Jibreel Black changes commit from IU to Cincinnati (The Hoosier Scoop): This is a tough one. Black was the centerpiece of IU's 2009 recruiting class and is the brother of IU defensive tackle Larry Black, Jr. He can see the writing on the wall as well as anyone.
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"Some teams find ways to win, and some trip over their own blockers on their way into the end zone on a fourth and goal."
Recapping the early Big Ten games (ESPN)
"Indiana head coach Bill Lynch made several questionable decisions down the stretch, and the Hoosiers had no timeouts in the final moments. "
Northwestern rallies for 29-28 win over Indiana (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES)
"It's a hard loss for everybody," Indiana coach Bill Lynch said. "They made more plays than we did down the stretch." Profound.
IU falls 29-28 to Northwestern (Indiana Daily Student)
IU falls 29-28 to Northwestern.
Hey Hoosiers, How's That Queso Smell? Northwestern Claws Out a Win Against Indiana, 29-28 (The Rivalry, Esq.)
Seriously, though, what on earth was Bill Lynch thinking? You're one yard away from a TD that would put you up by 18 points and instead of just conventionally attempting to get into the end zone, you run a Wildcat play for a two yard loss?? My god. Look, I know some other Big 10 coaches have had touchdown success with trick plays this year (Brett Bielema, I'm looking at you) but usually a trick play only works if the defense doesn't see it coming. Not, you know, if they see you're lining up in the Wildcat formation which you've already used at least twice in the game before and know exactly who the ball is going to and when.
IU lets this one get away (The Indianapolis Star)
"I sensed that was a game that was going to take some more points (to win),'' Lynch said. "Rather than try a field goal down there we went for the touchdown. We felt like the worst thing that could happen would be they would be stuck down there at the 1.''
NU's record comeback defeats Indiana (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES)
"The Wildcats got it done in large part because of the two faces of ''I'' that Indiana brought to Evanston. For the opening 22 minutes, the Hoosiers were a crimson-and-cream juggernaut. That roll began when Darius Willis took a handoff on the first play from scrimmage, tested the left side of NU's defense and found nothing but fresh lakefront air and purple panters en route to a 70-yard touchdown."
Northwestern scores 26 unanswered points against the Hoosiers (Indiana Daily Student)
The Hoosiers’ 29-28 loss to Northwestern on Saturday can be summed up in one word: collapse.
Big Ten power rankings: Week 9 (ESPN)
"10. Indiana (4-4, 1-3): The Hoosiers' resolve will be tested after blowing a 28-3 lead against Northwestern. Head coach Bill Lynch made several questionable decisions down the stretch, and Indiana's offense couldn't convert three second-half interceptions into any points. Indiana will need to pull off an upset against Iowa, Wisconsin or Penn State to have any chance at a bowl. "
IU sliding out of contention (The News-Sentinel - Fort Wayne IN)
"At 4-4 with losses in four of the last five games, with the only win in that stretch Illinois, Indiana seems ill-equipped to handle winning at least two of those games to become bowl eligible and three to clinch a bid."
Big Ten thumbs up, thumbs down for Week 8 (ESPN)
"Thumbs down, Bill Lynch: The Indiana coach didn't help his team during a second-half collapse with two questionable fourth-down calls. Rather than taking three points to increase Indiana's lead to 32-19, Lynch went for a fourth-and-goal and the Hoosiers couldn't get in. Northwestern responded with a 98-yard touchdown drive. Later in the game, Indiana could have pinned NU deep but went for a fourth-and-3 from the Wildcats' 33-yard line and failed. "
DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK (Sippin' On Purple)
"Northwestern's strategy of going down 20-30 points to start every game appears to be working. I'll take it."
College basketball: Crean can't put timetable on Indiana recovery (South Bend Tribune)
"A proven winner who averaged 20 victories a season during his nine years at Marquette, Crean knew it would be a rough ride during his first year at Indiana, a program sent spinning from the dialing indiscretions of former coach Kelvin Sampson. But Crean didn't know how rocky a road it would be until after Indiana's first two games in the 2008 EA Sports Maui Invitational."
Bob Kravitz: Hall-bound Knight still ignoring IU's invitation (IndyStar.com)
IndyStar.com: Hall-bound Knight still ignoring IU's invitation
Observations from Indiana’s scrimmage at Nolan Fieldhouse (Inside the Hall)
"Close to 800 Indiana fans packed Nolan Fieldhouse in Sellersburg, Indiana on Saturday afternoon to watch the 2009-2010 Hoosiers practice and scrimmage."