Calinger: Unions, pay for college athletes in major sports good idea

ISL's J.W. Calin

By J.W. CALINGER ISL Correspondent Most of the negative opinions I’ve heard, regarding the recent ruling giving Northwestern football players the lawful right to form a union, are based on envy, and I can understand why. With all the publicity and social status college football players have, and with all the scandals involving players who […]

Sanders: Purdue worse off than Butler in transfer carousel

Purdue point guard Ronnie Johnson, shown last season against Notre Dame, has left the program.

By BROCK SANDERS ISL Correspondent INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana schools have been hit hard by transfers recently. I already wrote about Austin Etherington and Jeremy Hollowell leaving IU, but it was also announced that sophomore guard Ronnie Johnson would transfer from Purdue and freshman center Nolan Berry would leave Butler. I am a little nervous for […]

Brad Stevens’ homecoming a night of highs and lows

Former Butler coach Brad Stevens returned to Indiana on Sunday.

By COLLIN O’CONNOR ISL Correspondent INDIANAPOLIS — It wasn’t a great game or performance from his new team on this night, but former Butler coach Brad Stevens’ highly anticipated homecoming was still something worth seeing here Sunday. As Stevens was first shown on the new, state-of-the-art video board that Bankers Life Fieldhouse recently installed, a […]

Kellen Dunham learning lessons of a bona-fide star

Kellen Dunham recognizes what comes with his role. Photo by Ben Fahrbach.

By CHRIS GOFF ISL Assistant Editor INDIANAPOLIS – “To be a great shooter, you have to have a short memory.” That’s a popular refrain you’ll hear from long-range gunners. If you aren’t knocking down jumpers, you can’t stop firing, because if the other team doesn’t respect your threat to space the floor, it’s a lot […]

First Thoughts: Butler 76, Purdue 70

Crossroads Classic

By CHRIS GOFF ISL Assistant Editor INDIANAPOLIS — Let’s take a quick look at how the Butler Bulldogs held on to beat the Purdue Boilermakers 76-70 on Saturday in the nightcap of the Crossroads Classic. WHY IT HAPPENED: Kellen Dunham tormented Purdue for 25 points while partner-in-crime Khyle Marshall finished with 18 points and nine […]

Butler Preview: ‘Dawgs ready to prove doubters wrong

Big East coaches picked Butler to finish ninth. Khyle Marshall and his teammates took umbrage.

By CHRIS GOFF ISL Assistant Editor INDIANAPOLIS – Blue II is in bulldog heaven. The Atlantic 10 is in the past. Brad Stevens is in Beantown. Roosevelt Jones is in street clothes. Rotnei Clarke is in Australia, Andrew Smith is in Lithuania and even radio announcer Brandon Gaudin is in Atlanta. Change might be the […]

Butler Preview: Bulldogs enter changed world

Kameron Woods will be one of Butler's most important players this season.

By CHRIS GOFF ISL Assistant Editor The Bulldogs are no stranger to coaching turnover, nor to young faces on the bench. But through Barry Collier’s 11 seasons as coach, through the switches to Thad Matta and Todd Lickliter and Brad Stevens, Butler was nearly always the better team against that night’s Horizon League opponent. Collier’s […]

Butler Preview: ‘Dawg scouting reports

Kellen Dunham recognizes what comes with his role. Photo by Ben Fahrbach.

By CHRIS GOFF ISL Assistant Editor Before Butler’s 2013-14 season kicks off Saturday, let’s evaluate the Bulldogs’ new-look roster, player by player. Note that stats listed beneath player names are from the 2012-13 season. ALEX BARLOW, G Stats: 2.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.9 apg Barlow can’t score, but at his absolute best, he can help […]

Butler G Andrew Smeathers leaving


From Butler Athletics INDIANAPOLIS, IND. — Junior Andrew Smeathers has announced that he is leaving the Butler men’s basketball program. Smeathers, who’s been with the Bulldogs for two seasons, will complete his fall semester at Butler and then transfer to another school. “We appreciate everything Andrew has done for the Butler Basketball program over the […]

Butler releases basketball schedule

Kameron Woods will be one of Butler's most important players this season.

From Butler Athletics INDIANAPOLIS — Butler’s first season in the BIG EAST will present a new set of challenges, a number of new opponents and unprecedented exposure. The Bulldogs’ 2013-14 men’s basketball schedule includes 28 national and regional telecasts, including 21 games on a Fox Sports network. After competing one season in the Atlantic 10 […]