Live Chat Transcript

QUESTION: MODERATOR: Good morning, and welcome to today’s IU sports chat. What a wild week here in Bloomington. Thanks for being here, this is where I’ll turn it over to our very talented sports reporters.

 

Gentlemen: How are you today? Ready to get started?

JEREMY: Just when you think you’ve seen it all … Let’s see what folks want to talk about.

DUSTIN: Yeah, this week has been, well, something else. Let’s just get started.

ANDY: Had a URL issue with my laptop so starting a bit late, but it pales in comparison with some of the issues IU had to deal with this week. Happy to be here. Far happier tragedy was avoided this week over at The Hall.

QUESTION: 1. Regardless of reality are there certain people who will stay away from Assembly Hall now thinking it is unsafe?

2. Are you still confident in Crean being here long term or is it now possible he wont win enough to be here more than a couple more yrs?

3. How in the world did baseball team start 1-3 if they are ranked #3? Are they going to fail to live up to the hype?

 

Darren, Martinsville

JEREMY: Darren,

1. I don’t think so, because by the time IU next plays a men’s game at home, there will be concrete steps made to fix the issues. From what was said at Wednesday’s press conference, things will be done to not ensure that there are no further problems, but reinforcements made to prevent future issues. So I don’t think it will be a problem.

 

2. Confident probably isn’t the right word for this situation, but nonetheless, I guess it depends on what you call long-term. Let’s say IU goes NIT this year and next, then if that happens again in 2015-16, it could be the end of the line. But say IU bounces back with a Sweet 16 that third year, then that buys another couple of years. So basically, things have to go rather sour for a sustained amount of time for Crean’s future to even be a real topic of conversation considering the contract, buyout, etc.

 

3. It’s baseball. The offense just wasn’t hitting, and outside of Joey Denato, the starting pitching wasn’t real sharp. Long way to go, although the hype is certainly a lot to live up to.

DUSTIN: I see Darren has renewed his intimate relationship with the panic button.

1. I’m sure there are. I haven’t called every season ticket holder to be sure, but I imagine there are people who saw a plate fall from the top of the wall, decided that the whole building must be unsafe and didn’t bother to read the rest of the coverage. I couldn’t say exactly how many, but I always presume there are a substantial number of people who only read the headlines in newspapers and don’t delve much further and therefore make all of their decisions based on the most basic of information.

2. I don’t know that I said I was “confident” in him long term. I said he had a chance to be here long term, that he had a chance to not be here long term and that the years on his contract plus the success he’s already had have given him a certain level of job security and leeway which I still believe. I don’t remember saying he’d be Bobby Bowden and I think I did say I didn’t see him here for 20 years or so. It was always possible he wouldn’t win enough to be there forever. Now, what you’re really probably asking is, do I think it’s more likely now than I did three weeks ago that this takes a bad turn for him. The answer is, yes I do, and yes, I also think his seat is hotter than I expected it to be at this point. Now, I still wouldn’t call it hot. He’s not getting fired at the end of this year unless there’s a pirate-like mutiny in the program that involves actual cannons and cutlasses. And I think next year has to be bad as well for Glass to pull the trigger on him. But if he doesn’t make the tournament this year or next year then he’s going to be lucky to get 2015-16, and he will spend that season on the brink if he survives. But all of that being said, he has plenty of time to turn this around. Even if he loses Vonleh, he’ll bring back some talented freshmen next year, he adds Blackmon and Johnson to make up for the shooting woes and they should be better than they are now. It has a chance to work and it has a chance to not work, but they are reaching a pivotal moment here.

