Saturday, July 31, 2010

Kaminski will be a Spartan

Recent speculations about the college choice of Kenny Kaminski turned out to be correct after the 6-7 forward from Medina, Ohio gave his verbal committment to Michigan State earlier today. Kaminski, who played for Indiana Elite this summer, was down to MSU, Indiana, Ohio State and Wisconsin. You can chalk this up as another second-place finish for Crean and Co., as Kaminski will definitely be someone that will be a thorn in the Hoosiers side for presumably four long seasons. Luckily, the 2012 class is filled with talent and if Crean can pull in Zeller and Young for 2011 then Indiana will look like a much nicer home to the bigger '12 recruits. This is obviously a miss for Indiana but I do not think it is as bad as many once thought it would be.

Quote-worthy:
"I have always felt really good with Michigan State and they have a great program right now." - Kenny Kaminski
Goes to show that current success is a huge factor for recruits, which makes it all the more important that Hoosiers continue to improve with the players that they have if they want to start landing top recruits down the line.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Three New Hoosiers met the media

The good fellas at Inside The Hall posted a couple videos of the newest Hoosiers meeting with the media for the first time. Freshmen Will Sheehey and Victor Oladipo and junior transfer Guy-Marc Michel answer questions about how they like being part of the team so far, how their summer workouts have been going and more. One of the more notable parts is when the three of them discuss Guy's game, since most of us have not been able to really watch him at all.


More IU comments from BJ Young UPDATE

BJ Young, the top-40 PG from St. Louis, continues to talk up Indiana and Coach Crean. While he says he is not ready to make a committment right now, he certainly talks about the Hoosiers like he has already made up his mind. It's kind of hard to conclude anything else when he's saying stuff like this:
"I really like Indiana as a whole program. I like the facilities and I like the coaching staff. I just like it all. I like everything about Indiana."

UPDATE 7PM: According to Dave Telep, BJ Young dropped 47 points in an AAU game down in Orlando today. Coach Crean is in Orlando so hopefully he was in attendance to check that performance out.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Rodger Saffold signs rookie deal

The St. Louis Rams have locked in one of the key players that should be protecting the top overall pick this season, Sam Bradford. Former Indiana Hoosier Rodger Saffold signed a deal with the team today and is expected to be an immediate starter at right tackle this season, with veteran Jason Smith making the switch to left tackle. Saffold, the 33rd overall pick in the 2010 draft, inked a four-year deal for $6.728 million, $3.9 million of which is guaranteed cash money. There have been a number of Hoosiers making the jump to the NFL in the past few years, including Super Bowl savior Tracy Porter.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wing/Combo Guard Preview 2010

The combo guard is a pretty broad term, but then again the Hoosiers have some pretty versatile players on their roster. This preview will focus mainly on Christian Watford and new additions Victor Olapido and Will Sheehey, as well as Verdell Jones.

Additions:
Victor Oladipo - Simply put, this dude can fly. If you don't believe me, please see: Exhibit A (he's the second guy with the jeans on) | Exhibit 2 (note the final dunk, the one where he jumps over 10 people) | Exhibit D (dunking with Mo Creek at a frat in B-town). He and Creek have a DC-area connection are really down with what being a Hoosier is all about. VO may not put up huge numbers right away, but he will play a key role in getting IU it's swag on.

Will Sheehey - Solid baller from southern Florida. Committed after getting an official visit last November and finished his prep career as Rivals' #141 prospect in the country. As far as a scouting report, Sheehey is a slasher with a solid mid-range game. He does not have a particularly good long-range shot but at 6'5 and on a roster with Creek, Roth and Hulls, that is hardly a big problem right now. We will see him playing the 2 and the 3 this season, and he can be of help on defense. He comes from a basketball family and was sold on the IU tradition. Will should be a solid 4-year player for the Hoosiers and has a lot of time to improve his game and develop as a player.

CONTINUE, POR FAVOR...


Basketball Nuggets 7/28

* Former IU star Eric Gordon made the cut for the 15-man Team USA roster. The team will be competing at the 2010 World Championships, and the players will all be considered for the 2012 Olympic roster.

* Kevin Coble will not be returning to the Northwestern men's basketball team this upcoming season. Coble missed all of last year with a foot injury and is apparently staying off the court in order to properly rehabilitate his foot. He says he will not transfer to a different school and will finish up his degree at Northwestern. This news shakes up the Big Ten a bit, though the Wildcats played better than expected last year after their star player Coble went down.

