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

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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 […]

Butler gives interim hoops coach Chris Holtmann full-time gig


From Butler Athletics: INDIANAPOLIS, IND. — Butler University athletic director Barry Collier announced Friday that Chris Holtmann has been named the school’s 23rd men’s basketball head coach. Holtmann had been serving as interim head coach since October, when former coach Brandon Miller requested and was granted a medical leave of absence. Miller, who served for […]

Sanders: Looking back at Ohio State’s stunner over Wisconsin

Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones lets it fly. Photo by Ben Fahrbach.

By BROCK SANDERS ISL Correspondent INDIANAPOLIS – I don’t think there could have been a better script written for the Ohio State Buckeyes than there was last Saturday night in Indianapolis. In fact, the Buckeyes impressed the College Football Playoff committee enough to earn the fourth and final spot in the playoffs.  With a 59-0 […]

Purdue loses to Indiana on last-minute touchdown by Diamont

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By BROCK SANDERS ISL Correspondent BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Purdue’s season finale pretty much summarized what we have seen from the Boilers all year. Purdue never trailed until the time when it mattered the most.  With 27 seconds left, Indiana quarterback Zander Diamont rushed for a touchdown that gave the Hoosiers a 23-16 win and the […]

Purdue’s Senior Day memorable for wrong reasons in 38-14 loss

Northwestern quarterback Zack Oliver sneaks it in for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against Purdue. Photo by Ben Fahrbach.

By BROCK SANDERS ISL Correspondent WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – It was not a Senior Day to remember for Purdue. Northwestern followed up its big win over Notre Dame by routing the Boilermakers 38-14 on Saturday afternoon. It was a miserable day for the old gold and black because of the rain, the lack of excitement […]

Colts sign Josh Cribbs, place Ahmad Bradshaw on IR


From the Indianapolis Colts: The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent return specialist Josh Cribbs and free agent tight end Weslye Saunders to the active roster. The team placed running back Ahmad Bradshaw on Injured Reserve and waived outside linebacker Victor Butler. The Colts also signed running back Michael Hill to the practice squad and […]

Calinger: Wisconsin is the new Nebraska

Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon rips off a long run in the 2012 Big Ten title game.

By J.W. CALINGER ISL Correspondent OMAHA, Neb. — So, I told the guys at the sports bar: Old-school Husker football is alive and well. It simply moved to Madison, Wis. The student surpassing the teacher is almost a cliché. While the Wisconsin Badgers aren’t exactly students of the Huskers, they’re pretty close. Barry Alvarez, a […]

Smith: Should the Pacers tank?

Solomon Hill is averaging 11.8 points, and 5.4 rebounds per game early on this season.
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By TYLER SMITH ISL Editor To tank, or not to tank? That is the question. Some Pacers fans want to see their team fight hard and make the playoffs. Other fans want to see them tank to get a top draft pick. All fans want the best future possible for the team, so which direction […]

Sanders: Purdue offers “glimmers of hope” in loss to Wisconsin

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By BROCK SANDERS ISL Correspondent WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Saturday’s game between Purdue and Wisconsin reminded me of a good old game of golf.  In fact, the whole season seems to remind me of a round on the links.  Now how, you would say, does a football game correlate even remotely to golf? There are […]