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:
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.
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.
76 Rodger Saffold, 6-5, 318, Sr./Sr.
72 Andrew McDonald, 6-6, 309, Jr./So.
65 Marc Damisch, 6-6, 304, So./Fr.
70 Justin Pagán, 6-5, 311, So./So. (more…)
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.
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.
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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