Former ISL assistant editor Doug Griffiths helps write Purdue book

Purdue book

By CLIFF BRUNT ISL Founder Former ISL assistant editor Doug Griffiths has teamed up with Gold and Black publisher Alan Karpick and Purdue assistant athletic director Tom Schott to write a book about Purdue athletics. Tales from the Purdue Boilermakers Locker Room, A Collection of the Greatest Boilermaker Stories Ever Told, is available at all […]

40 reasons Christina’s 40th should be celebrated

Christina with the kids.

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 […]

Juan Pablo Montoya claims victory in 99th Indy 500

Juan Pablo Montoya's winning car. Photo by James Howell, Jr.

By JAMES HOWELL, Jr. ISL IndyCar Writer INDIANAPOLIS— The world watched with anticipation of something crazy happening during the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday. After four severe crashes during the month of May, many eyes were focused on if the race would be safe for all of those involved. With 15 laps […]

Coach K does it again

Coach K cuts down the net for the fifth time in his career. 
(Photo by Tyler Smith)

By TYLER SMITH ISL Editor INDIANAPOLIS — “This is the best moment of my coaching career.” Coach Mike Krzyzewski said those words moments after winning his fifth national championship over the Wisconsin Badgers on Monday night in Indianapolis.  That’s a pretty significant quote considering the incredible career Coach K has had.  Prior to 2010, sports […]

Duke beats Wisconsin, wins fifth national title

Duke celebrates its fifth National Championship.
(Photo by Tyler Smith)

By JIM JOHNSON ISL Contributor INDIANAPOLIS – Tyus Jones went to Duke to be a part of something special and to make sure coach Mike Krzyzewski won a fifth national title. The freshman guard scored 19 of his game-high 23 points in the second half to lead the Blue Devils to a 68-63 victory over […]

Wisconsin ends Kentucky’s perfect season

Jim Johnson

By JIM JOHNSON ISL Contributor  INDIANAPOLIS – The Wisconsin Badgers got its revenge on the Kentucky Wildcats and ended the perfect season for the overall No. 1 seed in this year’s NCAA tournament. The Badgers went on a late run to beat the overall No. 1 seeded Wildcats 71-64 in Saturday’s national semifinal. Frank Kaminsky […]

Duke advances to National Championship


By TYLER SMITH ISL Editor INDIANAPOLIS — After another exciting NCAA tournament this March, the stage was set for a very intriguing Final Four in Indianapolis.  In the first National Semifinal match-up, it was a battle of powerhouse coaches.  Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and Michigan State’s Tom Izzo are the active leaders among coaches in Final […]

Purdue finishes sweep of Indiana

Hammons dunk IU

By JAMES HOWELL, Jr. ISL Purdue Writer On the opening possession of the game, center A.J. Hammons took a turnaround jumper and missed everything. The cheers of “Air Ball” rang down on the court of Assembly Hall from the crazed fans of the Indiana Hoosiers. The Hoosiers faithful did their best to shake Purdue’s 7-foot […]

Calinger: It was time for Steelers defensive coordinator LeBeau to go

J.W. Calinger

By J.W. CALINGER ISL Correspondent Note: The writer, based in Omaha, Neb., is a lifelong Steelers fan. Late last year, I nearly found myself burned at the stake for heresy after suggesting that it was time for Dick LeBeau to retire as defensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Loyalties are strong in the Steel City, […]

Brunt: Stuart Scott changed everything

Cliff Brunt, ISL Founder

By CLIFF BRUNT ISL Founder Stuart Scott had me confused, in a good way. As a brother growing up in inner-city Omaha, I was often told by those outside of the neighborhood that there were elements of my culture I had to be careful not to bring out too much if I was going to […]