IU Athletics Department to hold annual Hoosier Hysteria Saturday, Oct. 20


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana University Athletics Department will hold its annual Hoosier Hysteria presented by Smithville on Saturday, Oct. 20 in Assembly Hall. Sage Steele, a 1995 graduate of IU and an ESPN SportsCenter co-host since 2007, will serve as emcee for the event which features the IU men’s and women’s basketball teams.

Admission is free and doors open at 4 p.m., and will remain so until Assembly Hall reaches capacity. The men’s and women’s teams will sign autographs from 5-6 p.m. with fans allowed to have one item signed per player. The program will begin at 7 p.m. The Varsity Shop and concession stands also open at 4 p.m.

“Hoosier Hysteria will be an unbelievably exciting night and I strongly encourage our fans to come early because we will not be able to admit anyone after the capacity of Assembly Hall has been reached,” said IU Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass.

The significance of Hoosier Hysteria for each team should ensure an unforgettable evening. First-year women’s coach Curt Miller will get his first opportunity to address Hoosier Nation in Assembly Hall and fifth-year men’s coach Tom Crean brings in a squad which is ranked No. 1 by several organizations and is coming off a Sweet Sixteen appearance last year. In addition, sophomore All-American Cody Zeller has been tabbed as the 2012-13 National Preseason Player of the Year by the Sporting News and CBSSpors.com and all five starters return from a team which finished 27-9. Details of each team’s appearance are being finalized and will be released prior to the event. Though admission is free, fans are encouraged to bring a canned food item which benefits the Hoosier Hills Food Bank.

Tickets remain on sale for the general public for four Holiday Break games. Tickets are available for Ball State (Nov. 25), Mt. Saint Mary’s (Dec. 19), Florida Atlantic (Dec. 21), and Jacksonville, Dec. 28. The mini series prices for four games are $139 for main level seats and $60 for IU students. Single game prices for Ball State are $40 (main level), $26 (balcony) and $15 (IU student). For the other three games they are $33 (main level), $25 (balcony) and $15 (IU student). To order, visit the IU Athletics Ticket Office in Assembly Hall which will be open from 9 a.m. thru the event that day, call 1-866-IUSPORTS or visit IUHoosiers.com.

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IHSSA continues tournament discussion in Marion

Written by: Brad Shouse

The debate on rather the Indiana High school Athletic Association should change it current four class tournament back to the one class format it formed that went from 1911 to 1996.

IHSAA Commissioner Bobby Cox and State Senator Mike Delph, R-Carmel announced in late March that a series of town meetings that would allow Indiana high school basketball fans, coaches, local media broadcasters and any Indiana resident to have their voice heard about multi-class or one class basketball.

The 9th of 11th town meetings met in Marion Thursday night with 68 people in attendance. Nearly 20 different voices from the crowed made their way to the microphone quickly cramming as much opinion in the allotted 2 minutes expressing historical experience’s of the one class, one of kind high school basketball tournament.

Some of Indiana’s greats even stood up and addressed the Commissioner and Senator.

Bill Shepherd- 1968 Mr. Basketball

Marion head coach Billy Shepherd was in attendance in support of returning to the one class system. Shepherd was a 1968 Mr. Basketball from Carmel. Shepherd scored 2,465 career pts. Shepherd avg. 32 ppg his Junior and Senior seasons and the 1997 Hall of Fame inductee even scored a single game high 0f 70 pts versus Brownsburg. Shepherd will begin his 2nd season as head coach of the Marion Giants for the 2012-13 season.



Al Rhodes & Basil Mawbey

Two Indiana Hall of Fame coaching legends made there way to Marion for the old fashion IHSAA town meeting. Al Rhodes & Basil Mawbey were in attendance. I was ready to break the news that Al Rhodes was leaving his alma mater Penn H.S. to coach at Huntington North but no such luck. Then I anticipated Basil Mawbey announcing his plan to come out of retirement to become the next coach at Alexandria or Rochester. Again, no such luck.