3. Being ranked No. 3 in baseball does not give one special powers. Weird stuff happens in baseball, as has been the case for the entirety of its existence. Even when the Tampa Bay Rays were horrendous and the New York Yankees owned baseball, the Yankees still found ways to lose a couple of games a year to them. Basketball and football you can win on pure physical dominance. In baseball, you still have to put the ball over the plate when you’re pitching it and there’s no rule that says they can’t catch it when you hit it hard. There’s a level of the playing field, and the game isn’t determined by inches, it’s dimensions much smaller than that and angles and hops, etc. Basically, one of the best offenses in college baseball had an awful weekend � .209 as a team � and at least one pitcher who’s usually reliable (Kyle Hart) went through an anomalous stretch where he couldn’t find the plate. Don’t get me wrong, it was a problematic weekend for a number of reasons. When you’re a northern program, you only get so many chances to prove yourself among southern and western teams, you have to do it early in the season and you have to do it on the road because your stadium is likely snow-covered. So this was a bad start, and they certainly could fail to live up to the hype. There’s a lot of hype, and let’s remember, before last season the program had won one NCAA Tournament game in its history. But one series is not a reason to make the declaration that they won’t.

ANDY: Darren:

 

1. Perhaps a few, but I would imagine the vast majority will figure lightning won’t strike twice.

 

2. Well, chances are CTC isn’t going anywhere for a long while. Next season probably now does have a bit more riding on it in that regard but, barring unmitigated disaster, I don’t see any coaching change coming unless it’s a voluntary departure. Not saying it can’t happen but, given the buyout provisions and other factors, it isn’t likely to happen anytime soon. And if this season’s team rights the ship a little bit before it’s over and next season goes reasonably well, this stuff will die down.

 

3. Meh. It’s one series. Even the best teams in baseball lose the occasional series. The Hoosiers, by all accounts, didn’t play well. But it’s waaaaayyyy too early to start making pronouncements of doom. This is essentially the same group of guys that kicked serious posterior last year. Chances are they will again.

QUESTION: Good morning guys, I hope all is well. As always, thanks for this chat and for the rest of your coverage. I can’t remember the Hoosiers having a more turbulent and deflating on the court/off the court span of 10 days. I would list the things but quite frankly, just writing them all is a downer. On to the questions…

 

1. Jake Query, the host of a sports talk show on 1260-WNDE in Indianapolis, made some interesting comments this week. He said that there are “chemistry issues” within the Indiana locker room and some player unrest problems. He has been told by “people close to the program” that there will likely be a couple of transfers at the end of the season. Have you heard similar grumblings (without naming names of course)? Or, is this just straw grasping and an attempt to explain the woeful on-court performances?

 

2. Tom Crean continues to recruit for the 2014 class. How serious do you think he is about guys like Matt Cimino, Ruben Guerrero, Marvin Clark (incredible story) and Josh Cunningham? By that I mean, is he simply preparing them as “just in case” options or do you think he really views one of them as a late diamond in the rough?

 

3. The Purdue game was…well, yeah, I don’t want to talk about it. It served as another reminder that one season can certainly flip everything in college basketball. I’m trying to keep that in mind and hope that next season is a flip back to something resembling good basketball for the Hoosiers. That being said, I was glad to see Noah Vonleh be a little bit more aggressive with the ball (when not in foul trouble) against Purdue. I know he had an awful shooting day against NW in Bloomington but doesn’t it make a lot of sense for Noah and Yogi to take the majority of shots and for the others to simply get out of the way? It really can’t be a whole lot worse than the offense we’ve had to watch recently.

 

Thanks again guys, I appreciate your hard work. Have a great week, God bless and go Hoosiers.

 

TJ, Noblesville

JEREMY: TJ,

1. There have been rumors of a similar nature floating out there, but I can’t speak to the veracity of them. I don’t have any inside knowledge. However, there are clearly chemistry issues with this team and have been all season. I’m not saying that the players outright dislike each other necessarily, but it’s not a unified, cohesive group for whatever reason. I honestly thought it was telling that there was a lot of talk about staying together after the Purdue game, which indicates potential splintering. Would I be shocked if there were a couple transfers after this season? Not in the least. However, depending on whether Vonleh stays or goes, I think the essential nucleus of a pretty good team returns intact.

