Really, these conference media days that you’re seeing coverage of now are a relic with little real usefulness. Maybe 20 years ago it was important to gather reporters from around the country, and for those reporters to learn tidbits about other teams to bring back to their readers/listeners/viewers, who had limited choices of where to get such information.
But now the world turns to blogs for up-to-the second updates on everything — both Joe Tiller and Joe Paterno mentioned this fact today — meaning you’ve had at your fingertips all the info you could ever need about Northwestern’s third-string right tackle all along. Which is why I didn’t ask Pat Fitzgerald about it today.
What we did gather, today, though, is this little bit of Indiana news: according to head coach Bill Lynch, recently reinstated quarterback Kellen Lewis will have to compete with Ben Chappell, the Bloomington South grad who ran the offense this spring, for the starting spot.
I am here in Bloomington. Doug and Chris are in Chicago, but Chris has asked me to let you guys know that they cannot connect to the Internet from the Big Ten press conference.
That, sadly, means no live updates. They will be posting later on, whether its wireless, DSL or AOL. In the meantime, feel free to watch the proceedings on Big Ten Network and ESPNEWS.
Surely you’ve seen Indiana assistant Bennie Seltzer stylin’ the candy-striped pants while recruiting in Las Vegas. I heard today he may wear the stilts while playing the fight song on a tuba and hoisting a cheerleader with a free hand.
Anyway, if you want coverage of the largest recruiting event of the year â€” it’s actually two major events and a minor one concurrently running at gyms throughout the desert — I’d recommend the usual spots Peegs.com and HoosierNation.com â€” if you’ve got subscriptions. Also head over to Jody Demling’s blog with the Louisville Courier-Journal. Always good stuff there. In fact, that’s where I stole the Seltzer pic from. (Thanks, Jody!)
So Sports Illustrated releases their Olympic Preview this week. Michael Phelps is on the cover, which should be of no great surprise. And, while I’ve yet to dive into all the stories, SI usually does a fantastic job with their Olympic coverage (the blessing of having four years to plan, I suppose).
One element, though, is medal predictions in every event. So I am scanning through the list, until I find women’s diving. Christina Loukas was not given the nod as the gold, silver or bronze medal winner (two Chinese and an Aussie, respectively), but she was given some love, in the form of the one-sentence comment on each event.
Indiana University’s Christina Loukas is a medal threat.
Not bad at all, especially since she is the only IU athlete mentioned and also extremely young. For her, Beijing could be about learning and getting better for London and 2012 – where she should be a favorite.
For a story in today’s print edition, I talked to IU linebacker Tyler Replogle about a variety of subjects, including his recovery from a torn ACL and his brother committing to IU.
First things first â€” Replogle has been cleared by doctors for physical activity. His rehabilitation is over, but he’s building strength in his knee and participating in voluntary workouts. He described his right knee as 100 percent healthy.
I also asked him about Kellen Lewis offically returning to the team. While he said Lewis a great player and they were happy to have him back, he didn’t want to comment when I asked if the team was “relieved.” I wouldn’t read too much into that. More than likely, it’s just a kid not wanting to upset any teammates (like now-No. 2 quarterback Ben Chappell).
Most of you are probably aware that Adam, Tyler’s brother, has committed to IU for 2009. It had to be asked – is Adam, an inch taller and 30 pounds heavier, the little brother, or the younger brother? Tyler said he is still his little brother. And that, head-to-head, he could still beat Adam.
Expect the older Replogle to contend for playing time, even a starting position, at middle linebacker.
In the wake of Chad Hawley deciding to stay at the Big Ten rather than to become the compliance director for Indiana athletics, IU has promoted Ian Rickerby into the position.
Rickerby is a former IU women’s soccer coach who later joined the compliance department. Here is the entire announcement from IU:
Ian Rickerby has been named Indiana's Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance, Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator Grace Calhoun announced today as part of an internal restructuring of the department.
"I am delighted that Ian Rickerby has agreed to assume a leadership role for IU's intercollegiate athletics compliance services operation," said Calhoun. "Ian has quickly earned the respect of coaches and all others with whom he has worked as a knowledgeable and hard-working professional, committed to providing exceptional service in this important operational area for the IU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Ian's combination of coaching experience, front-line support in the compliance office including serving as the liaison to the new men's basketball staff as they successfully fulfill NCAA sanctions, and knowledge of IU will serve him well as he transitions into this leadership capacity."