Hoosier Morning

1. HOOSIERS HQ

As the son of a former NFL player, Indiana freshman safety Mark Murphy’s understanding of the game is advanced beyond that of your average freshman, I wrote.

2. INDIANA FOOTBALL

Indiana learned from the big plays it gave up against South Carolina State, Alex McCarthy of the Indiana Daily Student wrote.

Cornerbacks coach Brandon Shelby wants his team to be more aggressive, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News Sentinel wrote.

Donnell Jones and Mark Murphy are both working in a nickelback position, which becomes a hybrid between linebacker and safety, Sean Morrison of Inside Indiana writes (subscription only).

Kevin Davis and Jordan Wallace, IU commitments from Warren Central, essentially served as tour guides this weekend for other recruits in Bloomington, Zach Osterman of Inside Indiana writes (subscription only).

3. INDIANA BASKETBALL

Jason King of Yahoo! Sports sat down with Tom Crean for a Q&A session. Lots of interesting stuff, including an update on Maurice Creek. He’s doing one-on-one work but nothing full contact.

Kentucky coach John Calipari did an in-home visit with Hamilton Southeastern guard and Indiana target Gary Harris, Jody Demling of the Louisville Courier-Journal wrote.

Muggsy Bogues — yes, that Muggsy Bogues — will coach Peter Jurkin at United Faith Christian Academy, the Charlotte Observer writes.

4. NORTH TEXAS

Indiana will be the third BCS conference school North Texas has played at home, Brett Vito of the Denton Record Chronicle writes.

5. CONFERENCE EXPANSION

With Oklahoma and Texas considering a move to the Pac-12 and Pitt and Syracuse already heading to the ACC, the Big East and Big 12 are considering a merger, Ralph Russo of the Associated Press writes.

5. ONE FOR THE ROAD

Trying to bring videos back. If you like the Gaslight Anthem stuff Hugh and I have so often tried to force down your throats, check out the lead singer’s new side project Horrible Crowes. It’s a little bit darker, but still a lot of soul involved. The album is called Elsie and I highly recommend.