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Tuesday practice observations

Bill Lynch was far more fiery than usual at today’s Indiana practice.

When Matt Ernest beat Richard Council for a deep grab — strong throw by Chappell, better catch — Lynch raced at Council and told him that he couldn’t fall asleep and that plays like that would hurt the team.

A few other thoughts from the day:

  • Dusty Kiel torched the first-team defense for a couple of deep completions. He was running the scout team, so it’s entirely possible that the defenders were adjusting to unusual formations or routes. Kiel made a few great throws and had a receiver — Duwyce Wilson — he’s familiar with.
  • Bryan Payton said he pulled aside freshman running back Darius Willis after Thursday’s game to tell him to forget about fumbling the ball on his first career carry. Willis only had two carries after that. “He’s going to be a great player,” said Payton, a senior running back. “It’s going to be funny years from now when he’s in the NFL and he tells people that his first carry was a fumble.”
  • Quarterback Ben Chappell said Indiana’s struggles in the third quarter against Easter Kentucky “were a matter of executing.” The Colonels weren’t giving a different look, he said. And Indiana proved it could do what it needed to do with two strong drives in the fourth, he said.
  • Several players were able to watch Michigan beat this week’s opponent, Western Michigan, on Saturday. Both Chappell and Payton caled Western Michigan a “tough defense” and said that the Broncos might be more aggressive playing against Indiana. “They weren’t blitzing as much, but that might be a game-plan thing,” Chappell said. Payton believes Western Michigan will probably try to slow the run and force Indiana to throw, as EKU did.

Crean talks directly to you

Well, Indiana coach Tom Crean has come up with another way to talk directly to you, the fans: Twitter video.

Let’s just say this is way more than 140 characters. During a monologue that lasts more than six minutes, Crean talks about:

— How individual workouts are going.

— Jordan Hulls has been slightly hobbled by an ankle. The coaching staff has loved, so far, how he listens to direction and really heeds what he is being told to do.

— Some of the freshmen (Bawa Muniru, Christian Watford and Bobby Capobianco, he names by name) have to learn how to work “at this level.”

— Muniru apparently wears a sport coat and necktie to class each day. You should not make fun of him for that.

— Of the returners, Verdell Jones has completely changed his game; Matt Roth needs to make more outside shots; and Tom Pritchard needs to lose weight and release his jumper on his way up, not on his way down.


Lynch’s Press Conference

Bill Lynch’s press conference on Tuesday wasn’t much different than his coaches’ show Monday or his press conference Friday, but there is some interesting injury news to report.

The status of guard Cody Faulkner is the most intriguing change. He’s now listed as probable after recovering from a broken foot. He isn’t listed on the depth chart yet, and Lynch said he is concerned about his conditioning after being out so long — which means he may not play. Both cornerback Donnell Jones and Justin Pagan are listed as questionable, and Lynch said he is concerned about making sure both of them are healthy before he lets either of them play in the game. Freshman kicker Mitch Ewald, who was out last week with an injured oblique, is also listed as probable, and could insert himself back into the kicking competition shortly.

I’ll put more info up later.


Full Depth Chart

OFFENSE

LT
76 Rodger Saffold, 6-5, 318, Sr./Sr.
72 Andrew McDonald, 6-6, 309, Jr./So.

LG
65 Marc Damisch, 6-6, 304, So./Fr.
70 Justin Pagán, 6-5, 311, So./So. (more…)


Lynch’s Coaches Show

I expect this will be the case for most of these, but Indiana coach Bil Lynch didn’t break any major news at his weekly coaches’ show Monday night. Mostly, he addressed some of the same things he did at his press conference Friday — it was a good win, crowd was great, need to run the ball better, Western Michigan is a really good team, etc.

Some comments from the player guests, defensive end Jammie Kirlew and right guard Pete Saxon, were interesting, however. Most of the players who spoke with the media after Thursday night’s game stuck to the “win is a win” refrain. But both Kirlew and Saxon called the team’s performance in the 19-13 win over Eastern Kentucky as unacceptable.

Saxon and Kirlew also said that two players voluntarily left the team’s leadership council earlier this year, because they felt they had “screwed up” and didn’t deserve to be a part of the council. Of course, they did not mention who those two players were.

Lynch did announce his game captains, however. This week, it will be safety Austin Thomas, linebackers Matt Mayberry and Tyler Repogle and running back Bryan Payton.