* Peegs is reporting that Crean and Co. are down in Orlando checking out BJ Young today.

* Austin Rivers, top recruit and younger brother of IU senior Jeremiah, had a nasty alley-oop on Sportscenter's Top Ten plays last night/this morning (it was #4). Hey Austin, will you work with your older brother a bit pleeeeeease?

* In some huge news, but the Pac-10 will officially change its name to the Pac-12. I'm not exactly sure why, though.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

James Adeyanju

Curie High School in Chicago is home to James Adeyanju, the #10 football prospect in the state of Illinois for the class of 2011. Indiana fans will certainly remember another Adeyanju, Victor, who was a star defensive end for the Hoosiers from 2002-2006 and has been playing for the St. Louis Rams ever since. Hoosier fans should be hoping that Victor has been in younger brother James' ear about continuing the family legacy in Bloomington. James' list of suitors is pretty extensive, but Indiana stands out because of this connection. I'm not sure how many players Bill Lynch can still afford to sign this summer but he has already offered James and hopefully he will decide to follow in his brothers footsteps. Getting James would also help Lynch's staff to build up a recruiting pipeline to the Chicago area. There are a few Chicagoland natives on the roster right now (Marc Damisch, Mitch Ewald, Matt Perez, Teddy Schell, to name a few) and the more Lynch can bring in, the better Indiana will look to prospects in the future.

Dwyane Wade, please come to Bloomington


While D-Wade may not be rocking a Bulls jersey this next season, he does look pretty good with those IU shorts on during this workout with his buddy CP3. Another guy who he's good buddies with is Tom Crean, who of course coached him at Marquette and was the one coach that wanted to take Wade despite his injury and personal issues. Tom Crean was a featured guest on the Dwyane Wade episode of ESPN's Homecoming, he often has dinner with Wade when his Heat are in Indianapolis playing the Pacers, and I even saw Crean sitting courtside at a Bulls/Heat game just a few seats down from the Heat bench earlier this year. Wade is a very important ally for Coach Crean, and I think it's about time Coach worked something out and got Mr. Wade to make a visit to Bloomington.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Michael Chandler still hearing from Hoosiers

Big man Michael Chandler is putting off his campus visits until later in his upcoming senior year at Lawrence North (Indianapolis) and Tom Crean is hoping that one of this visits will be an hour south to Bloomington. The 6-10, 220 pound Indianapolis native is the #6-ranked center in the 2011 class according to Rivals, and they have him currently ranked as the overall #52 prospect. Indiana has already offered him a scholarship, as have Kentucky, Purdue, Illinois and Georgetown, though Chandler does not have any favorites at this time.
While Cody Zeller continues to be the top priority for Coach Crean's staff, Chandler would definitely be a solid addition for the Hoosiers. Zeller has spoke highly of IU throughout his recruitment whereas Chandler's recruitment seems to be still in the early stages (he originally committed to Louisiville in January 2009 but decommitted this spring). I, as many IU fans would agree, would rather have Zeller, but it's good to see Crean talking to all of the big name Indiana prospects. Chandler will be a good college player, but Zeller will be a better one.

Indiana recruiting Robert Goff...again

Former Broad Ripple stand-out Robert Goff, who was offered a scholarship from IU out of high school but ultimately ended up at Hutchinson, is being recruited by Tom Crean and staff. He plans on making it out to Bloomington for an official visit on August 2nd. The power forward, who stands at 6-9 and has bulked up to 240 pounds, has been tearing it up on the JUCO front and had a strong showing this past weekend in Las Vegas. Rivals' Eric Bossi describes Goff as the best JUCO big-man prospect available in 2011.
"Explosive off the floor, he rises above the crowd for backboard shaking dunks, runs the floor and contests shots around the rim. Love the way he finishes with either hand." - Rivals' Eric Bossi on Robert Goff
On the surface, this interest may seem as a contingency plan in case Cody Zeller does not end up at Indiana. However, I think that this is a smart move for IU even if Zeller chooses the Hoosiers. He will have two years of eligibility (2011-12 and 2012-13) and will definitely be able to contribute. Goff will come in as a junior with two seasons of college experience and a Big-Ten body. Assuming our players don't leave early, the roster will include Verdell Jones as the experienced senior leader, last year's freshman as juniors with another full year of D1 ball under their belts, and an incoming class featuring at least Austin Etherington (along with Yogi and Cody perhaps???). I may be a bit biased, but that looks like a roster that is certainly capable of making a run at a Big Ten title and beyond. As long as Crean can keep his scholarship numbers under control, I am all for offering Robert when he is in town this weekend.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Jeremiah Davis Rumors

