Hoosier Morning for Sept. 8

1. HOOSIERS HQ
Tight end Danny Friend is glad to be back on the field after two years of injury setbacks, Mike writes.

It’s time for Indiana basketball to take a cue from IU soccer and put together a tougher schedule, I wrote.

2. IT’S INDIANA
Ball State has gotten the best of Indiana on the field in recent times, but it hasn’t helped beat the Hoosiers on the recruiting trail, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.

Devine Redding is willing to do whatever it takes for Indiana to succeed, Tom Dienhart of BTN.com writes.

Five questions about Ball State and Indiana, with Dakota Crawford of the Muncie Star-Press and Zach Osterman of the Indianapolis Star.

Through one week of the season, the IU defensive line is holding its own in the trenches, Taylor Lehman of the Indiana Daily Student writes.

Spending a roster spot on former Hoosier QB Nate Sudfeld raises a few questions for the Washington Redskins, Thom Loverro of the Washington Times writes.

A look at film study for the Hoosier offense from Week 1 against FIU, by Dan at puntjohnpunt.com.

IU cornerback Rashard Fant vs. Ball State wideout Kevonn Maybon is the matchup to watch this week, according to HoosierHuddle.com.

Michigan-based Hope College is appreciative of the chance to play IU basketball in an exhibition game, Cory Olsen of MLive.com writes.

Tom Crean is a positive influence on more than just his players, Jamie Zega of the Indiana Daily Student writes.

IU field hockey goalie Noelle Rother is finding time for the Big Ten Tournament and the German national team this fall, Juan Alvarado of the Indiana Daily Student writes.

3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
Sending one out to the IU basketball schedule, particularly at Assembly Hall — “Easy Road” by Uriah Heep.

9 comments

  1. Am I the only 1 having to repeatedly re-enter my password and also hit the log-in button several times each time to get logged-in since this new format launched. 1 of the main reasons I so hate having to log-in to non-personal website just to read or post.

  2. It’s time for Indiana basketball to take a cue from IU soccer and put together a tougher schedule, I wrote.

    Hallelujah…..Finally some truth in “commentary.”

    But is it really? Is it simply more distraction in order to not attack the real problem? Let’s play the role of devil’s advocate…

    -In terms of soft scheduling, Bob Knight did the same…Plenty of cupcakes and the ‘Hoosier Holiday Classic’ during the month of December was beyond soft teams. And if you argue that he didn’t schedule as soft, then why did our teams bow out against very low seeds(Cleveland St, Pepperdine, etc) in March. Where did the harder competition get us? Is there something else at play?
    -With a grueling number of top ranked teams in our conference schedule, why should we worry about a half dozen bottom feeders dispersed into the non-conference schedule?
    -Results: Crean has had far more tournament success(three Sweet 16’s) than Kelvin or Davis. Mike Davis did have his Final Four run, but that was just luck. During Knight’s final seven years, his teams regularly folded like a tent in the first weekend of March Madness.
    -Causation/Statistical Backing: Is there any hard facts confirming that a more difficult non-conference schedule will cause the reaping of rewards later? Does a team really gain much ‘toughness memory’ when going against an elite team in November/early December three months prior to March Madness?
    -Does the soft scheduling ill-prepare us for winning our conference? Apparently not. Crean has won 2 BIG championships in four years(and you really can’t include his first four years as coach because the program was DECIMATED).
    -Does it effect attendance? Nope.
    -Could Crean learn more as a coach by scheduling tougher non-conference opponents? I would say it has very little influence. There are ceilings for every coach. Simply hanging with elite company(playing or serving under an elite coach) obviously means nothing. We’ve had plenty of duds who played for Knight(Dakich and Davis) ….and have seen plenty of Knight disciples struggle as coaches outside of IU(Alford and Crews have not set the world on fire…nor has Pat Knight).
    Playing for Izzo may make you very familiar with his favorite cologne, but there are so many intangibles that go into a “great” coach beyond mirroring his/her methods.

    At the end of the day(other than some seeding arguments based on strength of schedule), getting hung up on the schedule is a distraction of sorts. We should be far more concerned with examinations of getting enough out of the talent than the schedule. Have we had the talent to go deeper in March? Is there a ceiling for this coach no matter what schedule is presented? Is he more the expert on identifying blossoming individual talent than he could ever be at teaching a team to play collectively above their individual “wow factors”….?

  3. Scheduling is sort of akin to Dr. Frankenstein sewing up his creation. It’s certainly the nuts and bolts of the season…But maybe winning in those final weekends of late March isn’t as simple as appearances and ‘perfect’ parts stitched together. A metamorphosis of the parts a man(brain, leaping ability, podium chatter, clapping, praying, etc) into a top coach carries with it nearly as much mystery in the genesis cocktail as in the creation of life itself. So, so many monsters scattered about the landscape of college sports….So few that can ever truly ‘Dance’ on the biggest stages.

  4. Not having that problem, HC, but I have in the past. Maybe that’s why it seems this site only has about six people posting comments. Has the number of “Scoop” participants declined precipitously in the last year? Relative to a few years back, this site seems desolate. Hmm, I wonder what could be turning people off to our beloved Scoop?

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