Means says he’ll be back for football

4:45 p.m. UPDATE: Andrew Means just said in a telephone interview that he plans to play summer baseball for a Reds’ affiliate, but be back with the Hoosier football team this fall.

Means said that this morning, before he was drafted, he had a deal worked out with the Reds that would allow him to sign with the MLB team, yet also play another season of football for IU. He said that doing it that way may have caused him to have been picked lower and cost him some bonus money, but it was worth it to get to play another season of football.

He said there’s still a possibility of the Reds’ offering him more money not to play football, and him accepting that offer, but he’s expecting to be back on the field at Memorial Stadium this fall.

He did not disclose how much bonus money he will receive from the Reds as it stands now.

In football, Means is the top returning Hoosier in receiving yards with 559 last season.

Besides Means, IU baseball recruit Blake Monar was also picked today, by the Yankees in the 26th round. That will leave the Hoosiers waiting to see if Monar, a lefty pitcher from Rockport, Ind., decides to play college baseball next season or turn pro right away.

In addition, Indiana junior pitcher Tyler Tufts was taken by the Rangers in the 32nd round.

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The Cincinnati Reds have picked Indiana’s Andrew Means in the 11th round with the 329th pick of the 2008 MLB draft.

Means, a centerfielder, has said that he expects to be back to play football for IU next fall, but was also keeping his mind open to the possibility of signing with a pro baseball team.

“I’m so happy for Andrew,” IU baseball coach Tracy Smith said in a news release. “It’s a great day for him and his family – every kid dreams of playing professional sports and he’s in a wonderful position to decide whether he wants to return to IU or further his career at the professional level.”

There was no information immediately available about Means’ thoughts on whether he’ll sign with the Reds and whether he expects to return to IU next season. If he signs with the Reds, he could still choose to play football next season, but his Hoosier baseball career would be over.

Means led the Big Ten with 72 runs and eight triples scored and finished third in the conference with 33 stolen bases. He also hit .357 with two home runs, 11 doubles and 32 RBIs. He was the only Big Ten player to be named Player of the Week twice in 2008.

6 comments

  1. Have to wait and see if the money is right though before we count him as off the football team.

  2. Let’s get some good coverage this year on IU baseball. I think they have a good chance to have a really good year. 2 drafted recruits decide to play for IU and postpone pro opportunities, 4 potential draft picks for this year, and a strong ending to last season, makes IU baseball look really tough on paper this year.

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