Al Rhodes sits 6th in wins among current coaches with 499 wins and 236 losses in 32 seasons with stints at (Warsaw, Logansport, FW Northrop, and Penn) and Basil Mawbey posted 675 wins and 259 losses during his 39 years of coaching with stints at (West Washington, Delta, Angola, Connersville, Kokomo, Lewis Cass, and Broad Ripple) . Both coaches sit with historical success, winning three state titles between them, two of those coming in a one class format. Mawbey winning a class 2A state title at Lewis Cass who went undefeated in 2002-03. The Legendary numbers continue between these two coaching greats. Between both coaches they have combined for 38 sectional titles, 17 regional titles, 8 semi-states, and 3 state Championships.

Rhodes and Mawbey both stood before the IHSAA Commissioner Bobby Cox and State Senator Mike Delph explaining their viewpoint through the experience’s they have been through. Seg.#3 has Mawby first and Rhodes the fourth speaker.

It’s now a wait and see issue but the Senator got the tournaments Commissioner to do some town meetings, have some coffee and doughnut shop talk. The tiny crowds showed up and opinions were voiced. Now what, remains to be seen.

I just want to thank the IHSAA for putting the state Finals on channel 4. Thank You. One last request, could Jerry Baker do one more TV broadcast and why we’re at it, put a whistle in Eric Harmon’s mouth to officiate one more championship.


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Plane crash survivor Austin Hatch plans to play for Michigan


An Indiana high school basketball standout who survived a Michigan plane crash last year that killed his father and stepmother after surviving a 2003 crash that killed his mother plans to play college basketball next year.

Austin Hatch - Fort Wayne Canterbury

Austin Hatch, of Fort Wayne, made a verbal commitment to play basketball at the University of Michigan before the June crash near the Charlevoix airport. He told the Detroit Free Press  in an interview published Tuesday that he’ll be on the court with the Wolverines in 2013.

“The most difficult thing is just missing my biological family, because I’m the only one left,” he said. “I wish there was an instructional manual in how to deal with this kind of loss.”

Hatch, who was 16 at the time of the crash, said he’ll use a scholarship to live the life he and his father always had imagined. He has yet to be cleared to play and said he didn’t care, trusting his doctors will tell him when it’s appropriate. He said he thinks no one else can relate to his situation.

“No one that I know of,” he said. “If there is someone, I haven’t met them yet.”

Last month, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a report that the crash that killed Dr. Stephen Hatch and his wife, Kim, occurred after the single-engine plane stalled because of inadequate air speed. The report said Stephen Hatch failed to follow the proper protocol.

After the aircraft missed its instrument landing approach at the Charlevoix Municipal Airport, he turned around and attempted a second landing on the runway from the opposite direction before crashing into a garage in a neighborhood near the airport, according to witness statements collected by the NTSB.

Stephen Hatch, who was an anesthesiologist and partner at Pain Management Associates, also was piloting a similar plane in September 2003 that crashed in Indiana. He saved Austin after that crash. But his other children — Lindsay, 11, and Ian, 5 — died along with his first wife, Julie, 38.

Following last year’s crash en route to a summer home near Boyne Falls in northern Michigan, Austin Hatch was in a medically induced coma for weeks before returning to Fort Wayne. He was a standout basketball player at Canterbury High School in Fort Wayne. He didn’t play basketball for Canterbury this past season.

Austin Hatch had a serious head injury from last year’s crash. He said the recovery has been difficult.

“My dad’s dad, my grandpa Jim Hatch, he’s as close a thing to my dad as there is,” he said. “So he’s been very instrumental in helping me with the recovery process.”

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IU’s Crean names assistant

Indiana has hired Towson assistant Kenny Johnson to replace Bennie Seltzer, who left to take the head coaching position at Samford.

Johnson has strong ties to the Washington D.C. area, especially the Team Takeover AAU program. Two of its former players were Victor Oladipo and Maurice Creek.

That fact becomes significant when considering one of Indiana’s biggest targets in the Class of 2013, DeMatha forward BeeJay Anya.