 

2. Well, both. Those guys are all potential diamonds in the rough, but he’s lining them up out of potential necessity. Honestly, I think Clark and Cunningham very much fit the mold of guys that Crean likes � versatile, athletic, lot of upside at both ends. Now, the big guys like Cimino, Guerrero, Rokas Gustys are much more projects. And that’s a bit of a problem, because if Vonleh goes, then IU needs somebody to give them something next year, not in two or three years.

 

3. The problem at Purdue was that Vonleh spent the decisive moments of the game in foul trouble and most of his offense came with the game out of hand. Yes, Yogi and Noah should be the focal points of the offense, but the trick is putting other guys who can be offensive threat around him. Right now, defenses don’t have to honor Troy Williams outside of 15 feet, they know Stan Robinson just wants to drive, etc. I guess the main point is that there are a lot of one-dimensional pieces around Yogi and Noah, which makes their job more difficult.

DUSTIN: Hey TJ,

1. This is one of those questions I hesitate to answer. Have I heard grumblings that things aren’t great there? Sure. But “people close to the program,” aren’t actually in the program and they aren’t actually in the locker room either and it’s very easy to give a lot more weight to their words than they deserve because the coaches and players put up such a front. Do I feel confident saying that this group is nowhere near as tight as last year’s team? Yes, but that was an extremely tight group. Will there be transfers? Probably, but there’s only been one season that Crean has been coach where there wasn’t at least one transfer. Things aren’t great right now and I don’t know who Query’s source is. I’m sure there is some unrest as there is on most teams that lose and I imagine there will be transfers. Do I see a mass exodus, probably not. So that’s a long way of saying I’m not sure what to say there that’s journalistically responsible.

2. I think he realizes he has to get some size for 2014 whether he gets a true big man or not. He has to prepare for the possibility that Vonleh leaves because he is a top 10 pick if he wants to go. He needs to have someone he can put in the five spot other than Hanner Mosquera-Perea.

3. That’s obviously the problem with the entire offense. They can’t get consistent scoring from anyone else other than Ferrell and Vonleh, so packing the paint and making sure someone’s in Ferrell’s face is pretty much all you need for an effective defense. On one hand, yes, they should take the majority of the shots, but the Hoosiers aren’t going to be good unless somebody, anybody else contributes something in the game offensively.

Thanks as always, TJ.

ANDY: Yo, TJ.

 

Actual, real, horrific tragedy was avoided. So it wasn’t all bad this week.

 

1. Rumblings about transfers are almost always percolating, even when things are going well, but I’ve heard nothing definitive. Have heard a name or two rumored but, obviously, am not going to repeat them.

A couple of issues have already manifested in the form of Hollowell’s apparent suspension a few weeks back and Mosquera-Perea’s arrest and, given how things have gone, one wouldn’t suspect everything is hunky-dory behind closed doors. Generally, some of the things I’ve heard lately don’t paint too rosy a picture, but that’s no real surprise that folks in the program might not be exactly sanguine given the recent on-court performance and, besides, it’s all scuttlebutt. Things probably are better than some folks might suspect, too. Straw-grasping in the media? I’m scandalized you’d even suggest such a thing!

 

2. Don’t know the level of seriousness concerning any of those guys, though have heard more about Clark and Cunningham lately. Hard to say if he’d take any of them under completely optimal circumstances, because I haven’t seen any of them play except on film clips and haven’t really seen enough in the way of definitive information.

 

3. Noah and Yogi are the team’s best players. So, yeah.

 

Thanks, T.J.

QUESTION: Hey Guys, hope all is well. I have some questions and observations for you to comment on.

 

1) Are the current players on our basketball team the right fit for coach Crean’s system? Do you adapt your system to the players strengths, or change their roles? Just doesn’t seem as though the guys are transitioning like we had hoped. The talent is there according to the experts who ranked the class of 2014 pretty high.

