Live chat transcript

QUESTION: MODERATOR: Good morning, and welcome to today’s IU sports chat. Thank you for joining us.
Mike, Andy, Jeremy: Are you guys ready to get started?

JEREMY PRICE: Good morning moddy, everybody. I am indeed ready to get started.

MIKE MILLER: Morning, everybody. Let’s chat.

ANDY GRAHAM: Eight days away from IU football kickoff. And Eight Days a Week, ain’t got nothing but love babe … oops, showed my age there for a second, but have now recalibrated into chat mode.

QUESTION: 1. For many years, IU has held pre-season rallies in Chicago, Indianapolis, Louisville area and Bloomington. None was held in Bloomington this year. Why not.
2. Every year Fred Glass adds more red paint to Memorial Stadium. Where will we find it this year?
Randall Bychkov, B-town

JEREMY PRICE: Randall,
1. The Bloomington event is still forthcoming. It’s scheduled for Friday, Sept. 4, at Hoosier Village outside Memorial Stadium. I guess it’s just the whole calendar is off with Labor Day coming later this year, but both the Indy event last night and the Bloomington event are later than usual this year.

2. Well, the other day Glass noted that IU is keeping the red (crimson) walls adorned with the university seal that was put up for commencement, although that’s probably not paint, per se.

MIKE MILLER: Hey Randall,
There will be a Bloomington event on Sept. 4 outside Memorial Stadium. It’ll be held at the Hoosier Village just like last year. Details and a time are forthcoming.

According to a release from earlier this week, they’ve added new and improved signage across the stadium grounds this season. Does that count? They’ve also decided to keep the walls inside the stadium bowl decorated with the red signage from commencement ceremony.

ANDY GRAHAM:
Randall:
1. Fair question. Mike and Jeremy went up to the Indy shindig last night, so perhaps that topic came up. Don’t know why IU deviated from past practice in this case.

2. There is a bit more crimson within the bowl of the stadium because Fred opted to keep the decor created for last spring’s outdoor commencement, which features stylized versions of the IU seal. I think it’s actually pretty nifty.

Thanks, Randall.

QUESTION: I’ve noticed in some pictures of IU football practices that they have been wearing red pants at times, are we going to see red pants as part of the uniform say on road games or rivalry games at home like coach Mallory used to do back in the day?
Hoosier Fan, Ellettsville

JEREMY PRICE: Hoosier Fan,
Allow me to refer you to the football dudes …

MIKE MILLER: Hey Hoosier Fan,
Yeah, we’ve noticed the same. Keep meaning to ask about that. I think Andy would probably be pretty excited about red pants on the road. Personally, I like the all-white look away from Bloomington. Just a personal preference. Whatever happens, I beg the folks on 17th street to refrain from trying an all-red monochrome look at any point this season. Yuck.

ANDY GRAHAM: Hoosier Fan:
As a self-appointed arbiter of athletic aesthetics, I noticed that, too. When Kevin Wilson first arrived, I seem to recall he cast aspersions at the notion of crimson pants, and he clearly went after a very Oklahoma-centric look. And the same design for the basic IU sets remains but, obviously, the Hoosiers subsequently made a bit of a splash with their helmet variations, and perhaps that has opened the door for some uniform variations, too.

I have never liked the mono-chrome all-red look, so I hope that is avoided. But I don’t mind the notion of crimson pants with white jerseys, nor would I object to crimson pants with the crimson jerseys if the helmet worn is white or chrome.

I’ve come to accept the all-white road looks IU has donned at times the past couple of seasons, but still would prefer a crimson or chrome helmet with the white pants and white jerseys on the road. I like a little color variation to help set off the uniform. But to return to your original query, yes, it was interesting to see those photos from practice and, yes, I would presume that means crimson pants might be in the picture on certain game days, though nobody has confirmed anything along those lines as yet.

It’s dangerous to get me talking uniforms. I could prattle on all day.

Thanks, Hoosier Fan!

