Hoosier Morning for March 6

1. HOOSIERS HQ
IU football coach Tom Allen sees encouraging signs from his defense as spring practice begins, Mike writes.

IU basketball emerged from a winter long hibernation with the win over Ohio State, I wrote.

From Saturday, Indiana’s win over the Buckeyes was just another form of temptation, I wrote.

IU men’s tennis edged past Purdue on Sunday, we reported.

2. IT’S INDIANA
Kim Anderson is out as the coach at Missouri, and Tom Crean is on the short list of potential replacements, Tod Palmer of the Kansas City Star writes.

Tom Crean also gets a mention with Mizzou, from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Indiana and Iowa will get a rematch in the Big Ten Tourney, Don Doxsie of the Quad City Times writes.

Indiana will win one game in DC, Scott Richey of the Champaign News-Gazette predicts.

A look at Zach McRoberts’ hustle and Juwan Morgan’s offensive burst in the latest film session, by Ryan Corazza of Inside the Hall.

3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
For Indiana football’s new start, “Spring” by My Morning Jacket.

3 comments

  1. IU men’s basketball did not emerge from nothing. It is what it is. Simply stated, to many times now once in awhile IU men’s basketball gives a TEASER GAME. A win over OSU does not even rise to the level of a TEASER GAME (false hope).

  2. “Indiana is a hard job with borderline unrealistic expectations. Hoosiers fans — who believe they belong in the blue-blood conversation with Kentucky, Kansas, Duke and North Carolina despite decades of evidence to the contrary…..”

    Yep, that “despite decades of evidence to the contrary” sums it up nicely. And he’s being kind by using the word “borderline.”

    In other words, you Hoosier fans stuck in the past, “good luck finding a better coach.”

  3. There is no momentum in this program. That’s really the biggest problem in my opinion.
    Indiana Mr basketballs
    ? – not Iu
    Kyle guy – Virginia
    Caleb swanigan Purdue
    Tre Lyles – Kentucky
    Zack Irvin – Michigan
    Gary Harris – Michigan State

    6 years without an Indiana Mr. Basketball…only longer drought was from 1962-1968 what used to be the dark days for Iu basketball (mostly created by the football team sanctions banning all sports from post season play for 4 years.) Knight tied the 6 year Mr. Basketball drought once from 1991-1996. To his defense 5 out of 6 of those kids ended up at mid majors and he ended up with Alan Henderson, Brian Evans, a Texas and Ohio Mr basketball, and Sheron Wilkerson had won it in 1993 before being stripped of the title.

    So it’s pretty simple really, to be successful as the head coach of the Indiana Men’s basketball team…you have to get the Indiana kids. If Gelon, Blackmon, and Hartman don’t return next year IU will have 0 kids on scholarship from the state of Indiana. That is a Major problem. The only successful years at IU under Crean have been with great players from Indiana Yogi, Zeller, and Hulls. Purdue went to a final 4 and won three outright Big ten championships the last two times IU went on Indiana kid droughts. Butler, Purdue, and Notre Dame have all reaped the benefits of IUs current Indiana kid drought.

    This “great recruiter” we have as a coach can’t even recruit his own state. The program has deflated and it’s time for a breath of fresh air.

    A new coach might retain at least on of OG, Blackmon, or Bryant.

    Mcswain, newkirk, and Johnson would probably stay.

    Good shot at keeping Davis, Jones, Green, Morgan, McRoberts, and possibly even Hartman.

    Might be able to hold on to a few recruits or a new coach may bring a few of his own.

    I don’t think you’ll see a mass exile or kids kicked off the team. A new coach would have a reasonable shot at starting his career at IU with a solid core of guys. If IU waits on change, the job will be less desirable from a roster standpoint.

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