The rumors out there say that Jeremiah Davis may be leaning towards Cincinnati as his college choice. It's been documented that his recruitment was down to Indiana, Michigan State and Cincinnati but there is word that IU and MSU have cooled on Davis a bit. There are a couple of possible reasons for Indiana backing off a bit. Jeremiah Davis was apparently ready to make a commitment a few months ago, and it seems that the longer he waits to make his choice, the less interested both Indiana and Michigan State have become. Indiana has also emerged as the apparent leader in the race for BJ Young, a PG from Missouri that is regarded as a better prospect than Davis. Recent evaluations of Davis this AAU season have not been as great as during his high school season.
My take is that rather than Indiana missing out on Davis, they would simply be taking a pass on him. BJ Young would be a better prospect for Coach Crean right now, assuming he is in fact getting his schoolwork together. If Davis really wanted to stay in-state and be a part of the Hoosiers, he would have committed back when he said he would. I think that Crean and Co. should be occupying themselves with the guys who REALLY want to be Hoosiers. Young is very high on IU and I think that is the direction that we should be going. Letting Davis go out of state will not have an effect on the perception that Crean can't land Indiana kids, as long as he can land Zeller and/or some other top talent in the next few years. All of this reminds me a bit of when Lance Stephenson waited a long time to pull the trigger and a lot of the top teams backed off and he ended up at UC. The same thing happened with Stephan Van Treese, who missed out on Indiana, Ohio State and others only to end up at Louisville at the last second. As far as I'm concerned, Cincinnati can have Davis.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Ray Fisher is official

Former IU cornerback / wide receiver / kick returner Ray Fisher has signed a 4-year contract with the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts drafted "Big Play" Ray in the 7th round, and have made him the first draftee to get a contract. The terms? 4 years, $1.85M, $41,500 signing bonus. Not exactly a huge contract but Fisher will be living out his dream nonetheless.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Guard Preview 2010

Today we will be previewing the guards on IU's 2010 basketball roster. We are splitting up the backcourt so that we don't have one post discussing more than half of the team.

Additions:
G Maurice Creek - Yes, I know he was on the team last year but since he was injured before the conference schedule started, I consider him a KEY addition to the Hoosiers chances in the Big Ten. Creek was easily the best offensive threat that the Hoosiers had in the first half of the season. Before his injury, he was averaging 16.4 pts/games, and erupted for 31 points on 9-14 shooting (5-8 3-pt) against Kentucky. He then went on to drop 29 points in the Hoosiers' next game and was heralded as the player who would carry this team back to prominence. Of course, he was injured in garbage time two games later and missed the rest of the season. This past Monday, MC3 tweeted that he was back in action with his teammates.

Losses:
G Devan Dumes - While DD didn't have the same offensive clout his senior year as he did his junior, he definitely provided a spark from time to time despite playing nearly 10 minutes less per game. Devan played well in consecutive wins against Minnesota and Penn State in January, scoring 13 and 15 points respectively and hitting 3 3-pointers in each game. He also exploded for 20 points in a loss at Minnesota late in the season. Dumes took a giant step back from the spotlight this past season as the younger Hoosiers became the focal point of the offense, but he will always be rememebered for his feiry on-court attitude and his ability to drain three's from DISTANCE (27 points, 5-5 3-pt in IU's lone Big Ten win in 2009). Unfortunately, he will also be remembered for throwing some vicious 'bow's' against MSU, one of which caught Goran Suton in the man-region.

READ ON AFTER THE JUMP..


New IU scoreboard



This image, courtesy of The Hoosier Scoop, depicts what the new scoreboard at Memorial Stadium will look like.

"It’s all LED and can be used as a giant video screen and also broken up to display game info, out-of-town scores, ads and replays." - The Hoosier Scoop

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Evolve.


Just want to point out how awesome this commercial is. Thanks.

