Crean to address IU student body

By   |   Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008 - 8:05 PM   |   19 comments

[UPDATE]

I’m bumping this up to remind you of this opportunity (because it’s on Monday) and also inform you of a second chance to see Tom Crean in as many days.

IU’s new men’s basketball coach will also appear at Chalk Talk on Tuesday night.

Here’s a release on that.

Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean will answer questions from students and fans at the third installment of Chalk Talk on Tuesday, October 7, 2008. The event will begin at 7:00 at the Hoosier Den. The Hoosier Den is located in Gresham Hall at Foster Quad. The event is free and open to the public.

IUHoosiers.com and All Access contributor Jeremy Gray will host the event and Coach Crean will take questions from the crowd for an hour. Questions can range from inquiries about this year’s team, to his coaching background, to basic questions about strategy and philosophy. Chalk Talk is a program conducted in conjunction with IU Sports Properties and RPS.

Chalk Talk will feature a variety of coaches and players over the course of the school year and fans can join the ‘Chalk Talk’ group on Facebook.

The release about Crean’s talk at the IU Auditorium can be found after the jump.


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Ball State is ranked, other observations

By   |   Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008 - 8:03 PM   |   1 comment

The new polls are out.

For the first time in school history, Ball State is ranked. The Cardinals debut at No. 25 in the AP poll, but don’t yet appear on the coaches’ poll.

Speaking of the coaches’ poll….it reveals an, umm, interesting road ahead for Indiana. Northwestern (No. 22), Wisconsin (No. 24) and Penn State (No. 6) all loom for the Hoosiers, as does Illinois (receiving votes.)

Indiana also has Iowa (which lost 16-13 to Michigan State last week), Central Michigan (which had a bye) and Purdue (a 20-6 loser to Penn State) left on the schedule.



Michigan at Indiana soccer

By   |   Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008 - 7:25 PM   |   2 comments

Another beautiful night for soccer at Armstrong Stadium with the IU men hosting Michigan in the second Big Ten game of the season. The Wolverines are coming off a 3-1 upset of No. 14 Notre Dame on Wednesday. The Hoosiers are currently ranked No. 17. Stay tuned to see what happens on Parents’ Day.

45:00, FIRST HALF

Lee Hagedorn is replacing Tommy Meyer in the IU starting lineup for the second straight game. Meyer left the UCSB game early, looking a little banged up. That appears to be the reason for the change, but not sure about that yet. Meyer did not play at Evansville Tuesday.


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This picture tells the story well

By   |   Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008 - 4:22 PM   |   3 comments

Minnesota rejoices.

It’s Minnesota, gleefully claiming a ball that seconds before had belonged to Indiana.

So the the Gophers only won the turnover battle by 1 (an interception and two fumble recoveries compared to two fumble recoveries by Indiana). But when and where they swiped the ball away was the difference:

  • Minnesota was the first to cough it up, when Adam Weber fumbled the ball with five minutes left in the first half, and Kevin Burrus jumped on it at Indiana’s 34. That set up the Hoosiers to tie it at 7.
  • Except that Ben Chappell immediately threw the ball right to Lee Campbell, a linebacker for the Gophers.
  • Coming out for the second half — lucky to be tied at 7 — Indiana seemed to have found the gaps in Minnesota’s defense. It moved 64 yards in seven plays, as Marcus Thigpen and Ray Fisher sped through the bewildered Gophers. On 2nd down from Minnesota’s 16, though, Kellen Lewis couldn’t escape the rush and instead raised his arm to throw. He fumbled, and Campbell fell on it. The Gophers drove down and kicked the field goal.
  • Still, the Hoosiers only trialed by three points. Minnesota hadn’t found a way to pull away. The Gophers had another chance to when Ray Fisher’s kick catching interference gave them the ball at Indiana’s 40 a few minutes later. They started driving with a mix of passes to star receiver Eric Decker and a few DeLeon Eskridge runs. But as Eskridge tried to slide around the left side near the Hoosiers’ 15-yard-line, safety Nick Polk, playing with an injured knee, exploded into him and jarred the ball loose. May Mayberry was there to fall on it.
  • Three plays later Kellen Lewis juked after a 12-yard-run — even though he’d earned the first down 9-yards ago — and had the ball knocked out his hand. Tramaine Brock fell on it, and Minnesota took a 13-7 lead seven plays later.


Getting ready to go at the Dome

By   |   Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008 - 11:46 AM   |   12 comments

Bill Lynch watches his team warm up Saturday morning.



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One last time at the Metrodome

By   |   Friday, Oct. 3, 2008 - 8:20 PM   |   1 comment

Saturday will mark Indiana last game at the Metrodome with Minnesota moving into its new $288.5 million TCF Bank Stadium next season. Here’s a closer look at the Metrodome and Indiana’s history there:

The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome

Years played in: 1982-2008

Location: Downtown Minneapolis, about two (long, cold) miles from the heart of campus.

History: Instead of renovating its on-campus digs in the early 1980’s, Minnesota opted to move across the river to the just-opened Metrodome in 1982. While Gophers fans originally enjoyed not freezing during games held in the second half of the season, the venue never had much of a college feel. That and the fact that the university was not generating an optimum amount of revenue led to the proposal for a new stadium.

The Dome’s days seem numbered: the Minnesota Twins have begun construction on a new baseball-stadium with a price tag of more than $500 million, while the Vikings are hoping to build spend close to $1 billion dollars on a new facility in the near future.

The Hoosiers have gone 4-7 in games at the Metrodome, but have lost their last four games there.

1. Oct. 16, 1982: W, 40-21
Indiana ruined Minnesota’s first homecoming in its new home, as Orlando Brown ran 25 times for 159 yards and three touchdowns to give coach Lee Corso one of five wins in his final season with the Hoosiers.
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