Sweet Hoosier Hysteria Video

Tom Crean tweeted the link to this video yesterday. I watched it and loved it. It is titled “Then and Now” and features past and current IU players. The creator of the video took photos and videos from the archives and made it appear that past players were alongside current players. You see Jordan Hulls and Damon Bailey side-by-side. One shot has last year’s team on the bench as Knight gets ready to toss the chair. Lot of fun to watch. Go IU!

Hoosiers To Be Part Of ESPNU Midnight Madness

Basketball season is just around the corner.  I mentioned in an earlier post that IU was a pre-season #1 pick.  While that may have been a little (or a lot!) early in the game, it bodes well for Hoosier basketball.  As the season draws closer, ESPNU announced that IU’s practice on October 12 will be broadcast as part of their Midnight Madness.  That is certainly a long way from the dismal seasons IU had a few years ago.

Here’s a portion of what is posted on the Indiana Athletics website:

For the seventh year, ESPNU will tip-off the nation’s college basketball season with more than four hours of Midnight Madness coverage on Friday, Oct. 12 beginning at 5 p.m. ET. This year’s programming will once again include both the men’s and women’s defending NCAA National Champions and eight teams in ESPN.com senior writer Andy Katz’s Preseason Top 25.

 The night begins with an in-depth look at what Katz put as the No.1 team in his super-early rankings last April, with ESPNU Midnight Madness: Indiana Practice at 5 p.m. on ESPNU. For the first time, the network will air a Hoosiers’ practice live and in full with commentary from college basketball analysts Jay Williams and Dan Dakich as well as Indiana Head Coach Tom Crean wearing a microphone throughout practice.

Go Hoosiers!

Visit to IU

Last weekend I accompanied my daughter on an unofficial visit to IU.  She has looked at a few other schools, but this was special as I grew up as an Indiana fan.  I’ve been to two games at Assembly Hall, but have never looked around at the athletic facilities or the campus.  It was great to see Cook Hall, where the men’s and women’s basketball offices and practice courts are. We also looked around Assembly Hall and the football stadium and weight room.

The facilities are impressive.  Here are a few pictures.

The women’s locker room



The women’s practice court



Syd with some of the coaching staff

Final Minutes – Milan Vs Muncie Central – 1954

If you have ever watched the movie Hoosiers, then you know it is the story of the small school that beats the big school in the championship game.  The movie is based on the 1954 Indiana state championship game where Milan beat Muncie Central.  Now, I’m not old enough to remember that game, but it is a great story.  There is now a link on the Indiana High School Athletic Association website that lets you watch the final minutes of the game.  Pretty cool to watch.

There is not an embed code for the video, so you have to go to the IHSAA website to see it.  It is worth your time.