BJ Young says IU is #1

According to College Hoops Journal editor Matt Norlander, Indiana is at the top of the list for class of 2011 PG BJ Young. The 6-4 Young, who attends Mccleur North in Florissant, MO, is ranked by rivals as the #8 point guard in the class and the #33 overall prospect.
This news comes via Norlander's Twitter account, on which he tweeted these:
PG BJ Young, the No. 21 Scout.com '11 recruit, just told me his top five, in order, are: Indiana, Ark, Baylor, Marquette, Illinois State
He also said Prov, Purdue, Iowa have offered scholarships within the past 2 weeks, and Va. Tech has shown interest but not pulled trigger
Young would be a tremendous recruit for Tom Crean and staff, as he would be able to contribute immediately and presumably start at PG in his second year (or even first). While some of the big time 2011 prospects whose feelings towards Indiana are uncertain (see: Branden Dawson, Aaron Thomas, Chane Behanan), it is refreshing to hear a big name recruit naming IU at the top of their list for once.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Frontcourt Preview 2010

For the next few weeks, I will be evaluating the Hoosiers for their upcoming football and basketball seasons. Although it is further away, I will be starting with the basketball team.

Today, we examine the Hoosiers front court...

Additions:
C Guy-Marc Michel - Junior college transfer from North Idaho JC, originally from Martinique. Signed with the Hoosiers in early May and has two years of eligibility remaining. The 7-1 Michel has a wingspan of 7-8, and looks like a more developed player than Muniru and Jobe were. He has tremendous upside due to his size and athletic abilities, but is yet to face any real college basketball competition.

PF Jeff Howard - Preferred walk-on from Westfield, IN. He was being recruited by a couple of local programs and had offers from Western Kentucky and the University of Indianapolis. He averaged 16.8 points and 12.9 rebounds during his senior year and will definitely provide some depth for the Hoosiers front court. There is nothing not to like about this kid, who comes to Indiana with an opportunity to contribute and without using up a coveted scholarship slot.

Losses:
C Tijan Jobe - Didn't show up on the stat sheet very often, but was definitely a fan favorite when he was able to get into the game. He came to IU as a junior college transfer and played sparingly in his two years in candystripes, but he definitely left a lasting impression on this rebuilding program.

C Bawa Muniru - Transferred out of the program after just one season, in which he played a total 62 minutes and score 11 total points. Muniru was definitely a project and needs a couple more years to really come into his own as a college player. After Crean and staff brought in Michel as a transfer, it made it clear that Muniru didn't have a place in the Hoosiers rotation.

Keys to success after the jump..

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Back from Vacation: Some of What I Missed

* Coach Crean was in Milwaukee and Minnesota yesterday following recruits Cody Zeller, Gary Harris, Collin Hartman and especially BJ Young.

* Indiana Elite won the 16s title at the Kentucky Hoopfest, and IU target Kenny Kaminski dropped 20 points in the final. Peter Jurkin, also on the Hoosiers radar, provided a defensive force for an I-Elite team that was able to avenge their loss at last week's Adidas Invitational. Indiana Elite were also winners in the 14s division at the Hoopfest. The big winners in the 17s were the BA Hoyas, based out of the Basketball Academy in Louisville.

* Broad Ripple junior Ron Patterson created some waves on the internets when he declared that he, not Marquis Teague, is the best high school prospect in Indianapolis.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

IU scores RB Roberts

Bill Lynch has landed yet another great football talent. Bloomington North RB D'Angelo Roberts committed to the Hoosiers on Tuesday. The upcoming senior reportedly chose Indiana despite rumors that Penn State would offer him a scholarship in the future. Rivals lists Roberts as the 11th best prospect from the state in 2011.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Weekend Update

Sorry for the break but I am currently enjoying the thrills and sunshine at Cedar Point, the greatest amusement park in the world. Here's a few important notes that have happened in the last few days:
Top IU priority Cody Zeller picked up an offer from North Carolina the school that his older brother Tyler currently plays for. Many think that this puts UNC automatically at the top of his list, but I still like IU's chances. I think he ends up in cream and crimson and becomes the most important piece of Indiana's basketball resurgence.
Marshall Plumlee has committed to Duke University, a move that has been anticipated for quite some time due to the family's North Carolina location and the fact that BOTH of his older brothers are currently Blue Devils.
For all the White Sox fans out there: Paul Konerko continues to be awesome by making the AL All-star team as Justin Morneau's replacement. More importantly, after being 9.5 games out of first place on June 9, the Sox now enter the break with a 0.5 game LEAD in the AL Central. They have won 25 of 30 and are on an 8 game winning streak after sweeping the Rangers and Royals. Also, Carlos Quentin is a stud and has 2 straight 2HR games. What up Southsiders?!

