This morning is full of good Hoosier news. Former IU track star David Neville won a bronze medal in Beijing today as part of a US sweep in the 400.
Here’s the release from IU:
BEIJING, China – Former Hoosier All-American David Neville finished third in the finals of the 400-meter dash on Thursday to complete a sweep of the medals by Team USA. The finish makes the Merrillville, Ind. native the first individual Olympic medalist for Indiana track and field since Willie May took the silver medal in the 1960 games and the first medalist in any event since 1984.
Neville, who raced out of lane nine, finished in 44.80 seconds, which was just six hundredths of a second behind defending gold medalist and fellow American Jeremy Wariner, who took the silver. The gold went to LaShawn Merritt, also of the United States. The sweep marks the second consecutive Olympic Games in which the Americans have stocked the medal stand in the men’s 400m dash.
“Anytime a former IU track and field athlete performs on the world stage, it brings honor to our program, and we are very proud of David’s accomplishment,” said Indiana director and head coach of track and field Ron Helmer.
Neville was a four-time Big Ten champion and a five-time All-American at Indiana in only three years of competition. He donned the cream and crimson from 2003 to 2005.
Neville will return to action in the 4x400m relay on Friday. The first heat for the relays is slated to start at 8:10 a.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 22.
IU has just announced that safety Jerimy Finch has received a waiver that will allow him to play in games this season, rather than sit out a year after transferring from Florida.
Here’s the entire release from IU:
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Ian Rickerby, Assistant Athletics Director for Compliance, announced Thursday that he has been notified by the NCAA that the Subcommittee on Legislative Relief (SLR) waiver submitted on Jerimy Finch’s behalf has been granted. The ruling is consistent with similar cases involving extenuating personal circumstances.
This means that the sophomore safety will be able to compete immediately for Indiana University beginning this fall. The Indianapolis native came to IU this summer after attending the University of Florida a year ago.
The 6-1, 215-pounder appeared in three games at linebacker for the Gators before suffering a broken leg vs. Tennessee that ended his season. He collected seven total tackles (four solo) and was one of three true freshmen to record an interception. Finch picked off his pass against Tennessee and added three tackles in the Gators’ victory.
He attended Warren Central High School, where he was rated the No. 1 safety in the nation by Rivals.com and the top player in the Hoosier state by Rivals.com and Scout.com in 2007. As a senior, he helped lead Warren Central to its fourth consecutive Class 5A state title, the first high school football team to accomplish that feat in the state of Indiana. Finch collected Class 5A all-state honors in both his senior and junior years.
Third in a series of position previews
PROJECTED STARTERS: OLB Will Patterson, 6-1, 235, Jr.; MLB Matt Mayberry, 6-2, 236, Jr.; OLB Geno Johnson, 6-2, 230, Sr.
STARTERS LOST: MLB Adam McClurg (started 13 games)
KEY RESERVES: OLB Justin Carrington, 6-0, 225, Jr.; OLB Darius Johnson, 6-0, 235, Fr.; MLB Tyler Replogle, 6-2, 235, So.
2007 REVIEW: The linebackers were in on plenty of tackles (all five who were regulars in the rotation finished in the top 12 on the team in tackles) but, like the rest of the defense, struggled against more physical opponents.
Morgan Newton, the dynamic quarterback from Carmel, is set to make his college choice known on Thursday.
Though Newton has said he’ll choose one of six schools, including Indiana, it appears the Hoosiers are a long-shot at this point to land the 5-star who is ranked by Scout.com the No. 7 QB in the class of 2009 and No. 18 at his position by Rivals.com.
We’ll try to monitor the situation but right now there’s been little indication that Indiana has moved to the forefront, but Newton himself has said he might not make the decision until right before the announcement.
His coach at Carmel is Mo Moriarity, the former Bloomington South head man who had a stint as an assistant at Indiana.
Indiana already has commitments from 3-star prospects Dustin Kiel (Columbus) and Edward Wright-Baker (Jeffersonville).
The Big Ten Network will have an 8-1/2 hour block of Indiana football coverage Wednesday night. Here’s the schedule:
6pm â€“ Indiana 2007-08 Year in Review
6:30pm â€“ Big Ten Football Preview: Indiana (debut)
7pm â€“ Big Tenâ€™s Greatest Games: 2007 Purdue at Indiana
9pm â€“ Big Ten Tonight: Indiana Football Practice (repeat from last week)
10:30pm â€“ Indiana 2007-08 Year in Review
11pm â€“ Big Ten Football Preview: Indiana
11:30pm â€“ Big Tenâ€™s Greatest Games: 1999 Illinois at Indiana
Released from IU: Five-time NCAA All-American David Neville kept his dreams of Olympic gold alive today, advancing to the finals of the 400m dash. The former Hoosier finished second in his semifinal just behind Leslie Djhone of France.
Neville finished in 44.91 seconds to take one of the eight spots in the event finals. Neville is joined in the finals by fellow Americans Jeremy Wariner and LaShawn Merritt.
Neville was a four-time Big Ten champion at Indiana in only three years of competition. He donned the cream and crimson from 2003 to 2005.
Neville will run in the 400m finals on Thursday, Aug. 21 at 9:20 a.m. ET.
Here’s a copy of it in PDF format.
And here’s a copy of IU’s official press release on the matter.
Indiana University has officially signed Tom Crean to lead the Hoosiers men’s basketball program to a 10-year contract that will pay him $600,000 per year in base salary and an additional $15.72 million in outside marketing and promotional income during the life of the deal.Â The agreement is retroactive to April 2, 2008 and expires on June 30, 2018.
“I left a very special situation at Marquette when Indiana offered me this opportunity,” said Crean.Â “I wanted to make sure that if I left, I would be going to a place that would be a destination for my family and allow me to build a program for the long haul with the same security.”
Crean also could earn an additional $560,000 per year in incentives should the Hoosiers win the Big Ten and NCAA Championships in the same season.
“I appreciate the confidence that President McRobbie and the University have shown in me by offering the two additional years to the agreement,” said Crean. “It is a great responsibility to lead this program and I look forward to the challenge of bringing the program the respect it deserves.Â The process of restoring this great program is going to take a lot of time, more than probably any of us anticipated.”
When Crean was hired in April, it was announced he had agreed to an eight-year relationship in a letter of understanding.Â Two years were added to the deal, not because of the NCAA’s Failure to Monitor allegation, but because of administrative changes on campus.
Should Crean decide to leave IU he would owe the University $3 million after years one thru three of the agreement, $2 million after years four thru five, and $1 million for years six thru 10.
“It is very easy to sell the tradition that is Indiana basketball knowing that we are committed to IU for a long time and that the University believes in what we are trying to accomplish,” added Crean.Â “I’m especially grateful for the way Rick Greenspan, former players, supporters and the entire Hoosier Nation have made my family feel welcome and helped us during this transition.”