Finch receives NCAA waiver

By   |   Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008 - 10:18 AM   |   33 comments

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IU has just announced that safety Jerimy Finch has received a waiver that will allow him to play in games this season, rather than sit out a year after transferring from Florida.

Here’s the entire release from IU:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Ian Rickerby, Assistant Athletics Director for Compliance, announced Thursday that he has been notified by the NCAA that the Subcommittee on Legislative Relief (SLR) waiver submitted on Jerimy Finch’s behalf has been granted. The ruling is consistent with similar cases involving extenuating personal circumstances.

This means that the sophomore safety will be able to compete immediately for Indiana University beginning this fall. The Indianapolis native came to IU this summer after attending the University of Florida a year ago.

The 6-1, 215-pounder appeared in three games at linebacker for the Gators before suffering a broken leg vs. Tennessee that ended his season. He collected seven total tackles (four solo) and was one of three true freshmen to record an interception. Finch picked off his pass against Tennessee and added three tackles in the Gators’ victory.

He attended Warren Central High School, where he was rated the No. 1 safety in the nation by Rivals.com and the top player in the Hoosier state by Rivals.com and Scout.com in 2007. As a senior, he helped lead Warren Central to its fourth consecutive Class 5A state title, the first high school football team to accomplish that feat in the state of Indiana. Finch collected Class 5A all-state honors in both his senior and junior years.



Linebacker depth a plus for IU

By   |   Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008 - 7:42 PM   |   Comments Off

 Will Patterson looks down at you.

Third in a series of position previews

PROJECTED STARTERS: OLB Will Patterson, 6-1, 235, Jr.; MLB Matt Mayberry, 6-2, 236, Jr.; OLB Geno Johnson, 6-2, 230, Sr.

STARTERS LOST: MLB Adam McClurg (started 13 games)

KEY RESERVES: OLB Justin Carrington, 6-0, 225, Jr.; OLB Darius Johnson, 6-0, 235, Fr.; MLB Tyler Replogle, 6-2, 235, So.

2007 REVIEW: The linebackers were in on plenty of tackles (all five who were regulars in the rotation finished in the top 12 on the team in tackles) but, like the rest of the defense, struggled against more physical opponents.


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Quick Morgan Newton note

By   |   Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008 - 10:55 AM   |   16 comments

Morgan Newton, the dynamic quarterback from Carmel, is set to make his college choice known on Thursday.

Though Newton has said he’ll choose one of six schools, including Indiana, it appears the Hoosiers are a long-shot at this point to land the 5-star who is ranked by Scout.com the No. 7 QB in the class of 2009 and No. 18 at his position by Rivals.com.

We’ll try to monitor the situation but right now there’s been little indication that Indiana has moved to the forefront, but Newton himself has said he might not make the decision until right before the announcement.

His coach at Carmel is Mo Moriarity, the former Bloomington South head man who had a stint as an assistant at Indiana.

Indiana already has commitments from 3-star prospects Dustin Kiel (Columbus) and Edward Wright-Baker (Jeffersonville).



Indiana football on Big Ten Network

By   |   Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008 - 3:46 PM   |   6 comments

The Big Ten Network will have an 8-1/2 hour block of Indiana football coverage Wednesday night. Here’s the schedule:

6pm – Indiana 2007-08 Year in Review

6:30pm – Big Ten Football Preview: Indiana (debut)

7pm – Big Ten’s Greatest Games: 2007 Purdue at Indiana

9pm – Big Ten Tonight: Indiana Football Practice (repeat from last week)

10:30pm – Indiana 2007-08 Year in Review

11pm – Big Ten Football Preview: Indiana

11:30pm – Big Ten’s Greatest Games: 1999 Illinois at Indiana

 



Neville advances to Olympic final

By   |   Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008 - 2:58 PM   |   Comments Off

Released from IU: Five-time NCAA All-American David Neville kept his dreams of Olympic gold alive today, advancing to the finals of the 400m dash. The former Hoosier finished second in his semifinal just behind Leslie Djhone of France.

Neville finished in 44.91 seconds to take one of the eight spots in the event finals. Neville is joined in the finals by fellow Americans Jeremy Wariner and LaShawn Merritt.

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

Neville will run in the 400m finals on Thursday, Aug. 21 at 9:20 a.m. ET.

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Crean officially signs his contract

By   |   Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008 - 11:15 AM   |   16 comments

Here’s a copy of it in PDF format.

Tom Crean’s contract.

And here’s a copy of IU’s official press release on the matter.

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Indiana University has officially signed Tom Crean to lead the Hoosiers men’s basketball program to a 10-year contract that will pay him $600,000 per year in base salary and an additional $15.72 million in outside marketing and promotional income during the life of the deal.  The agreement is retroactive to April 2, 2008 and expires on June 30, 2018.

“I left a very special situation at Marquette when Indiana offered me this opportunity,” said Crean.  “I wanted to make sure that if I left, I would be going to a place that would be a destination for my family and allow me to build a program for the long haul with the same security.”

Crean also could earn an additional $560,000 per year in incentives should the Hoosiers win the Big Ten and NCAA Championships in the same season.

“I appreciate the confidence that President McRobbie and the University have shown in me by offering the two additional years to the agreement,” said Crean. “It is a great responsibility to lead this program and I look forward to the challenge of bringing the program the respect it deserves.  The process of restoring this great program is going to take a lot of time, more than probably any of us anticipated.”

When Crean was hired in April, it was announced he had agreed to an eight-year relationship in a letter of understanding.  Two years were added to the deal, not because of the NCAA’s Failure to Monitor allegation, but because of administrative changes on campus.

Should Crean decide to leave IU he would owe the University $3 million after years one thru three of the agreement, $2 million after years four thru five, and $1 million for years six thru 10.

“It is very easy to sell the tradition that is Indiana basketball knowing that we are committed to IU for a long time and that the University believes in what we are trying to accomplish,” added Crean.  “I’m especially grateful for the way Rick Greenspan, former players, supporters and the entire Hoosier Nation have made my family feel welcome and helped us during this transition.”



Football preview: Special teams

By   |   Monday, Aug. 18, 2008 - 6:48 PM   |   3 comments

Austin Starr Looms over you.

This is the first in a series of position-by-position previews for the IU football team that will run Monday-Thursday this week and next week. The running order will be in the order we’ve ranked the units, starting with the most solid and leading up to the group we think has the most questions heading into the season.

PROJECTED STARTERS: kicker Austin Starr, 6-3, 204, Sr.; punter Chris Hagerup, 6-5, 207, Fr.; kickoff returner Marcus Thigpen, 5-9, 199, Sr.; punt returner Ray Fisher 5-9, 172, Jr.

STARTERS LOST: punter Michael Hines, returners Tracy Porter and James Bailey

KEY RESERVES: kickoff returner Demetrius McCray, punt returner Nick Polk

2007 REVIEW: Special teams were a major strength for the Hoosiers. Starr led the way with one of the best seasons an Indiana kicker has ever put together. He hit 21-of-23 field goal attempts and all 48 extra point attempts. His season highlights included hitting four field goals against Minnesota and nailing the game-winning 49-yarder against Purdue that sent the Hoosiers to a bowl game. Starr was a second-team All-American and a first-team all-Big Ten pick.


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