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

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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: Hoosiers, Crean will be OK despite player turnover

Tom Crean has a top job, with top expectations.

By BROCK SANDERS ISL Correspondent INDIANAPOLIS – Do IU’s players really dislike Tom Crean? Why are so many transferring?  Is Indiana slipping just when things started to look promising? I don’t think so.  Hoosier fans can settle down and realize that this is all just part of the process, and all these transfers and rumors […]

Tom Crean set expectations he now must meet

Tom Crean has a top job, with top expectations.

By TYLER SMITH ISL Correspondent There are a certain number of jobs in sports that will bring a higher level of scrutiny than others. The head coach of Indiana University is one of them. These days, even a first-half substitution gets criticized by the masses. Tom Crean left a great situation at Marquette because, “It’s […]

Sanders: Looking back at a rough year for Indiana college hoops

Purdue center A.J. Hammons dunks. The Boilermakers, like many of the state's teams, disappointed this season. Photo by Cory Seward.

By BROCK SANDERS ISL Correspondent INDIANAPOLIS – “In 49 states it’s just basketball, but this is Indiana.” Unfortunately, this college basketball season, that wasn’t a good thing. There are ten Division I basketball teams in the state. This will be the first year that not one of them makes the NCAA Tournament since 2005. Before […]

Cold shooting costs Hoosiers in loss to Nebraska

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By TYLER SMITH ISL Correspondent BLOOMINGTON — Senior Night is always a special night in Bloomington. For the second straight year, however, the road team spoiled the party. The Hoosiers came into tonight’s game against Nebraska desperately needing a win to keep their NCAA tournament hopes alive. The task became tougher when Indiana learned it […]

Hoosiers Observations: Better balance, continued miscues

Troy Williams is the ultimate Hoosier: young, talented and prone to mistakes. (Photo by Chris Goff.)

By CHRIS GOFF ISL Editor The general mediocrity of Indiana’s supporting crew often offsets the good work of the Yogi Ferrell-Noah Vonleh core. On Saturday, however, the Hoosiers were working together better offensively than in many recent games, as nearly three other players were in double-figure scoring: Troy Williams and Will Sheehey each had 11 […]

First Thoughts: Minnesota 66, Indiana 60

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By CHRIS GOFF ISL Editor Let’s take a quick look at how the Indiana Hoosiers lost 66-60 to the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday night at Williams Arena. WHY IT HAPPENED: Deandre Mathieu torched the Hoosiers throughout the night and clinched it with a late drive and finish. The diminutive point guard had 16 points and […]

Hoosiers scrap past Illinois for key win

Tom Crean has a top job, with top expectations.

By CHRIS GOFF ISL Editor BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Tom Crean doesn’t care about winning ugly when it comes to how his Hoosiers look on the basketball court. He doesn’t care if viewers shield their eyes or if things get messy over the course of a 40-minute affair in the Big Ten, just that his players […]

Hoosiers Notebook: Yogi feasting late

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By CHRIS GOFF ISL Editor BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Yogi Ferrell, the Big Ten’s third-leading scorer, has been ineffective lately at the start of games, and then going to work later on. It was the same story Sunday: He shot 0-for-2 in the opening half and then finished with a team-high 17 points as the Hoosiers […]

Hoosiers Observations: Vonleh deserves more touches

Noah Vonleh is too good to ignore. (Photo by Chris Goff.)

By CHRIS GOFF ISL Editor Here are three observations gleaned from Indiana’s 71-66 loss at Michigan State:  1). Inefficient point guard play While Yogi Ferrell’s scoring was solid, Michigan State limited his floor game to three assists with three turnovers. For the third game in a row, Ferrell had a cold start, scoring five points in […]