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Tim Hiller is less than a year away from earning his masters in business administration (MBA), which he will do within five years of enrolling as an undergraduate freshman. He has never had a B in his life.
Try wrapping your mind around that for a second. From first grade through a year of graduate school, the Western Michigan quarterback never screwed up enough in any subject to have less than a 90 percent success rate. Impressive, and sort of a little sickening, right?
And while he was doing that, he managed to become a successful Division I QB who could earn every significant career MAC passing record by season’s end. Plus, he’s done a mission trip to Trinidad.
Yet somehow, his future aspiration is to be a football coach, which WMU coach Bill Cubit said is the dumbest thing he’s ever heard him say.
“He likes to bring that up,” Hiller said. “A lot of people tell me, ‘You could make a lot more money using that MBA.’ But you’ve gotta do what you love.”
Dustin Dopirak is writing a story for tomorrow’s Herald-Times about Western Michigan quarterback Tim Hiller, a Davey O’Brien Award candidate.
Here’s a spliced-together video of Hiller’s performance against Michigan. You’ll see that he is very good at working his corners and taking what is given to him. He has a few dropped passes, as well, that could have been big gains.
Drew Adams, a Bloomington South grad who is also a prominent coach in the Indiana Elite AAU program, has been named to Tom Crean’s staff. He’ll assume the role of coordinator of basketball systems, which is a new position on staff.
Adam spent the last two seasons as a student assistant at Tennessee. He also played one season at Iowa under Steve Alford (current Indiana assistant Tim Buckley was on the staff there at the time.) Adams played three years for South and was the leading scorer and team captain his senior year.
“It’s pretty special for him to be able to work for a program he grew up around,” said Drew’s father Mark. “He had other offers, but being able to be here and be part of Indiana basketball was something he couldn’t pass up.”
Drew has worked as an assistant coach for several of his father’s AAU teams. Most recently he had a heavy influence on the Team Indiana Under-16 and Under-15 teams. The former included recent Indiana commit Austin Etherington and another target for that class, guard Jeremiah Davis. The latter includes D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, one of the most coveted guards in the 2012 class.
Mark Adams is the founder and president of the A-HOPE (African Hoop Opportunities Providing an Education) Foundation. Through that program, he has managed to provide $3 million worth of schooling for students who otherwise would have struggled to make it to college, Mark Adams said Wednesday.
Some of those players have turned out to be top prospects. Emmanuel Negedu was highly-touted wing who ended up at Tennessee; Peter Jurkin and Hanner Parea are top 25 prospects in the 2012 class and played for Team Indiana.
Left guard Justin Pagan practiced Tuesday for the first time — at an open practice anyway — since injuring his left ankle the week before the Eastern Kentucky game. It was the biggest news on Wednesday, the final open practice before Saturday’s game against Western Michigan. Pagan was listed as questionable on the injury report released on Tuesday.
“It seems like he’s doing good,” Indiana coach Bill Lynch said. “We’ve been smart. He’s playing. We’re not going every down, because I think generally guys with ankles, you can overdo it and then they get tired and that’s when someone rolls up on them. It’s nice to have him in there. Even though Marc Damisch really graded out well last week, Justin’s got a lot of experience and physically, it would be nice to get him back in there next to Rodger (Saffold).”
Kicker Mitch Ewald, who was upgraded to probable this week after missing game one with an oblique strain, is closer to being ready as well, but Lynch said it will be difficult for him to unseat starter Nick Freeland.
“I think his health is much better,” Lynch said. “We’re still not having him kickoff so he doesn’t put stress on his back with kickoffs, but his extra points and field goals have been good. But Freeland kicked well Thursday and he kicked well Tuesday and Wednesday. If a guy’s starter and he’s playing pretty well, the next guy’s gotta do something special to move ahead of him.”
Our online discussion, held each Thursday at 11 a.m., will represent the last gasp of the current HeraldTimesOnline.com.
A new site, with improved navigation and other features, should debut early in the afternoon Thursday. We’ll be anxious to get your feedback then.
Indiana will celebrate 125 years of football this weekend with a player reunion. In anticipation of the event, we had Lynn Houser write a story about the Hoosiers’ century and a quarter of mostly futility.
Because we determined long ago that at least 80 percent of you don’t read the paper (or subscribe to our Web site), I’ve pasted the story, which ran Sunday, below. It should spark some interesting conversation. (One person on the story comments suggested that our whole staff be fired as a result of this article; I disagreed.)
Bill Lynch was far more fiery than usual at today’s Indiana practice.
When Matt Ernest beat Richard Council for a deep grab — strong throw by Chappell, better catch — Lynch raced at Council and told him that he couldn’t fall asleep and that plays like that would hurt the team.
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