Finch leaving football program

Jerimy Finch, who was rated the No. 1 safety in the nation in high school by and transferred to Indiana from Florida, is leaving the IU football program according too the following IU release.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana head football coach Bill Lynch announced Friday that safety Jerimy Finch will not return to the team in 2010 and will pursue other options outside the program. Finch, who joined the Hoosiers in 2008, played in 12 career games.

“We thank Jerimy for his contributions to the program and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors,” Lynch said.

Finch starred at Warren Central High School where he was an all-state pick and starred on state championship teams his junior and senior year. At Indiana, however, he never got his name to the top of the depth chart. He had two fumble recoveries last season, but both of those came through special teams. Even when IU starting safeties Nick Polk and Austin Thomas missed games with injuries, Finch still didn’t get into the starting rotation. Indiana coach Bill Lynch was frequently asked for reasons why the once highly-touted recruit rarely saw the field, but typically deflected those inquiries.

Attempts to reach Finch have so far been unsuccessful.

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Howard’s Coach: Walk-On came a long way

When Eric Rauch took over the Westfield High School basketball program last year, he didn’t think he had a college athlete on his hands in Jeff Howard. The 6-foot-8, 225-pound center had received virtually zero recruiting attention heading into his senior year, even though he had made the rounds of the summer AAU circuit.

But after a year of vast improvements, Howard will not only be playing college basketball, but playing at his dream school. Rauch confirmed an Indianapolis Star report that Howard had agreed to play at Indiana as a preferred walk-on.

“He is just starting to get the scope of what he can be,” Rauch said. “If you told me when he first came in that he would be playing college ball much less at Indiana, I would’ve been a little surprised, but he’s really worked and responded to the opportunities given to him.” (more…)

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A fascinating few days in the world of misbehavin’

Some of you have been here a while and slogged through those intense, entangled days when Indiana drew so much of the NCAA’s ire by not following recruiting rules (or the sanctions that stemmed from the time the coach IU hired failed to follow rules at his previous school.)

Because I am a reporter and am therefore not in the least bit normal, I think longingly of those days. There was so much to discover, so much to try to figure out, so much thirst for understanding from all around. Obviously it was a heartbreaking time for all involved, and especially the fans who played no role and suffered slings and arrows and, worse, the prospect of being lumped in with mischievous programs such as Kentucky.

I never want any of you to go back there. But I can’t sit here and pretend that this stuff doesn’t fascinate me more now than it ever did. After going through the NCAA process, and seeing some of the holes and flaws in it, I’m drawn to any issues that arise with major programs. There’s been plenty recently. (more…)

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