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Taylor: “They’re still my school”

Though some internet reports have stated otherwise, four-star recruit Raymon Taylor said he’s still committed to Indiana.

“I’m still committed,” Taylor said. “They’re still my school at the moment. Ain’t nothing changed.”

The 5-foot-10, 167-pound “athlete” from Highland Park High School in Detroit said he spoke with new coach Kevin Wilson on Tuesday evening and said he came away with a good feeling.

“He seemed like a great guy,” Taylor said. “He seems like he knows football a lot. I think we will get a long. I can’t wait to get down there and get to know him a little better.”

Taylor had said many of the recruits were supposed to take an official visit this past weekend, but those were obviously rescheduled after former coach Bill Lynch was fired. Taylor said that Wilson would wait to host recruits on official visits until he had assembled an assistant coaching staff.


Roberson confirms commitment

Lawrence Central quarterback Tre Roberson has confirmed his verbal commitment to Indiana after talking with new coach Kevin Wilson, he said Wednesday evening.

Roberson earned Class 5A All-State honors after leading Lawrence Central to the state championship game with 2,611 passing yards and 1,950 rushing yards. The story was first reported by Indianapolis Star’s Kyle Neddenriep.


Glass gives some financial details

Just talked to Fred Glass to get a more clear picture of how Kevin Wilson’s hiring is going to be paid for.

At the press conference on Tuesday, Glass mentioned a restructuring of Indiana’s media deal with the media and marketing company Learfield Communications. Glass said that Indiana had an opt out provision in the contract that would allow it to go out into the market place to find a better offer. Indiana hired a firm that provided an estimate on what it could expect to garner on the open market and IU took it to Learfield and essentially asked that Learfield treat IU less like an existing property than a property it was bidding for. Learfield came through with an additional $1 million per year which is going directly to the costs of this coaching change.

The rest of the money — Glass said he expects the total cost of the change to be $2 million beyond what IU was paying for football coaches — will come from the Big Ten Network. The expectation of that funding is based more on the estimate of the additional funding that will come to each university from the Big Ten Network because of added revenue that will come from the creation of the Big Ten Championship Game, which will be played for the first time in 2011. Glass said he presented the total cost of the hire to IU president Michael McRobbie, and McRobbie agreed to allow enough funds to go to athletics to pay for the hire.

Glass said the pool of money for assistant coaches will be around $2 million. He also said he expects more funding to add resources to the strength and conditioning program. With the new facilities in the North End Zone, he doesn’t think that requires any more building, but he may add more manpower.

Glass also said that the additional costs of the football hire will not do anything to cause problems with the building of the proposed baseball/softball complex. He said that project is still on track for ground to be broken in 2012 and the field to be operational for the 2013 season.

Glass also confirmed that Indiana’s game with Ball State next year will be played at LucasOil Stadium in Indianapolis. It was supposed to be a home game for Ball State, unlike this year’s game between Indiana and Penn State that was played at FedEx Field.


Legette-Jack inked through 2013

OK, time for a little clarification on the women’s basketball front after last week’s post on contracts and recruiting. First, and most importantly, it should be noted that Indiana women’s basketball coach Felisha Legette-Jack is under contract with the university through June 30, 2013.

Following Legette-Jack’s initial season at IU in 2006-07, one that saw her go 19-13 and reach the third round of the WNIT, then-athletic director Rick Greenspan signed her to a two-year contract extension beyond the initial five-year deal signed one year earlier and gave her a raise. That agreement was never publicized.

So when we talked last week, there was some misunderstanding as Legette-Jack was talking about a contract extension beyond 2013 with current AD Fred Glass, since her previous dealings were with Greenspan. And she was talking about how that contract impacted her ability to recruit 2012 and 2013 classes, currently high school sophomores and juniors. Meanwhile, I was unaware of the extension, hence some crossed wires in the course of our conversation.


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Indiana coach Kevin Wilson walks to the podium before being introduced Tuesday. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

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The Wilson press conference transcript

I believe Andy, Hugh and I have combined to write about 100 inches of copy (roughly 3,000-4,000 words) on Kevin Wilson’s hiring today and there are still a lot of topics we still haven’t come close to discussing that were addressed in the press conference. For instance, in our stories tomorrow, you won’t find anything about how Wilson’s contract is being paid for (money from media contracts with Leerfield Communications and the Big Ten Network), whether or not Wilson plans to call the plays on offense (he isn’t sure yet), or his recruiting philosophies (he’ll start with Indiana and build out, and will recruit Texas and Florida).

You might read more about it later this week, but for now I think the best thing to do is just give it to you all at once, and thankfully, the good people at iuhoosiers.com (a.k.a. the IU sports information department) have made that pretty easy on me. So what follows is a transcript of today’s press conference, as posted on the Indiana athletics website. (more…)


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