Live chat transcript

MODERATOR: Good afternoon, and welcome to the IU sports chat. Thanks for joining us. Welcome back guys!

JEREMY PRICE: Greetings moddy, and everyone else who is joining us today. Let’s get to it.

MIKE MILLER: Good morning from Pennsylvania. The hills and valleys are speckled with fall colors ahead of Saturday’s noon kickoff between IU and Penn State. Lots to chat about. Whatcha got?

ANDY GRAHAM: We indeed be back. Hello to all those chatting and/or checking in.

QUESTION: Guys,

Can I get your thoughts on Karaoke Jeremy?

Seth, Bedford

JEREMY PRICE: Brilliant, epic, a real tour de force.

MIKE MILLER: Jeremy ruined karaoke for me.

ANDY GRAHAM: Seth:

To be honest, the video kept freezing up when I tried to watch it on my mobile device, so I haven’t gotten all the way through it. But I saw enough of it to know that Jeremy Price can definitely sing better than I can.

QUESTION: 1. Students are flakey and ahtletic departments including IU need to adjust accordingly. The only reason there were empty seats at OSU game was students who didn’t use their season tickets but were sold to them in a package. Is there a away IU can re-allocate student tickets to general public some particularly in basketball because all these empty seats are 100% student driven. Students and young people these days (and my recently graduated son from college has said this) have no sense of commitment and this is the empty seats we are seeing at games everywhere.

2. Will Schwarber (and if not him who) turn out to be the greates baseball player to every wear an IU baseball uniform when its said and done?

In terms of traffic its time for that INDOT article. Not why 37 is under construction but 67 also in 2 spots has lane closures. I want to hear INDOTS’ side on why they are not being more flexible (Will Wingfield will be happy to speak to you i’m sure who is always quoted) for games. People are trying to adjust and leaving early and I commend them but OSU game was a nightmare like i’ve never seen. You will see during weekday basketball games when it is already backed up on 37 with no games that that will be biggest problem yet. I know its smaller attendence for basketball but at least on Saturday road is empty with no game.

Darren, Martinsville

JEREMY PRICE: Darren,
1. The only way those seats could be re-allocated would be for students not using them to turn them in ahead of time, and it’s hard to see that happening either. It’s just the risk you run with student tickets, and as you say, their lack of commitment.

2. Well, that certainly seems a good possibility at the moment, but let’s sit back and see where things go next. Baseball is such a fickle, difficult game. And don’t overlook Schwarber’s former teammate at IU, Sam Travis, who was named the Boston Red Sox minor league offensive player of the year for 2015 and finished the year in Double-A.

MIKE MILLER: Hey Darren,

Good point, but I don’t see that happening unless the students actually return those tickets or sell them on their own. If their lacking sense of commitment is already an issue, I think it could be problematic even getting them to follow through on that end.

This is a good, yet impossible question to answer right now. All the cards are in place for Schwarber to follow that path, but we’re a long, long way from anointing him the greatest ever. Baseball can be a cruel pursuit. To this point, Schwarber is exceeding expectations, and I’m looking forward to seeing what he does over a full, healthy career.

ANDY GRAHAM: Darren:
1. I suppose there could be some sort of timetable where students could turn their tickets back in for compensation and then they could be resold, but the timing could be tricky. I’m sure sometimes students opt not to go at the last second, which is obviously their prerogative. There might already be a process in place for students to turn tickets back in and, if not, perhaps there should be. But it might not completely solve the issue.

2. The Schwarb is awesome. He still has a way to go to eclipse, say, Ted Kluszewski, though.

Will take the INDOT article suggestion under advisement.

Thanks, Darren.

QUESTION: Pardon me while I break my arm patting myself on the back coming O SO close to predicting the outcome of the OSU game…

So, what is the aftermath…obviously, no moral victories, but what are the recruits and future recruits after that game?

Steve, Indy

JEREMY PRICE: Steve,

I’ll leave the gory details to the football dudes, but I think the Ohio State game really raised some eyebrows and interest, and it would be hard to understate the impact of following that up with a win at Penn State.

