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Hoosier Headlines for August 5, 2010.

  • Lynch thinks IU can fill defensive holes (The Journal Gazette | Fort Wayne, IN)
    Bill Lynch has heard the outsider view on Indiana’s defense: How are they going to replace all those defensive guys? The Hoosiers’ football coach looks at the situation differently. "I think we have a different personality on defense, which I think is a real positive," Lynch said at Big Ten media day Tuesday at McCormick Place. "We have that kind of wild-hair, fly-around group of guys that I think it will be fun to watch how they develop during preseason camp."

  • Rodriguez, Zook, Lynch on Big Ten hot seat (
    Indiana dropped eight of its 12 games last season, losing four by 11 points or less. Third-down conversions were a killer, said Lynch, who hopes eight returning starters on offense will correct that. "Pressure? I must be the odd duck. I've had fun coaching in Division III, Division II, in the Mid-American Conference and in the Big Ten," Lynch said. "I don't equate high expectations with pressure. "You put more pressure on yourself when you worry about pressure from the outside -- and I don't."

  • Big Ten Notebook | Indiana eager to see Darius Willis' second season(The Courier-Journal)
    Two keys to success for Indiana University are keeping running back Darius Willis healthy and being better on third down. Willis ran for 607 yards last year, the most for an IU freshman since 2003. But an ankle injury limited him to six starts and kept him out of three games.

  • Zeller narrows choices to IU, Butler, North Carolina (Evansville Courier & Press)
    Cody Zeller, a 6-foot-11 center-forward who led Washington High School's boys' basketball team to the Class 3A state championship in March, announced on Wednesday that he has narrowed his list of college choices to Indiana University, Butler and North Carolina. He plans to visit each school before signing a binding national letter of intent in November.

  • Zeller’s father: IU, UNC and Butler "felt the best" (The Hoosier Scoop)
    "It actually got down to the point where they were the three that felt the best," Zeller’s father Steve said Wednesday. "He really struggled with the fact that he told everybody he was doing five. We told him, you don’t have to have five if you’re not comfortable with five. A lot of time and effort goes into these official visits, and he didn’t want to waste anybody’s time. These were the three that were pretty much above everybody else. Nothing against those other schools, but he was most comfortable with these three."

  • Glass: IU, Purdue, Notre Dame, Butler close to double header (The Hoosier Scoop)
    "As a pretty big basketball fan, I always wondered why we didn’t have that sort of thing," the Indiana athletic director said Wednesday. It did at sporadic years in the 1940s and ‘50s in an event called the Hoosier Classic, and the state’s programs have had various meetings since but never since have Indiana, Purdue, Butler and Notre Dame played in the same venue on the same night. Glass and Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke have set out to change that and apparently are pretty close. Glass said the four schools are close to coming to an agreement to play a doubleheader at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis in the 2011-2012 season.