Bil Lynch’s radio show Monday night was as uneventful as usual, but there were a few mildly interesting responses to questions.
For one thing, the breakdown in blocking Saturday that lead to the block punt on which Akron scored its second touchdown will not discourage Lynch for continuing to use spread punt and the rugby punt.
“What it does is, it’s a spread formation,” Lynch said. “So it spreads everybody out, and you have multiple eligible receivers, so it kind of spreads the defense out. What I think happened is the traditional pro-style punt, what we used to call the spread punt, people found ways to rush the punter. That particularly was what happened to us last year. … When the season was over, we looked at everything we were doing. We just thought it could give us an advantage and take the heat off the punter. What it does is it gives you four gunners down the field. … We have a bunch of guys that can get down the field quicker, and it also slows the rush down a little bit.”
A caller into the radio show asked Lynch if he would be willing to use the triple option offense. It’s been kind to Navy, which had Ohio State on the ropes in the opening week, as well as Georgia Tech and others. Lynch said he likes the offense and considers it tough to defend, but isn’t looking to make a switch. (more…)
Just about every recruiting website out there has reported that Indiana has an in-home visit with Josh Selby on Tuesday. In my quest to independently confirm that, I’ve spoken to the current and former coach of Rivals.com’s No. 4 player in the class of 2010, and came up with some info I’d like to share while I’m waiting on callbacks.
Selby’s current coach at Baltimore’s Lake Clifton-Eastern High School, former Syracuse player and British Basketball League pro Herman “Tree” Harried, confirmed that Indiana is involved in Selby’s recruiting, though he couldn’t state for certain whether an in-home visit was imminent. Though he couldn’t say much about Selby because the 6-foot-2, 183-pound point guard hasn’t played a game at Lake Clifton yet, he loves what he has seen.
“He’s athletic,” Harried said. “He’s very strong, and he plays very mature with his size and his strength. He can put the ball in the basket.”
DeMatha Catholic coach Mike Jones’ praise for Selby was much stronger.
Jones wouldn’t say why Selby left DeMatha — “I can’t say anything about it,” he said — but he did say that Selby might be the best prospect to ever come out of the D.C. suburban superpower.
“I believe he’s the best player in the country,” Jones said. “I think he can do pretty much anything on the court that you needed him to do. He can handle the ball, he can shoot the ball, he can defend the ball, he can rebound the ball, he can pass the ball. He’s as talented guy as we’ve ever had here at DeMatha.”
That’s impressive considering it’s a strong list, thanks to the legacy of former coach Morgan Wooten, a basketball hall-of-famer. Former North Carolina star Joseph Forte and former Kentucky star Keith Bogans are among the better known recent DeMatha stars, and Hall-of-Famer Adrian Dantley is also on the list.
But Jones believes Selby could be special.
“He doesn’t have many weaknesses,” Jones said. “If he has any, I don’t see him having much. He’s a pro waiting to happen. I work all the camps in the summer. I’ve seen every player out there, and I don’t believe there’s a player better than him.”
Indiana is obviously fighting some extremely tough competition. According to internet reports, Selby, who de-committed from Tennessee earlier this year has already had in-home visits from Connecticut, Kansas, Kentucky, Florida State, Baylor and Oregon. The Hoosiers apparently got involved within the last two weeks, and it’s uncertain whether that will hurt their chances.
“I don’t want to say it hurt them, because I don’t want to say anything bad about them,” Harried said. “But it does usually help in recruiting when you’re involved with a guy from the beginning. … I’ll be honest with you. There’s a number of schools that are recruiting him, and he’s trying to treat everyone fairly.”
Saturday’s 12 p.m. game against Michigan will be on ESPN2.
Michigan State at Wisconsin got the ESPN nod.
Indiana’s depth chart just came out and there’s virtually no change from last week. The only differences are that redshirt freshman running back Darius Willis moved up to second-string and cornerback Donnell Jones is listed as the starter now that he’s finally played a game. The rest of the depth chart follows. (more…)
As for a viewpoint from the Akron media on Indiana’s game Saturday, here’s a link to the Beacon-Journal’s coverage.
Reagan was president the last time Indiana beat Michigan. And the last time the Hoosiers won in the Big House? That was the Rose Bowl season, 1967. So yeah, LBJ was in office.
When the Hoosiers travel to Ann Arbor on Saturday, they’ll be trying to end some major losing streaks. That last win over the Wolverines came in 1987, and Michigan has won the last 15 meetings. That’s the same amount of fruitless trips the Hoosiers have had to Michigan Stadium without a victory. All told, Michigan leads the series 50-9, and the Wolverines have won 31 of the last 32 meetings.
AKRON, Ohio — Ray Fisher recorded the first game-opening kickoff return touchdown in Indiana history and Hoosiers scored 28 straight points after giving up a blocked punt to beat Akron 38-21 at the Zips’ InfoCision Stadium on Saturday night.
It was a much easier victory than the first two the Hoosiers managed this season, both of which came down to the final play.
“We’ve been waiting on running the victory formation,” tight end Max Dedmond said, “where we can knee the ball down. It was nice. We were all excited to get in that formation. It was nice.”
Quarterback Ben Chappell overcame a shaky first half to throw for 163 yards and two touchdowns and the running game had another impressive week. Redshirt freshman Darius Willis rushed for 66 yards and a touchdown and sophomore Trea Burgess had 59 yards and a score. The Hoosiers sacked Akron quarterback Matt Rodgers three times and harassed him into three interceptions, two of which were picked by senior safety Austin Thomas.
Fisher’s return was for 91 yards. It was Indiana’s first kickoff return for a touchdown since 2007.
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