Hoosier Morning

Photo: Chris Howell | Herald-Times

STARTING FIVE

1. INDIANA FOOTBALL

By hiring Mark Hill to directly oversee the strength & conditioning program, then allowing him to hire two assistants, and then not removing any existing staff, Indiana has financially backed its football program, Dustin wrote.

Here are some details of the memorandum of understanding Kevin Wilson signed, from the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette’s LaMond Pope.

2. INDIANA BASKETBALL

The Hoosiers have allowed opponents to score 1.26 points a possession in four Big Ten games, Inside the Hall’s Ryan Corazza wrote.

On the women’s side, Millika Taufa and the other freshmen have earned more playing time, starting tonight against Illinois, Jeremy wrote.

3. BIG TEN BASKETBALL

Michigan battled Ohio State, but the Buckeyes used a 12-0 run to start the second half and pulled away for the 68-64 win, the Columbus Dispatch’s Bob Baptist wrote. It was yet another close loss against a top-ranked foe, giving Michigan more confidence about the rest of its season, AnnArbor.com’s Michael Rothstein wrote.

Northwestern’s Juice Thompson set a new record for minutes played at the school as the Wildcats rolled past Iowa, the Chicago Tribune’s Jim Ecker wrote. Iowa’s defense early on was not good, and allowed eight 3-pointers in the first eight minutes, the Des Moines Register’s Rick Brown wrote.

One game tonight, with Purdue playing at Minnesota. The Gophers’ Trevor Mbakwe publicly apologized for violating a restraining order on Wednesday and coach Tubby Smith announced that Mbakwe will play but will not start today, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Myron P. Medcalf wrote. The Boilermakers will be looking to defend a school-record road winning streak, the Lafayette Journal & Courier’s Jeff Washburn wrote.

4. BIG TEN FOOTBALL

Michigan coach Brady Hoke said he is willing to alter his offense to fit quarterback Denard Robinson, AnnArbor.com’s Pete Bigelow wrote.

Northwestern is trying to make a lifer out of coach Pat Fitzgerald, especially after Michigan laid out a salary plan to the coach, the Chicago Tribune’s Teddy Greenstein wrote.

At Iowa, wide receiver Marvin McNutt is staying in school but safety Tyler Sash is leaving, the Des Moines Register’s Andrew Logue wrote.

5. ONE FOR THE ROAD

Cage the Elephant’s “Shake Me Down.”

2 comments

  1. I like what the football program is doing. While the coaches have limited access to the players for long stretches, the strength and conditioning guys have them all the time. One of the biggest problems with IU athletics right now is that the players themselves aren’t being developed and improved. Hopefully this is the first step toward making this happen.

    I also like Coach Wilson’s contract. Most of the perks are family oriented. Clothes, tickets, etc… Family man.

    Love Cage The Elephant

  2. It’s nice to see one-time Bobby Knight recruit, Ivan Renko, go into the barbell business. He seems to have been successful.

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