QUESTION: With the schedule out a few thoughts and questions come to mind:
1. Like the 1st Cody Zeller team the best Big Ten home games are the 1st 2 and last 2.
2. Wonder if students get the Ohio St game with it being the day before classes start 2nd semester. Athletic department has gone both ways with this and there are 19 home games (including 2 presumably announced later exhibition games) with only 2 others being while students are gone (Ken St, Wisconsin).
3. Would love to see College Gameday here for Purdue and having Maryland on senior day to maybe decide Big Ten title is epic.
4. Love seeing an in state opponent like IPFW at home on schedule and wondered if there’s any chance IU eventually returns the game in Fort Wayne?
5. Love the opening road games against the 2 worst teams in conference and gives IU a chance for a big start. Also with many IU students from New York at home for holiday break crowd should easily be 50-50 if not IU favored.

Mike, Seymour

JEREMY PRICE: Mike,
1. Wisconsin and Ohio State to start, Purdue and Maryland to wrap up the home slate are certainly the highlights. Down side to those first two games, or at least Wisconsin, is the timing might take a bit of the teeth out of the Assembly Hall atmosphere with students still on break, which leads to your next question.
2. Can’t say for sure, but I would expect the Ohio State game to include the students.
3. Clearly how well IU performs will determine whether GameDay pays a visit this year, and if both IU and Purdue excel, that could well be a good choice.
The Maryland game, should it be a de facto conference championship game, would really be fun. Of course, no GameDay since the annual UNC-Duke finale would be that Saturday as well.
4. I agree on IPFW, although a return game seems extremely doubtful to me. I’ve always thought Indiana would be better off scheduling in-state teams like IPFW, IUPUI, Evansville, Ball State, Indiana State, Valpo, etc. than rounding up a bunch of no-names. Granted, you wouldn’t want them all on the schedule each years, but two or three wouldn’t hurt.
5. Once again, IU has a chance to nab two early road wins, which are always precious in conference play. Certainly a pro-IU crowd would be no surprise at Rutgers, nor would be a win, but I expect Nebraska will be better this year. That game in Lincoln won’t be easy, but it’s important with Wisconsin and Ohio State to follow, even at Assembly Hall.

MIKE MILLER: Hey Mike,
At first — and second — glance, it’s a solid schedule with a pretty friendly conference breakdown. Two of the worst Big Ten teams back-to-back on the road followed by Wisconsin and Ohio State at home sets up pretty nicely, though the the final six-game stretch of the season could be concerning if IU once again seems to peter out down the stretch.

I, too, wonder about the potential for a Gameday possibility, and you’re absolutely right. Purdue and Maryland would be the obvious — and only — choices. Both of which line up as major, major showdowns.

As far as an in-state, non-conference road game, I don’t know how likely that would be in the future. IU did play at Evansville a few years ago, but that included unique circumstances — not the least of which was the fact that Evansville was opening a new arena. With the Gavitt Games, Crossroads and other in-season events, playing an in-state non-conference road game would probably be difficult considering the need to get 19 games each year in Assembly Hall. I wouldn’t completely rule it out at some point, but I think it’s fairly unlikely.

Agree about the Rutgers crowd. Last year’s game featured a very pro-IU crowd in New Jersey. I’d call it 60/40 in favor of Indiana folks. With the holiday break, you’re right. It could be a much more favorable Hoosier crowd this December.

ANDY GRAHAM: Mike:
I think most aspects of the schedule seem conducive this season. It’s a good schedule, and the Big Ten breakdown isn’t adverse.
Don’t know as yet, but I would guess along with you that the athletic department might well include the Ohio State home game with the student package, since most of them would presumably be back in town.
My son Alex was wondering about the potential for College Gameday visits and, I agree that home game with Purdue seems a prime context for that. And to have the conference season culminate with that Maryland visit seems potentially … well, I like your word-choice of “epic.”

Agree about in-state opponents on the schedule. And it seems enticing, to a Hoosier Hysteria traditionalist, to envision IU paying a visit to the Fort Wayne War Memorial Coliseum.

