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Zach McRoberts to walk on at Indiana #iubb

Zach McRoberts was done with basketball, or at least that’s what he thought.

He left Vermont’s program after his freshman year last summer, setting his sights on a return home to Indiana. He wanted to be a Hoosier — albeit a student, not a player. A year later, McRoberts is ready to return to basketball.

The 6-foot-6 forward will walk on to IU’s team this season, coach Tom Crean confirmed to The Herald-Times on Tuesday. McRoberts arrived on campus last fall and spent the full 2015-16 academic year at Indiana. A two-time state champion at Carmel and former Indiana All-Star, McRoberts is eligible immediately.

“We would have been interested when he first got here, but he didn’t have any interest,” Crean said Tuesday. “It has, without question, been an added bonus. He’s fit right in, he works and he’s one of the guys right now.”

McRoberts, the younger brother of Miami Heat forward Josh McRoberts, averaged 5.1 points per game in America East play for the Catamounts in 2015. He missed the first seven games of that season with a knee injury, but came on strong late in the year. McRoberts played in 27 consecutive games and averaged 7.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and shot 57.1 percent from the floor in the 2015 CBI Tournament.

After the season, McRoberts decided he was no longer fully committed to the game and chose to step away.

“It’s been a good year for me, just growing as a person and understanding some aspects of life differently,” McRoberts said. “I’ve gotten a different view and perspective on things other than just being a basketball player, which I had been the previous part of my life. It’s been a good experience. Choosing to play again, I look at every day as a gift and an opportunity to get better.” (more…)

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Legendary IU track coach Sam Bell dies

Sam Bell, legendary track and field coach at Indiana University, died this morning at the health pavilion at Meadowood in Bloomington. He was 88.

Bell coached IU track and field from 1969 until 1998. He was inducted into the IU Athletics Hall of fame in 2003 and into the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1992.

While coaching at IU, Bell’s teams won 23 men’s and four women’s Big Ten titles. He coached 11 athletes who competed as Olympians and was an assistant coach for the U.S. Olympic team in 1976.

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U.S. Olympic Diving Trials photo gallery

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VIDEO: HSR at the Olympic Diving Trials: Hixon after 3m finals


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Dawkins, Gardner part ways with Indiana #iufb

Posted by in Football on Monday, Jun. 20, 2016 at 7:46 PM.

According to a press release from Indiana University, a pair of Hoosiers are no longer part of Kevin Wilson’s program.

Redshirt sophomore defensive back Will Dawkins and redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Tim Gardner have left the Hoosiers.

“We thank Will and Tim for their contributions,” Wilson said in the release. “They are leaving IU in good academic standing and we wish them the very best moving forward.”

Dawkins, a native of Vero Beach, Fla., redshirted in 2014, then appeared in nine games for the Hoosiers in 2015 with 12 unassisted tackles and five assisted tackles to go with one kickoff return.

Gardner, from Indianapolis, sat out the 2014 season after transferring from Ohio State, then appeared in 11 games as a redshirt freshman in 2015.

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