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Hoosier Morning for Sept. 2

1. HOOSIERS HQ
In a role reversal, it was the Indiana defense that carried the day in the Hoosiers’ season-opening win, Mike writes.

Tanner Thompson and the No. 5 IU soccer team are off to a fast start that the Hoosiers hope continues in this weekend’s IU Classic, I wrote.

2. IT’S INDIANA
FIU played with, but still can’t beat, a Big Ten opponent, Walter Villa writes for the Miami Herald.

Indiana’s opener started on defense and finished on offense thanks to a new defensive coordinator and a new quarterback, Zach Osterman of the Indianapolis Star writes.

Tom Allen’s defense took a positive first step in the first game, Andrew Hussey of the Indiana Daily Student writes.

Three things learned from the Hoosiers’ season opener, Kyle Robbins of Crimson Quarry writes.

Rookie running back and former Hoosier Jordan Howard made an impact in the Chicago Bears’ final preseason game, Larry Mayer of ChicagoBears.com writes.

Former Hoosiers and rookie QB Nate Sudfeld had a blue-collar performance in the rain Wednesday for the Washington Redskins, Master Tesfatsion of the Washington Post writes.

Reports are that IU basketball will participate in the 2017 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden, Alex Bozich of Inside the Hall writes.

A pair of top-25, Pac-12 teams await the fifth-ranked IU soccer team at Armstrong Stadium this weekend, Zain Pyarali of the Indiana Daily Student writes.

3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
In honor of the IU defense’s thievery, “Pickpocket” by Kate Nash.

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Fuchs dislocates ankle, could miss rest of season #iufb

Indiana tight end Jordan Fuchs (81) is carted off the field after dislocating his ankle during the first half of Thursday's game at Florida International. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

Indiana tight end Jordan Fuchs (81) is carted off the field after dislocating his ankle during the first half of Thursday’s game at Florida International. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

MIAMI — Indiana earned the win it was looking for on Thursday at Florida International.

But it also lost a valuable contributor in the process.

Junior tight end Jordan Fuchs dislocated his ankle and could miss the remainder of the season as he recovers. Fuchs had to be carted off the field after the injury, which happened while Fuchs was assisting with special teams duties.

Although Kevin Wilson called it a significant injury, the IU coach expressed optimism that Fuchs might return later this season. If that’s the case, Wilson said he’ll weigh whether he’ll play Fuchs or have him sit to gain back a year of eligibility.

“That might take some time,” Wilson said. “Potentially, he could get back this season, but he’s got a redshirt year (available). I think it looked a little bit worse (than it is). Hopefully. Other than that, we’re very, very healthy.” (more…)

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Scoop Talk: An encouraging start

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Indiana’s defense steps up in 34-13 win at FIU #iufb

MIAMI — Indiana flipped the script in its season opener.

It was a successful debut for Tom Allen’s new 4-2-5 defense. The debut of Indiana’s new-look offense was much less crisp.

But when the Hoosiers needed new quarterback Richard Lagow most, he delivered.

Lagow engineered a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown drives, helping Indiana claim a 34-13 win over Florida International on Thursday at Ocean Bank Field at FIU Stadium.

Season openers are often funky, and this one was no different.

IU’s prolific offense was toothless for much of the night, while its maligned defense returned a pair of interceptions for scores and displayed the approach necessary for improvement.

All told, Indiana’s defense scored more points (16) than FIU’s offense and intercepted three passes. The Hoosiers returned two of those picks for scores, marking the first time since 1966 they took multiple interceptions to the house in a single game.

Lagow finished 18-for-27 for 240 yards, though he occasionally looked every bit of the fresh-faced signal caller that he is. The junior college transfer made good reads, but struggled to polish his throws with the necessary touch.

All that mattered was his finish, which included a 21-yard touchdown throw to Danny Friend and his six-yard keeper that helped IU put this one on ice. (more…)

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Live ticker: Indiana at Florida International #iufb

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IU suspends 6 players prior to season opener #iufb

Indiana has suspended six players for tonight’s season opener at Florida International.

In a statement released prior to the game, IU announced one-game suspensions for leading receiver Simmie Cobbs, safety Chase Dutra, defensive tackle Ralph Green III, cornerback Noel Padmore and defensive back Jake Attar. Another corner, Wesley Green, is suspended indefinitely.

The players are held out “for not living up to their responsibilities to the program at different times since the conclusion of the 2015 season,” according to IU’s statement.

