Paul George (13) and Myles Turner (33) pose on Media Day. Photo by Tyler Smith.

Pacers Media Day Highlights

The Pacers had high expectations when they talked on Media Day.

Women's basketball venue, Rio de Janeiro.

Brunt: Back at the Olympics and blessed

I’m back covering the Olympics, and it’s still hard to believe. It’s been a long, winding road. Covering the 2008 Games in Beijing was spectacular and life changing. I was out of a job in 2012, only to come back and be invited to cover the Games in 2016.

Frank Vogel has a .580 winning percentage in Indiana. Will he return?
(Photo by Pacers Sports and Entertainment)

What’s next for the Pacers and Frank Vogel?

By TYLER SMITH (@TylerSmith_ISL) ISL Editor  The Pacers season came to an end on Sunday night with a Game 7 loss to the No. 2-seed Toronto Raptors.  The question now is, what’s next? On one hand, it looks like a successful season considering the Pacers had a lot of roster changes, and they took a […]

Myles Turner scored 15 points in the Pacers Game 6 victory.
(Photo by Pacers Sports and Entertainment)

Pacers force Game 7

By TYLER SMITH (@TylerSmith_ISL) ISL Editor  INDIANAPOLIS —  The Pacers have been a hard team to predict this season.  After the 4th quarter meltdown (to put it lightly) in Game 5, many fans thought it would be too much to overcome.  Instead, the blue and gold dominated the second half on Friday night in Game […]

Purdue

Caleb Swanigan scored a career-high 27 points as Purdue closed the regular season with a win over Wisconsin. Photo by Jerome Lynch.

Purdue youngsters Swanigan, Thompson send seniors out in style

By KEITH CARRELL ISL Correspondent Purdue’s underclassmen sent their four seniors out in style with a 91-80 victory over Wisconsin on Sunday in the final game of the Big Ten regular season. The win put Purdue in a four-way tie for third in the Big Ten, behind Big Ten champion Indiana and runner-up Michigan State. […]

Purdue's Isaac Haas throws it down against Maryland. Photo by Jerome Lynch.

Carrell: Purdue finds a way this time, holds off Maryland

By KEITH CARRELL ISL Correspondent WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue survived a late scare from Maryland to hang on for an 83-79 win on Saturday. It may have ended with fans on edge, seeing the team repeat the same flaws again in anticipation of another blown opportunity, but the Boilers were able to ride out […]

Flag at Mackey Arena. Photo by Keith Carrell.

Cline helps Purdue beat Northwestern in shaky performance for Boilers

By KEITH CARRELL ISL Correspondent WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. _ Freshman guard Ryan Cline knocked down critical threes to help Purdue put Northwestern away 71-61 in an otherwise lackluster performance. The Boilermakers just needed to win this game, arguably their easiest tilt remaining on paper, to help propel them into the postseason. Coming off of a […]

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Pacers/NBA

Paul George (13) and Myles Turner (33) pose on Media Day. Photo by Tyler Smith.

Pacers Media Day Highlights

The Pacers had high expectations when they talked on Media Day.

Frank Vogel has a .580 winning percentage in Indiana. Will he return?
(Photo by Pacers Sports and Entertainment)

What’s next for the Pacers and Frank Vogel?

By TYLER SMITH (@TylerSmith_ISL) ISL Editor  The Pacers season came to an end on Sunday night with a Game 7 loss to the No. 2-seed Toronto Raptors.  The question now is, what’s next? On one hand, it looks like a successful season considering the Pacers had a lot of roster changes, and they took a […]

Myles Turner scored 15 points in the Pacers Game 6 victory.
(Photo by Pacers Sports and Entertainment)

Pacers force Game 7

By TYLER SMITH (@TylerSmith_ISL) ISL Editor  INDIANAPOLIS —  The Pacers have been a hard team to predict this season.  After the 4th quarter meltdown (to put it lightly) in Game 5, many fans thought it would be too much to overcome.  Instead, the blue and gold dominated the second half on Friday night in Game […]

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Indiana

Tom Coverdale sees similarities between the 2002 Hoosiers and this year's team.

Tyler Smith’s interview with Hoosier legend Tom Coverdale

By TYLER SMITH ISL Editor  Tom Coverdale has been a Hoosier fan-favorite since he played at Indiana in the 2000-2003 seasons.  Just this season, current Hoosier Yogi Ferrell joined Coverdale as the only players in Indiana history to record 1,000 points, 500 assists, and 200 3-pointers made.  With IU’s current tournament run drawing comparisons to […]

Thomas Bryant soars over a Michigan defender.
(Photo by Jamie Owens)

Hoosiers fall, but remain a dangerous team

By TYLER SMITH ISL Editor  INDIANAPOLIS — There’s no other way to put it- The Indiana Hoosiers have flat out stunk in the Big Ten Tournament over the years (11-19 all-time record). Fans were hoping this year would be different. Instead, the Hoosiers were a one-and-done, losing to the hungry Michigan Wolverines on a last-second […]

Yogi Ferrell is finishing up a great career at Indiana.
(Photo by IU Athletics)

Smith: Reflecting on Ferrell’s Indiana career

By TYLER SMITH ISL Editor BLOOMINGTON — The Hoosiers came into Sunday night’s game against Maryland having already won their 22nd Big Ten Championship. But they still had a lot to play for: A better seed in the NCAA tournament, an undefeated season at home, and they also wanted senior Yogi Ferrell to finish his […]

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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 […]

Cliff Brunt, ISL Founder

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 […]

Robbie Hummel shoots free throws alone after the High Point game in November 2011. By Cliff Brunt.

The Robbie Hummel Twitpic that got 10,000 views

  By CLIFF BRUNT ISL Editor Robbie Hummel’s legacy could be wrapped up in the overwhelming response to a simple Twitpic taken with a Blackberry on a random November night. Hummel missed two free throws late on Nov. 14, 2011 against High Point, and Purdue needed to hold off a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer to win. That didn’t sit […]

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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 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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