Live at Armstrong: IU Classic

By   |   Friday, Aug. 29, 2008 - 7:10 PM   |   5 comments

Indiana and Duke are just taking the field for warm-ups with the Hoosiers’ season opener set to kick off in about 30 minutes.

In the evening’s first game, Akron got a goal early in the second half from Kofi Sarkodie, the younger brother of IU’s Ofori, then pulled away for a dominating 3-0 victory over Notre Dame. Indiana will play the No. 12 Zips, coached by former IU player and assistant Caleb Porter, Sunday at 2 p.m.

I’ll be back with a pre-game update and will update every 15 minutes of game time or as events warrant.

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Safety in numbers for IU

By   |   Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008 - 4:27 PM   |   8 comments

 Nick Polk is meaner this year than last year.

This is the eighth and last in a series of position-by-position previews.

PROJECTED STARTERS: CB Christopher Phillips, 6-0, 187, Sr.; CB Chris Adkins, 6-1, 185, Fr.; FS Nick Polk, 6-0, 218, Jr.; SS Austin Thomas, 6-2, 222; Jr.

STARTERS LOST: CB Tracy Porter (13 games started); CB Leslie Majors (11 games started).

KEY RESERVES: CB Donnell Jones, 5-10, 210, Fr.; CB Richard Council, 6-1, 189; FS Joe Kleinsmith, 5-11, 197, Sr.; SS Jerimy Finch, 6-1, 215, So.

2007 REVIEW: Indiana had its best set of cornerbacks in recent years with Tracy Porter and Leslie Majors. Porter is now playing for the New Orleans Saints and Majors is with the Chicago Bears. The move of Nick Polk from wide receiver to free safety made the Hoosiers more athletic in the defensive backfield, but the team was relatively inexperienced at safety. As a sophomore, strong safety Austin Thomas was IU’s leading tackler. Polk and Thomas made IU at least adequate at safety last year after the team had been relatively weak at that position the previous couple of seasons.

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Thursday live discussion: 11 a.m.

By   |   Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008 - 10:50 AM   |   Comments Off

It’s the Thursday before the first week of college football.

Kyle Taber’s knee has just been surgically repaired.

Matt Carlino will be a Hoosier in 2011.

There’s plenty to talk about, and you can do that by clicking here.

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Where to find the games

By   |   Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008 - 4:01 PM   |   Comments Off

The Big Ten Network has launched a nifty interactive site that will allow you to find out its football schedule each week and tell you where to find the games (since many providers broadcast games on multiple over-flow channels.)

You can find it right here.

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Ground game a key to success

By   |   Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008 - 2:23 PM   |   2 comments

Marcus Thigpen.

This is the seventh in an eight-part series previewing the IU football team by position. Doug Wilson takes a look at the tailbacks today.

PROJECTED STARTER: Marcus Thigpen, 5-9, 193, Sr.

STARTERS LOST: Josiah Sears (started three games)

KEY RESERVES: Bryan Payton, 5-9, 205, Jr.; Demetrius McCray, 5-11, 208, Sr., Trea Burgess, 6-1, 223, So.

2007 REVIEW: Bill Lynch emphasized improving Indiana’s running game last season and was successful in making it better. After finished last in the Big Ten in 2006 with 113.8 rushing yards per game and 3.5 yards per carry, Indiana improved to eighth in the conference with 157.4 yards per game and 4.3 yards per carry in 2007. For the second straight year, quarterback Kellen Lewis was Indiana’s leading rusher. He finished with 56.6 rushing yards per game and 5.0 yards per carry. Marcus Thigpen was the top running back with 47.3 yards per game and 4.1 yards per carry.

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Taber to have knee surgery, miss 10 weeks

By   |   Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008 - 7:29 PM   |   7 comments

[8:24 UPDATE]

No word on what Kyle did to his knee, as he’s not available for comment. His high school coach at Evansville Central, Brent Chitty, wasn’t aware of the injury but does not believe it to be serious; otherwise Kyle would have called him about it.

A 10-week recovery period would rule out a major surgery such as ACL reconstruction. If he does meet that timetable, he should be able to play in IU’s opener, which is expected to be Nov. 15.

Oddly enough, I was standing with Mike Pegram in the South Lobby of Assembly Hall today and saw Taber ambled through. He looked OK, but he wasn’t exactly guarding Robbie Hummel at the time.

Just another set back for IU, as it will now enter practice with one experienced player: Brett Finkelmeier. He played 11 minutes last year. Total.

Wonder if Tom Crean’s ever heard of Murphy’s Law?


This just in from IU media relations . . . .


Indiana University senior Kyle Taber injured his knee last week and will undergo surgery tomorrow.  He is expected to be out for 10 weeks.

“This is very unfortunate for Kyle,” said IU Coach Tom Crean.  “He has been a strong presence and has done things the right way for us since we arrived here.  We will move forward and help him through his rehabilitation and look to him to provide us with the leadership that is expected from a fifth-year senior at Indiana.”

He started four games last year and averaged 1.3 points and 2.5 rebounds in 22 games.

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.”

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