J.W. Calinger

Calinger: Maybe it’s time for Big Ben to move on

By J.W. Calinger ISL Correspondent After what could be the worst game of his career, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said, “Maybe I don’t have it any more.” A person always could say he was just demoralized by a lousy performance. Who wouldn’t be, after throwing five interceptions, two being returned for touchdowns? I’m not […]

Nebraska's fans await the team after a 44-7 win at Purdue.

Calinger: Purpose for firing Nebraska AD Shawn Eichorst is unclear

By J.W. Calinger ISL Correspondent Now that I’ve had time to think about things, I’m not sure whether the powers-that-be at the University of Nebraska really think firing athletic director Shawn Eichorst will do some good, or whether it basically is just an attempt to improve the morale of Nebraska Cornhuskers fans. Gregg Easterbrook has […]

New uniforms. New players. And a new start for the Indiana Pacers.
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Pacers Media Day- 2017

By TYLER SMITH (@TylerSmith_ISL) ISL Editor  Another NBA season is upon us, and the new-look Indiana Pacers are ready to show the world what they can do.  Here are some of the best quotes from Media Day-   Pacers Coach Nate McMillan– “We’re going to play team basketball.  We have a lot of guys that […]

Elias and Cliff at Thunder vs. Pacers in Indianapolis, 2014.

Elias Brunt: 11-year-old Indy native emotional about PG13 moving to his new home of OKC

By ELIAS BRUNT Elias on YouTube ISL Writer Editor’s Note: Elias is an 11-year-old Pacers fan who was born in Indianapolis. His father, Cliff Brunt, covered Paul George and the Indiana Pacers for The Associated Press and ISL before moving the family to Oklahoma City so he could cover the Thunder for the AP. Though Elias likes the Thunder, the […]

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Nebraska's fans await the team after a 44-7 win at Purdue.

Calinger: Purpose for firing Nebraska AD Shawn Eichorst is unclear

By J.W. Calinger ISL Correspondent Now that I’ve had time to think about things, I’m not sure whether the powers-that-be at the University of Nebraska really think firing athletic director Shawn Eichorst will do some good, or whether it basically is just an attempt to improve the morale of Nebraska Cornhuskers fans. Gregg Easterbrook has […]

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Carrell: Purdue beats Indiana to claim share of Big Ten title

By KEITH CARRELL @BoilerColts ISL Purdue Writer WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The only thing better than winning a conference championship is beating your biggest rival to clinch it. Purdue defeated in-state rival Indiana 86-75 on Tuesday night to clinch a share of the Big Ten title. Purdue entered the contest owning a one game lead […]

Keith Carrell

Carrell: Purdue beats up on Michigan State

By KEITH CARRELL @BoilerColts ISL Purdue Writer WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Blood, sweat, and tears combine for the quintessential makeup of basketball in Indiana at any level. Michigan State Spartans, the traditional Big Ten powerhouse under Tom Izzo, plays with Indiana values. The matchups between the two almost always end up evolving into a clash of […]

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New uniforms. New players. And a new start for the Indiana Pacers.
(Photo by Pacers Sports and Entertainment)

Pacers Media Day- 2017

By TYLER SMITH (@TylerSmith_ISL) ISL Editor  Another NBA season is upon us, and the new-look Indiana Pacers are ready to show the world what they can do.  Here are some of the best quotes from Media Day-   Pacers Coach Nate McMillan– “We’re going to play team basketball.  We have a lot of guys that […]

Elias and Cliff at Thunder vs. Pacers in Indianapolis, 2014.

Elias Brunt: 11-year-old Indy native emotional about PG13 moving to his new home of OKC

By ELIAS BRUNT Elias on YouTube ISL Writer Editor’s Note: Elias is an 11-year-old Pacers fan who was born in Indianapolis. His father, Cliff Brunt, covered Paul George and the Indiana Pacers for The Associated Press and ISL before moving the family to Oklahoma City so he could cover the Thunder for the AP. Though Elias likes the Thunder, the […]

Paul George rises to shoot.
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Farewell Paul George

By TYLER SMITH (@TylerSmith_ISL) ISL Editor  INDIANAPOLIS —  When you know a breakup is coming, does it make it any easier when it actually happens?  That depends on who you ask, I guess.  For many Pacers fans, the split with Paul George is as painful as it gets. What about all of our good times? […]

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Indiana

Tom Crean.
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Smith: Even this Crean supporter believes it’s time for change

