A brief treatise on loving and losing (Inside the Hall)
"But Indiana’s players haven’t really done much but turn up with shoes and shorts whenever they were told, and tried their level best. I would imagine there have been times each has perhaps not given everything they had, in that particular moment. But on the whole, this is a group that plays hard and looks, for the most part, like it’s at least trying to do things the right way." I agree with most of what Zach says. Guys like Verdell Jones, Tom Pritchard, Devan Dumes, and Christian Watford have been placed in positions where they were forced to do much more, relative to their age and development, than if they had been entering a fully functional program with a bunch of upperclassmen.
IU's Gordon gets closer to the Olympics (The Indianapolis Star)
"Eric Gordon has taken another step toward playing for team USA in the Olympics. The 2007 Indiana Mr. Basketball from North Central High School will be named today to the national team that is going to New York."
Recruiting Insider | IU commit Austin Etherington hopes low rating stays in Vegas (The Courier-Journal)
"Indiana University basketball commitment Austin Etherington wasn't happy when he fell out of the rankings this spring for top prospects in the Class of 2011. So when the Hamilton Heights High star suited up for the Indiana Elite/Team Indiana this summer he had a little something extra to prove....Etherington had six three-pointers in one game and 11 in a three-game stretch, and in another game he turned in a big-time defensive performance against top-10 player LeBryan Nash."
Football Four to Watch: Trap games (The Daily Iowan)
"If last season was any indication, the Hoosiers have proven they can hang with Iowa. Indiana managed only four victories last season, but the Hoosiers were much better than their record indicates. The squad held fourth-quarter leads on the road at Iowa, Michigan, and Northwestern, but let each of those games slip away."
Where are they now? Quick hits (Hoosiers Insider | The Indianapolis Star)
"Mike Roberts is in his third season as an assistant coach at Rice University on Ben Braun's staff. Prior to that, he spent two seasons with Braun at the University of California." Lots more here and it Hutch's recent posts on the Insider.
Korman leaving H-T (The Hoosier Scoop: Indiana University Hoosiers Basketball, Football, and more)
Herald-Times sports editor Chris Korman will be leaving Bloomington to take a job with the Baltimore Sun. Thanks to the H-T's infernal pay wall, I know Korman's writing mostly from his fine work on the Hoosier Scoop, but the unanimous opinion is that he will be a major loss. I just hope he doesn't get stuck writing a bunch of mournful pieces about the Baltimore Colts Marching Band, "in the dark of night," Mayflower trucks, and so on.