Anya plays for Takeover and played under Johnson, before he left for Towson.

Over the past year, Anya has dropped a significant amount of weight, which has helped him to move up the 2013 rankings. At 6-8, 265 pounds, he could be a force on the interior in the Big Ten.

Other schools in the mix for Anya include UCLA, Georgetown, Florida, Syracuse, and Pittsburgh, among many others.

Crean was down at the Boo Williams tournament in Virginia this weekend to watch Anya and the rest of Team Takeover, among other prospects.

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IU basketball offers eighth grader

Indy Star’s Kyle Neddenriep reports:

Eron Gordon

Eron Gordon is still in the eighth grade, but he’s picked up his first college basketball scholarship offer.

Gordon, the youngest brother of former North Central High School and Indiana star Eric Gordon Jr., was offered by Indiana coach Tom Crean on Sunday night.

The 6-1 Gordon played in the IndyBall.com Shootout at North Central over the weekend, playing up an age group with the 15-and-under Eric Gordon Central Stars.

Eric Gordon Sr. said Eron will take an unofficial visit on Wednesday to Purdue. It’s possible that he could receive another offer.

“He’s the definition of an ‘attack-the-basket’ type of guard,” said Pat Mullin, his travel coach. “He does a lot of things you don’t expect from a player his age.”

Gordon is an eighth grader at Westlane Middle School and plans to attend North Central as a freshman. Eric Gordon Jr. was Indianapolis Star Indiana Mr. Basketball at North Central in 2007, then played one season at Indiana before heading to the NBA.

Other than Indiana and Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Xavier and Wisconsin have also started to recruit Gordon, though that list figures to grow.

Eron Gordon said he doesn’t worry about expectations of trying to live up to his brother. Middle brother Evan sat out this past season as a transfer from Liberty to Arizona State, where he will have two years of eligibility.

“I don’t pay too much mind to (expectations),” he said. “I just play as hard as I can and hope I can be even better.”

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IU’s Crean want’s JUCO

Jeff Rabjohns
Peegs.com Senior Writer Reports:

Indiana coach Tom Crean watched one of the nation’s top junior college players Saturday.

Crean was at Indian Hills Community College watching Jameel McKay, sources told Peegs.com.

And the Hoosiers are making a major push for the juco All-American.

IU showed how seriously it wants McKay, taking a full staff off three coaches, the maximum number allowed on the road at a time, to watch him, sources said.

The athletic 6-foot-8 forward led Indian Hills to the Division I junior college national finals and a seventh-place finish this past season as a freshman.

McKay was one of 10 players named to the National Junior College Athletic Association All-American First Team.

He was the Warriors’ leading scorer (14.6) and rebounder (7.7) and shot 62 percent from the field. He had double-doubles in all four of Indian Hills’ games in the national tournament. His 50 rebounds led all players in the nationals.

McKay averaged 15.3 points and 12.5 rebounds in the national tournament.

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Rivals.com national analyst Eric Bossi described McKay during the juco national tournament as “one of the premier junior college freshmen in the country” who would have been a nationally ranked player in the 2012 class had he elected to go to prep school for a year.

Instead, McKay opted for junior college and was a force at Indian Hills, a perennial powerhouse out of Iowa. The Warriors started 19-0 and finished 33-4. It is the seventh time Indian Hills has won 30 games or more in a season.

“He’s the motor of our team out there. He’s so athletic and long he makes things happen,” Indian Hills assistant Brandon Burgette told Rivals.com during the junior college national tournament. “He gets offensive rebounds and he finishes everything around the basket. He’s our double-double guy that we can count on to rebound and he’s a monster on the front of our press who makes things happen.”

The four-star talent already has offers from Arkansas, Iowa State, Marquette and Wichita State.

McKay, expected to enroll in a four-year school in 2013, would give the Hoosiers additional firepower on the front line, be physically ready for Big Ten play and the kind of athlete who could step in immediately and shine in IU’s up-tempo attack.

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