Q&A with Jeremiah Rivers

By   |   Thursday, Sep. 4, 2008 - 5:38 PM   |   Comments Off

Jeremiah RiversApparently reporters will have the chance to speak to a few Indiana basketball players each week leading up the Midnight Madness on Oct. 17.

Today we chatted with transfers Jeremiah Rivers (from Georgetown) and Devan Dumes (from Vincennes). They’re the two most experienced newcomers on the team, Rivers having played two years for the Hoyas and Dumes having started his career at Eastern Michigan.

Here’s what Rivers had to say.

When did you get to campus?

About two weeks ago. Came in early, get familiar with Indiana.

Has the team met yet? What have you been up to?

Yesterday was the first day of official workouts. Outisde of that we were just doing what we want on our own. Working out with (strength and conditioning) Coach (Jeff) Wat (Watkinson) if we want, getting shots up and running and conditioning. Just getting ready and getting better.

What was the first day of workouts like?

Bunch of drills. Drills after drills. It was real hard, real fun. Getting the players, the skills right.

Were you out there together?

No, we split it up in different sections. Big men with big men, guards with guards, small forwards with small forwards. It was a good mix up.


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Indiana-Murray State football preview

By   |   Thursday, Sep. 4, 2008 - 4:49 PM   |   1 comment

Check out Jared’s preview of the game by clicking here.



We be chattin’

By   |   Thursday, Sep. 4, 2008 - 8:56 AM   |   2 comments

It’s a hectic Thursday already, but we’ll try to squeeze in a chat anyway. You can join it — or submit a question early — by clicking here.

I think Doug will have an announcement to make near the end of chat. But I won’t steal his considerable thunder.

Later today we’ll get a chance to interview two Indiana basketball players when Jeremiah Rivers and Devan Dumes are available.  Looking forward to hearing what they’ll have to say.



Big Ten objects to Pizza Express

By   |   Wednesday, Sep. 3, 2008 - 5:46 PM   |   18 comments

5:50 p.m. update — click on the link at the end of this post for a more detailed story from H-T reporter Mercedes Rodriguez than we had earlier today.

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A Bloomington pizza institution, the Big Ten Bargain from Pizza Express, has drawn the ire of the Big Ten Conference, which says the long-standing name for a special that includes a large pizza, breadsticks and soda infringes on the conference’s intellectual property.

The conference has demanded that Pizza Express stop using the name Big Ten Bargain.

For the full story, click here.



IU releases basketball schedule

By   |   Wednesday, Sep. 3, 2008 - 2:01 PM   |   7 comments

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Here’s the release from IU to accompany the schedule:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana University men’s basketball team could play as many as 11 teams which played in the 2008 NCAA Tournament during the coming season. The Big Ten Conference released its schedule today with times and television assignments listed for all 18 league games and will finalize times and television for each school’s non-conference schedule later this week. Each of the Hoosiers 30 regular season games will appear either on the Big Ten Network, CBS, ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU. IU will play 15 games in Assembly Hall, four games on a neutral court and 11 road games.

“Considering our circumstances, we are very thankful to have the opportunity to be on national television the number of times that we will be this season,” said first-year Coach Tom Crean. “The day-to-day coverage that our program will get via the Big Ten Network is so important for us. Not many programs have a 24-hour vehicle to exclusively reach so many alumni, family, friends and fans. We are very fortunate that there is so much interest in Indiana basketball.”


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Rejoice! For ye shall know the schedule

By   |   Wednesday, Sep. 3, 2008 - 11:08 AM   |   6 comments

Finally.

This means Indiana might release its full schedule any second.

I eagerly await your e-mail, J.D. Campbell.

Looks like the Hoosiers will once again open the conference season in Iowa City, this time on Jan. 3. Should be warm. Also, the Hoosiers play Purdue just once again. This time at Mackey Arena.

Here’s the release . . . and the full Big Ten men’s basketball television schedule can be accessed by clicking right here.

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Park Ridge, Ill.—For the second consecutive year, every men’s basketball conference regular-season and tournament game will be nationally televised. The Big Ten Conference’s media agreements result in over 100 games appearing nationally on CBS Sports, ESPN, ESPN2 or the Big Ten Network.


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An awkward experience

By   |   Wednesday, Sep. 3, 2008 - 9:07 AM   |   22 comments

I’ve been slowly working my way through the film of Indiana’s 31-13 win against Western Kentucky. And by film, I mean that I DVRed the game and have been watching it instead of Seinfeld reruns. No laughs for me.

I’ll admit, as I have admitted many times before, to not being a very typical sports fans. My job necessitates a different outlook on things. But I have to tell you that I find watching the Big Ten Network incredibly awkward.

First, let me start with the commercials. About 70 percent of the commercials broadcast during the game were for Big Ten schools. These spots implored me to go to Michigan and Wisconsin and Indiana and Michigan State. There was triumphant music and slow-motion video of the sun rising over campus and pretty girls smiling and people trying to cure cancer and the whole deal. I was so moved that I have since applied to each of the above schools.


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