2) Has Yogi’s role morphed to that of a shooting guard? Does this system now feature Yogi as our first offensive option or because of our style of play, he has to get a shot up? Personally, I would like to see him to get the other guys more involved in the game.

3) I am probably one of the few Indiana guys who doesn’t necessarily buy into the high energy player stuff. Is this Red Bull offense really something that will help us win games down the the stretch? It is very difficult to play on emotion day in and day out. I think fundamentals and execution are the keys to success.

4) Finally, Any thoughts on who may leave or transfer after this season?

 

indianavelt, Fort Wayne

JEREMY: indianavelt,

Good to hear from you, as usual.

 

1. Loaded question in a way. Yeah, I think they are the right fit for Crean’s system, but at the moment the puzzle pieces don’t fit together. As for the current freshmen, obviously Fischer was gone before he could be truly judged, but seemed to be coming. I think Stan Robinson has probably shown the most growth from the start of the season to now, a solid defender and strong driver. Troy Williams has started every game, and he’s a lot of up and down within a game, but I think a full offseason will do wonders for him. Devin Davis hasn’t played a lot, but when he does, it’s often out of position, so I’m not going to judge a 6-6 center too harshly. The issues are the lack of juniors and seniors, combined with a sophomore class that has largely disappointed outside of Yogi. I do think Hanner Mosquera-Perea had made significant gains from last year, but we’ll see how this latest off the court incident impacts him going forward. Not sure what to expect from Hollowell anymore, although I thought he was one of the few guys who showed some fight at Purdue.

 

2. In some ways, Yogi has shifted to a shooting guard role, because there’s nobody else to shoot. The problem is that IU cannot strictly have him playing off the ball, because he’s also the best creator with the ball in his hands. I do think it’s made it more difficult for Yogi to balance those two roles. Some games he does it better than others, but when the offense is breaking down, he takes it on himself out of necessity to pick things up. I think Yogi would be a focal point just in the nature of the offense, but that’s been greatly magnified this year. Yogi averaged just over four assists per game last year and is just under four assists per game this year, for what it’s worth.

 

3. Well, you are probably best served to have both the high energy and fundamental execution. Energy isn’t necessarily reliant on emotion, however, it’s an attitude and approach that has to come from within. Right now, that’s not a daily thing for these guys and usually takes time to develop. Unfortunately, the fundamentals simply aren’t there with this team either, so you’re flat out of luck.

 

4. Nope. Would strictly be guesses that wouldn’t do anyone any good.

DUSTIN: Hey Indianavelt

1. I’d say the players fit it and are the sort of guys he wants but he doesn’t have all the pieces. He needs more guys that can break down defenders off the dribble on ball screens and most importantly needs more shooters. I don’t think the guys have skill sets that don’t fit the system, but the total collection of guys he has don’t complete the system. There are a lot of drive and kick opportunities in the system, but when the guys you kick to don’t hit the shots, well, the system doesn’t work as well. It’s really that simple. Lack of outside shooting from the wings has been the death of this team. Ferrell has made up some of the slack and they do run him off the ball sometimes, but he can’t drive and kick to himself. Also, some of the guys (Hollowell, Sheehey, Gordon spring to mind) had reputations for being better shooters than they have been. So it’s not that they don’t fit at all, it’s that they aren’t shooting to their capabilities and that’s made the whole offense worse.

2. I hate stealing Crean’s word here, but it’s true. The best description of Ferrell is that he’s this team’s lead guard. He’s doing everything at once. He’s bringing the ball up, working it around, getting it back and shooting it. That’s not always a bad thing and it does speak volumes about his development that he’s been able to take on as much as he has and that he’s become a more explosive scorer, but it’s also a problem that he seems to the be only perimeter player who can reliable score. The offense still works mostly with him as a point guard. He’s bringing the ball up most of the time and the offense starts with him. They have always looked for ways to get him catch-and-shoot opportunities and that’s more of a shooting guard thing, so there’s part of that. Basically, he’s a point guard who shoots a lot. It’s good that’ he’s capable of that. IT’s bad that he has to do it so much. I don’t think he’s failing to get other guys involved in the game, I think the other guys are failing to take advantage of their opportunities.

