News and Notes for June

A lot of small news happened in the Indiana Hoosiers athletic programs in the month of June. A recap of these events follows in June's news and notes.

Baseball • 22 year coach Bob Morgan resigned on June 5th. During his 22 years at Indiana, Morgan lead the Hoosiers to 1070 wins, with only 586 losses. He is just one of 30 coaches in NCAA history to achieve 1000 or more career victories.
• On June 22nd, Rick Greenspan chose Tracy Smith to replace Morgan. Smith had been the head coach at Miami of Ohio for the past nine years. Smith is returning to Indiana after serving as the pitching coach for the Hoosier Hitmen in 1995 and 1996. Smith's career record at Miami was 317-220-1, with a conference record of 152-95.
• Infielder Coby Heckman was selected in the 32nd round of Major League baseball's Amateur Draft by the Seattle Mariners. Heckman ended his career with a .336 average as a Hoosier, driving in 97 runs, and scoring 117 on his own.

Basketball • Indiana ranked 11th nationally in basketball attendance, averaging 14,702 fans per contest. Despite their high national rank, the Hoosiers were down almost 2000 fans per game from the previous year. The Big Ten also lead all conferences in total attendance, followed by the Atlantic Coast Conference.
• Incoming Indiana recruit Ben Allen was selected to the Australian Young Men's National Team. He will compete in the FIBA World Championship in early August.

Football • Indiana and ESPN announced that two of the Hoosiers first three games would be televised on the ESPN family of networks. The September 2nd game against Central Michigan will be broadcast at 7:30pm on ESPNU. Two weeks later, the Hoosiers square off against the Kentucky Wildcats at 5:45pm on ESPN Classic. Televised games for the conference season have yet to be announced, and under the Big Ten agreement, can be changed within a 12-day window of the game.
• New Head Coach Terry Hoeppner was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame on June 22 in Fort Wayne. Before becoming a coach at Miami (OH) in 1986, Hoeppner served as the defensive coordinator at Franklin College from 1980-85, and was a high school head coach before that.

• Hoosiers Honored: Several Hoosiers were selected for preseason honors in different publications. Tracy Porter was selected as first team all-league by Street & Smith's preseason magazine. Lance Bennett was selected first team all-league kickoff returner by Athlon's. Kyle Killion was named the nation's 11th best outside linebacker by Lindy's magazine.
• 2005 signee Dan Kinsey was named valedictorian of his Beaver Local High School. In addition to that, Kinsey, the 2004 national decathlon champion, set a state record in the decathlon with 7,234 points, and a record in the javelin throw with 201 feet, 10 inches.
• A trio of Hoosier recruits played in the Ohio All Star game, Andrew Means, Chris Banks, and Joe Kleinsmith. Kleinsmith handled the kicking duties for the game, hitting a perfect 6-6 on his PAT's and nailing a 28-yard field goal. Means led the North Squad with 4 catches for 68 yards.
• The Hoosiers also received some bad news with QB's Grant Gregory and Mike Vlahogeorge deciding to leave the Hoosier program. That leaves the Indiana depth chart with just 2 QB's for 2005. Gregory has decided to transfer, but his school of choice is unknown at this time. Vlahogeorge has chosen to end his athletic career and pursue other options. Top Stories