Mike Miller was telling me just yesterday he guessed that last year’s crowd for the game at Rutgers seemed at least 50-50 or even maybe 60-40 IU’s way. Could see that sort of ratio again, or perhaps even a bigger Hoosier crowd, depending upon how both teams are faring heading into the matchup. Hoosier visits to Northwestern always prompt a lot of Crimson in the stands, too, given the size of IU’s alumni contingent in that metro area.

Thanks, Mike.

QUESTION: 1. I am curious why the other 3 people in the car were not cited for the incident this week? Were they over 21 or was the officer just trying to cite the basketball players to make a name for themselves? I am not saying the officer did anything wrong but this is something that is really bothering me.
2. I saw Glass said there will be lane restrictions on 37 for football and basketball you said in the later transcript. You said he would announce something for traffic in that regard but first football game is next week. Is he going to announce something by then? It just seems like we have hit crunch time with that.

Darren, Martinsville

JEREMY PRICE: Darren,
1. There is a lot to be curious about with this whole situation, but in terms of who was cited and who wasn’t among the people in the car, from what we’ve heard, I feel safe in saying that the officer wasn’t just cherry-picking.

2. I don’t know what to tell you, except leave plenty early just to be safe.

MIKE MILLER: Hey Darren,
I feel you here. I had the same question, among others, when I followed up with excise this week. I was told that the arrest report (citation) did not include any further information about the other passengers and that this was not uncommon because, according to officers at the scene, they did not contribute to the offenses Holt and Bryant were cited for. Even if the driver was under 21, minor transportation would not apply because the car was parked. The excise public information officer told me that “even if the alcohol containers were open and the vehicle was being driven on a public roadway instead of being parked, the person who is in possession of the alcoholic beverage is responsible.” If there was a more serious offense committed, like a moving violation or accident or something of that nature, a more formal report likely would have been filed by an agency like BPD. Such a report might have included more information about passengers/witnesses. Frustrating, I know. Trust me.

That’s a good point, Darren. Yeah, I’ll take part of the blame for this. I should’ve followed up during Wednesday’s press conference, but my mind was fixed more on basketball questions and other more pressing personnel matters. If we don’t hear something by the beginning of next week, I’ll put in another call.

ANDY GRAHAM: Darren:
1. I’m curious right along with you about that, which is one of many questions that arise since the details remain murky. It could simply be that the other occupants of the vehicle were of legal age, though I’ve heard nothing definitive. Since there were no illegal consumption or open container citations, one might speculate that the bottles were unopened. And one might think that it’d be difficult, legally, to pin down precisely to whom the bottles actually belonged. I thought it a bit intriguing that the news surfaced via an Indy TV station. As with you, I don’t mean to imply that the officer or officers involved did anything improper. And I don’t mean, at all, to exonerate anybody for the meatheadedness seemingly involved here.

2. Agree and, yes, I figure IU will announce some sort of traffic plan for those coming from the north and south both. There is little doubt that longer drive-times to the game will arise. As an aside, I might note that the state’s other Big Ten institution is going to have some major headaches, too, given the current circumstances with the bridge out and the sundry detours involving I-65.
Thanks, as always, Darren.

QUESTION: MODERATOR: That’s all the time we have today. Thank you for submitting your questions. Have a nice weekend guys. Stay on top of IU sports news on the Hoosier Scoop blog and app.

JEREMY PRICE: I’ve got IU soccer opening the season tonight, our IU football season preview comes out this weekend and, of course, these are interesting times on the basketball front. Stay with us and thanks for chatting.

MIKE MILLER: Thanks for checking in, everybody. Lots more to come over the next few days. I’ll have an IU basketball follow-up coming later today, and we’re also polishing off the annual IU football season preview that will run in Sunday’s paper. It all leads into a football game week beginning Monday morning. We’ll see you next week.

ANDY GRAHAM: Thanks, as always, to all who chatted and/or checked in.

3 comments

  1. This isn’t necessarily a criticism — OK, I guess it’s a little one — but have you guys ever considered not having every writer answer every question? These chats can be informative and somewhat entertaining, but with all three guys providing responses to every question, when all is said and done, you’ve only gotten to 3-4 reader questions. … Just a random thought. Thanks.

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