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Indiana wide receiver Kofi Hughes looks to catch a pass. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

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Four questionable on IU injury report

The names listed as “out” on the Indiana injury report were no surprise. Safety Chris Adkins (ankle) has been on the shelf for several weeks and Indiana coach Bill Lynch said Monday that running back Matt Perez (ACL) is finished for the season.

There are seven other names on the list, however. Defensive end Kevin Bush (neck), kicker Nick Freeland (hip), defensive end Darius Johnson (hamstring) and cornerback Andre Kates (hip) are all listed as questionable. Bush and Kates both practiced, but Freeland and Johnson were held out.

Tight end Max Dedmond (knee), and wide receivers Tandon Doss (groin) and Dre Muhammad (ankle) were all listed as probable. Dedmond was the only one of the three who did not practice, but he is expected to play.


Big Ten News: Purdue WR Smith, OSU safety Barnett out for season

Indiana’s in-state rival got a win last week, but also lost its most decorated offensive player for the season.

Purdue coach Danny Hope confirmed on the Big Ten conference call that senior wide receiver Keith Smith is out for the season with a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee. Smith was an All-Big Ten pick last year, grabbing 91 receptions for 1,100 yards and six touchdowns. He had 18 receptions for 123 yards already this season.

“He was one of our best players, one of the best players in the country at his position, so it’s a tough setback when you lose that quality of a player,” Hope said on the Big Ten teleconference. “You lose his presence on the field, but he can still help us a bunch from a leadership standpoint.

“It’s a big loss, and the team’s very upset about it.”

Hope says he feels good about his depth at wide receiver, including converted quarterback Justin Siller, who has seven receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown already. But says Smith still can’t be individually replaced.

“We have some guys that we can go to,” Hope said. “But none of those guys can do what Keith Smith has done.”

In other conference injury news, Ohio State safety C.J. Barnett, a true sophomore, is out for the season with a knee injury. He had moved into a starting spot in front of injured Orhian Johnson.

“We really hate to lose him,” Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said, “because I thought he was playing very physical and he was really starting to learn the game.”


Scout.com updates its 2012 top 75

Scout.com unveiled an update of its 2012 rankings today, and IU commit Ron Patterson comes in at No. 69.

Peter Jurkin, IU’s other verbal in the class, was not ranked in the top-75.

Indiana prospects include: Gary Harris (No. 15), Hanner Perea (No. 21), Jeremy Hollowell (No. 29), Yogi Ferrell (No. 36), D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera (No. 37), A.J. Hammons (No. 45) and T.J. Warren (No. 61).


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Students and fans gather outside Assembly Hall on Sept. 10, 2000 after Indiana fired Bob Knight. Jeremy Hogan | Herald-Times

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An interesting take on phone calls

As I am sure you are aware, Bruce Pearl got busted making impermissible phone calls. He’s going to keep his job (for now, at least), but he’s going to lose cash and the ability to recruit off-campus for one year.

But it’s a crime that every coach commits, according to CBSSportsline.com’s Gary Parrish. Parrish used the anecdotal evidence of 10 coaches to make his point: everyone does not, but not always with malice or intent to gain an advantage.

In the process, Parrish also does a pretty good job of lending credence to the belief that Indiana got $5 of punishment for a 50 cent crime.


Lynch: Doss back, Perez done for season

Bill Lynch opened his weekly press conference Monday with a bye week joke, talking about how long it seemed like it had been since his last press conference.

“I feel like I have to come in and introduce myself,” Lynch said.

But yet, the press conference had the feel of a conversation between acquaintances whose lives hadn’t changed much since their last meeting. The news was mostly what everyone expected it to be.

Just as Lynch had planned last week, junior wide receiver Tandon Doss will return to practice on Monday after sitting out the bye week and the season opener against Towson with a groin injury. (more…)


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