Hoosier Morning

1. HOOSIERS HQ
JUCO transfer David Cooper has stepped into the middle of the IU defense, Dustin wrote.

Notre Dame will become the latest college football team to don less than stellar uniforms, Andy writes.

In case you missed it, IU football and Trey Lyles were popular topics in Thursday’s chat with Andy and Dustin.

2. IT’S INDIANA
A rare disease sidelined IU volleyball player Colleen Smith as a freshman, but she’s fighting to get her life back and hoping to return to the court, Sean Morrison of 247sports.com writes.

Tom Crean’s in-home visit with 2013 big man Kennedy Meeks was a success, thanks in part to an off-the-court topic, Alex Bozich of Inside the Hall reports.

3. BIG TEN COUNTRY
Michigan is looking for success away from the Big House when it visits Notre Dame on Saturday, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com writes.

4. ONE FOR THE ROAD
In memory of Steve Sabol, this piece from NFL Films highlighting the magnificent voice of John Facenda.

22 comments

  1. Duke coach in for Lyles

    Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski visited Tech’s campus Thursday to see Trey Lyles and offered the standout 6-9 junior forward a scholarship. Lyles, a former Indiana recruit, has attracted interest and offers from many of the top programs in the country since opening up his recruitment last month</a>

    I knew Dakich was full of crap…I didn’t think Lyles decommitting had anything to do with Calipari…It’s the Knight worshiper, the Establishment guy, that’s forever had his nose up our Indiana butt. People always want to point to Calipari..I had a hunch it was the sleazeball from Durham once again feeding his blue belly courtesy of Hoosier country; taking his long blue straw from the land of no b-ball talent and drinking our resources, our thick milkshake, our breeding ground of Indiana talent. Calipari, much like Sampson, is the Devil we desire for the lumping our ugliest labels neatly secured in one laundry shoot straight to hell. Unfortunately, the guy most marginally talented in the coaching profession(or business profession..or politics) generally keeps his nose very sanctimoniously polished at ‘halls of prestige’ while sticking it deep into your own business and drinking it up.

    Lyles is a Blue Devil..Count it.

  2. When i was younger i would watch the NFL films always on ESPN2. They would be on all the time when i came home from school…
    I’m sad to hear of Mr. Sabol passing

  3. Just read Wilson and staff snag #11, WR Anthony Young of Lakewood ,Ohio. 6’0″ 170 lb. w/good hands and state of Ohio 200m track champion as Soph. and Jr.

  4. Clarion, he’s a good one. Several see him as a candidate for the 2016 Olympics as a 400 meter man. They project him in the 45-46 second range which suggests good upper body strength.

  5. I should rephrase that.

    Most ‘Olympic’ level 400m guys are that tall (again, no real research, just observation).

    The best sprinters (100 – 400m) are around 6’3″ to 6’5″ with the 400 guys being the tallest.

    400m sprinters tend to be freakish athletes no matter what their height, though. It is considered by many the toughest distance.

  6. Chet, not sure about the height thing (I never really thought about it), but you are right on about the rest, 400m/440y runners are freakish athletes. They have to combine the speed of a good sprinter with the strength and stamina of a strong middle distance runner (400-mile). Usually well developed and strong through the shoulders and chest as well.

    The one picture I saw about this player A. Young) showed he had a good upper (chest and shoulders) body though, overall, he was still young and thinnish (170+) overall. What I’m trying to say is that he’ll get bigger and has the body frame for it…and certainly has the speed.

    It seems to me KW is establishing good contacts in NE Ohio. (Isn’t Wynn from the area?) BTW, are you back? If so welcome back; if not,… enjoy.

  7. I think Usain Bolt is close to 6’6″. From what I have read, though, he also just about the only sprinter from that training cadre that hasn’t failed a doping test at one time or another so that doesn’t leave a good impression. Still amazing. Point being, there’s nothing wrong with being a little skinny at 17 like this young fella. Most people are.

    Thanks for the welcome, just got in Sunday a.m. Interesting place.

  8. Winning the 200 in Ohio as a JR. and initially as a Soph. told me much about his speed, competitiveness and work ethic. After watching the video of him I now think his best attribute are his hands; soft, sticky and sure.

  9. Actually, sprinters are generally shorter as it allows for quicker turnover and quicker starts out of the blocks. Usain Bolt is 6’6″, but he is a very uncommon size for a sprinter. If you watched his races, he is always dead last out of the blocks and through the first 20 meters. He has such freakishly high turnover for someone 6’6″ that it allows him to take 41 strides for 100m instead of 44-45 like it does for basically everyone else. Most people 6’6″ have long strides, but they do not have quick turnover. Anyways, this guy is fast as Ohio is a fairly solid state for track and field.

  10. I’m sure you are right, in general, but in recent Olympics and World Championships the average sprinters’ height was around 6’3″ (I actually did check that one). I suppose it also depends on what you would consider tall but that’s tall to a guy like me. That is also a small sample of sprinters.

  11. Another good recruit for the class of 2013. Love his speed and the fact that he had offers from numerous other BCS Conference schools that he turned down in favor of IU.

    Wow, the results of this weekend’s Big Ten games requires me to re-evaluate a few things. #1, BSU is better than I thought they were and generally, the MAC has done very well (in relative terms) against the Big Ten this year. #2 IU has a chance to beat Iowa this year, and based on Saturday’s results, they have a chance to beat Illinois as well. #3 I’m glad IU was not the only team to lose to a MAC school on a last-second field goal. Iowa’s loss on Saturday makes me feel better about IU’s loss last week. #4 Wisconsin is not the team they’ve been the last three years. Could not believe UTEP gave them such a battle, but I loved it #5 The lesson all teams should learn from Michigan this year is: Don’t ever play Alabama in your season opener because it takes weeks to recover from such a beat down.

    Go Hoosiers!

  12. Thanks Psych…I wasn’t sure about sprinter height. I remember back in the day (way back)John Carlos was about 6’4″ and many considered him a ‘freak’ for that reason (as you mentioned, many questioned his turnover speed). IU’s Larry Highbaugh (Tre Roberson’s grandfather) who was a great sprinter in those days was about 5’8″ and that seemed to be a common height for sprinters. I think Anthony Young at 6’0″ (or 5′ 11″) is good, both for sprints and the 400m.

  13. Podunker – same thing happened to the Noles last year. FSU was ranked #5 when it played #1 Oklahoma in the third week and got so physically beat up, including EJ Manuel getting hurt, that they lost the next 2 weeks.

  14. Geoff, what happened to Illinois on Saturday? I did not see the game, but the score looked ugly. Iowa losing to a MAC team and almost losing to NIU in Chicago? Penn State losing at home to Ohio. Either the MAC is really up this year of the Big Ten is really down. Not sure which, but in relative terms, it makes IU’s close loss to BSU look a little better.

  15. ^ For me it was a big win anyway. We gave them a big scare. Counts as a win in my book. Plus Ball State is where Bill Lynch came from to IU. Top notch football pedigree as I said before.

  16. Actually before the MAC was in any conversation about being good Lynch failed at BSU and was the HC at DePauw(DIII)where he was successful playing against talent like Carnegie Mellon, Kenyon and Olaf when TH hired him to be an assistant at IU. So much for pedigrees because that is his pedigree.

  17. Carlton, I think BSU’s current success is due in large part to the fact that Michigan’s current coach built the foundation of BSU football not too long ago, before moving on to SDSU. It’s been a long, long time since Lynch’s last losing season as coach at Ball State.

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