Amidst charges of reneged scholarships, Glass reiterates all football commitments will be honored

Even when Shafer Johnson heard that Bill Lynch was being fired, he never considered leaving the Indiana football program.

“As long as they don’t give up on me, I won’t give up on them,” he said days after the announcement.

But on Sunday, the senior defensive tackle from Southfield Christian in Michigan said that new head coach Kevin Wilson told him that he had, in fact, given up on him.

“Coach Wilson told me I’m not a good fit for their scheme,” Johnson said. “I’m pretty much no good going there.”

Johnson said Wilson and other members of the coaching staff delivered the news on Sunday after an official visit to IU. He was asked if Wilson gave him the option to come to Indiana and accept the scholarship he had been offered by the previous administration, but simply made it clear to him that there wouldn’t be much playing time for him if he did. Johnson said he was not given such an option. (more…)

Crean, Creek discuss injury

Maurice Creek said he feels better this time. The sophomore guard’s injury isn’t as bad, as evidence by the fact that he walked— albeit with a huge, mostly immobilizing brace in his right leg — into the Assembly Hall media room for his first meeting with the media since learning that he will be facing knee surgery for the second straight season. This time its for a stress fracture in his right patella.

He’s probably missing the season and he’s likely in for another long stretch of rehabilitation, but it won’t be nearly as long as the one he suffered through last year when he suffered a displacing fracture of his left knee.

“I feel a little bit better about this one just because I went through it last year,” Creek said. “Like I said, it’s going to take time, but I’m mentally prepared.”

Creek seemed to be in decent spirits and appeared to have an understanding that this injury will be much easier to work through. (more…)

SI’s Mandel gives IU hire of Wilson an “A”

Sports Illustrated’s college football “Insider” Stewart Mandel gave his take on the recent slate of off-season coaching hires and gave an “A” grade to only two programs: Indiana and Stanford.

Mandel led off his ratings with the Hoosiers’ hiring of Kevin Wilson, writing:

Indiana (Kevin Wilson, Oklahoma offensive coordinator): A

Wilson represents the best of all worlds for the long-dormant Hoosiers. He brings the experience of having spent the past nine years working for a perennial BCS contender. He has Big Ten and Midwest familiarity from his time at Northwestern and Miami (Ohio). And he’s an acclaimed offensive coordinator who will maximize Indiana’s underrated skill talent.

It’s just one guy’s opinion, but it’s a well-informed and influential guy’s opinion.


Crean on Twitter: Creek will have surgery on Thursday

Indiana coach Tom Crean just posted on his Twitter account that sophomore guard Maurice Creek will in fact have surgery to repair the stress fracture in his right patella on Thursday. What that means is difficult to tell. An orthopedic surgeon I spoke to earlier said a stress fracture in the knee tends to not require surgery, and is a 4-8 week recovery. Maybe this makes it shorter. Maybe this makes it longer.

Feel free to speculate, I suppose, because with that, I have no idea.

IU soccer says hello, goodbye

The Indiana soccer team said hello to one new player Tuesday, then said goodbye to a departing senior.

Andy Adlard, who was first team All-Big Ten in 2010 after earning second-team honors in 2008 and 2009, was drafted by the Columbus Crew in the third round of the MLS Supplemental Draft Tuesday afternoon.

Adlard finished his four-year IU career with 19 goals and 17 assists. He will join Hoosier teammate Rich Balchan, taken in the first round of last week’s MLS SuperDraft, in Columbus.

“I am thankful and thrilled that, thanks to the Columbus Crew, I get a chance to achieve a dream I have had since I was a little kid,” Adlard said in an IU release. “I couldn’t be happier.”

Meanwhile, IU also sent out a press release announcing that A.J. Corrado has transferred from Southern Methodist University to become a member of the soccer team. Corrado, a Zionsville native and former high school teammate of the Hoosiers’ Harrison Petts, enrolled in school this semester and will be eligible to play immediately. He has three seasons of eligibility left after recording one goal and one assist while appearing in 18 games as a member of the Mustangs.

“We are very excited to have A.J. join us at IU,” Indiana coach Todd Yeagley said in the release. “A.J. is very talented with the ball at his feet and will certainly give our attack a boost as we prepare for next fall. His ability to unbalance defenders off the dribble along with his precise distribution will help us become a more creative and explosive attacking unit. He is a team player who excels on the field and in the classroom.”

One doctor’s opinion: Creek won’t be out nearly as long this time

I’m waiting to put something in the paper until I get a second opinion, but I thought it best to share the optimistic outlook for Maurice Creek’s knee provided by a local orthopedic surgeon.

Dr. Timothy Steiner, an orthopedic surgeon at Orthopedics of Southern Indiana — who it must be noted, has not seen an x-ray, MRI or any other privileged information regarding Creek — said that based on what he’s learned from news reports, this injury shouldn’t be nearly as taxing as last year’s knee fracture. He said it’s conceivable that Creek could return by the end of the season, though he will certainly be cutting it close.

“These are night and day in terms of severity and night and day in terms of treatment,” Steiner said. “One is long. The other is non-surgical, a quick rehab and he will be feeling much better on the other side. … This kind of thing typically takes a 4-8 week time period to heal and then there’s some reconditioning to get him back on the court.” (more…)

VIDEO: Harris can fly

This video comes from last week’s Flying to the Hoop event in Ohio. Yeah, Gary Harris can fly. That’s real.


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