Dancing Cheek to Cheek?

By   |   Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008 - 7:09 PM   |   10 comments

Or could it be Cheek to Creek, as in Dominic Cheek to Mo Creek?

Tom Crean’s already received a verbal from Creek, a high scoring 2009 guard who had a strong summer on the AAU circuit. Now IU has jumped in on the recruitment of Cheek, a smooth guard out of the St. Anthony program in Jersey City, N.J. Here’s a tidbit we had about him in today’s paper.

Dominic Cheek, one of the top senior basketball players in the country, is considering a scholarship offer from Indiana and may visit Bloomington soon.

“I think they are going to squeeze a visit out of Cheek, and he’s one of the better players in the country,” said St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.) head coach Bob Hurley. “The former coaching staff did nothing with him. This group has done a good job to come in late.”

Cheek, a 6-foot-5 guard, starred for Hurley’s team last year as it went 32-0 — winning the program’s 25th state title — and finished No. 1 in several high school polls. He has known Roshown McLeod, a former St. Anthony player who was recently hired to become Indiana coach Tom Crean’s third assistant, most of his life and currently plays with McLeod’s younger brother, Devone.

“The projections for Cheek are unbelievable,” said Hurley, who is not noted for hyberbole or hyping his own players. “He’s graceful as can be. He’s been a legend around here since 7th grade.”



IU united again?

By   |   Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008 - 6:07 PM   |   7 comments

Here’s a story that ran in the paper today about the basketball program family reunion in French Lick.

FRENCH LICK — Tom Crean looked out over the course, surveying the golf carts toting tall men wearing crimson golf shirts.

He’d invited them to this quaint resort town — only recently resurrected to its former glory — for moments like this. Former Indiana basketball players sent golf balls flying across the Donald Ross Course Monday, spending the time between swings laughing about Bob Knight rants and cringing about losses that still haunt them so many years later.

Inevitably they would talk about what they had learned.

From the rants and the defeats and from each other.


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IU has a Means to its ends

By   |   Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008 - 5:02 PM   |   3 comments

Andrew Means means to catch the ball…often.

Here’s the sixth installment of our position-by-position preview of the Indiana football team. Today I take a look at the wide receivers and tight ends.

PROJECTED STARTERS: WR Terrance Turner, 6-3, 203, Jr.; WR Andrew Means, 6-0, 210, Jr.; WR, Ray Fisher 5-9, 172, Jr.; TE Max Dedmond, 6-5, 236, Fr.

STARTERS LOST: James Hardy (started 13 games), James Bailey (started four games), Nick Sexton (started five games)

KEY RESERVES: WR Matt Ernest, 6-2, 184, Fr.; WR Mitchell Evans, 6-3, 199, So.; WR Brandon Walker-Roby, 5-11, 194, Sr.; TE Brad Martin, 6-4, 259, Jr.


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Lewis named starter; Middleton suspended

By   |   Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008 - 2:24 PM   |   35 comments

[7:30 UPDATE]

Chris Adkins will, in fact, be the starter at right cornerback on Saturday. Lynch said at the press conference earlier today that the spot was still open; but he and cornerbacks coach and co-defensive coordinator Joe Palcic decided to go with Adkins later in the day.

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Indiana football coach Bill Lynch named Kellen Lewis the starting quarterback today, and also announced that star defensive end Greg Middleton — and three others — have been suspended for the season-opener against Western Kentucky on Saturday.

Lewis had been battling Ben Chappell for the starting nod after missing the spring and summer due to disciplinary issues.

Lynch said at his first formal press conference of the season today that he finally opted to go with the veteran starter because of his experience at the position.

Lynch also announced that Middleton, tight end Troy Wagner, safety Brandon Mosely and defensive end Kyle Kozak have been suspended for unspecified reasons.


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Pictures from the IU family reunion

By   |   Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008 - 11:11 AM   |   15 comments

[4:00 UPDATE]

IU has posted a photo gallery of the event on its Web site, IUHoosiers.com. 

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Indiana athletics department media relations director J.D. Campbell shared these photos with us, and I thought you guys would like to take a look.

First person to correctly identify each of the four pairs of people in the pictures wins….my admiration.

Name these men.


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IU soccer fix

By   |   Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008 - 12:39 AM   |   Comments Off

For those of you soccer junkies just waiting for Friday night’s opener at Armstrong Stadium against Duke, here’s a few tidbits to pass the time.

  • Head coach Mike Freitag said Monday that he plans to start freshmen Will Bruin and Tommy Meyer. Bruin broke former Hoosier Pat Noonan’s school scoring mark at DeSmet Jesuit High School in St. Louis, while Meyer is the son of former IU standout Keith Meyer and was a member of the United States’ U-17 FIFA World Cup team in 2007.
  • There will be two Sarkodies on the pitch Sunday when the Hoosiers play Akron. Big brother Ofori, an IU sophomore, and little brother Kofi, an Akron freshmen, will square off. Mom is probably hoping for a tie.
  • In Indiana’s two exhibition games, six different players scored. Those goal scorers did not include top returning scorer Brad Ring or Bruin. It’s a promising sign for a team that struggled to find the net for much of 2007.
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QB unsettled — for now

By   |   Monday, Aug. 25, 2008 - 6:37 PM   |   Comments Off

Kellen Lewis will throw it at you.

Here’s the fifth in our eight-part series previewing the IU football team. Intern Jared Poertner wrote this.

This is the fifth in a series of position-by-position previews. Coming Tuesday: receivers.

PROJECTED STARTERS: Kellen Lewis, 6-1, 185, Jr.

STARTERS LOST: None

KEY RESERVE: Ben Chappell, 6-3, 232, So.

2007 REVIEW: Lewis was a star for the Hoosiers, earning second team All-Big Ten honors as a sophomore while leading IU to its first bowl since 1993. He set the single-season passing record with 28 touchdown passes, threw for more than 3,000 yards and led the Hoosiers in rushing with 736 yards. He also finished second in the conference with a 134.2 passer rating.


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