MIKE MILLER: Hey Steve,

Wilson and his players can talk all they want about not finding solace in moral victories, but the OSU game had to be a boost in a number of areas. The current members of IU’s 2016 class were all gushing after the game about the direction of the program, and I have to believe that game also left an impression on some of Wilson’s current targets. I still have a feeling there could be a big addition or two yet to come for next year’s class. The biggest thing for that to happen is IU’s ability to sustain all of this positive momentum, which is why Saturday’s game is huge. Absolutely huge. To follow up a fantastic game against Ohio State with a win at Penn State would provide the kind of push Indiana hasn’t experienced in years. It’s all within reach. Looks like the current line has the Lions by a touchdown this weekend. With a healthy Sudfeld and Howard in its backfield, IU has a really good shot at making history and winning for the first time at Beaver Stadium. Perhaps more importantly, it has a chance to really build some momentum off the field in the recruiting realm.

ANDY GRAHAM: Steve:

You back should be well and truly patted.

It was a good night for Indiana to have a lot of key recruits and prospects on-hand, to be sure. Given the tweets and other responses I saw from the prospects visiting that night, they loved how the team competed and, perhaps just as crucially, loved the atmosphere, the ardor of the crowd. Seeing a nearly-full Memorial Stadium rocking definitely made an impression. I think Indiana fans should understand that such overt, enthusiastic support does more than help the home team play better. It influences young minds.

QUESTION: Hi guys, you continue to do a great job and I have a lot of respect for your work. I’ve had a lot of fun “covering”/blogging the football season (so far). I’ve been reading the chat but haven’t submitted a question for a couple of months. I’m looking forward to the game tomorrow at PSU and I’ll be at Memorial Stadium for the Rutgers game (I’d love to thank you for your work in person if we cross paths) next Saturday. Anyway, I’ll ask one question and get to the real point of my message.

1. Tom Crean has talked quite a bit about implementing some type of full-court pressure this coming season. I’ve also seen comments about Thomas Bryant playing both defense and offense “all over the court” (which terrifies me, think of the foul trouble!). We’ve read about full-court pressure before but it’s never really materialized. Do you think this team will actually use some of that? Do they have the guard depth to do that (I guess Harrison Niego could be used as the fifth guard but still…)? Can OG Anunoby contribute to that type of scheme (I’ve heard positive things on him). Thanks guys!

2. Andy…it’s time. I have respect for your Cardinals and they did a tremendous job hanging on to the division crown despite multiple injuries. You know all about playoff baseball and I must say, the one-game playoff really got my heart racing. We (meaning Cubs fans) have waited a long time to have a shot in the playoffs and I’m looking forward to a fun and stressful NLDS (and many more years of playoff berths for the Cubs). May the best team win.

Thanks again guys, God bless and go Hoosiers!

TJ, Indianapolis

JEREMY PRICE: TJ,
Good to hear from you again.

On to your question. The full-court pressure has been mentioned, but I have to admit I have my doubts how much it is used other than in dire circumstances, as it was last year. I agree that the guard depth is limited, but the overall depth is still OK.

However, depth at center is virtually non-existent behind Thomas Bryant, and even if you plug Max Bielfeldt in there, he’s not the guy you want protecting the rim in a press situation. And as you mentioned, having Bryant at the back of the press could make defending the rim more effective, but opens him up to potential foul trouble. With the losses of Hanner Mosquera-Perea, Devin Davis and Emmitt Holt, true front court depth is limited. I’ve also heard good things about Anunoby, and you can only imagine the havoc he and Troy could create with pressure.
Overall, there are just a whole lot of questions at this time of year that won’t be answered until we get to see this team on the court. Mike and I will be at Big Ten basketball media day next week, so that will be the next chance to gather some info off the court.

2. I don’t know which would be worse, more winning by the Cardinals or the Cubs breaking the curse. I think I’ll just watch the American League this year.