By TYLER SMITH (@TylerSmith_ISL) ISL Editor  Now that the Hoosiers are officially out of the NCAA tournament conversation, all eyes have shifted towards Athletic Director Fred Glass.  The question on everybody’s mind: Will Tom Crean stay, or will he go? For what it’s worth, Glass gave Crean a “vote of confidence” in March of 2015.  […]

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Carrell: Purdue beats Indiana to claim share of Big Ten title

By KEITH CARRELL @BoilerColts ISL Purdue Writer WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The only thing better than winning a conference championship is beating your biggest rival to clinch it. Purdue defeated in-state rival Indiana 86-75 on Tuesday night to clinch a share of the Big Ten title. Purdue entered the contest owning a one game lead […]

Tom Crean saw his team lose their fourth home game of the season on Sunday.
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Hoosiers searching for leadership after another home loss

By CALEB LYNN ISL Contributor  BLOOMINGTON — The Hoosiers desperately needed a win at home over Michigan on Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately for them, they didn’t play like it. Michigan came into Assembly Hall and defeated Indiana 75-63. It was their first true road win of the entire season, while the Hoosiers downward spiral continued. Indiana […]

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ISL Classics

Cliff Brunt, ISL Founder

Brunt: Why Arsenal Tech’s fight hits home for this inner-city product

By CLIFF BRUNT ISL Editor I remember being part of an inner-city football team with something to prove. The 1990 and 1991 Omaha North Vikings went out with a collective chip on our shoulders. We worked hard, won games and did it the right way. Many of us were black kids from middle-to-low-income households near […]

Cliff Brunt, ISL Founder

Brunt: West Virginia’s Huggins rips team after loss to Purdue

By CLIFF BRUNT ISL Editor WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Bob Huggins had me annoyed on Saturday. I was covering the Purdue-West Virginia game as a freelancer for The Associated Press and my deadline was approaching. West Virginia’s legendary coach was nowhere to be found after his team’s brutal 79-52 loss to the Boilermakers. (Here’s the […]

Cliff Brunt, ISL Founder

Indianapolis, prepare for a Nebraska invasion

By CLIFF BRUNT ISL Editor Note: The writer is an Omaha native and former Omaha World-Herald reporter who now lives in Indianapolis and will cover the Big Ten title game for Indy Sports Legends and the Sports XChange/Reuters. INDIANAPOLIS — People of our fair city, brace yourselves. The impending invasion from the Red Army of the Plains is […]

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Cliff Brunt: Purdue football coach Danny Hope must win now

By CLIFF BRUNT ISL Editor INDIANAPOLIS — Danny Hope probably could make as much money selling cars as he does coaching football. The fiery leader can find something positive in the most dismal performance. He’s had to be that way: Purdue has struggled on the field during his three-year tenure, and the injury bug has been awfully busy […]

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Countdowns

Christina with the kids.

40 reasons Christina’s 40th should be celebrated

By CLIFF BRUNT ISL Founder I am sorry this is so long, but when you figure out what I’m doing, you will understand. For Christina’s 40th birthday (June 26), I’ve highlighted 40 instances in the 23-plus years I’ve known her where she sacrificed, made someone happy, helped someone or motivated someone else to serve or […]

Mike Alstott. From Purdue Athletics.

ISL ranks the top 10 Purdue running backs ever

By CLIFF BRUNT ISL Editor Over the years, running backs often have been overlooked at Purdue, barely visible beneath the gigantic shadows of the school’s big-name passers. Not on this site. With input from our staff and outside experts, Indy Sports Legends offers a countdown of the top 10 Boilermaker ballcarriers ever. It is a […]

Cliff Brunt, ISL Founder

Brunt: What I’ve learned since my Associated Press job was eliminated

Founder’s note: After being laid off in 2012, I was re-hired by The Associated Press in Jan. 2014 as a sports writer in Oklahoma City. As a result, I’ll add an 11th thing to this list: Never burn bridges. I faithfully worked as a freelancer for The AP during the layoff and kept in touch […]

Tim Stratton won the Mackey Award in 2000 as the nation's best tight end. Photo from Purdue Athletics Communications.

ISL countdown: Top 10 all-time Purdue receivers

By CLIFF BRUNT ISL Editor For years, Purdue has been known as the Cradle of Quarterbacks. It’s perhaps the title Purdue football fans are most proud of, along with 1967 Rose Bowl champions and 2000 Big Ten champions. But for every Drew Brees, Len Dawson, Mike Phipps, Bob Griese, Gary Danielson, Bob DeMoss, Curtis Painter, […]

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