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Porter signs extension with Akron

Caleb Porter, the former Indiana player and assistant who appeared to be the people’s choice to replace Mike Freitag, has signed a five-year extension to stay at Akron.

Porter led the Zips to the College Cup final, which they lost in overtime. Akron led the country in goals per game (2.32) and goals against (0.27). Pretty amazing.

Perhaps the most interesting tidbit in the article: Porter was already making $100,000 at Akron, and will obviously get a raise.

Freitag made $96,635 for each of the past two years, and was on a yearly contract.

Whoever the new coach at IU will be — I’ll mow the field at Armstrong Stadium every day next year if it isn’t Todd Yeagley — will probably end up with a contract more like Porter’s.

Meanwhile, the much-respected blog Soccer By Ives says Yeagley will get the nod.


The three: Trask, Yeagley, Getman

The Herald-Times has learned that the three candidates for IU’s vacant men’s soccer head coaching job are all former players and assistants.

John Trask, the coach at the University of Illinois-Chicago, interviewed Monday.

Todd Yeagley, the coach at Wisconsin, interviewed on Tuesday.

Mike Getman, the coach at UAB, is in town today.

More to come.


Benson named IU’s first volleyball All-American

Indiana junior middle blocker Ashley Benson was named a third-team All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches of America. The release from IU sports information follows:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Junior middle blocker Ashley Benson is officially the first All-American in IU Volleyball history, announced by the American Volleyball Coaches of America on Wednesday. She was named Third-Team All-America.

Benson, along with the rest of the 29th annual AVCA Division I All-America team members, will be presented their awards on Dec. 18 at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet in Tampa, Fla., the night before the NCAA Championship match. In addition, the 2009 All-Americans will be announced to the crowd during the championship match, participate in a photo shoot and meet with Hugh McCutheon, head coach of the US Volleyball women’s national team.

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Field hockey’s Mutembwa named Rhodes Scholar

Mutsa Mutembwa, an Indiana field hockey defender, was named a Rhodes Scholar on Monday, the University officially announced today.

Mutembwa is the 14th IU student to be named to the prestigious post-graduate award and is the fourth IU student-athlete, the last being William Wolfe, a 1970 alum and football player according to an IU press release.

Just a junior on the pitch, Mutembwa is a senior academically double-majoring in mathematics and economics.

She is the daughter of Amman Mutembwa, a diplomat in their native Zimbabwe. Mutsa Mutembwa said she plans on returning to Zimbabwe after attending Oxford to help improve its dire economy.

“It is important in the sense that it’s a representation of the values that I have,” she said of the award. “… It’s a representation of the things that I would like to achieve.”

Obviously field hockey coach Amy Robertson had nothing but praise for her player.

“The second you meet her you know she is destined for great things,” Robertson said. “She is one of the most courteous people you will ever meet. She has made a huge impact on the team and the entire athletics department, and we are extremely fortunate to have her in our program.”

According to the release, Mutembwa tied the program’s career defensive saves leader, Olympian Kayla Bashore, with seven in 53 games.

We’ll have a full story on Mutembwa in tomorrow’s paper.


7 possibilities for the 12th Big 10 school

What would the Big Ten Conference be looking for in a 12th member? A strong history of success in the two major sports, football and men’s basketball. And a very good academic reputation (all current schools finished in the top 71 in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings). A television market would be nice, as would establishing new rivalries.

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Saffold, Kirlew playing in all-star games

From Indiana sports info:

SAFFOLD, KIRLEW INVITED TO ALL-STAR GAMES

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Left tackle Rodger Saffold has been selected to play in the 85th East-West Shrine Game and defensive end Jammie Kirlew accepted an invitation to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Texas vs. the Nation Challenge.

The East-West Shrine Game will kick off at 3 p.m. EST on Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando. Saffold is a member of the East squad that will be coached by former Cleveland Browns boss Romeo Crennel. The Bedford, Ohio, native will be the first Hoosier to play in the game since current New Orleans Saints cornerback Tracy Porter in 2008.

Kirlew will take the field on Saturday, Feb. 6, for the fourth annual contest. Kickoff is scheduled for noon MST at Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas. Kirlew and the Nation squad will be coached by Florida Atlantic head coach Howard Schnellenberger.
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The Big Ten statement on expansion

From the Big Ten office:

BIG TEN STATEMENT ON EXPANSION



Park Ridge, Ill. – The Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors (COP/C) discussed the future of the Big Ten Conference at its winter meetings on Dec. 6 in Park Ridge, Illinois. The following statement is issued by the Big Ten office on behalf of the COP/C.

Penn State joined the Big Ten Conference in June of 1990 and its addition has been an unqualified success. In 1993, 1998 and 2003 the COP/C, in coordination with the commissioner’s office, reviewed the issue of conference structure and expansion. The COP/C believes that the timing is right for the conference to once again conduct a thorough evaluation of options for conference structure and expansion. As a result, the commissioner was asked to provide recommendations for consideration by the COP/C over the next 12 to 18 months.

The COP/C understands that speculation about the conference is ongoing. The COP/C has asked the conference office to obtain, to the extent possible, information necessary to construct preliminary options and recommendations without engaging in formal discussions with leadership of other institutions. If and when such discussions become necessary the COP/C has  instructed Commissioner James E. Delany to inform the Chair of the COP/C, Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon, and then to notify the commissioner of the affected conference(s). Only after these notices have occurred will the Big Ten engage in formal expansion discussions with other institutions. This process will allow the Big Ten to evaluate options, while respecting peer conferences and their member institutions. No action by the COP/C is expected in the near term. No interim statements will be made by the Big Ten or the COP/C until after the COP/C receives the commissioner’s recommendations and the COP/C determines next steps, if any, in this area.



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