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Changes this week on the Scoop!

Big changes are coming this week to the Hoosier Scoop.

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We are re-branding the blog under “Hoosier Sports Report” to go along with our new OTT channel with the same name.

Though things will look a lot different, the same crew will continue to bring you the same great coverage of IU sports. All of the content currently on the blog is moving over as well, of course.

If you haven’t yet got the HSR OTT channel, now’s the time with football starting this Thursday.

You can get it for AppleTV, Amazon FireTV, and Roku by searching in the store for your device. It’s free and will be updated multiple times each day during the IU sport season.

If you don’t have a device yet, we’re doing a drawing this week and each month thereafter for a Roku stick. Enter the drawing for that at preview.hoosiersportsreport.com/win/

Also, come out to Yogi’s this Thursday, Sept. 1, 5:00 – 7:30 pm for our HSR launch party. We’ll be giving away swag and you can enter a drawing for some nice prizes including a Roku stick. Then you can stick around and watch the Hoosiers take on FIU at 7:30! Hope to see you there.

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Wilson points to handful of newcomers he expects to play at FIU #iufb

Ahead of a new season, Kevin Wilson has identified at least a handful of newcomers he expects to play on Thursday at Florida International.

Wilson said on his weekly radio show Monday that freshman running back Cole Gest is “for sure” in the mix to rotate in at running back. He also sees junior college tight end Ian Thomas finding his way onto the field.

On the other side of the ball, Wilson is pointing to four players in particular. Freshman safety Marcelino Ball is projected to play Thursday both as a hybrid safety and as a special teams contributor. Khalil Bryant is behind Jonathan Crawford on the depth chart, but the freshman from Jacksonville, Fla. will also see time on special teams.

Wilson also believes freshman Allen Stallings will see time on the defensive line. Wilson says Stallings is still learning the defense, “but he’s one of our best pass rushers.”

The IU coach also mentioned walk-on linebacker Tom Bolstad as a player who could see time on special teams.

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IUWBB: Hoosiers 2016-17 schedule released

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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Hoosiers bracing for nasty weather in Miami #iufb

Indiana's Alex Rodriguez (23), Dawson Fletcher (29) and Chris Covington (4) sprint downfield on special teams duties during practice on Aug. 15. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

Indiana’s Alex Rodriguez (23), Dawson Fletcher (29) and Chris Covington (4) sprint downfield on special teams duties during practice on Aug. 15. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

Every summer, Kevin Johns enters the preseason with a list of things he wants to accomplish.

Wet football drills are chief among those objectives for the Indiana offensive coordinator. Most years, that requires filling a bucket with water, carrying it to the practice fields, dropping a ball inside and then tossing it to receivers to make sure they can catch it.

Not this year.

Indiana took advantage of some of the wet and sticky Bloomington weather in recent weeks, holding practice outside under rain showers rather than staying inside Mellencamp Pavilion.

By the time the Hoosiers take the field at Florida International in Miami on Thursday, they might be glad they did.

It’s going to be a wet week in Florida, as the state tightens its grip against the peak of hurricane season. Local forecasts in Miami call for rain all week, with upwards of three to five inches expected in South Florida through Wednesday due to a tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico.

More rain could fall Thursday, which might make for a messy 7:30 p.m. kickoff at Ocean Bank Field at FIU Stadium.

To the extent to which it can, Indiana feels they’ve prepared for this possibility.

“We’ve actually had two, three or four practices where we went out, purposely, and played in the rain to make those guys feel it and learn how to deal with it,” Johns said. (more…)

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VIDEO: From IU Football Media Availability on 8/26/2016


Offensive Lineman Dan Feeney and Running Back Clyde Newton talk to the media during availability last Friday.

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Hoosier Morning

1. HOOSIERS HQ
With just two starters at linebacker in the 4-2-5, Indiana has a lot of confidence in the position, Mike writes.

Tanner Thompson paced IU soccer to a 3-1 win over Cal-Irvine and a 2-0 start to the season, we reported.

The IU women’s soccer team got its first home win since Oct. 31, 2014 and scored three goals for the first time since Sept. 5, 2014, we reported.

From our IU football preview section Sunday:
• Trust is at the heart of new defensive coordinator Tom Allen’s approach, Mike writes.
• There’s a simple solution to curing the Big Ten East division’s dominance, Andy writes.
• A position-by-position look at the 2016 Hoosiers, Mike writes.

2. IT’S INDIANA
One of the big questions for IU football is whether the secondary is ready to deliver, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.