3. I think I agree with this, but I’m not entirely sure what’s being said here. I think with a team that doesn’t have the highest basketball IQ as this team doesn’t, it’s probably a good idea to run more set plays and restrict offensive freedom and creativity some for the sake of making sure everyone knows exactly where they are supposed to go on every single play and they don’t have to make many determinations on their own. But I’m not at practice and I don’t actually have the playbook so that’s speaking out of turn and I don’t know exactly what the goals are every time down the floor. I don’t think anyone would disagree on the fundamentals and execution, but I also don’t think Crean thinks fundamentals and execution are irrelevant.

4. I have thoughts on that, but nothing close to concrete so I’m not big on the idea of speculating on something like that yet. Do I think someone will transfer? Yes. Do I have any idea who that will be? No.

ANDY: indianavelt:

 

1. I think most of the freshmen expected to play have played pretty well at times. The big issue is the sophomore class, which hasn’t panned out well outside of Yogi. When you have a foundational class like that (on which you expend four or more scholarships) and it doesn’t pan out, it can set even a strong program back (see Andrae Patterson, Charlie Miller, Neil Reed … ) IU needed the sophomores to step up to the point it wouldn’t be so dependent upon freshmen this season, but that hasn’t happened. I think most of the guys fit CTC’s approach OK, but as a group there isn’t enough outside shooting. When Yogi penetrates, who can he kick out to with any confidence the jumper is gonna go in?

 

2. A scoring point is a difficult role, but that is what Yogi has to play, and he can do it. I agree that he still needs to make sure teammates are involved. (and if he looked up to see Stan on that last sequence, Indiana wins the Penn State game after all, because Stan would’ve had a layup.)

 

3. Agree. Vonleh has to get the ball in position to score. I have no issue with CTC’s sets, but would like to see this team run them more often and more effectively. It needs to run sets, and run them well enough, to help Noah get the ball. It can’t simply be a matter of him posting up and/or getting across the lane with ball-reversal. Some good down-screens and cross-screens need to be set, and set properly, with good timing and coordination so that the ball-handler is looking for Vonleh at the right time if he pops free in the lane. Opponents will obviously try to take that all away, but IU has to find ways to make it work.

4. Nah. People can speculate, if they wish, but I’m not gonna. Don’t relish subjecting kids to the rumor-mill unnecessarily.

QUESTION: Hey fellas,

 

Looking at the picture of the damaged seat, I noticed that the seats in that row go 108, 107, space, 110, 111. Is that correct? Who numbered this place? If it’s incorrect, will they take this opportunity to correct the numbering in this section? Maybe AH was just pointing this mistake out?

 

From your favorite,

 

I like soup!, Blooomington

JEREMY: Soup,

Haven’t studied the photo, though I believe 109-110 was where the metal hit and 109 was taken out.

DUSTIN: Major logistics fail. Soup, I have missed you so.

ANDY: Souper:

 

I dunno. Could it be 109 was crushed and already removed before the photo was snapped?

 

It’s a mystery.

QUESTION: IUBB questions:

1. Are the players getting along with each other?

2. Would it make more sense for a team like this to have a more structured offense? I get that CTC likes free-flowing offenses, but with this particular team, it seems like more structure would be better to avoid confusion, wasted possessions and turnovers. Has CTC spoken about this at all?

3. CTC did not put his house on the market, correct? I heard a rumor about this and believe it to be false, but wanted to double-check.

 

 

 

 

HoosierInChapelHill, Chapel Hill, NC

JEREMY: Chapel Hill,

1. Good question, one difficult to answer without being behind the scenes. Keep in mind that the players can “get along” fine, but that doesn’t that there’s a unity or cohesion among them.

