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Indiana senior quarterback Ben Chappell was named team MVP at the Hoosiers’ annual banquet on Sunday after leading the Big Ten with an IU school record 3,295 passing yards. He also threw for 24 touchdowns, completing a school record 302 passes.
The Hoosiers also got a $100,000 gift from an anonymous donor to name the defensive line meeting room in memory of Bill Phillips, Sr. Phillips, the father of IU tight end Paul Phillips, died in a plane crash in Alaska earlier this season. The crash also claimed the life of Alaska senator Ted Stevens. The elder Phillips played football at Evansville.
The release from the banquet follows. (more…)
The Big Ten is apparently happy with having a 12-team league for the time being.
The conference released a statement on Sunday saying that although it is still within the 12-18 month time frame it set to look at expansion, it will not be looking to go beyond 12 teams any time in the near future. The league said it will continue to monitor the landscape, but for now will focus on “conference issues.”
The statement follows. (more…)
Oklahoma offensive coordinator was asked Saturday night whether or not he planned on interviewing for the job at Indiana. He could have said yes. He could have said no.
He chose a different response, according to this report.
“We’ll see. I don’t know,” Wilson replied. “It’s the time of the year where you’re getting through the last game. I mean, this was a big game. This was Celtics-Lakers for the last time. Or the Cowboys-Redskins. We needed this game for the school, for the program, for the state. There’s a lot of tradition. So we threw a lot of eggs in the basket.”
Was interesting to note he was in Oklahoma at 6:30 Friday, not in Dallas. This corresponds with the flight schedule that we linked to yesterday.
Junior guard Verdell Jones had 18 points, eight rebounds and three assists against five turnovers and Indiana cruised to a sloppy but comfortable 79-57 win over Savannah State in front of 15,837 at Assembly Hall.
Sophomore forward Christian Watford had 14 points while sophomore guards Jordan Hulls and and Maurice Creek had 11 each.
The Hoosiers were never really challenged. They shot 55.3 percent from the field and held Savannah State to 32.7 percent. Forward Josh Montgomery had 15 points for Savannah State and Preston Blackmon had 14, but no one else was in double digits. The Tigers turned the ball over 19 times and Indiana had 26 points off of those turnovers.
The Hoosiers were up 44-28 at halftime and it was never close in the second half.
Freshman guard Victor Oladipo had nine points, five rebounds and two steals. He had two amazingly athletic blocks but was called for fouls on both.
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