MIKE MILLER: Hey TJ,

Long time no chat. Thanks for the kind words. Hope to catch up next week.

As far as full-court pressure, I’ll honestly only believe it when I see it. I think the three-quarter approach is probably more realistic, and I think it can work if used correctly. We’re still going to see the same multiple, switching man-to-zone defenses that we’ve seen for some time, and Crean is looking at the pressure possibilities as ways to accent that. Just how often he leans on it — and to what level of effectiveness — remains to be seen.

ANDY GRAHAM: TJ:

I know some noble and long-suffering individuals who are both Indiana football and Chicago Cubs fans. Might they find solace, justice and joy in both spheres during the same year? They just might.

1. I’ll leave this mainly to the basketball guys other than to say I’ve never favored full-court pressure much unless a program fully commits itself to that approach, and even then I don’t think it’s consistently successful against foes with good guards (i.e. most Big Ten teams). But periodic three-quarters or full-court pressure does seem a bit more agreeable with the shot-clock shrinking to 30 seconds, if the pressure can delay the opponent from getting into its offense for 10 or 15 seconds, which might end up in more rushed shots for the foe. And IU’s personnel (Anunoby included) does seem conducive.

2. I think the Cubs have a great chance to beat the Cardinals. And I wouldn’t even mind it all that much if it’s Schwarber doing most of the damage, as was the case Wednesday night in Pittsburgh. We Cardinals fans are obviously spoiled, having had more than our share of success and playoff berths, and we can readily say from experience that the key isn’t which team had the better regular-season record but, rather, which team is hot entering the playoffs. And no team is hotter than the Cubs. This Cardinals team has already over-achieved, given the spate of key injuries sustained, and any playoff success it can muster is gravy. I pick Chicago to win this series, even with Arrieta likely available just once. It might be tougher to get past either the Dodgers or Mets, with the amount of superb pitching both can deploy, and I’m not yet completely sold on the Cubs’ bullpen (another key playoff component), but wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Wrigley adorned by World Series bunting later this month. As I’ve noted before in this forum, I told my Cub-fan friends (of whom I have many) that they’d just won the World Series the day Theo Epstein was hired, that it was just a matter of time. The hiring of Maddon and the quick adjustments of important young bats to Major League pitching has just quickened the timetable. It’s maybe a year earlier than I’d have guessed. But the time may well have already arrived. And the Cubs will remain a threat to win every year for the foreseeable future.

Always great to hear from you, TJ.

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

JEREMY PRICE: Hoosiers on the road at Penn State with Mike this weekend, and we’ll be back with more football and basketball to talk about next week. See you then.

MIKE MILLER: Thanks for checking in, everybody. Arrived in central Pennsylvania last night and looking forward to the homecoming atmosphere at Beaver Stadium tomorrow morning. Until then, stay tuned to the Scoop.

ANDY GRAHAM: Thanks, as always, to all those who stopped by. Big IU sports Saturday coming up. Mike will be in State College with the football Hoosiers and I’ll be home covering IU men’s soccer in a big matchup with Ohio State that evening. Hope everybody is already on their way toward a nice weekend.

3 comments

  1. Schwarber is off to a good start but he’ll have a ways to go to top Ted Kluszewski, who also played tight end on an undefeated Hoosier football team.

  2. To me, the Cubs stopped being the lovable losers the day that fanbase collectively blamed and ruined the life of a poor private citizen–and it was even apparent at the time that the meltdown the fans had was unreasonable. The fact that the Cubs and their fans haven’t done anything to acknowledge this, nor taken any step to rectify it, remains one of the ugliest chapters of post-integration era baseball. That poor guy still lives in hiding to this day.

  3. I am 80 and when Klu was playing I thought where in the hell was Indiana. Maybe I wa 16 and a California kid living in Virginia! I wound up in Bloomington following a stint in the Korean campaign. And then IU went to the Rose Bowl (68) Could never be a Cubs fan because I couldn’t carry two crosses. Iu has never been back and the Cubs still losing

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