Hoosier Intel: IU News and Nuggets

Will IU travel to Bowling Green as part of the contract to face the Falcons in football? Where does Indiana sit with regards to replacing Calbert Cheaney on its staff? Read on for those answers and more in today's Hoosier Intel.

My Hoosier Intel will be a regular feature for our premium subscribers to keep you on the pulse of everything happening in and around athletics.

Today I have both football and a basketball notes.

Let's start with football on the eve of the first ever football game with Bowling Green

Indiana has played its share of Mid-American Conference opponents over the years. IU has faced Miami 14 times and Ball State seven. In fact, when you look at the list of traditional MAC opponents (I'm not really counting Buffalo in there) Indiana has faced them all in football.

Well, now the Hoosiers have any way. The one missing team from that lineup had always been Bowling Green.

Saturday's game with the Falcons marks the first of a three-game series that will have IU traveling to Bowling Green in 2014 and returning to Memorial Stadium to face BG in 2017.

The cost? The contract calls for each home team to pay the visitor a sum of $200,000.


Indiana released its two exhibition opponents Thursday as the Hoosiers will face Southern Indiana Oct. 26 and Hillsdale (Mich.) College on Nov. 4. Both games will tip at 7 p.m.

When I saw Hillsdale I immediately figured that there might be some kind of a Tom Crean connection there from growing up in the state as well as being an assistant on Tom Izzo's staff at Michigan State. That, and the fact that Hillsdale played an exhibition game two years ago against Michigan State.

But apparently in the cases of both games, Southern Indiana and Hillsdale are simply two programs that Crean has a lot of respect for and wanted to get on the exhibition schedule. Both are coming off good seasons. USI was 23-8 and Hillsdale was 17-10.


There has been little said or written regarding filling the void on the IU basketball staff left by director of basketball operations/internal and external player development director Calbert Cheaney last month. Cheaney left to take a job on the coaching staff at Saint Louis University.

The one name I've heard mentioned a few times has been Darrin Horn, the former Western Kentucky and South Carolina head coach, who was also on Tom Crean's staff at Marquette at one time.

But it doesn't appear that one is going to work out. Horn has a TV job with ESPNU and is expected to stay put.

Beyond that, I've just heard to expect the position to be filled soon.


Another interesting tidbit on the football front is the curious commitment/de-commitment by St. Petersburg (Fla.) Lakewood High School wide receiver Jocqui Ellison this week.

Apparently Ellison was telling people he had committed to IU and then Monday night said via Twitter that he had de-committed.

What I'm hearing though is that the whole thing took Indiana a little bit by surprise because Ellison didn't even have an Indiana offer. Clearly, a miscommunication somewhere.


One other quick note, I ran into former IU football player Glenn Johnson today in Bloomington. He's living in Indianapolis and actually is getting married this weekend.

Johnson is working for a new social media group called Huddle Pass and was in Bloomington to talk with some IU football players after practice.

Johnson you may remember played at IU from 1999-2003, playing for both Cam Cameron and Gerry DiNardo. His biggest year as a wide receiver came in 2002 when he caught 53 balls for 837 yards and five touchdowns. He was second on the team in receiving that year behind Courtney Roby who had 59 catches for 1,039 yards.

Johnson had a couple of short stops in the NFL before deciding to settle down in Indy.

Stay tuned for more news and nuggets when they become available.

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