Hoosier Morning

1. HOOSIERS HQ
There’s nothing complex about the Michigan State defense, it just works, Dustin writes.

2. IT’S INDIANA
Victor Oladipo made a strong debut for the Orlando Magic in Wednesday’s preseason opener, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel writes.

IU soccer is in danger of missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1986, and IU swimming’s bid for world records has been denied, David Woods of the Indianapolis Star writes.

The IU football offense is appealing but just a cover for lesser talent, which is why Michigan State prefers a traditional approach, Graham Couch of the Lansing State Journal writes.

Peter Jurkin is just one of the IU basketball players who enter this season a mystery, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.

3. POTPOURRI
The relationship between NCAA prez Mark Emmert and Alabama coach Nick Saban raises more questions about the credibility of college athletics’ governing body, Brent Schrotenboer of USA Today writes.

It’s Brandon Miller time at Butler, Dana O’Neil of ESPN.com writes.

4. ONE FOR THE ROAD
Speaking of mysteries, how about some U2 with “Mysterious Ways.”

5 comments

  1. Why on earth do IU fans care about a Butler story?

    I’m trying to remember…? Dana? Why does that name ring a bell? My memory is pretty decent…Didn’t Dana O’Neil do the piece(link posted on Scoop many months ago) that went to the heart of our storied statewide pride in hoops? Wasn’t a tale of driving around the backroads of Hoosierland searching for the roots of our basketball traditions; searching out a tale of rusty hoop against the weathered siding a barn tucked along some lost and lonely gravel road that leads to the birthplace our unparalleled passion for the game? Was it that Dana?

    Hmmm? Now a Bulldog story….? Should we move down the tracks Dana’s thoughts to believe that the heart of all those deeply rooted tales and goosebumps stirred to rekindle our spirit back to our mysterious and devoted love for basketball in Indiana is best served at Butler?

    How did we lose our edge? How did Butler suddenly become more appealing as the subject matter for Indiana basketball delivered to the masses by a wonderful ESPN writer with a gift of storytelling to touch hearts?

    What on earth will happen if Butler continues to appeal to these rare gifted writers?…What if Butler somehow gets to more Final Four trips under their new coach while we sell ourselves the ‘Indiana Hoops Queen’ with only crowns a Sweet 16?

    The fact this story even comes into a Hoosier Morning Scoop edition is very troubling. It should be a wake-up call when on our own reporters of IU sports are rubbing mud in our faces….mud by way of perceptions a fine national writer that can move opinions through her art.

  2. Hope you don’t mind that I post in an excerpt…She’s such a quality storyteller….

    Brandon Miller understands these people well, appreciates the allure of it all — of Hinkle and Butler and Indiana basketball — because he is one of them.

    Miller can almost trace his life through those bleacher seats.

    Here’s where he sat as a 4-year-old to watch New Castle Chrysler High School play in the semi-state, the first basketball game he can remember watching in the old building.

    There on the court, that’s where he got to practice as a high school freshman alongside his older brother and teammate, Scott, and better yet, got to miss classes in order to prepare for his own semi-state game.

    Down there at midcourt, he found himself as a Butler player in the middle of a dizzying court storm after Avery Sheets hit a game-winning buzzer-beater to lead the Bulldogs to the 2002-03 Horizon League regular-season championship.

    And there on the home bench, that’s where he’ll take the first chair as the Bulldogs’ head when Butler hosts Lamar on November 9.

    “The atmosphere, the feeling, the game, the players, shoot the popcorn in the air, all of it, you have that moment,” Miller said. “Hinkle Fieldhouse moments — Butler fans have them; Indiana basketball fans have them. Everyone has those moments.”

    It’s now up to Miller to create more of those moments. He is charged with the unenviable task of replacing Brad Stevens, an unassuming man who left a Sasquatch of a footprint at Butler and in college basketball.

    The comparisons are and will be inevitable. Miller, like Stevens, is a homegrown Indiana product, a guy who can spin tales of backyard games and enjoyable bus rides, his entire childhood written to the drumbeats of a bouncing basketball.

    In fact, in the hyper-connected world that is Indiana basketball, Stevens once played AAU ball alongside Scott Miller, back when the boys were 10.

    Brandon Miller, too, tried something other than basketball for a time, and like Stevens, the other was pharmaceutical sales. Like Stevens, the sabbatical only reinforced that Miller was destined for basketball.

  3. Now I remember…She’s from Dusty’s and Korman’s alma mater. Another gifted one from Penn State.

    There she goes again. Selling Butler as Indiana hoops’ tractor.

  4. The link to NCAA and NCAA Executive Director Emmert is a really great story, and the following links will open the window to the world of NCAA corruption, the forces behind AD and Coach hiring … and the story that cries for NCAA reform. But, if you think it through, there is a reason why there is and, likely will never be, NCAA reform…for all their bloated self-importance university presidents and boards of trustees don’t want it. Why? the NCAA is the gift that keeps on giving.

    There’s a great story that is systematically ignored, the story of the incestuous NCAA. The next time the Hoosiers get a three-year ban, the coach is forced out, teams banned for post-season because someone on Fee Lane made four unaccounted for telephone calls remember …we just don’t have any imagination.

    The following links do lead to an incredible story:

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2013/10/08/alabama-illegal-benefits-case-spotlights-ncaa-mark-emmert-nick-saban-friendship/2948023/

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaab/2013/04/02/ncaa-president-emmert-previous-cases-uconn-lsu/2047607/

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2013/06/06/parker-executive-search-ncaa-rutgers/2398487/

    BTW- maybe, just maybe…we all need to rethink Harvard’s Theory of the Great Establishment. Maybe, what some call ‘insanity’ is nothing more than increased awareness.

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