Kickoff for tonight’s game is scheduled for 7:30.

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Football

4 storylines for IU’s game at Florida International #iufb

Posted by in Football on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016 at 6:01 PM.

1. Could IU’s running backs shoulder a greater work load?

He has what could be one of the top offensive lines in the nation, and Indiana coach Kevin Wilson is likely to put those big guys to work against FIU. The Panthers are replacing three of their four starters on the defensive line, a group that wasn’t all that impressive to begin with in 2015. Playing at the Conference USA level, FIU allowed 4.6 yards per carry with a rush defense that ranked No. 83 in the nation. At the beginning of the season, it takes time for an offensive line to develop cohesion. That’s true every year. But Indiana has experience and depth that’s able to rotate across all five spots, not to mention a big body tight end like Danny Friend to assist. While the Hoosiers break in new quarterback Richard Lagow, it’ll be a prime opportunity to evaluate a running back group that goes seven men deep.

2. How does Richard Lagow look when the lights come on?

Should the Hoosiers indeed put their backfield front and center, Lagow will need to be sharp to keep FIU honest. Behind the scenes, Lagow has received the bulk of the reps at quarterback since the second week of fall camp. He’s flashed a strong arm and the ability to put touch on his deep passes, qualities that compare favorably to his predecessor. When the Hoosiers do decide to air it out, Lagow will have the safety net of a deep and experienced receiving group to lean on. Should he struggle, it’ll be interesting to see how much patience Wilson has, given the trio of options behind Lagow. In addition to backups Danny Cameron and Zander Diamont, redshirt freshman Austin King also traveled with the team. (more…)

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Big Ten releases conference schedule; IU starts with 3 at home

Posted by in Men's Basketball on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 at 2:17 PM.

For the first time since the 2010-11 season, Indiana will open the Big Ten season at Assembly Hall.

The Big Ten released its men’s basketball conference schedule on Thursday and Indiana is due for a prolonged stay at home to begin league play.

IU has not had a three-game conference homestand to start league play since the 1933-34 season. That changes this season.

The Hoosiers begin their conference title defense on Dec. 28 against Nebraska. After a brief visit to Indianapolis to play Louisville on Dec. 31, IU returns to Assembly Hall on Jan. 3 against Wisconsin. Mark your calendars for that one — a matchup between two of the league’s title favorites for 2017.

IU’s homestand closes on Jan. 7 against Illinois. The Hoosiers first Big Ten road trip is to Maryland on Jan. 10.

With the frontloaded home schedule, IU will close the season with four of its final five games of the regular season on the road. The Hoosiers will be the first team since Northwestern in 2009 to close the league schedule with that kind of stretch.

It begins with a trip to Minnesota on Feb. 15, followed by a visit to Iowa on Feb. 21.

IU will host Senior Day at Assembly Hall against Northwestern on either Feb. 25 or 26. The Hoosiers will wrap the regular season with games at Purdue (Feb. 28) and Ohio State (March 4).

IU and Purdue played only once last season, but will be back on a two-play rotation in 2017. The Boilermakers open the series with a visit to Assembly Hall on Feb. 9.

Indiana makes a return trip to Wisconsin on Feb. 5.

The Big Ten will stage its annual conference tournament in Washington D.C. for the first time this season

Dates, times and a full television schedule will be announced at a later date, as will IU’s full slate of non-conference opponents.

For the full conferece schedule in list form, follow along after the jump. (more…)

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Women's Basketball

IUWBB: Hoosiers 2016-17 schedule released

Posted by in Women's Basketball on Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 at 6:10 PM.

Indiana women’s basketball released its entire 2016-17 schedule, and it once again features a beefed up non-conference slate.

The Hoosiers, coming off of their first NCAA tournament win in 33 years, will face three teams that also made March Madness in ’15-16. All three of those matchups — Auburn, Chattanooga and Florida — will come on the road.

Another highlight of the non-conference schedule will be IU’s rematch with Vanderbilt. In return for the Hoosiers’ participation in a Thanksgiving tournament in Nashville in ’15, the Commodores will come to Assembly Hall on Sunday, Nov. 13. Vanderbilt will be led by Stephanie White, the soon-to-be former coach of the WNBA’s Indiana Fever.

The conference schedule isn’t overly daunting, by Big Ten standards. They play only once against four teams that finished in the conference’s top six, Ohio State, Purdue, Minnesota and Maryland, and those games come at home. Their one matchup with Michigan State, which finished third in 2015-16, comes on the road. (more…)

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