Kevin Wilson wants to play the best players, and that might include a number of freshmen, Dan at puntjohnpunt.com.

IU athletic director Fred Glass talks Indiana-Kentucky, Bob Knight and Tom Crean in a Q-and-A with Terry Hutchens of CNHI.

Taking a look at numbers that matter as IU football heads into the opener, Nick Holmes of HoosierHuddle.com writes.

Positions are mostly set for Florida International as the Panthers ready for the Hoosiers, Walter Villa writes for the Miami Herald.

3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
For Tom Allen and his defense, “A Matter of Trust” by Billy Joel.

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Allen confident in IU’s linebacking corps #iufb

Indiana linebacker Tegray Scales makes an interception against Western Kentucky in 2015. (Jeremy Hogan | Herald-Times)

Indiana linebacker Tegray Scales makes an interception against Western Kentucky in 2015. (Jeremy Hogan | Herald-Times)

There are two qualities that Tom Allen requires from his linebackers:

Leadership and production.

With a seasoned corps of upperclassmen at the position, IU’s new defensive coordinator is confident his expectations will be met.

“From day one, I’ve challenged those guys to run the defense,” Allen said. “That will never change. That position demands leadership on and off the field.”

So in a defense that must answer pressing questions about its line play and secondary, Indiana’s linebackers hold significant importance. It is the most stable position on the defensive side of the ball, with proven starters in place and a collection of experienced depth players behind them.

With Allen governing IU’s shift to a 4-2-5 base defense, only two starters are necessary. Those spots go to Marcus Oliver and Tegray Scales, both of whom carry All-Big Ten potential into their junior seasons.

Allen is looking for playmakers to emerge, and Oliver and Scales are a couple players who fit that bill. Oliver gives Indiana an opportunistic face of its defense. He was also named IU’s Defensive Teammate of the Year in 2015 after becoming the first Hoosier since Matt Mayberry in 2009 to make 100 tackles in a season.

Scales is IU’s most impressive athlete at the position. He and Oliver both intercepted a pair of passes last year, while Scales added three sacks.

Production is no problem with these two.

“Just like I always tell our coaches when you’re recruiting and when you’re watching high school football, where do they put their best players?” Allen said. “They carry the ball or they put them at linebacker so they can either score touchdowns or make tackles. Those guys have got to be our most productive players.” (more…)

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Trust at the heart of Tom Allen’s defense #iufb

Posted by in Football on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016 at 6:26 PM.

The word “TRUST” is the last thing Indiana football players see before they take the practice field each morning.

It is painted in red and white lettering above the door that opens to the turf adjacent to Mellencamp Pavilion. That sign, those five letters, used to be the most overlooked and unappreciated message in the North End Zone complex.

Not anymore.

Shortly after Tom Allen accepted the defensive coordinator position at Indiana in January, he called a team meeting and presented a photo of the sign to his players.

“Does anybody know where this is found in our building?” he asked the room.

No one said a word.

Never mind that Indiana players had walked under that sign hundreds of times. Seeing is not always believing.

So Allen quickly realized his first objective at Indiana was not implementing a new defensive scheme or fixing the tackling woes that have plagued this program for years. He wanted to do those things, too, but something else needed to happen first.

Allen is a relationship coach who believes he has the elusive formula to fixing Indiana’s defense.

But first he needed to cultivate trust among a defense that completely lacked it.

Read the full story at HeraldTimesOnline.com

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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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IUWBB: Non-conference schedule update

Posted by in Women's Basketball on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016 at 4:24 PM.

We sat down with Teri Moren for an interview about Indiana’s offseason. There will be a feature in Monday’s paper about some of the Hoosiers’ new pieces, including freshmen Ria Gulley, Bre Wickware and Darby Foresman.

But, in the meantime, we have also learned more details about IU’s non-conference schedule.

IU will round out its non-conference slate with trips to North Texas and Chattanooga, match ups with Florida and Stony Brook in the Florida Sunshine Classic and a visit from Oakland.

In April, it was revealed that IU would play Auburn, Vanderbilt, Western Kentucky, Southeastern Missouri and Presbyterian. The Hoosiers will also play N.C. State in the Big-Ten ACC Challenge.

Chattanooga, Auburn and Florida made the NCAA tournament in 2015-16. Western Kentucky played in the WNIT. That provides the Hoosiers with formidable competition before entering Big Ten play, a formula Moren believes helped IU’s resume when they were on the NCAA bubble in ’15-16.

The trip to North Texas is significant because it allows Gulley and Wickware, along with sophomore Danielle Williams, a chance to return to their home state.



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