Friday, July 09, 2010

Lebron...

Up until last night the only thing I was worrying about was whether or not he would come to Chicago. But once all the media started talking about the possibility of Lebron joining Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, then I really started to care. Now that it is official, I'm not sure if I can continue to be an NBA fan. I'm glad the Bulls made the move to get Carlos Boozer and I am excited to see who else they bring in for next season, but I feel like the Bulls will just be battling for second place in the East now.

As for "The Decision" itself, I am at a complete loss. When I look at all of the aspects of Lebron moving to Miami I can only see negatives. I think I can say with confidence that Lebron is probably the most hated player in the league (except in Miami, of course). It is hard not to feel bad for the fans of Cleveland, as well. I have spent the last few years rooting against the Cavs but I definitely feel for them right now. Lebron just single-handedly destroyed a franchise and possibly the spirit of an entire city.What makes this all worse is the way that Lebron justified his decision afterwards. He wants to be in a position to win championships, but why didn't he choose Chicago? I am not saying this as a homer but as a realist. He would have been joining a roster that is one piece away from making a legit title run, and he is that HUGE piece. For whatever reason he is taking LESS money than he could have gotten elsewhere, he is moving to the Miami media market instead of any of the three largest in Chicago, NYC, and LA, and he is joining a team that currently belongs to another NBA superstar. If Lebron wants to win championships and build a legacy, why would he go somewhere where he will get the help of two other superstars. Miami is D-Wade's team (hence the image above) and I just can't see that changing. Chris Bosh is a complimentary player that could have easily helped either Wade or Lebron win a title separately. Yet Lebron has decided to head to Miami where he will become part of a 'super trio' and any titles that they win will be forever attributed to the THREE of them and not to the leadership of Lebron. Kobe needed years to shed the notion that he couldn't win a title without Shaq, so I can even imagine what it would take for Lebron to prove he can win without Wade and Bosh. It's just incredible to me.


Thursday, July 08, 2010

Kaleb Tarczewski mutual interest

The #14 player on Rivals list of 2012 prospects, Kaleb Tarczewski, has been getting the attention of the Hoosiers coaching staff and they have caught his attention, as well. The 7'0 center from Southborough, MA (St. Mark's) already has an impressive list of scholarship offers from the likes of Kansas, West Virginia, Georgetown, Arizona, and more. IU is one of the schools to already offer, and Kaleb says that he would love a chance to come for a visit. "Being away from my family I need a place where I can be really comfotable and really have a good time playing basketball," he told Matt Weaver of peegs.com.

Forisse "Flo" Hardin to IU

I'm a few days behind on this, but Forisse "Flo" Hardin has become IU football's 19th commit this season. The 6'0 safety from Louisville, KY (Ballard) chose the Hoosiers shortly after narrowing his list down to IU and UK. Hardin has good size and speed and while he played safety in high school he may very well switch to outside linebacker in the future. Also, his older brother Drew signed with the Hoosiers in 2010. When asked what led him to the decision, Flo noted the fantastic business program and the fact that "it seems like [the] program is going to be on the rise."

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

New hire Je'Ney Jackson

IU has announced that Je'Ney Jackson will be the new Strength and Conditioning coach for the IU Men's Basketball team. Jackson, who worked at Wyoming with Steve McLain for 5 years, comes to Bloomington from Southern Mississippi. Prior to that, he spent 5 years at Kansas holding various positions with the football program. Here's a link to the press release from IUHoosiers.com.
"I am thrilled to be able to work with Tom Crean and to have this opportunity at Indiana," said Jackson. "This is a program with great tradition and the new facilities makes this one of the elite jobs in all of college athletics. I am looking forward to getting to know the players and helping them reach their maximum potential."

Chane Behanan

A big name on the IU recruiting board in 2011 is Ohio power forward Chane Behanan. While Tom Crean's staff has been making a push to keep the best Indiana talent to stay in-state, they extended a scholarship offer to Behanan in late June. While the race for Behanan seems to have Louisville and West Virginia out front, the IU staff is trying to work out a visit for Behanan to come check out campus. Ranked at #24 nationally by Rivals (five-stars), Behanan is a hot prospect with offers from the two schools named before, as well as Cincinnati, Purdue, Oklahoma State, Mississippi State, Alabama, and Western Kentucky. He is definitely worth the recruiting efforts, and Coach Crean and Assistant Coach McLain were able to watch him play live yesterday at the Adidas Invitational.

