Hoosier Morning for Oct. 25

St. Louis University freshman Saadiq Mohammed will take the field against Indiana tonight, then take to the silver screen in Bloomington Wednesday in a documentary of two Somalian soccer players, I wrote.

IU soccer is sticking with a pair of lineup changes it made last week in hopes of giving the team a jolt, I wrote.

Indiana is sticking by embattled quarterback Richard Lagow for now, Mike writes.

The Indiana women’s basketball team was picked to finish third and junior Tyra Buss was a preseason All-Big Ten selection, we reported.

Former Hoosier Todd Jadlow’s new book is a story of redemption that he hopes won’t get lost in the allegations of physical and emotional abuse by former IU coach Bobby Knight, Bob Kravitz of WTHR.com writes.

Know your opponent asks if Indiana can stop the Maryland rushing attack, Sammy Jacobs of HoosierHuddle.com writes.

Missed opportunities are an understatement in this week’s five factors, Billy at puntjohnpunt.com writes.

Dan Feeney is staying on message, on track and hopefully on the football field the rest of the season, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.

Kevin Wilson says Indiana can’t afford any more slow starts, Terry Hutchens of CNHI writes.

Kevin Wilson’s musical past and analysis of the Northwestern loss, Jordan Guskey of the Indiana Daily Student writes.

For today, a teaser of the documentary “Men In The Arena” referenced above featuring current SLU freshman soccer player Saadiq Mohammed, who will play at IU tonight.

Men in the Arena – Teaser Trailer from J.R. Biersmith on Vimeo.

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  1. I have no doubt that Todd Jadlow’s description of Knight’s behavior is accurate. But it was a vastly different time back in those days, with vastly different standards and discipline. Viewed through today’s prism, those motivational tactics seem excessive and abusive. And if those tactics were deployed today, either Knight would go to jail or to the hospital after one of his players beat the hell out of him. But I recall that my High School football teammates and I experienced similar physical treatment from my High School Football coaches on occasion. We would get “slapped” on the side of our helmets so hard our ears would ring, kicked in the butt while in our three-point stance, pulled around by our face masks, knocked to the ground by a forearm shiver, and forced to run the stadium steps until we puked. I assure you my football coaches left bruises on my body on more than one occasion during those four seasons. And the best players on our team got the worst of the “abuse.” We got yelled at when we messed up, but we also received praise and hugs when our performance warranted it. And we did everything possible to avoid the former and receive more of the latter. That was just the way it was back in the mid-70’s, at least at my High School. I don’t recall any of my teammates being devastated by the “abuse” we received from our coaches. I do remember the elation associated with our team winning a State Championship. I do remember feeling great pride for being a part of those winning teams and the adrenaline rush I got as we ran on to the field. I do recall feeling proud to be part of a team filled with tough guys and knowing that nothing we faced in a game would be as difficult as what we endured in an average practice. As I recall, while I may have hated my coaches at times during the season, I left that team with great affection and respect for those same men, and grateful for having had the opportunity to be a part of something so special and for what we accomplished as a team. I know the experience of playing for those tough and demanding coaches made me physically and mentally tougher.

    I don’t condone any coach abusing any player, either verbally or physically, especially not in today’s softer society. But I do wonder what, if anything, young men in today’s society are losing out on by not experiencing and enduring those types of tough disciplinary tactics?

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