 

2. Perhaps, although I have to note that these guys seem to have trouble remembering where they are supposed to be on various sets, so I don’t know that more specific plays would be any better. No basketball IQ is no basketball IQ.

 

3. Hadn’t heard that one, but it gave me a chuckle.

DUSTIN: 1. I honestly don’t know. Practice is closed, and we don’t see the guys for more than a few minutes during press conferences every week. Do I get the impression this crew is super tight? I don’t. Now, it is a bunch of guys that haven’t played together or haven’t had to play as closely together in the past, so there’s that. I don’t know that they dislike each other either, but I definitely don’t see great on-court chemistry, so that could be explained by a number of things. The people in the program say everything’s fine and of course they’re getting along, but that’s what they would say.

2. As addressed in the previous question, I do think so personally, but I also recognize that you can’t install a motion offense in February. It’s just not realistic. Do I think they should stick to more sets? Yes, because I don’t think this team can handle a lot of offensive freedom other than Ferrell and Sheehey and Vonleh to some degree. Of course, I can’t always tell what’s a set play, what’s choosing from a set of options and what’s just sort of an open play.

3. I don’t know about that. If he is, I’d presume he’s just moving to another house in Bloomington.

ANDY: HICH:

 

1. As far as I know. Everybody is gonna be a bit grumpy after three straight losses in a season that has proven difficult, overall, but I haven’t seen any actual friction.

2. Don’t disagree. I’d like to see more sets run with this particular bunch. Because even when Yogi penetrates and kicks back out, the guy on the receiving end isn’t necessarily gonna hit the jumper. I’d like to see more stuff pounded inside, especially to Noah.

3. Would absolutely suspect that to be false. If that had happened, people here would know.

QUESTION: Hey guys,

 

While the loss at PU was obviously very very disappointing and was flat out hard to watch, did you guys see the 2 minute span where JH actually looked like he was fully engaged in the game. To me, it almost looked like he was going to try and take over the game. He made 2/3 shots during that time (granted one was a banked in jumper) but it still was about the most intense and locked in I’ve ever seen him. I believe he was subbed out soon after so nothing came of it but I was wondering if anyone else noticed this?

 

Is it the fact that IU is losing that makes people upset, or is it how they are losing. IU fans are a knowledgeable fan base when it comes to basketball strategy, and they are very aware of what they are watching when 3 guys routinely stand still on the offensive end while the other 2 run a pick and role.

 

Did any of you watch the game on TV? Was curious about your thoughts on Dakich’s coverage. Loved it myself.

 

Thanks

 

Yes, Bloomington

JEREMY: Yes,

I definitely noticed the portion you were talking about. It seemed like Hollowell and Robinson were about the only guys on the floor that still had some fight in them at that point. Moments like that are what is so intriguing about Hollowell, because you know that he’s got it within him. If he played with that same aggressive mindset and determination all the time, sky’s the limit.

 

Both. The people that say they don’t care if IU ran out five walk-ons and lost are lying. Those are the same people that booed Crean’s walk-on heavy lineup against Michigan. They want smart basketball, and they want to win. One without the other is not nearly as much fun.

 

I did not go back and watch the Purdue game, so I didn’t hear what Dakich said. I’ve heard a lot of discussion about it, though.

DUSTIN: Yes,

I did notice that. He had a couple of minutes where he looked pretty good.

It’s definitely both. IU fans would like to see more direction and they’ve made that clear a whole heck of a lot. That’s why you’re seeing the blame heaped on Crean directly.

We were at the game and I haven’t bothered to rewatch it. I just heard Dakich came down on them hard. Don’t know exactly what he said.

ANDY: Yes:

 

JH has shown flashes of that. He needs to show it more consistently. I’ve seen him look pretty much all-world at times, going back to his days at LC and in AAU play, but consistency has always been the issue with him.