Update from the Adidas Invitational

Super IU basketball blog Inside The Hall is live from the Adidas Invitational in Indianapolis and has posted video interviews with key IU targets Cody Zeller, Jeremiah Davis and Yogi Ferrell. I've posted the Zeller video here, but click on ITH to see the others. The list of coaches attending the event included Coach K, Roy Williams, Bill Self, and of course our own Coach Crean.


adidas Invitational: Cody Zeller from Inside The Hall on Vimeo.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Daniel Orton needs some work..

Daniel Orton, after going 1-8 from the field with 3 offensive fouls, was ejected in the second half of his NBA summer league debut. What makes it worse is that he is playing for the Orlando team IN Orlando. He acknowledged that he lost his cool, but if I'm the Magic coaching staff I would be keeping a very close eye on him the next few games. He could be a lot more of a project than scouts originally thought.
Hindsight may be 20/20, but I guess they should not expect great things from a guy who averaged just over 3 pts/game in his only season at Kentucky.

Hoosier Tidbits

Hello everyone, I am back after a long and relaxing Fourth Of July weekend. Not too much news to report for the Hoosiers right now but high school recruiting is definitely starting to pick up with the July AAU season getting underway. A couple of things to note: Carmel's 6'11 center AJ Hammons, an IU target and top national prospect, will play next season at the basketball-powerhouse Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. He will be joining another IU target Quinn Cook, who is a former high school teammate of new Hoosier Victor Oladipo.
July AAU basketball includes a number of tournaments and events taking place in Indianapolis and other close-by cities. The Hoosier Shootout out starts today and goes until July 9th in Indy. Also in Indy are the Adidas Summer Slam July 9-11th and the Best Of The Midwest July 13-15th. From July 9-12th, the Kentucky Hoopfest takes place in Louisville. Finally, the Tennessee Hoopfest goes down in Nashville July 13-16th.
Should be a lot of good recruiting news coming out in the next few weeks, so get excited!

Friday, July 02, 2010

More trouble a-brewin' in Lexington..





TMZ.com was the first to report today that the NCAA is investigating at least 4 players from this past season's UK basketball team for allegedly having illegal contacts with sports agents. 2 of the unnamed players were drafted to the NBA last week. Amateur athletes are not permitted to be in contact with professional agents, and individuals that do lose their amateur status. If any of these players were found to have been ineligible, Kentucky would have to forfeit any of the games in which that/those player(s) participated. The same thing happened to Coach John Calipari's Memphis team that went all the way to the 2008 National Championship game after Derrick Rose was found to be ineligible, as well as his 1996 tournament appearance with UMass when Marcus Camby was revealed to have accepted gifts and money while still a member of the team. Given his track record, it is not hard to believe that more shady business could be going on underneath Calipari’s “watchful” eye. This is already the second reported NCAA investigation to take place since their season ended in March. This is definitely a story that college basketball fans all over the country will be watching very closely. This may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back and sends "Teflon JohnCalipari fleeing for the NBA onceagain.


Note: Say what you want about TMZ as a legitimate news source, but they were the first on the scene to report the tragic death of Michael Jackson, as well as Tiger Woods' infamous late-night car crash. It would not suprise me at all if they were the first to break another big story like Lebron signing his new contract (with the Bulls, I hope!). They just have the balls to report on what other media outlets are afraid to stick their necks out on and they will not shy away from a story just because they way end up being misinformed. That is definitely deserving of some respect in my book. 

Thursday, July 01, 2010

IU loses 2 football players

Senior DT Jarrod Smith, who suffered numerous back injuries that kept him out a lot of last season and the entire spring so far, is leaving the football program as a medical hardship. He will remain on scholarship but he will not count towards the teams total this season.
Meanwhile, sophomore WR-turned-DB Shane Covington has decided to transfer out of the football program. The natural wideout was forced to switch to defense due to the depth of the Hoosiers young receiving core, yet did not get much playing time regardless.
While it is always sad to see players leave the program, these two moves actually help out the Hoosiers scholarship situation. Two open slots are now open for new signees and the IU staff has already been doing a phenominal job of bringing in a talented recruiting class for this upcoming season.
Best of luck to both Jarrod and Shane in the future.