Hoosier Morning for Nov. 1

1. HOOSIERS HQ
A quartet of current and former IU medical staffers wrote an open letter refuting Todd Jadlow’s claims of physical abuse by former IU coach Bob Knight, but the former player stands by the claims in his new book Mike writes.

IU basketball starts the hunt for a new point guard with tonight’s exhibition game against Hope College, Mike writes.

The Big Bacon package of Tyler Natee and Zander Diamont was one of Kevin Wilson’s brainstorming ideas, Mike writes.

Indiana has 14 swimmers littering the rosters for the upcoming USA College Challenge at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, we reported.

2. IT’S INDIANA
Kyle Schwarber is the x-factor for the Cubs as they head back to Cleveland, Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune writes.

JUCO transfer Freddie McSwain is looking forward to bringing a linebacker presence to the Hoosiers when healthy, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.

The Hoosiers hope sophomore Juwan Morgan grows into a bigger role this season, Chris Goff of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette writes.

The starters, the freshmen and the point guard are three things to watch in the exhibition opener, Zach Osterman of the Indianapolis Star writes.

Cody Zeller agreed to a four-year, $56 million extension with the Hornets, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports.

Victor Oladipo did even better, receiving a four-year, $84 million extension with the Thunder, Erik Thorne of The Oklahoman writes.

Zander Diamont’s decision to remain a Hoosier is paying dividends on the field for IU, Andrew Hussey of the Indiana Daily Student writes.

Team captains say there’s no quit in 2-6 Rutgers as Indiana comes to town, Ryan Dunleavy of the Newark Star-Ledger writes.

Know the opponent, a Rutgers team in transition, Sammy Jacobs of HoosierHuddle.com writes.

Former IU running back Jordan Howard accumulated over 200 yards from scrimmage in the Bears’ Monday night win, Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times writes.

A new season brings even higher expectations for the Indiana wrestling team, Ryan Schuld of the Indiana Daily Student writes.

3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
In honor of the open letter causing a stir today, here’s Robert Plant and Alison Krauss with “Please Read the Letter.”

10 comments

  1. Came across this little tidbit reading about VO’s new contract. Oladipo is one of just three players since 1985-86 to begin his career with three consecutive seasons of 1,100+ points, 110+ steals and 70+ 3-point field goals.

    Some folks here really missed the mark evaluating Victor’s NBA skills.

  2. Chet, astute observations in your posts above. I saw TW had started but missed the historical aspect in the article of VO’s contract.

  3. Great point, Chet. I’m delighted for VO. He deserves all the financial success he can achieve. And I hope that this is not his last NBA contract. Not only is he a great young NBA star, but he is, from all appearances, a great young man.

  4. And speaking of former IU athletes, Jordon Howard looked great against the Vikings on Monday night. If the Bears’ front office is smart, which as most of us know, they are not, they will re-sign him to a new contract that will allow him to remain a Bear’s running back beyond the terms of his original rookie contract. He shredded a good Viking’s defense the way he shredded Big Ten defenses last year. I still can’t believe he fell to the fifth round in last spring’s draft. He has an outside chance to be NFL Rookie of The Year.

  5. If they are to remain consistent on their personnel decisions the Bears will likely move him to placekicker and cut him at the end of the season.

    I never saw Troy doing this well right out of the gate. Maybe down the road. Color me surprised.

    VO does seem like a quality individual. Good for him.

  6. Schwarber has already made a big an impact on major league baseball as any Hoosier since Ted Kluszewski. He hasn’t even played a full season yet.

  7. Po, no NFL team will re-sign a rookie because they have them under contract for 4 years with an established salary scale. RBs are in a bind because many of them don’t last past 4 years in the NFL so they don’t get the big money. It is a shame for RBs but it is the just the way life is in the big league any more.

  8. V13, are you saying they can’t re-structure his contract, or that they simply don’t do such things? Is it not possible, or is it just that they choose not to do it? Unless it is prohibited by the terms of the collective bargaining agreement with the NFLPA, the Bears should do it. But as Chet suggests, the Bears appear to be run by the dumbest, most myopic people in professional sports. And it won’t get much better until Virginia McCaskey, or her heirs, sell the team.

  9. Troy’s career is certainly enigmatic. Last game he starts (but they were blown out). Next game he does not play (coach’s decision) however they picked up the win in overtime.

    He might want to lease instead of buy at this point.

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