I’d say it’s both. People naturally don’t like the amount of losses, and I think probably a lot of fans aren’t happy with the approach to half-court offense with this particular team. IU fans are still pretty much conditioned, I think, to favor a lot of player and ball movement. Most fans are, actually. Most coaches are, too, CTC included.

Didn’t watch the DVR, but I think Dan is one of the very best analysts out there. I could do without some of the petulance he periodically exhibits regarding his radio show at times, but that’s just part of the time. Most of the time, I like listening to Dan, especially in his role as a TV hoops analyst. I find myself, almost always, both enlightened and entertained.

QUESTION: Hey guys, What’s up with the baseball team? Is typical to 3 out of 4 to an unranked Texas Tech team? You think they’ll get it together, or is our pitching not as reliable after one of our studs left for the draft? I was really hoping baseball would relax me of some stress after a very sad basketball season. Very sad. Very Very sad.

 

oyvey, durham

JEREMY: oyvey,

Relying on baseball to bring emotional balance to your life is always a mistake. Losing 3 of 4 to Texas Tech isn’t ideal, but that’s not a terrible team by any means. And keep in mind that after last year, the opposition is very much taking Indiana seriously now. No more sneaking up on people. And ultimately baseball comes down to hitting and pitching. The Hoosiers didn’t get enough of either last weekend.

DUSTIN: Oyvey,

Well it obviously wasn’t a good start. As I mentioned with Darren earlier, random stuff happens in baseball with much more frequency than in football or basketball. The Yankees used to drop two out of three to bad Royals and Rays teams all the time even when they practically owned baseball. So it’s not a reason to panic. Texas Tech has a good bit of talent, and an unranked team can absolutely beat a ranked team in baseball from time to time. I’m not going to sit here and guarantee that Indiana gets back to Omaha, because that was a pretty magical season for those guys and you can’t bank on lightning striking twice like that for a northern team because it’s hard. The pitching isn’t quite as good without Slegers, but it’s still pretty good and Kyle Hart in particular is much better than he showed in Saturday’s game. DeNato was excellent and I think you’ll see a big year out of him. The bullpen’s also better than it has looked, and the offense isn’t going to hit .209 as a team for the weekend very often. Don’t get me wrong, again, it was a bad weekend and they need to get rolling here and win some games. But this isn’t a reason to panic yet.

ANDY: oyvey:

 

Well, it’s a Texas team. Methinks its roster is pretty well-stocked with dudes who can really play baseball. And it’s just one series. Even good baseball teams lose a series every now and then. And there is still snow on the ground. Waaaaay early.

 

And while things haven’t gone well regarding hoops, it wasn’t as if reasonable people were counting upon this particular basketball team to produce achievements of real magnitude. It’s way too young. It graduated way too much.

QUESTION: Any word on where Cam Coffman will land with his transfer? If he goes to Indiana State would he need to sit out a year?

What times do you expect Cody Latimer to hit in the 40 yard dash at the combine? Would a 4.6 sec be good enough to get drafted in the first 4 rounds?

 

Chicago Hoosier , Barrington Ill

JEREMY: Football dudes …

DUSTIN: Saw Cam hanging out in Mellencamp about two weeks ago and he didn’t have a direction yet. If he goes to Indiana State, he would not have to sit out. FCS or lower he can play right away. FBS he has to sit out a year.

4.6 would put him right there, but they certainly want faster out of him. If he can run low 4.5 or in the high 4.4s, he probably goes in the top three rounds. The speed is the biggest knock on him.

ANDY: Chicago Hoosier:

 

Haven’t heard about Cam, but perhaps Dustin has. I do think Cody runs a :4.6 or higher, yes, it would seem speculative regarding the first four rounds. I’m pretty sure he can run :4.5-range. And he’s going to make a really good pro.

QUESTION: Could Tijan have stopped that metal beam from falling from the ceiling?

