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Rivals.com’s Tom Dienhart is reporting that New Mexico defensive coordinator Doug Mallory and Nebraska linebackers coach Mike Ekeler will be named Indiana’s new co-defensive coordinators. Mallory is, of course, the son of former Indiana coach Bill Mallory.
Before his time at New Mexico, the younger Mallory also coached the secondary at LSU, Oklahoma State, Maryland and Indiana under his father. He was also the defensive coordinator at Western Kentucky.
Ekeler also coached at LSU and was a graduate assistant at Oklahoma early in new IU coach Kevin Wilson’s career there.
UPDATE, 5:49 p.m.: Both Mallory and Ekeler have refused to comment on their potential hires, though neither flatly denied the reports.
“I don’t think anything’s been released,” Mallory said. “Nothing’s been finalized yet, so I can’t comment on anything. I have not been hired and I’m still employed at the University of New Mexico.”
Ekeler did not immediately return a voicemail from the Herald-Times, but he issued a similar statement to the Nebraska media.
“I can’t comment until it all becomes official at Indiana,” Ekeler told the Lincoln Journal-Star.
Indiana opened Friday’s game with a 24-0 run and never looked back, cruising to an 88-54 win over an overmatched Southern Illinois-Edwardsville team in front of 11,908 at Assembly Hall in the Hoosiers first game in the Las Vegas Classic.
The Hoosiers play South Carolina State at 4 p.m. Sunday at Assembly Hall before leaving for two games in Las Vegas.
Sophomore forward Christian Watford scored 18 points and Derek Elston had 14. The Hoosiers shot 61.5 percent from the field and held SIU-Edwardsville to 33.3 percent.
This victory matched IU’s 100-66 win over Northwestern State for the lagest margin of victory of the season. It eclipsed the win over Wright State on Nov. 14 for IU’s highest shooting percentage.
The Hoosiers led by as many as 41 points.
So you didn’t like Legends and Leaders as the Big Ten’s football division names? Neither did anyone else, which apparently has caused Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany to reconsider.
Delany said in an interview with Chicago radio station WGN the league could change the names as soon as just after the first of the year.
Although the names were selected to highlight the Big Ten’s history, they have “to a great extent it’s fallen on deaf ears,” Delany said.
“I think we have enough experience with names, and expansion and development of divisions, to know that you never, rarely, get 90 percent approval rating,” Delany said during the interview. “But to get a 90 percent non-approval rating was, you know, really surprising.”
Read the complete story here.
We’ll get the basics out of the way first. Indiana junior guard Verdell Jones is still day-to-day with the ankle injury that kept him out most of the second half of Saturday’s game with Kentucky. Second, Indiana coach Tom Crean said finals week practices have been productive, and that rebounding and boxing out have been the focus. Third, his biggest concern about Southern Illinois-Edwardsville in today’s 7 p.m. game is its ability to put a full squad of shooters on the floor.
With that out of the way, let’s get to Tom Crean’s suggestions about altering the Big Ten schedule so there aren’t league games during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Crean was asked during Thursday’s media availability session if he believed all conference games should be played after Jan. 1. He said first he thought the conference should shorten its schedule from 18 games to 16, but if that isn’t an option, he’d rather see a game or two played at the beginning of December sometime before the beginning of finals when the students are still on campus.
His rationale follows: (more…)
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