Hoosier Morning


Indiana’s Devan Dumes feeds Derek Elston for the open look during the team’s last exhibition. The season opens tonight against Howard. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

Welcome to Hoosier Morning, a daily batch of links intended to keep you informed of what is going on at Indiana, in the Big Ten and throughout the college sporting world.


  • Chris Korman tries to define the freshmen as they prepare to play their first real game for IU, drawing on years of experience covering these players in AAU and acknowledging there is still much to be learned, for them and for us.
  • Practice has not calmed down, even with the season finally here, Dustin Dopirak writes.
  • Penn State’s Daryll Clark is 19-4 as a starter, but still receives a ton of criticism, Dustin writes.
  • Indiana got two goals and made them stand up, defeating Wisconsin in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament, Jeremy Price writes.
  • The IU women play tonight at Memphis’ FedEx Forum, as part of a doubleheader, Jeremy writes.


MY, WHAT A YOUNG, SPRY COACH YOU HAVE (or news on Penn State)




Sorry for no “Hoosier Morning” the last couple of days. I’ve been out on vacation. I am back, obviously, and ready to cover tonight’s season opener. But, let’s focus on today’s musical selection. Long before he jumped on awards show stages to sass Taylor Swift and just generally acted like a bit of a prick, Kanye West was just a guy trying to make it, rapping as his mouth was wired shut. It seems appropriate, as Indiana continues the long road back up to the college basketball elite. Kanye’s “Through the Wire.”


  1. Dustin, I am starting to think PSU football fans are worse than IU basketball fans with expectations. I told you a while back I played ball in high school with Wally Richardson who started the 2 years after Collins in the 90’s. Richardson was booed a lot his senior year at home games. He helped to win 2 big bowl games and he finished 2 seasons with PSU ranked 13 and 7. He was 20 and 5 as a two year starter and 4 year academic all American. Lastly, he had 378 completions in 2 years, 4,419 passing yards. PSU fans are not happy with the current QB, why???

  2. Jay, you are smart if you remember where he was from or researched either way it. Good for you! I ended up in SC as a child after divorce but moved to Indiana and settled in Bloomington out of high school. I knew I wanted to raise my own family here a long long tome ago. I am third generation Btown really…. depending on how you look at it. Thanks for asking man!!!

  3. A new season and a new era are upon us tonight, and we should all be pumped. Make no mistake: This season will not be a complete departure from last year, and we’ll still have some severe growing pains to go through. Yet, there are already some things that we know we WON’T have to deal with, that can give us all the more reason to be excited.

    We WON’T have to deal with…

    …wondering why our highly-touted team gets blown out by an injured Connecticut team on our home court.

    …wondering why our 5-star guard can’t make clutch shots down the stretch or in the post-season

    …wondering why we barely beat a mediocre Georgia Tech team on our home court, and lose to Xavier at full strength

    …In short, we do not have all the worries that come with expectations and being overrated. Being on top is great, but I am going to thoroughly enjoy watching this team rise to prominence without feeling the pain of disappointment around each corner.

  4. well, I was looking for three hoosier victories this weekend, but the soccer team has denied me the win on sunday. i’m totally pumped for basketball and i’m REALLY pumped for this penn state game…I know the team has it in ’em, let’s see if the desperate situation will push them over the edge.

Comments are closed.