Indiana-Illinois football preview

By   |   Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008 - 8:57 PM   |   2 comments

You can check out Jared Poertner’s weekly preview by clicking here. Like at least a few other people, Jared isn’t feeling too positive about the Hoosiers’ chances this week.



Lewis still day-to-day

By   |   Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008 - 8:52 PM   |   2 comments

The Indiana football team practiced this afternoon, with coaches once again punishing players and entire units when things went wrong

This week has definitely brought out a more antagonistic relationship between player and coach; it’s also amped up some of the players. There was more yapping and screaming out of the team than there has been in a while. You could also see that the increased “good vs. good” sessions — where the top players faced the top players instead of the scout teams — brought out more intensity from all involved.

“Really what we did was went back to a preseason camp mindset,” head coach Bill Lynch said. “More good-on-good, more competition, rewarding winners, getting after them for breakdowns and mistakes. I think they responded well.”

Starting quarterback Kellen Lewis sat out again. He appeared with a boot on his right foot again, and Lynch said he is “day-to-day.” This is the first time Lewis’ has worked through an injury of this nature, and Lynch wasn’t sure how he would respond.



Basketball graduation success rates: Marquette 100, Indiana 62

By   |   Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008 - 5:37 PM   |   5 comments

Just released by IU– Graduation success rates for Indiana’s athletic program as a whole and for selected individual sports. These numbers involve athletes who enrolled at IU in 1998-2001, meaning most of them would have graduated or otherwise left school sometime in 2002-2006.

Some of the key figures: NCAA Division I (all schools) 78 percent, IU (all sports) 81 percent, IU men’s basketball 62 percent, IU football 68 percent, IU women’s basketball 90 percent.

You can compare that to Marquette basketball under Tom Crean at 100 percent, according to the NCAA figures. I also looked up the rate for Oklahoma men’s basketball for this period under Kelvin Sampson: 55 percent.
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Vaden arrested in Bloomington

By   |   Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008 - 4:40 PM   |   12 comments

Here’s a story from our cops writer, Marci Creps . . . .

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A former Indiana University basketball player was arrested on an alcohol-related charge following an incident downtown.

Robert Vaden, 23, of Indianapolis, was arrested on a preliminary charge of public intoxication.

Vaden is a former IU basketball player who is now a senior at The University of Alabama Birmingham.

Bloomington Police Officer Ian Lovan was on patrol early Saturday morning. At 1:56 a.m., Lovan saw a man in a red shirt who appeared intoxicated and was pushing people in front of the 300 block of North Walnut Street.

Lovan spoke to the man, later identified as Vaden. According to the police report, Vaden appeared intoxicated. Lovan administered several dexterity tests on Vaden, which he failed.


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Choose your own adventure: IU football edition

By   |   Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008 - 6:32 PM   |   7 comments

After the game, Bill Lynch said he would examine every aspect of the program right now.

“You get done with a game like that you evaluate everything,” he said.

That includes “what we’re doing, who we’re playing, the different areas we’re really failing ourselves,” he said.

It’s clear that many of the most serious IU football fans (or at least the serious ones who like to be heard) believe Lynch has not done a sufficient job of coaching the team this year.

Let’s not bother discussing whether Lynch should be fired. There’s too much we don’t know — such as who the athletic director who would have to make that decision would be — to reasonably consider it.

What we can discuss is actual steps Indiana can take to improve now. So, evaluate everything. Then, outline your plan for making it better.



Iowa at Indiana: Discuss it here

By   |   Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008 - 11:33 AM   |   10 comments



IU’s bill: a quarter mil (so far)

By   |   Friday, Oct. 10, 2008 - 1:51 PM   |   6 comments

Here you go, Ice Miller.Here’s a story from today’s paper:

Indiana has been charged $249,806.39 by the Indianapolis law firm Ice Miller for its work on investigating violations committed by the men’s basketball program and assisting the university in its dealings with the NCAA regarding the matter.

But that tab — calculated using billing records obtained Thursday by The Herald-Times through a public records request — covers only charges accumulated between the months of July 2007, when the investigation started, and March 2008.

Ice Miller continues to work with the school. Lawyers from the firm attended Indiana’s June hearing in Seattle and also helped craft a response to the committee on infractions’ contention that the athletic department failed to monitor two former basketball coaches.


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