 

Dan Karell, Amelia, OH

JEREMY: DK,

What a silly question. Tijan would have caught the piece of metal in his teeth.

DUSTIN: Between the time this chat started and now, Tijan could have built a new Assembly Hall with his bare hands and put an end to the violence in the Ukraine. A 50-pound metal plate is no match for the Great Tijan. Don’t ask foolish questions, Dan. (Hope you’re doing well man, congrats on the job.)

ANDY: Dan:

 

There is no Liger limit.

 

He’d have twirled that piece of facing like a baton for those ESPN cameras.

QUESTION: Hey guys, I have a question about the basketball team’s poor second half showings. My concern is about the player’s mental ability to adjust at half time, here’s my thinking and I’d like your opinion. During the week they have plenty of time to learn the game plan, but at halftime each team adjusts to the other team’s strategy. Last year’s team was a good second half team because they could adjust and this year’s team struggles in the second half. I don’t think it’s Crean’s inability to know what to do but the players’ inability to adapt. If you agree, how much of this can be overcome over time and how much of this is just a fixed ability (or lack thereof) in a player that Crean has do deal with?

 

Dave, Indy

JEREMY: Dave,

As with most everything this season, I think there’s a little bit of everything involved. I do think this team is best at the outset of games with a game plan in mind, however, there are times Crean has talked about the inattention to the game plan of this team. I’m sure the youth of this team and guys playing unfamiliar roles is a factor, yet after 25 games, you’d think they would be starting to figure things out. Keep in mind that a game like Michigan, IU’s game plan didn’t collapse after halftime, so the ability to carry it out is there. As you mention though, the players don’t always adjust well and that speaks to the whole basketball IQ issue this team has struggled with all year. I do think that some of that can be overcome in time with the freshmen, although that can be as much a skill as any other part of the game. I think having a couple guys coming in next year with some basketball savvy will help too.

DUSTIN: That’s obviously a lot of speculation and I’m not in the halftime locker room to really know. It’s absolutely something that can be overcome with time, learning and practice. Now, do I think this team has a high collective basketball IQ? No. It’s odd, because I think Ferrell and Sheehey especially are truly basketball savants and as smart as anyone on last year’s team. I think Vonleh is pretty high up there as well. But the rest of the guys, not so much. I think some of them have a lot of capacity to learn (Stan Robinson springs to mind there. I think he has the highest upside from a mental standpoint.) but that’s going to take time. I don’t know if this is the reason for bad second halves or not, but it’s certainly a logical assessment.

ANDY: Dave:

I don’t disagree in the sense that this team has some pretty clear deficiencies. It’s one thing to advocate making sure Noah gets touches inside, which I do, and another thing to make that happen against defenses that collapse because IU can’t mount much of a jump-shooting threat.

Look at the difference in this team’s capacity when Yogi is hitting his jumper and when he isn’t. And it’d be great if he had more jump-shooting help, but he really doesn’t. I’ve said I’d like to see this team run more sets, and run them more effectively and efficiently instead of wasting team meandering with the ball up top, but part of that devolves from the team’s limitations. All in all, it’s harder to make adjustments when your team’s options and abilities are limited.

QUESTION: MODERATOR: That’s all the time we have for today’s chat. You can follow IU sports on The Hoosier Scoop blog and app.

Gentlemen: What else should we know on the IU sports scene?

JEREMY: Well, hopefully we’ll actually have a game to cover on Saturday at Northwestern, so stay tuned. Thanks, everybody.

DUSTIN: Northwestern on Saturday for IU basketball, big weekend for IU baseball in Surprise, Ariz., with Washington, Utah and Oregon State on the docket. Football just hired a safeties coach in Noah Joseph from North Texas, and as mentioned, Cody Latimer is at the NFL combine. So lots going on, is the point. Stick with us.

ANDY: Many thanks, as always, to all those who chatted and/or checked in.

As to the latest difficulties on the IU sports scene: These, too, shall pass. It’s always wise to take the longer view.