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Indiana’s Maurice Creek applies pressure to a USC-Upstate guard earlier this week. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

Welcome to Hoosier Morning, a daily batch of links intended to keep you informed of what is going on at Indiana, in the Big Ten and throughout the college sporting world.

AT HOOSIERSHQ.COM

  • Ole Miss was too big and too strong for Indiana, forcing the Hoosiers into a series of mistakes, Dustin Dopirak writes.
  • Tom Crean said Matt Roth is likely to have surgery, Dustin writes.
  • Indiana upset Louisville in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Jeremy Price writes.
  • During Matt Carlino’s first (scrimmage) game at Bloomington South, he led the team in scoring (11) and assists (5), I wrote.

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The Killers’ “When You Were Young.”

10 comments

  1. Watching OSU v. UNC last night I couldn’t help but think that Thad Matta just doesn’t have the chops to beat the big boys. Great recruiter, but maybe the king has no clothes.

  2. I am looking for things to get me excited about the football game this weekend…I need it. This is really funny. My dad still talks about it. It happened in 1993 and I hope everyone gets a laugh. I will try to paste it here:

    Here’s a funny little diversion and a stroll through memory lane for me. This weekend is the rivalry clash between Indiana U. and Purdue for the Old Oaken Bucket. The rivalry goes back many, many years, and while it’s nowhere near as huge as, say, Michigan-Ohio State, Alabama-Auburn or Oklahoma-Texas, it’s still a pretty big deal in the state of Indiana. The players, fans and students at IU loathe the players, fans and students at Purdue, and vice-versa.

    When I was an undergrad at IU, I covered the football team for the Indiana Daily Student. In 1993, as the Bucket game approached, I decided to write a story on the immense hatred IU and Purdue have for each other. So one afternoon after practice, I headed into the Hoosier lockerroom and asked some players about their feelings toward the Boilermakers.

    That’s when one player, safety Chris Dyer, uncorked a beauty.

    “They’re all c***suckers,” he blurted. “Their coach is a c***sucker. What the f*** is a Boilermaker anyway? I hate that town too. That f***cking town stinks, that whole part of the state stinks.”

    At first I thought he was joking, so I grinned and asked him if that was on the record.

    “Hell yeah it is,” he said.

    At that point I wasn’t sure what to do. I headed back to the IDS newsroom and prepared to write my story. I told my editor about Dyer’s comment, and he flipped out.

    “That is so awesome!” he told me. “We have GOT to run that!”

    “Umm, OK,” I said. “If you want to …”

    So I wrote my story with Dyer’s comment included. We consulted with our editor-in-chief about whether we should include the inflammatory quote, and we agreed we should. Our rationale was two-pronged. One, the quote did an excellent job of showing how much the Hoosiers hated Purdue, which was the whole point of the story. Two, we thought that because we were a student newspaper on campus, we were allowed to be a little more freewheeling and risky when it came to stuff like this.

    If things had’ve stopped there, the whole episode might have blown over. But my editor, genius that he was, had to go even further. He decided to use Dyer’s comment as a pull quote to highlight it.

    So when I got up in the morning, I found that not only had we run the comment, but we had run it in huge print that jumped right out at you.

    That’s when all hell broke loose. By the end of the following day, the article was being discussed on every Indianapolis news broadcast, and it was the hot topic of conversation on numerous radio shows. I, my editor and our editor in chief started getting calls for comment from journalists around the state.

    So, of course, did Chris Dyer, as well as IU coach Bill Mallory. By the end of the week, a couple IU players went on the radio in West Lafayette to publically apologize for what had become known simply as “C***sucker.”

    The chaos climaxed when some student on campus got the bright idea to fax my article to ESPN. So, the Friday before the game, my article is on SportsCenter. It was all very, very surreal and just a little mindblowing.

    IU ended up beating Purdue that weekend — this was before Joe Tiller arrived to save the Purdue program — and the Hoosiers finished the regular season at 8-3. They earned a bid to the Independence Bowl — which, of course, turned out to be their last bowl trip. They haven’t seen the post-season since 1993.

    Over the years since then, I thought C***sucker would fade into obscurity. But, apparently, it hasn’t. This week I got a couple e-mails from one of my friends from college. Someone had posted the article on IU’s official sports forum and message board, and a radio host in Indy had been discussing the article and, apparently, stating his desire to track me down and interview me about it.

    In the intervening 14 years, numerous friends, classmates and family members have asked me if I regret C***sucker and whether I would do anything differently. The answers to those questions are no and a qualified yes. C***sucker turned out to be a major learning experience for me. It taught me how powerful the media can be and how much of an impact even silly things like C***sucker can have. It taught me that journalists have to be very careful with what they do, and to always be prepared for any potential fallout from their work. It was a hard lesson, to be sure, but it was also a very valuable one. And, really, that’s the whole point of college and student media — to learn your trade.

    And yes, I would do things a little differently; namely, I’d ask my goofball editor not to use the Dyer comment as a pull quote, because, frankly, that was just begging for trouble. I also might have asked Dyer one more time if the comment was on the record, just to give him one more chance to think it over and maybe realize what might happen if the paper ran the comment.

    But, if he still said it was on the record, I definitely would have run the quote in the paper. Like I said, it was a valuable learning experience, and, despite the controversy and all that, it was still pretty fun.

    And, for the record, Dyer was right — West Lafayette DOES stink.

    posted by Ryan Whirty at 2:26 PM | 0 comments

  3. Pretty much speaks to the relevance of IU football. Absent is the memory of a bowl game from two years ago.

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