Hoosier Morning

A remarkable turnaround and Big Ten title spurred Tom Crean to conference coach of the year, Mike writes.

Yogi Ferrell and Max Bielfeldt highlighted a handful of individual Big Ten award winners for the Hoosiers, Mike writes.

Sunday’s win over Maryland was the party Assembly Hall has been waiting years to have, I wrote.

Improving Troy, a fitting finish for Yogi, impactful freshmen, few turnovers and a real hunger are the takeaways from Maryland, Alex Bozich of Inside the Hall writes.

Indiana’s freshman forwards are keying the Hoosiers’ strong bench play, Chris Goff of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette writes.

Indiana is a 3 seed playing in Des Moines, Iowa, in the latest bracketology, by Andy Bottoms of Assembly Call.

Carmel defensive end Britt Beery found the energy surrounding IU football to be high enough to commit, Alex McCarthy of Inside Indiana writes.

Zander Diamont will miss IU’s spring practice with an injury and other notes, Brody Miller of the Indiana Daily Student writes.

Hiring Lovie Smith as football coach was a stroke of genius for Illinois, but now comes the hard part — winning games, Loren Tate of the Champaign News-Gazette writes.

Wisconsin basketball coach Greg Gard had the interim tag removed his title on Monday, Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes.

With a tip of the cap to Monday’s various All-Big Ten honors, “All For You” by Sister Hazel.


  1. HT folks.

    Would love to read an article by one of you guys about Jim Butler as he retires after 40 yrs in the Athletic Dept. One of the single greatest people I’ve ever known. He’s a major part of Indiana Athletics and a fixture in Bloomington, as was his father (who marched with MLK) before him. I could wax poetic forever about the guy, but hopefully you guys can write a better article than me. 🙂

  2. Just gave OG and RBJ a ride to the fine arts building…I asked how Rojo was doing and they said much better and he isn’t wearing the boot anymore. I think we might see him dressed and if he plays it will be for conditioning reasons. Its hard to simulate the game atmosphere in practice.

  3. Rbj…autocorrect sucks!

    IPFW, Valpo, Ball State, E’ville all miss the big dance…Midwestern bb IQ is strong.

  4. Hehe….no worries.

    It has been fashionable to slime JBJ this year, but I’ve loved seeing him on the bench and being a part of the team. He’s been encouraging guys when the come out of the game and engaged in the huddles during timeouts. He can’t get on the court this year, but he’s there and being a great teammate.

    Can’t wait to have a hungry JBJ coming back next year, hungry and ready to prove folks wrong.

  5. Great comeback by CTC and the team this season. We need a NC banner desperately. 29 years is too long for this program. IU nation needs a banner.

  6. Lovie Smith will upgrade Illinois football fast. He’ll be a great recruiter. The competition in the Big Ten just got stiffer. It was a shrewd move by Illinois.

  7. DD,
    One of my kids lost a year of sports due to a cheap shot after the whistle in a football game.

    The lost seasons turned him into a beast. He achieved everything you could imagine his senior year. The injury changed him.

    I hope JBJ has the same experience.

  8. Says a lot about the character of your son, Chet.

    Reminds me of a quote from my favorite author, Raymond Chandler (yes, my favorite novelist wrote pulp detective stories–says a lot!). He wrote a letter to a friend about Hemingway, who had written a book that was poorly received. It was a deeply personal work for Hemingway, who was really struggling with a sickness he didn’t know he’d recover from. He explored the depths of that feeling and he put on paper what he really valued.

    Even Chandler admitted that the output wasn’t his best. However, the quote he said about the courage of Hemingway to do something when the chips were down is something I’ll never forget and I always live by (at least I try!). Here’s what he said about Hemingway and his critics:

    “I suppose these primping second-guessers who call themselves critics think he shouldn’t have written the book at all. Most men wouldn’t have. Feeling the way that he felt, they wouldn’t have had the guts to write anything. I’m damn sure I wouldn’t.

    That’s the difference between a champ and a knife thrower. The champ may have lost his stuff temporarily or permanently, he can’t be sure. But when he can no longer throw the high hard one, he throws his heart instead. He throws something. He doesn’t just walk off the mound a weep.

    Says a lot about your boy who could have just given up. But to knuckle down, stay hungry and keep throwing. Well, I’m sure if he was doing that at his age then, he’s probably getting through life with a lot joy now.

  9. DD,
    Thank you for your kind words. He’s a great guy and I’m very proud to be his Dad.

  10. Thanks guys.

    Been a tough rode for the fella in SF lately. I hate cliches. This is the real deal. It has carried me through.

    Wasn’t sure if it was appropriate to share here.

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