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Amayo recruitment a bit overblown

Indiana’s recruitment of Kelvin Amayo is not as advanced as reports have suggested, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

The 6-foot-4 guard from NIA Prep in Newark, N.J. told Inside the Hall on Monday that Indiana had offered him a scholarship. That is not true.

Indiana has 12 scholarships set for next season and does have one open after Guy-Marc Michel was declared ineligible. But it seems clear that if Indiana does use that scholarship, it will be on a big man.


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VanHoose de-commits, chooses Northwestern

Nick VanHoose, a three-star defensive back from Graham High School in Urbana, Ohio, has de-committed from Indiana and committed to Northwestern, he said Monday evening.

VanHoose said after former Indiana coach Bill Lynch was fired that he was committed to “the school and the facilities,” but wanted to meet with the coaching staff before deciding if he was completely committed. He began exploring other options and he said his high school coach told him Northwestern was interested. VanHoose said he initially didn’t think he could get into the prestigious Evanston, Ill., school but that he qualified and was offered a scholarship. He took a visit this weekend and determined that it was an even better fit for him than Indiana was.

“It felt like a good fit for me,” he said. “That’s nothing against the new Indiana coach or anything like that. I just felt like it was more me.”

VanHoose said his conversations with new IU coach Kevin Wilson had been good, and that was part of the reason he decided to make his decision quickly.

“He sounds like a really good guy and a great coach,” VanHoose said. “I felt like I was just going to go to Northwestern and I wanted to give IU as much time as possible to get another recruit.”


Glass OK with Wilson coaching

Kevin Wilson will be taking some time away from Bloomington to work for his old boss at the Fiesta Bowl, but his new boss said he doesn’t have any problem with it.

At Wilson’s introductory press conference, Indiana athletic director Fred Glass did not seem fazed by the idea of the Hoosiers’ new head football coach working on Oklahoma’s offensive staff in the Jan. 1 game. He said Monday that he told Wilson before the job was his that he was welcome to coach in the game if he earned the position.

“I told him, ‘I want you all in at Indiana from Day 1 if this works out,'” Glass said. “‘But I’m open to anything you’d need to do with your old team.'”

Glass said it was fine by him for three reasons.

“No. 1, I appreciate loyalty,” Glass said. “He’s been there for 9 years at Oklahoma, Bob Stoops gave him an opportunity there. If Oklahoma sees value in him continuing to coach with them and he wants to do it, I admire his loyalty and as an institution, I think that’s something Indiana University ought to honor. No. 2, there’s very little downside to it. Kevin’s clearly all in at Indiana. The guy’s been working like crazy. He’s been living here since the announcement. He’s clearly all in with us. Plus, it’s not like we’re preparing for a bowl game. It’s a fairly quiet time, so we don’t lose much. And lastly, there’s a certain notoriety that he’s so highly thought of by Oklahoma that they’ve taken the extraordinary step of letting him continue to coach in a major bowl game. When you take all of that together, I don’t have a problem with it.”


Legends and Leaders … your thoughts

The Big Ten announced today it will name its football divisions “Legends” and “Leaders.”

Indiana is in the “Leaders” division.

Thoughts? As stupid as I am thinking? A plot by Jim Delaney to get the other 10 Big Ten schools to agree to Schembechler and Hayes?

The comments are yours.

UPDATE, 3:36 p.m.: Dustin Dopirak here. Hugh and I apparently decided to post Big Ten blogs at the exact same time. I’m taking mine down, but I thought you guys might want to see the AP story just in case you’re wondering about Delany’s justification. Again, have at it.  (more…)


Wilson to coach fullbacks, tight ends at Fiesta Bowl

Oklahoma made it official a few moments ago that Indiana coach Kevin Wilson will serve as an assistant for the Sooners against Connecticut in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1, but he will only coach the fullbacks and tight ends and will not serve in his former role as offensive coordinator. Quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel and wide receivers coach Jay Norvell will share the spot and Heupel will call the plays.

This is what Wilson expected and mostly hoped for. He said last week that if he would coach in the game, it would likely be as a position coach and not as a coordinator.

Oklahoma’s official release follows. (more…)


Tulsa World: Wilson likely to assist at Fiesta Bowl

The Tulsa World is reporting that newly-minted Indiana coach Kevin Wilson could serve as an assistant for Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl, but he likely won’t be calling plays as the offensive coordinator. Jay Norvell is expected to fill that role. The World expects an announcement to be made shortly.

That story would come close to what Wilson said his expectation was earlier this week. He said he would only coach if Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said it was best for his team, and he said he probably wouldn’t be able to put in the preparation time to call the game.

UPDATE, 2:46 p.m. : An Oklahoma release said Wilson will coach fullbacks and tight ends in the Fiesta Bowl. Jay Norvell and Josh Heupel will serve as the offensive coordinators and Heupel will call the plays.


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