A Hoosier basketball weekend

By   |   Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008 - 7:32 PM   |   11 comments

Here’s a story that will run in Sunday’s paper. Usually, you’d have to be a subscriber to read it. But not today. Enjoy.


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Tom Crean was given a 10-year contract because rebuilding Indiana basketball, most everyone figures, will be an arduous job and one that need not be rushed.

Restoring the basketball team to one that can compete for conference and national titles could take Crean years.
Allowing fans to see through the haze of the last decade to better times — the times that gave the phrase “It’s Indiana” its meaning — may take longer.

But Crean went to work on both tasks this weekend, hosting an a camp for top recruits on Saturday and a invitation-only dinner in French Lick that is expected to draw 175 former players later today.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to talk to that group,” Crean said of the past players last week. “And to talk with them, listen to their stories. This really truly is what Indiana basketball is all about: the players who made it special.”

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Hoeppner to receive Miami honor

By   |   Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008 - 3:26 PM   |   4 comments

Terry Hoeppner and Randy Walker, two long-time friends who died in their 50s less than a year apart, will be inducted together into the Miami University Cradle of Coaches Association on Oct. 4.

Here’s a release from IU and Miami about that event:

OXFORD, Ohio – Two Miami University football coaching greats will be inducted into the Miami University Cradle of Coaches Association during the RedHawks’ football game against Temple on Oct. 4, 2008. Former head coaches Randy Walker and Terry Hoeppner, represented by their wives Tammy Walker and Jane Hoeppner, will be the 12th class inducted into the Cradle of Coaches Association, upping the number of inductees to 52.
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Neville wins gold on 4×400 relay

By   |   Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008 - 3:19 PM   |   Comments Off

Former Hoosier David Neville was part of a U.S. team that easily won the 4 x 400 relay today. Here’s the release from IU:

BEIJING, China – Indiana alum David Neville ran the third leg of the 4x400m relay on Saturday, helping the Americans set a new Olympic record en route to a gold medal finish. Neville joined gold and silver medalists in the 400-meters LaShawn Merritt and Jeremy Wariner and Angelo Taylor in the winning effort.
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Making Memorial Stadium more purty

By   |   Friday, Aug. 22, 2008 - 6:40 PM   |   13 comments

The Indiana athletics department is currently conducting a little bit of interior (and exterior) decorating at Memorial Stadium. They’ve begun hanging new posters and signs throughout the stadium.

Hanging on the high levels of the stadium and facing the parking lots are huge signs with depictions of the most legendary of Hoosiers such as Antwaan Randle El, Anthony Thompson and George Taliaferro. Inside, the concrete walls are being covered with signs that commemorate IU’s bowl appearances, honor Terry Hoeppner and tout the slogan “Defend The Rock.”

Here are a few pictures of the work that has been done so far.

Outside the west stands.

Outside the west stands.
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O-line’s got the quarterback’s back

By   |   Friday, Aug. 22, 2008 - 11:10 AM   |   6 comments

Rodger Saffold appears to be nonplussed.

This is the fourth in a series on IU football by position.

PROJECTED STARTERS: LT Rodger Saffold, 6-5, 306, Jr.; LG Pete Saxon, 6-6, 310, Jr.; C Alex Perry, 6-7, 300, So.; RG Cody Faulkner, 6-5, 315, So.; RG Mike Stark, 6-7, 300, So.

STARTERS LOST: C Ben Wyss (started 11 games), RG/C John Sandberg (started 13 games), RT Charlie Emerson (started 10 games).

KEY RESERVES: LG Jarrod Smith, 6-4, 300, So.; LT Andrew McDonald, 6-5, 280, Fr.; RT Dennis Zeigler, 6-7, 350, Fr.

2007 REVIEW: Hobbled by injuries, the line held together to allow Kellen Lewis to have one of the most prolific seasons at QB in IU history. It also became more assertive at blocking for the backs late in the year, as Indiana ran for 219 yards on the way to reclaiming the Old Oaken Bucket.

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Doss eligibility reinstated

By   |   Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008 - 5:03 PM   |   1 comment

Tandon Doss is back with the team today, according to Indiana football spokesman Jeff Keag.

The 6-foot-3 freshman wide receiver from Ben Davis hadn’t practiced with team since last Thursday because of an “academic issue” that the NCAA Eligibility Center had to review. That issue has been resolved, allowing Doss to return to practice.

Doss had been an early standout of IU’s preseason camp, earning practice reps with the No. 1 Hoosier offense.

Neville takes bronze

By   |   Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008 - 10:32 AM   |   2 comments

This morning is full of good Hoosier news. Former IU track star David Neville won a bronze medal in Beijing today as part of a US sweep in the 400.

Here’s the release from IU:

BEIJING, China – Former Hoosier All-American David Neville finished third in the finals of the 400-meter dash on Thursday to complete a sweep of the medals by Team USA. The finish makes the Merrillville, Ind. native the first individual Olympic medalist for Indiana track and field since Willie May took the silver medal in the 1960 games and the first medalist in any event since 1984.

Neville, who raced out of lane nine, finished in 44.80 seconds, which was just six hundredths of a second behind defending gold medalist and fellow American Jeremy Wariner, who took the silver. The gold went to LaShawn Merritt, also of the United States. The sweep marks the second consecutive Olympic Games in which the Americans have stocked the medal stand in the men’s 400m dash.

“Anytime a former IU track and field athlete performs on the world stage, it brings honor to our program, and we are very proud of David’s accomplishment,” said Indiana director and head coach of track and field Ron Helmer.

Neville was a four-time Big Ten champion and a five-time All-American at Indiana in only three years of competition. He donned the cream and crimson from 2003 to 2005.

Neville will return to action in the 4x400m relay on Friday. The first heat for the relays is slated to start at 8:10 a.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 22.

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