Hoosier Morning for Aug. 21

1. HOOSIERS HQ
IU women’s soccer proved capable but unable to upset No. 13 Clemson Sunday, I wrote.

Offensive coordinator Mike DeBord is tailoring his offense to suit senior quarterback Richard Lagow, Mike writes.

2. IT’S INDIANA
Former Hoosier Grant Gelon and his family are unhappy with his treatment at Indiana, Steve Hanlon of The Times of Northwest Indiana writes.

A Q-and-A with Robert Phinisee about his commitment to IU, Alex Bozich of Inside the Hall writes.

2019 big man Isaiah Stewart, an Indiana target, is transferring to La Lumiere Prep School, the Rochester Democrat reports.

Watch walk-ons Luke Timian and Ryan Wattercutter awarded scholarships, via IUHoosiers.com.

Indiana has a multitude of options at running back, T.J. Inman of Hoosier Huddle writes.

A pair of Fort Wayne products played a role back home in IU soccer’s exhibition tie with Duke, Justin A. Cohn of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette writes.

3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
For the offense Mike DeBord is tailoring, The Yardbirds with “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor.”

8 comments

  1. Read the Gelon piece. He is entitled to be disappointed that his IU career didn’t work out, but he’s out of line claiming he was lied to. Just the opposite; Miller was brutally honest with him, telling him he just wasn’t going to see playing time. Grant was brought in as a ‘project’ by Crean and because he’s a better recruiter Miller doesn’t need low-ceiling projects. Wish Grant all the best and thank him for contributing to our program, but IU did nothing but look out for his interests – the school was going to give him a free education, just not playing time on the basketball team.

  2. The harsh realities of life in the big time. His situation was created by Crean not Miller. Crean himself would have been a prime suspect for running him off later in his career.

  3. Have to agree with the earlier sentiments. As HC said this is a harsh reality for the young man to face, but he got cut and probably for the first time in his athletic career. Rejection is a difficult thing to face, but is also a fact of life. However for those who use such as a motivator for improvement which might not have been achieved. Ask any sales professional regarding the power of rejection to hone and improve one’s skills. The worst thing parents can do is to try and shield him from this reality. Rather they should encourage him to regroup at the new location and strive to improve. It is a life lesson which if learned properly, will benefit him tremendously throughout his life.

  4. Love A.M. honesty. No gray area. Straight and to the point. That is another facet of excellent recruiting and upgrading a program. Plus a great deal to be able to keep scholarship for IU education. Now, understanding that a player may want to continue his bb playing dreams take your game that better matches your skills/abilities. An example of a coveted recruit by T.C. because that was what he could get and T.C. is no longer at IU.

  5. Being honest and direct is the best policy, and actually the kindest thing a coach can do for a player in the long run, even if the truth stings in the short term. What good does it do a young man who loves playing the game to be lied to and who then sits on the bench with no chance of any significant playing time for a couple of years? Not to mention that such players also have teammates who are observing and paying attention, and they’ll realize that one of their teammates has been lied to, it’s not long before those other young men start to question whether they can trust their coach to be straight with them. Sorry for the young man’s hurt feelings, but Archie did right by him.

    And if young Mr. Gelon is the competitor people say he is, then he’ll use this disappointment to make himself into a better basketball player and come back better than ever with another team. I wish him the best. And now his parents and friends should put IU in the rearview mirror and focus on helping Grant transition into the next phase of his athletic career and continue on with his education.

  6. I like Grant and his family. You can certainly understand their extreme disappointment. But there absolutely was no “lie” to Grant or to his family. There was a bare bones, harsh “truth”. The real question is why did Grant and his family remain so unprepared for this harsh truth? Why did they not explore other programs in April, May, June and July when both the “old” and “new” coaching staffs were available and more than willing to help? The options were numerous: Wabash, Valpo, IN St, U of Indy, IUPUI, Ball St, just in the State. Most observers of IU Basketball thought that Grant would not fit Archie’s team concept. So why the “blindsided” comment? It was totally “predictable”. Good luck to you Grant and to your family. But your lack of preparation for a “new” home is on you.

  7. The reason is because toward the end in order to get this caliber recruit T.C. had to over sell his skills/abilities to complete team.

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