Question of the night came from a woman I believe was named Gail. She admitted to being a football novice but said she noticed that every time the quarterback handed off to the running back Thursday night, the running back ran into this big gob of people. She asked “Why did he do that.”  Lynch said he was asking himself the same thing. By coaches’ show standards, it was pretty funny.


New Depth Chart Released

Indiana sent out game notes with a few minor changes on the depth chart. Left guard Justin Pagan is back on the depth chart but listed behind Marc Damisch, who started in place of the injured Pagan on Thursday. Deonte Mack, who was suspended for the first game, is listed as the backup right defensive end to Jammie Kirlew.

Richard Council is still one of the starting cornerbacks, listed ahead of Donnell Jones, who missed Thursday’s game with an injury.

I will post the entire depth chart later.


More From Oladipo

Victor Oladipo hadn’t planned on making a decision yet. He actually had an official visit scheduled to Notre Dame in two weeks, and had three other schools he was still considering.

But after a visit to Bloomington this weekend, the 6-foot-4, 180-pound guard from Maryland’s DeMatha Catholic High School said he knew where he should be.

“I just felt like that was the place for me,” Oladipo said Monday after verbally committing to Indiana. “The coaching staff has been with me. They stuck with me. I’ve grown a relationship with players and coaches, and I just feel like that’s my home.”

Oladipo was in Bloomington from Thursday until Saturday. He said that by the end of the trip he was convinced he’d found the right fit, and called IU coach Tom Crean on Monday after discussions with his family and his high school and AAU coaches.

Oladipo, which Rivals.com rates as a three-star recruit and the No. 133 player in the class of 2010, said he was attracted to Indiana for a number of reasons. He said he appreciated the faith he was shown by Crean, who began recruiting him in December and offered him a scholarship personally. He also said he believed he would fit in well in Crean’s system.

“They play up and down,” Oladipo said. “They set a lot of ball screens. He lets their guards show their talent.”

And even though the Hoosiers are still reeling from the Kelvin Sampson era and coming off a 6-25 season, he said he thinks he can help them back to where they’ve been.

“I think I can help them win a national championship,” he said. “I think I can help them win Big Ten championships. I want to come in and make an impact.”



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Men's Basketball Player Pages

[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_blackmon1.jpg]8480James Blackmon, Jr.
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard James Blackmon Jr. (1)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_zeisloft1.jpg]6640Nick Zeisloft
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Nick Zeisloft (2)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_hoetzel1.jpg]5750Max Hoetzel
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Max Hoetzel (3)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_johnson1.jpg]5270Robert Johnson
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Robert Johnson (4)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_williams1.jpg]4890Troy Williams
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Troy Williams (5)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_burton1.jpg]4700Ryan Burton
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Ryan Burton (10)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_yogi1.jpg]4520Yogi Ferrell
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Yogi Ferrell (11)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_perea1.jpg]4890Hanner Mosquera-Perea
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea (12)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_robinson1.jpg]4230Stanford Robinson
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Stanford Robinson (22)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_ritchie1.jpg]4230Nate Ritchie
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Nate Ritchie (23)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_holt1.jpg]4660Emmitt Holt
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Emmitt Holt (25)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_hartman1.jpg]5070Collin Hartman
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Collin Hartman (30)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_priller1.jpg]5560Tim Priller
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Tim Priller (35)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_april1.jpg]5810Jeremiah April
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers center Jeremiah April (44)

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[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_walter1.jpg]6190Jess Walter
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Jess Walter (2)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_buss1.jpg]13970Tyra Buss
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Tyra Buss (3)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_brooks1.jpg]8020Larryn Brooks
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Larryn Brooks (5)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_agler1.jpg]6750Taylor Agler
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Taylor Agler (10)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_bell2.jpg]5260Nicole Bell
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Nicole Bell (12)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_stratman1.jpg]4980Liz Stratman
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_hulls1.jpg]5070Kaila Hulls
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard/forward Kaila Hulls (15)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_mcbride1.jpg]4370Karlee McBride
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Karlee McBride (21)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_gassion1.jpg]3940Alexis Gassion
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Alexis Gassion (23)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_muensterman1.jpg]5020Maura Meunsterman
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Maura Muensterman (31)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_mize1.jpg]4570Andrea Mize
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Andrea Mize (32)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_cahill1.jpg]4360Amanda Cahill
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Amanda Cahill (33)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_jakubicek1.jpg]4500Claire Jakubicek
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Claire Jakubicek (34)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_leikem1.jpg]4210Lyndsay Leikem
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Lyndsay Leikem (40)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_anderson1.jpg]4140Jenn Anderson
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers center Jenn Anderson (43)


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