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Smith, Zeigler, Boyd leaving football team

From IU athletic media relations:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University head football coach Bill Lynch announced Friday afternoon that cornerback Cortez Smith and offensive lineman Dennis Zeigler will not return to the team. Additionally, defensive lineman Jeff Boyd will not return to pursue other options.

Smith did not see any action and redshirted the 2008 season, while Zeigler played in four games during his redshirt freshman campaign. Boyd played in seven games as a redshirt freshman last year.

The background here, of course, is that Smith and Zeigler have both been charged with two felonies (robbery resulting in bodily injury and burglary) for their involvement in a home invasion and robbery in Bloomington on Dec. 17.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Zeigler was inside an apartment on Muller Parkway when Smith and an accomplice, Lazelle McClellon, knocked on the door and one of them punched the person who answered. They then proceeded to steal an XBox, an IPod, some cash, wallets and about a quarter ounce of marijuana.

Zeigler, meanwhile, crawled to the door and closed it, which tipped off to the victims, who he knew previously, that he was involved.

Indiana now has three more scholarships to use for its 2009 recruiting class, which currently numbers 16 players. They will be able to sign letters of intent Feb. 4.


No letdown for IU women

The Indiana women’s basketball team remained in sole possession of first place in the Big Ten with a 60-50 win at Michigan Thursday night. The Hoosiers recorded nine first-half steals in racing to a 36-19 halftime lead, then held off the pesky Wolverines in the second half. Michigan got as close as 10 with just under three minutes to go, but Indiana closed out the win.

Amber Jackson led the way with 18 points and nine rebounds, and Jamie Braun added 16 points for the Hoosiers (14-3, 7-1 Big Ten).


They’re back

A humorous poster.

Another Fred Glass move: Bring back the old posters that were printed prior to each home game back in the 1980s and hung in the windows of dorms and local businesses, such as the one above.

About 400 of these will be delivered to IU businesses tomorrow, and they’ll also be spread around on campus.

If you’d like to get one, you can call the IU athletics marketing department at 812-856-0145.


Felisha Legette-Jack on Obama

IU women’s basketball coach Felisha Legette-Jack.

On the inauguration:

“My staff and I got together and watched (the inauguration) in my office. What a moment, what a moment … what a speech, what a vision of hope (Obama) exudes. Even if you are Republican, Democrat, liberal, whatever, you have to be moved by his commitment to give us the hope we need right now. They try to say our America is in crisis. Well, you know what? We feel like we can fix it. Why? Because we all can pull up our sleeves and do some work because he gave us permission to help.”

On seeing so many people lining streets:

“To me, it exuded unity. It didn’t exude a black president or a white president. It exuded unity that we are so ready for somebody to say, ‘I give you permission to come as one whomever it might be, a woman, a man, black, white. We are just so ready to drop our guards and be from the inside in judgement. He came at the right time because we were absolutely ready for this.”


Crean > Churchill (Or, how you can get a free shirt)

Nice.

IU has announced that all attendees of Sunday’s noon game against Minnesota will receive the above shirt so that the desired “whiteout” effect can be achieved.  You can read the press release below.

But first, while we’re quoting Churchill, there’s this line that might apply to some of the discussions we’ve had here: “A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.

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Jeffries reflects on Obama’s win, his father’s past

Jared Jeffries

Jared Jeffries, guarding last year’s No. 1 pick, Derrick Rose, on Monday in the above photo, told the New York Post why President Barack Obama’s inaugration meant so much to him.

“My dad’s uncle was killed. The sheriff just walked in and took him. It was part of life in Mississippi; the law enforcement was corrupt, the Klan was still very strong. You had a lot of families that were affected by that. That happened a lot, and there were no consequences,” Jeffries said. “That’s how far this country has come.

“I talked to my dad all through the (race). My dad grew up in Mississippi, was a sharecropper and picked cotton by hand when he was young. For the world to come as far as it’s come just during his generation, and to see a black president in his lifetime, it’s incredible. For people of my father’s generation to see this moment is incredible.”

Jeffries, who starred at Bloomington North and Indiana University, worked, along with teammates Chris Duhon and Malik Rose, with 30 foster children at Planet Hollywood yesterday. The event was sponsored by the Garden of Dreams Foundation.

Jeffries, who has started 12 of the 19 games he has played this season, is averaging 4.7 points and 4.8 rebounds a contest. Those are his best numbers since arriving in New York three seasons ago.


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