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 […]

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 […]

ISL founder Cliff Brunt reflects on 8 1/2 years of Purdue coverage

Cliff Brunt, ISL Editor

By CLIFF BRUNT ISL Founder When I came to Indiana in May 2005 to write for The Associated Press, my excitement was almost entirely focused on covering the Indiana Pacers. And why wouldn’t it be? The Pacers were coming off the brawl season, but everybody was back, and they were expected to make numerous title […]

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 […]

Ben Fahrbach’s Michigan State-Ohio State slideshow

MSU rose helmet, ISL

Here are Ben Fahrbach’s 20 best shots from the Big Ten Championship game. Michigan State defeated Ohio State to advance to the Rose Bowl, where the Spartans will face Stanford on Jan. 1 in Pasadena, Calif. Michigan State turned all that discussion about an unbeaten Ohio State team possibly being left out of the national […]

Big Ten sends seven schools to bowl games

BigTen

From the Big Ten Rosemont, Ill. – Seven Big Ten schools were selected for bowl competition on Sunday night, including two teams earning Bowl Championship Series (BCS) berths. Big Ten Champion Michigan State will represent the conference in the historic 100th edition of the Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO and Ohio State is headed […]

Purdue’s Brees, Webster, Allen, Henry honored by Big Ten

Ricardo Allen, right, eyes a pass by Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch.

From Purdue Athletics WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Ray Guy Award finalist Cody Webster has been named the Big Ten’s Eddleman-Fields Punter of the Year. He was also named first team All-Big Ten by the conference’s coaches and media. Cornerback Ricardo Allen was named second team All-Big Ten by the conference’s media and honorable mention by […]

Purdue loses Bucket but looks ahead

Indiana players celebrate Saturday with the Old Oaken Bucket trophy. (Photo by Chris Goff.)

By CHRIS GOFF ISL Assistant Editor BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Purdue coach Darrell Hazell didn’t know where to start. Maybe the most points ever allowed by Purdue against Indiana. Maybe the Boilermakers’ worst loss since 1988 in a heated in-state rivalry. Maybe a defense shredded for an unthinkable 56 points, 42 first downs, 401 yards rushing, […]