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Quarry Quick Hits, 8/19/14

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As IU students come back to campus, a lot of Indiana athletics-related news has been happening the past few days. Let's recap!

Will we have a chance this year against THE Ohio State University?
Will we have a chance this year against THE Ohio State University?
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  • The Crossroads Classic has been extended to 2019, and will continue to be held at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. This essentially means we will play either Notre Dame or Butler every year until at least the end of the decade. I have mixed feelings about this development. On the one hand, it's a nice pre-holiday event and a great opportunity for the many alums in Indy to see the Hoosiers play at Bankers Life; on the other hand, I'm concerned that committing to this classic may prohibit us from taking other opportunities against stronger opponents outside of the state.

  • Don't tell Cody Latimer that preseason NFL games aren't supposed to count. The former Hoosier standout and second-round Broncos draft pick made a terrific 33-yard catch (thrown by Brock Osweiler, not Peyton Manning) for a touchdown in the third quarter of Denver's preseason shutout victory at San Francisco last Sunday. Watch the touchdown grab here, then check out the hit he laid on Antoine Bethea during the game. After Latimer's TD, former Hoosiers kicker Mitch Ewald knocked in the extra point for the Broncos.

  • Longtime Indy Star columnist Bob Kravitz is leaving the paper for WHTR WTHR, the Indianapolis NBC station. Kravitz is an IU alum, and is someone whose opinion is trusted both within the state and nationally with regard to the Hoosiers, Colts, and Pacers. So he is a huge get for WHTR WTHR, and the move comes at an interesting time as the Star is going through a lot of changes as well. 

  • IU men's soccer kicks off its season tonight by hosting Xavier in an exhibition match at Bill Armstrong Stadium. If you're in B-town, admission is free.

  • Ohio State senior QB Braxton Miller is out for the entire 2014 season, after re-injuring his right shoulder in practice yesterday. Miller had a monster game against the Hoosiers last year, throwing for 160 yards and two touchdowns, and rushing for 144 yards and 2 more TDs on just 13 carries. IU plays the Buckeyes this fall on November 22. Let's bring in expert football analyst Lloyd Christmas to give us his thoughts on our revised chances to beat OSU, now that Miller is out:

    Dumb and Dumber 'There's a Chance' (via RudyFamily)