4 percent in the second half.

Discuss: Indiana vs. Northern Iowa

Hagen addresses negative recruiting rumors

So apparently, there’s long been a nasty internet rumor going around about then-Purdue linebackers coach Mark Hagen negative recruiting against Indiana back when then IU coach Terry Hoeppner was sick.

I saw this being discussed on Peegs’ message board (and there might have been a mention of it here, though I don’t recall) and considering that it was apparently a pretty pervasive rumor, I thought Hagen deserved the opportunity to address it and clear the air.

Let me be clear about this. I told Hagen this was something I knew very little about, and that I was not making the accusation, but that it was going around and I wanted him to have the opportunity to address it, and he could feel free to not discuss it if he so desired.

But Hagen was adamant that the rumor was false. He said he had been asked about it before and wanted to make it clear that it never happened.

“Anybody that said I negative recruited is lying,” he said. “Anybody that knows me knows that I’m not that type of person. I don’t need to negative recruit. Go ask any high school coach in Indiana or the state of Illinois. Go ask any coach if I negative recruited against Terry Hoeppner at Indiana and they’ll tell you it’s absolutely a lie.” (more…)

Vote for top 10 IU sports stories of 2010

With the year winding to a close, we’ve put together a top 10 list of the Indiana University sports stories of the year.

The H-T sports staff has made its picks, and it’s schedule to run in the Dec. 26 paper. The top two stories involve basketball and football, but not necessarily in that order.

You can cast your votes for your top 10 list in an online ballot here.


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