Video: Lyles, Thompson in action

Here is video of Trey Lyles and P.J. Thompson from Friday. Lyles is a 6-foot-9 forward for Indianapolis Tech (green jersey) that is, of course, an IU commit. Thompson is a 5-8 point guard for Brebeuf (white) that is receiving interest from Indiana.

Tim Buckley was at the game and left during the first half, but Tom Crean arrived shortly thereafter.

I was really impressed with both players. Tech had problems getting Lyles the ball for long stretches, but he did not force the issue and clearly has an advanced offensive game. I told Dustin that if he grows another couple of inches Dirk Nowitzki is a fair comparison for his game; he’s a big that is fluid enough and has a good enough jump shot to pull out defenders to the perimeter and do damage there.

The biggest thing about Thompson is that his teammates trust him, and he trusts himself. You’ll see footage at the end of Brebeuf trying to hold onto a lead and his teammates clearly wanted Thompson to have the ball. He needs to grow, but he seems to play with a good motor, has a solid handle and understands the mental aspect of playing point guard.

Bolser named to FWAA Freshman All-American Team

Indiana freshman tight end Ted Bolser was named to the Football Writers Association of America’s Freshman All-American team. This was going around yesterday, but IU just put out it’s release. It follows.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana tight end Ted Bolser earned a spot on the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team. Bolser and Illinois defensive lineman Akeem Spence represented the Big Ten.

The Cincinnati native set an IU tight end record and tied for seventh nationally among tight ends with five touchdowns. He also set Hoosier freshman tight end records with 27 catches and 407 yards.

Bolser finished 2010 with the sixth-most yards all-time among Indiana tight ends. The redshirt freshman collected the most yards for an IU tight end since 1991 and the most receptions for an IU tight end since 1992.

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Northwestern guard Michael Thompson (22) gets a 10 second violation as Indiana guard Victor Oladipo (4) defends during the second half of the game Sunday. Chris Howell | Herald-Times


Crean said he’s taking Elston at his word

Indiana coach Tom Crean said he addressed Derek Elston’s tripping incident today after watching the film of the game. He said Elston told him it was unintentional. Crean said the two discussed the incident at length, but decided to take him at his word that it was unintentional, indicating that there will be no further punishment for the incident.

More on this later.

UPDATE: So hear is what Crean said exactly.

“I didn’t get a good look at it during the game at all. I didn’t see it until it was on the film. I brought him up to the plane. He stayed with the same thing. He said to me that he didn’t do it intentionally. I know exactly what it looks like. I told him the same thing. When I looked at, it the referee had a good view of it. I didn’t argue it. In comparison to (Devan Dumes’s intentional foul two years ago) I don’t think there is any comparison because there’s no question that that was intentional. i wasn’t surprised by it. In this situation, it would be highly out of character for Derek to be dishonest or do something of that nature in a negative way. It would be truly out of character, and if he did it would be a mistake. That’s the end of story. We got the intentional foul, they got the foul shots. I looked at it. I discussed it with him. But the last thing I’m going to do is break down a trust by accusing a player of something that he says he didn’t do on purpose. I’m not trying to put my head in the sand, that’s just the way that it is. Again, it would be different if it was something that was after the fact that you see on film. Those are the things that you react a little bit more to. The referee saw it, the referee handled it.”

Pease: Wilson saw this coming before I did

Before Brent Pease’s old boss contacted him about coming back, his new boss suggested the possibility that the call was coming.

When Boise State offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin took the job as offensive coordinator at Texas, new Indiana coach Kevin Wilson talked to Pease about the possibility of going back to his former employer. Pease had been the assistant head coach/wide receivers coach at Boise State before taking the job as offensive coordinator at Indiana.

“He said, ‘I’m sure there’s a possibility that you have the position there,'” Pease said.

It turns out he did. Boise State coach Chris Peterson called this weekend and Pease was officially named the offensive coordinator at Boise State on Monday after taking the job at Indiana on Dec. 30.

Pease was hoping for the position, but said he didn’t realize it was going to become available. Harsin’s name was being thrown about for the Texas job when Pease left, but Harsin told him then he didn’t expect to take it. (more…)

Boise State announces Pease returning

Boise State just put out a release making it official. Brent Pease is going back to the offensive coordinator.

The release also says head coach Chris Peterson is staying and Robert Prince is returning.

It follows.

BOISE, Idaho – Boise State University head football coach Chris Petersen has made two announcements today (Jan. 10) regarding the future of Bronco football.

(One) – Petersen has announced he is staying at Boise State to continue directing the football program, and (Two) — that he has brought his coaching staff back to full strength with the announcement that Brent Pease will return as the Broncos’ offensive coordinator and quarterback coach while Robert Prince will also return to coach the wide receivers and serve as the pass game coordinator.

(MEDIA NOTE – Petersen, Pease and Prince will be available for a press conference today beginning at 4:45 p.m. in the Allen Noble Hall of Fame on the Boise State campus.)

“I can’t express enough how happy we are to have two outstanding coaches back on our staff,” Petersen commented.  “Brent (Pease) has played an important role in our success the past five years and having him take over the direction of the offense is a major plus as we move forward at Boise State.

“Robert (Prince) and I worked closely together 10 years ago in helping lay the foundation of the program and I feel fortunate to have him back on staff.  He is an outstanding coach who I’m sure will be able to inject several new ideas into our offensive game plan.”

Pease had served as Boise State’s wide receiver coach the past five seasons before taking the offensive coordinator/quarterback position at the University of Indiana on Dec. 30, 2010.  The opportunity for Pease to return to Boise State after a two-week absence came when Bryan Harsin accepted the position of co-offensive coordinator/quarterback coach at the University of Texas this past Friday (Jan. 7). (more…)

Video: Elston’s trip

Hat tip to Greg Rosenstein for finding this on YouTube, or at least pointing me (and everyone else who follows him on Twitter) in the right direction. This was my first opportunity to see it and it certainly is intentional.

Traditionally, punishment like the one Elston may (will likely) receive will be kept in-house.


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