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The latest on Mo Creek

Creek is wheeled off the floor, a towel covering his knee.

[12:25 p.m. UPDATE, from Chris Korman]

Sorry to be late with this. Been getting some things done. Mostly, watching the college basketball. Which, when you are a college basketball writer, can be considered “getting some things done.” My parents are so impressed with how much I work.

Anywhere, here’s the latest, via IU news release:

Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean has announced that freshman guard Maurice Creek (Oxon Hill, Maryland/Hargrave Military Academy) underwent surgery today to repair damage to his left knee, which was injured Monday night in a game against Bryant.

“In visiting with Dr. Steve Ahlfeld, the surgery went very well and we expect a full recovery,” said Crean. “His rehabilitation will start as soon as possible.”

Creek, who leads the Hoosiers averaging 16.4 points, is not expected to return to the lineup this season.

“After spending time with Maurice and his family tonight, it is clear they are very touched by all the support they have received from fans and friends across the country,” Crean added.

[5:45 p.m.UPDATE, from Dustin Dopirak]

Indiana has provided no update on Maurice Creek’s surgery yet, but we managed to get a hold of a few doctors who specialize in this sort of thing. They obviously aren’t directly connected to Indiana so none of them have seen x-rays or MRI’s of Creek’s knee but they were able to provide some insight. We’ll hit the general points here and discuss them more in detail in tomorrow’s Herald-Times.

A knee fracture, they said, is a vague diagnosis that could mean a fracture of any of the four bones that make up the knee: the fibula, femur, patella and tibia. Because Creek had surgery, they deduced that it had to be one of the latter three bones because if it was the fibula, Creek would have just been put in a cast and there would be no operation. One doctor said that from seeing the pictures in the newspaper he deduced that it was a broken patella, which is the knee cap. That, however, doesn’t make it any more or less of a problem than the femur or tibia.

The general recovery time, they said, is three to four months. It requires about six to eight weeks of healing before an athlete can begin full-scale therapy, then another six to eight weeks of recovery time before someone can get back to running and jumping and playing basketball. Creek will eventually have a full recovery, they said, but there is a question about whether or not he will return to pre-injury strength next season.

“With any kind of knee injury, whether it’s an ACL tear or a knee fracture or anything, that first season back, you can tell they’re just not their old self,” said Dr. Greg Estes, an orthopedic surgeon at Indiana Orthopedic Center in Indianapolis. “It’s usually not until their second season that they’re back to what they used to be. That’s not a hard and fast rule, but it’s a pretty common thing.”


Maurice Creek, who suffered a fractured knee in Indiana’s win against Bryant last night, will probably not have surgery until later today. His mother was being flown into town so that she could be with him at the time of the procedure.

Meanwhile, we’re trying to figure out what exactly a fractured knee might involve. Yes, we’ve visited all the same Web sites you have. But we’re also trying to employ the ancient journalistic technique of interviewing people. So far, we’ve had little luck getting a doctor on the phone. Turns out people like to take this week off from work.

We’ll bring you whatever update we can in the coming hours.

Who is Steve Addazio?

I’ve been thinking about the above question for a few days. Dude was an assistant at Indiana earlier in the decade and now he’s the interim coach at Florida.

Quite an interesting journey.

We weren’t here during Addazio’s tenure, which coincided with Gerry DiNardo’s. So what I know about him is: he was a prolific screamer on the practice field and his daughter interned in the sports department of this newspaper.

Pete Thamel, college writer for the New York Times, discovered more about Addazio.

The subject of football coaching has been as popular as any on this here blog. You’ll learn from the above story that Addazio is a master motivator. Here is what The Chosen One said:

“He’s got the best leadership qualities of any coach we have on the team,” Tebow said. “He can inspire, motivate and drive people like not many people I’ve been around. I’m so excited and proud for Coach Addazio.”

So I ask: do you believe this is the sort of leadership that has been missing at Indiana? Every staff obviously needs to have a good mix of personalities, and Bill Lynch has emphasized a need for teaching and development at Indiana (which does not recruit at quite the same level as Florida.) But my feeling from reading many of your comments is that some of you believe Indiana players aren’t being pushed enough. This provides an interesting frame for that discussion.

ScoopTalk: Creek breaks his knee

Indiana 90, Bryant 42 (rotten luck 1, Hoosiers 0)

This about says it all.

Click here to see a full gallery of Chris Howell’s photographs, including more of the Creek injury.

[1:00 UPDATE]

Crean confirmed for us in his post-game press conference that Creek fractured his knee and will have surgery later today. Steve Ahlfeld will perform the procedure in Indianapolis. Creek’s parents are being flown from Maryland to spend time with him.

You can listen to all of Crean’s remarks by clicking here.

Obviously losing the leading scorer on the team — who was also the leading freshman scorer in the country — will have major ramifications for Indiana. It is a bit difficult to put much thought into those now. The Hoosiers were engaged in such a meaningless contest when Creek went down, and it was dragging late into the night (the 9 p.m. start was absurd). Creek crumpling to the floor was a jarring sight; it will also be the lasting one from this night.

We hope to have an update on Creek in the morning, and we’ll begin looking forward to how the Hoosiers will evolve without him.

[11:34 UPDATE]

Tom Crean said on his post-game radio interview that Maurice Creek fractured his knee and will require surgery.


Look at those faces.

Look at that knee.

It is too early to tell for sure what happened to freshman star Maurice Creek’s knee at the 15:26 mark of the second half today (unless, of course, you are a doctor; then go ahead and share your thoughts.) Creek was on the floor for a good while, and eventually taken off on a stretcher. He used his shirt to cover his face as the fans cheered for him.

We hope to have updates for you on Creek’s status soon.

But to say this much is not going to far: it does not look good.

Bryant at Indiana: Discuss it here

Lynch inks a JUCO cornerback

Don’t know a whole lot about this other than what we learned from IU’s official release. Dustin and I are in transit today, but we’ll try to figure out more about this cat pronto.

Indiana head coach Bill Lynch has generally avoided the quick fix of junior college players, preferring to build the program through redshirting freshmen and developing players over five years. But Indiana is thin — think wet tissue paper — at corner and linebacker. They’ve now signed one player at each of those spots, and have a commitment from CB Andre Kates (who is visiting other schools and can’t sign until February.)

The release:


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana head football coach Bill Lynch announced today that Lenyatta Kiles has signed a National Letter of Intent and will enroll at Indiana University for the 2010 spring semester. Kiles is the Hoosiers’ second signee this month, joining linebacker Jeff Thomas (Los Altos Hills, Calif./Foothill Community College).

Kiles is a 6-0, 190-pound cornerback from Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif. He earned all-conference honors as a sophomore this season with two interceptions, 11 pass breakups, 30 tackles (20 solo), 1.5 tackles for loss and one forced fumble.

Cerritos finished 2009 with a 9-2 record and earned the third seed in the playoffs. As a freshman, Kiles appeared in six games and made nine tackles, along with three pass breakups, an interception and a tackle for loss.

Kiles attended Culver City (Calif.) High School and finished his senior campaign by being named an All-Ocean League pick and a first team All-CIF selection. He recorded 73 tackles and four interceptions, including a 96-yarder he took back for a score. Kiles earned three letters in football and basketball and two in track and field.

The son of Lenyatta and Linda Kiles was born on March 3, 1990, and intends to study communications.

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