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The powers that be — and by that I mean Korman — tell me I need to get out of the office more. And because what would be the most productive use of my time (hanging out at Assembly Hall, watching practice and talking to players) isn’t allowed by the IU powers that be, we’ve decided I should instead go to some Indiana high school games and check out some of the players IU is recruiting for the 2010, 2011 and 2012 classes.
So this is how we’re going to start this. I’ll try to get to as many games as possible that are in the state (in most cases, within a two-hour drive) talk to some people and fill you in on some of my impressions of their games. Disclaimer. I’ve seen a decent bit of basketball in six plus years of covering Division I , but that being said, the highest level of basketball I ever played in was a high school rec league and I offer no illusions that I could coach at a level higher than that, so take everything I offer in these with that considerable grain of salt. What I say here is meant to inform and start some form of discussion, but shouldn’t be confused with any sort of professional be-all, end-all evaluation. (more…)
Indiana safety Nick Polk will play alongside defensive end Jammie Kirlew in the Texas vs. The Nation game next week. From IU sports information:
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Safety Nick Polk will participate in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Texas vs. the Nation Challenge on Saturday, Feb. 6. The fourth annual contest will kick off at noon MST at Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas.
Polk joins teammate Jammie Kirlew on the Nation squad. Florida Atlantic head coach Howard Schnellenberger will coach the team.
The Milwaukee native closed out his Hoosier career with 40 starts, 31 at free safety and nine at wide receiver, and appeared in 43 overall games. He posted 179 tackles, 131 solo, six tackles for loss, five interceptions, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in his three years on defense. Polk caught 33 passes for 335 yards and one touchdown in his lone season at wideout.
He finished the 2009 campaign with 53 tackles, 42 solo, in 11 starts. Polk added two interceptions, two tackles for loss, four pass breakups and returned one kick for 29 yards.
Kentucky, the last undefeated team this season, lost to South Carolina tonight.
The 1976 Hoosiers will remain the last team to win the national championship without losing a single game.
Savor it, Indiana fans. Here’s what Sports Illustrated had to say about the title-clinching game.
Somewhere, Bob Knight might be smiling.
Indiana women’s basketball coach Felisha Legette-Jack noted after last Thursday’s win over Northwestern that IU men’s coach Tom Crean had helped her team make a few adjustments to its defense.
While she declined to share those details after Tuesday’s practice, Legette-Jack said the two basketball coaches enjoy exchanging ideas.
“I just want everybody to know we communicate, and we’re in this thing together,” she said. “He wants to be great, I want to be great. We talk with each other about certain ways that he plays defense, and I steal ideas from him. He steals ideas from me, and I just think that he is an unbelievable basketball coach.
“I have a lot of respect for him, and I’m so glad that he allows me to sit in on his meetings and talks with me. I hope I can add something to him in his quest to be great, too.”
Legette-Jack said she has always worked in an environment of cooperation between the men’s and women’s basketball programs dating back to her days at Syracuse as well as Michigan State.
“You have Boeheim over at Syracuse and Bernie Fine and Mike Hopkins and Louis Orr, you’d be crazy not to utilize that,” she said. “I keep stepping up and sometimes the doors get closed in your face, but Tom Crean not only opens the door, he gives you his information, and it’s an honor.”
I just asked Josh Selby’s mother Maeshon Witherspoon — via text message, her preferred method of communication — if the internet report saying that the No. 4 recruit in the 2010 class is down to Kansas and Arizona are true. She answered with a one-word response that will be at least slightly comforting to Indiana fans.
I then asked if Indiana is still involved and what if any visits are scheduled. That query has not yet received a response.
This is not to say that Adam Zagoria’s blog post is incorrect, because Selby and Witherspoon might very well have indicated to somebody that they’re leaning in that direction. Published quotes from Witherspoon seem to suggest that Indiana is the darkhorse in a race that includes Kansas, Arizona, Kentucky, Syracuse and Connecticut.
But the point is, they’re not making an official trim-down just yet.
[2:49 p.m. UPDATE]
Witherspoon responded with a text that said “Everyone who is still on the list has a chance.” When asked if that list was still the same, including Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, Indiana, Connecticut and Syracuse, she responded, “Yes.”
So the Hoosiers aren’t out yet. At least not officially.
Indiana left tackle Rodger Saffold played in the East-West Shrine Game last weekend, one of the little brothers to this week’s Senior Bowl.
Generally for second-line players, the Shrine Game is, nonetheless, visited by many a NFL scout. It appears that Saffold played very well all week.
Rodger Saffold, OT, Indiana. Saffold arrived in Orlando with questions about his quickness, athleticism, intensity and strength. From Day 1, he shined on the field. He showed the quickness and athleticism to slide to the corner and cut off edge rushers, keeping his knees bent and blocking with good leverage. Saffold proved he has what it takes to play left tackle in the NFL. He certainly moved into third-round consideration, and he could go as high as the second round with a string of good pre-draft workouts.
Rodger Saffold, T, Indiana–“he pulled up his draft grade at least 2 rounds with us” and “surprised me with his strong footwork”.
T Rodger Saffold, Indiana. I watched him whenever he was on the field because of the high marks he received in practices and because the 49ers need a tackle. He definitely has quick feet. He was able to slide well and reach the second level quickly on running plays. However, he seemed to get off balance too much in pass protection, which allowed his opponent to pull him forward and then get past Saffold on the edge. Saffold also was called for a false start.
Indiana guard Verdell Jones III and Indiana forward Tom Pritchard try to block the shot of Iowa forward Jarryd Cole during the first half Sunday. Chris Howell | Herald-Times
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