Second scrimmage of the spring – live updates

By   |   Friday, Apr. 11, 2008 - 4:25 PM   |   6 comments

First team offense enters for last set of 11 on 11. Payton currently has 11 carries for 52 yards. Second team offense enters after 3 and out. Offsides called on defense. Chappell finished 16-22 for 135 yards. Fisher had 6 catches for 40 yards.


4th set of 11 on 11 begins. First flag on the offense for holding. Dedmond makes a 19 yard grab on the sideline. Chappell is 14-19 for 134 yards. Dedmond has 3 catches for 44 yards. Second team offense comes on the field. 7 yard by Walker up the sideline. Burgess goes up the middle for no gain. High snap, leads to sack by Kozak. Darius Johnson intercepts the Evans pass. Set of plays ends.
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A blustery scrimmage ahead

By   |   Friday, Apr. 11, 2008 - 4:17 PM   |   Comments Off

It’s warm, but very windy at Memorial Stadium this afternoon. We’re expecting today’s scrimmage to get under way in a few minutes and we’ll bring you live updates throughout it.

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McCallum lands at Detroit Mercy

By   |   Friday, Apr. 11, 2008 - 1:24 PM   |   16 comments

Former Indiana assistant Ray McCallum will be announced as the new coach at the University of Detroit Mercy today.

McCallum, who has head coaching experience at Ball State and Houston, came to Indiana along with Kelvin Sampson two years ago. But it was well known that he wanted a head coaching job and was waiting for the right opportunity to come along; he turned down Indiana State last year.

It appears as though McCallum never sought a spot on Tom Crean’s staff. He had been mentioned as a possible replacement for Stan Joplin at Toledo, and many MAC people pushed hard for his return to the conference (Joplin, by the way, has been mentioned as a possible Crean assistant on the message boards but won’t be, according to sources).

McCallum leaving is a huge blow to the Bloomington North program. Ray McCallum Jr. was quickly developing into one of the top players in the state. He’s a high Division I prospect at point guard.

The Titans play in the Horizon League and are probably best known for being the place where the loudest college hoops fan of them all, Dick Vitale, coached in the 1970s.

Open football scrimmage today

By   |   Friday, Apr. 11, 2008 - 10:05 AM   |   1 comment

The Hoosiers will be on the field at Memorial Stadium at 4 p.m. today for a football scrimmage that will begin around 4:20 or so.

This second scrimmage of the spring will have 75 plays – five sets of 15 plays with other drills in between those sets. Last Saturday, in the first scrimmage of the spring, IU ran 60 plays – five sets of 12. The scrimmage is open to the public and admission is free.

As I reported in the H-T and today, one of the interesting sights at practice yesterday was seeing 6-8, 340-pound offensive lineman James Brewer participating in some of the drills for the first time in a year. We’ve seen Brewer in a walking cast and riding a golf cart since he suffered a foot injury last spring. That injury – like the foot injury of running back Demetrius McCray – has been slow to heal.

So even though Brewer won’t actually play on the offensive line this spring, the fact that he’s come far enough – after an injury that had to give him some doubts about whether he’d ever play again – to participate in some of the drills is significant progress. Bill Lynch said yesterday that Brewer has been moving well so far. He said coaches have high hopes for the massive Indianapolis native who has good feet and strength. The key moving ahead will be keeping Brewer, a sophomore next fall, healthy to get lots of repetitions in practice.

“It’s huge for him,” Lynch said of Brewer’s return to the field in a part-time capacity.

If Brewer can regain and maintain full health, the possibility of in a year or two having him playing on the same line as 6-3, 350-pound redshirt freshman Dennis Zeigler is an intriguing one. Because of injuries to others, Zeigler has been playing on the No. 1 offense at right tackle this spring and has done a good job for a youngster. Brewer and Zeigler would both be among the largest linemen currently in the Big Ten and ever at IU. Even by NFL standards, they’re both really big.

If you go to the scrimmage today, look for #66 Zeigler at right tackle and #73 Brewer on the sidelines. They shouldn’t be hard to find.

Over at Assembly Hall

By   |   Thursday, Apr. 10, 2008 - 6:49 PM   |   7 comments

New Indiana coach Tom Crean met with reporters again today, this time sitting down for televised interviews (including one with the H-T). As he discussed the big ideas behind rebuilding Indiana, the process of doing just that took place all around him.

On the court below (he was being filmed at the top of the North stands at Assembly Hall) several players went through conditioning workouts with strength coach Jeff Watkinson. Brandon McGee, Kyle Taber, Brett Finkelmeier and Jordan Crawford were all there. They started by shooting around for a bit before shifting to agility drills.

Eric Gordon and Lance Stemler also worked out with Watkinson, and D.J. White strolled through the building a little bit later, presumably to get some shots off in preparation for his upcoming NBA evaluations.

Two of the new assistant coaches were also in the Hall, getting adjusted to their new jobs. Tim Buckley, who was the head coach at Ball State and an assistant to Steve Alford at Iowa, is following Crean from Marquette. He left the building in mid-afternoon with Jeff Meyer, a Sampson assistant whose job status is unclear.

Meanwhile, Bennie Seltzer had a 20-minute conversation with Armon Bassett, the point guard who is still trying to work his way back onto the team after being kicked off by Dan Dakich. Bassett was very loyal to Sampson; Seltzer has a long history with Sampson. He played for him at Washington State, then coached with him for nine years at Oklahoma. When Sampson came to IU, Seltzer went to Marquette. Now, two years later and after so much trouble for his mentor, Seltzer finds himself in Bloomington.

Crean has not said what, if anything, Bassett could do to rejoin the team. But obviously, the two sides are having discussion and there seems to be a possibility that something will be resolved soon.

Thursday 11 a.m. chat

By   |   Thursday, Apr. 10, 2008 - 10:22 AM   |   Comments Off

Please join us today for our weekly Q&A. To submit questions or comments, and to read everyone else’s once we get started, click here.

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Ebanks sets visits

By   |   Wednesday, Apr. 9, 2008 - 12:41 PM   |   10 comments

Amid reports that Terrell Holloway has signed with Xavier, the other former Indiana commit who escaped his scholarship has set up visits to the four schools he is now considering.

Devin Ebanks, a 6-9 high-scoring wing out of New York City, will begin his visits this weekend with a trip to West Virginia. He’ll play in the Jordan Brand Classic all-star game a week later, then take weekend trips to Texas, then Rutgers before ending his tour on May 9 with a visit to the campus of the national runner-up, Memphis.

He plans on making a decision shortly after that visit.

Though Ebanks has been in contact with new Indiana coach Tom Crean, it looks like a re-commitment to Indiana is unlikely. Sources in New York say that Ebanks has been scared off by the unstable situation in Bloomington.

His AAU coach, Lawrence McGugins, said that Ebanks still loves the Indiana fans and appreciates the history of the university.

“It’s really just a shame what happened there,” he said. “This isn’t a fun process for us. There were a lot of strong ties there. But you only really get one chance to get this right, and we need to do what’s best.”

Ebanks was the highest ranked of Indiana’s 2008 recruits (Rivals considers him the No. 13 player in the country) and was expected to fill part of scoring void left by the departures of D.J. White and Eric Gordon.

Indiana’s incoming class is now down to forward Tom Pritchard and guard Matt Roth, neither of whom are ranked by

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