Hoosier Morning for Dec. 15

1. HOOSIERS HQ
The extra practices that come with bowl season are a big benefit for the Hoosiers, Mike writes.

Times are changing for the College Cup, as IU soccer coach Todd Yeagley explained, I wrote.

For IU coach Tom Crean, playing with energy is a valuable resource in the world of recruiting, Mike writes.

2. IT’S INDIANA
Some current and former Hoosiers remain at odds over Kevin Wilson’s ouster, Alex McCarthy writes for the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.

Indiana and Ohio State mutually agreed, per the Big Ten’s request, to play the 2017 opener on a Thursday, Bill Landis of Cleveland.com writes.

Five reasons why opening up on a Thursday night is great for Indiana football, Sammy Jacobs of HoosierHuddle.com writes.

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham was once in Tom Allen’s position, Kyle Goon of the Salt Lake Tribune writes.

Indiana’s bowl message is clear — win, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.

Film study on the Indiana defense from the Michigan and Purdue games, Dan at puntjohnpunt.com writes.

The coaching change complicates an otherwise successful year for Indiana football, Brian Bennett of ESPN.com writes.

An early look at the Foster Farms Bowl matchup, David Lombardi and Brian Bennett write for ESPN.com.

New Albany’s Romeo Langford, an IU target, is staying calm amid all the recruiting hype, Jeff Greer of the Louisville Courier-Journal writes.

Indiana’s ties to the Crossroads Classic continues to stall its ability to participate in other national events, Alex Bozich of Inside the Hall writes.

Highlights of IU signee Clifton Moore with comments from Moore and his parents, including some recruiting insight, in this video from his school.

3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
In honor of my College Cup story, Bob Dylan live with “The Times They Are A Changin’.”

10 comments

  1. I have no problem believing all the reports of Wilson’s behavior are, more or less, accurate. What those former players report are not mutually exclusive.

    They can certainly all be true.

  2. I have experienced and witnessed up close how the perceived value of an athlete to his/her team determines a coaching staff’s treatment of players suffering less-than-obvious injuries. If a player is highly valuable to the team, he/she tends to be treated with warmth, sympathy and compassion, given the benefit of the doubt and lots of TLC. If the player is not considered an important part of the team or it’s future, or in fact they’re considered a weak link, many coaches will use that player’s injury as a way to send a message that the player is no longer wanted. They’ll take the opportunity presented by the player’s injury to isolate and discourage the player and try to get them to quit the team so as to make room for a player the coaches believe can be more valuable. I’ve seen female coaching staffs do this to female athletes and male coaching staffs do this to both male and female athletes. I believe it is a common tactic for many, if not most coaches, and that this tactic does not begin at the college level. For highly competitive and ambitious coaches, compassion and sensitivity are not typically their strongest attributes. They value physical and mental toughness and durability, and most of them believe the most important ability is “availability.” I’m not sure that type of behavior is what got Wilson fired, but it was likely to have been a contributing factor. Obviously, Fred Glass does not believe such tactics are appropriate in today’s increasingly litigious society. If he warned Wilson to put a stop to such behavior and Wilson did not comply, Glass had no choice but to fire him.

  3. I think that’s likely just about what happened.

    Back in the ’70s I remember reading a book titled “Meat On the Hoof”. It was about the University of Texas football team under Darryl Royal written by a former player. It covered quite a few of the same types of practices.

  4. Oh, nice. Allen with a very very solid first hire. Grant Heard WR coach for Ole Miss. He has deep Chicago ties (Harv high fives). He got a lot of 4-5 star receivers to leave the snow for the delta. He’s one of the best WR coaches in the country.

    He worked with Allen for a long time. He must really like him to leave a solid SEC program for the Hoosiers. This should be an encouraging sign of things to come.

    So, Allen already hires his WR coach. As Chet said, this probably doesn’t bode well for Johns’s future.

  5. Heard….? Gar Heard popped into my head. Wow…That goes way back. Da Bulls!

    Don’t know if Grant Heard is at all related……

    Wonder if the LSU running back sitting out the bowl game is the beginning of a future trend….? By all accounts, he’s recovered from his ankle injury but doesn’t want to risk it as he prepares/practices for the NFL draft. Sorta makes me wonder how many players have similar thoughts while playing for a team that will, at best, squeak into mediocre bowls. Coaches may be left increasingly between a rock and a hard place. Is it abusive to the sport when athletes put their individual financial risk assessment above the success of the team?

    The dollars at the next level are so exponentially beyond amounts available even a decade ago. There’s no comparison to two or three decades ago. Coaches have tons of pressure to win…..For teams in down years or not as rich in depth as an OSU, games can be won or lost on the availability of key players in key positions.

    What would Fred do? Seems the consensus believe it’s the player’s right to protect his future. If he doesn’t want to play a game at the end of the season, it’s his choice. When millions upon millions infect and entice the risk assessment, I can easily see where many nagging injuries will nag on…and on.

    Certainly brings to light just how “mediocre” many of these bowls are perceived by those even playing in them.
    At least most one-and-dones in hoops still stick around in the NCAA tournament. I’m not sure why. Why risk it? Why care about your team? Why care about bowls and banners?

  6. And one other thought…Wilson looks like Little Red Riding Hood compared to Pete Carroll. It was criminal of Carroll to run a trick fake punt play and put his punter at such horrible risk in a game that was not remotely in jeopardy. The punter was literally running for his life and was nearly decapitated by a vicious hit to his helmet.
    He is now under concussion protocol for a meaningless call in a game already decided. He could have been killed.
    Big Bad Wolf Carroll should be immediately fined a hefty sum and put on a 1-year suspension from the game. Reckless and senseless to put a defenseless punter into that sort of open field run situation. What a stupid showoff and stupid man.

    And we pretend to care about the health of football players? When it’s a big name coach, they are untouchable.

  7. Despicable.
    But couldn’t help from admiring the young man who was so quick and attentive to the girl after she was brutally struck. So many were exiting out the doors while he just kept signaling for help and going on the instincts of his decency. What a fine young man….

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