Quick thoughts on a dreary Tuesday

I went away for the weekend to a buddy’s wedding in Richmond, Va.

His wife actually walked the aisle, actually said yes, actually took the ring, we all drank too much bourbon in celebration, etc. Total success.

Before the wedding I made a point to walk out to Monument Avenue, where there’s a statue of tennis great Arthur Ashe. When they erected the statue in 1996 there was bitter debate because Monument Avenue had to that point been used to honor Civil War generals such as Robert E. Lee. After reflecting at the base of the statue, I decided it belonged where it was. It does, perhaps in a way that confronts us more harshly than we want our hero monuments to, make sense there.

But on to other stories of interest:

— Dan Dakich, who’s been director of basketball operations at Indiana for two months, and Ray McCallum, an assistant to Kelvin Sampson for the past two seasons, are being mentioned as candidates for the Ball State head coaching job vacated by Ronny Thompson recently. Another name being bandied about is former Hoosier Dane Fife, who’s the head coach at IPFW. (Thanks to Doug Zaleski of the Muncie Star-Press, who’s done a great job covering this story. Read his blog by clicking here.)

— Details of the Hoosiers’ planned Foreign Tour to the Bahamas are slowly beginning to trickle out to the public. A company called SportTours is organizing the whole thing and I’m hoping to get specific details from them on Wednesday (they’re pretty busy, as they’ve become the go-to company for these trips). We know for sure that Indiana won’t play until later — probably 8ish — on Friday evening and will leave the island sometime Sunday. Players are not allowed to miss classes for these trips, and IU will hold classes on Labor Day (a policy the Scoop, in honor of our college interns, vehemently opposes.)

— I’m trying to reach the three Indiana athletes representing the U.S. at the Pan Am games in Brazil: Kevin Alston and Dan Kelly on the soccer team and D.J. White, who survived the last two cuts for the basketball team. All indications are that White had a tremendous tryout and was really impressive in Philly.

— Finally, rumors abound that Indiana senior associate athletic director Tim Fitzpatrick is top choice to become the Athletic Director at Rhode Island. More on that as it develops.