LeBron James is guarded by Paul George in Game 3. (Photo by Pacers Sports and Entertainment)

Historic half turns into historic collapse for the Pacers

By TYLER SMITH (@TylerSmith_ISL) ISL Editor  INDIANAPOLIS —  It was the entire Pacers season summed up in one game. One minute, they look like one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference.  The next minute, they look like they forgot how to play basketball. With the chance to make it a series against the […]

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Calinger: Rooney quietly built a championship legacy, on and off the field

By J.W. CALINGER ISL Correspondent In this day and age, when outlandishness rules, it often is difficult for a person to understand exactly why a person can be so beloved when they’re not constantly calling attention to themselves and doing something outlandish. This is especially true in sports, with so many players being known as […]

Paul George has scored 20 points or more in 12 straight games.
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Pacers clinch playoff spot, and another date with LeBron

By TYLER SMITH (@TylerSmith_ISL) ISL Editor  INDIANAPOLIS — It all came down to Game 82. After one of the most up and down seasons you’ll ever see, the Pacers finished the season with five straight wins. And they needed every one of them. The Pacers defeated the Atlanta Hawks 104-86 on Wednesday night, clinching a […]

Paul George scored 37 points in the loss to Minnesota.
(Photo by Pacers Sports and Entertainment)

Paul George sounds off after latest Pacers loss

By TYLER SMITH (@TylerSmith_ISL) ISL Editor  INDIANAPOLIS —  The Pacers have been so good at Bankers Life Fieldhouse this season… until recently. A three-game home-stand looked like just what the Pacers needed in a tight playoff race. Instead of taking advantage, the Pacers went 1-2 and now have to play three tough road games in […]

Purdue

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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 […]

Keith Carrell

Carrell: Purdue center Haas’ play a thing of beauty in win over Rutgers

By KEITH CARRELL ISL Purdue Writer @BoilerColts WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. _ Ten days ago, Maryland’s student section chanted ‘You are Ugly’ to Isaac Haas throughout a Purdue victory. But it wasn’t until the Rutgers game Tuesday night, on Valentine’s Day no less, that the Maryland chant really had any meaning. And it wasn’t Haas that […]

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LeBron James is guarded by Paul George in Game 3. (Photo by Pacers Sports and Entertainment)

Historic half turns into historic collapse for the Pacers

By TYLER SMITH (@TylerSmith_ISL) ISL Editor  INDIANAPOLIS —  It was the entire Pacers season summed up in one game. One minute, they look like one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference.  The next minute, they look like they forgot how to play basketball. With the chance to make it a series against the […]

Paul George has scored 20 points or more in 12 straight games.
(Photo by Pacers.com)

Pacers clinch playoff spot, and another date with LeBron

By TYLER SMITH (@TylerSmith_ISL) ISL Editor  INDIANAPOLIS — It all came down to Game 82. After one of the most up and down seasons you’ll ever see, the Pacers finished the season with five straight wins. And they needed every one of them. The Pacers defeated the Atlanta Hawks 104-86 on Wednesday night, clinching a […]

Paul George scored 37 points in the loss to Minnesota.
(Photo by Pacers Sports and Entertainment)

Paul George sounds off after latest Pacers loss

By TYLER SMITH (@TylerSmith_ISL) ISL Editor  INDIANAPOLIS —  The Pacers have been so good at Bankers Life Fieldhouse this season… until recently. A three-game home-stand looked like just what the Pacers needed in a tight playoff race. Instead of taking advantage, the Pacers went 1-2 and now have to play three tough road games in […]

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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 […]

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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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Is Michigan’s Denard Robinson the best running QB in college history?

By CLIFF BRUNT ISL Editor Watching Denard Robinson run is a thing of beauty. The Michigan quarterback set the NCAA record for yards rushing by a quarterback in a single season in 2010, and he’s nearing former West Virginia quarterback Pat White’s record for career yards rushing by a quarterback. But how great is he? A strong […]

Danny Hope calls a timeout against Marshall.

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 […]

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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 page. 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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