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LSU Shreveport has hired former Indiana assistant Curtis Loyd to be head coach of its program.
After three seasons as an assistant with IU, Loyd left this offseason to explore other opportunities. LSUS announced Loyd’s hire as head coach Thursday, taking over the NAIA program.
“We are excited for Curtis to join the Pilot family as our new women’s basketball coach,” LSUS athletic director Lucas Morgan said in a statement. “He brings a wealth of experience from the highest level and we know he can take our program to places it hasn’t been before.”
Before his hire by former IU head coach Curt Miller, Loyd was an assistant at Minnesota, Akron, Virginia, Arizona and Colorado State. Loyd was briefly the interim head coach at IU when Miller abruptly resigned in July 2014. He was then retained as part of Teri Moren’s first staff.
This offseason, IU has had to replace two of its assistant coaches. Todd Starkey left IU to become the head coach at Kent State. Janese Banks was hired away from IUPUI to fill that vacancy. Glenn Box, formerly of Akron, was hired to replace Loyd.
This will be Loyd’s first head coaching job.
“It is my goal to recruit good people and that will make good things not only happen on the court but in the classroom as well,” Loyd said in a statement. “I don’t just want a great team but a great program.”
CARMEL — Tom Allen spent most of Wednesday watching high school football players run through drills. He spent another portion of it reconnecting with his roots.
As a former head coach at Ben Davis, Allen’s name still carries weight around the Indianapolis area. So when IU brought its entire coaching staff north to oversee a series of four satellite camps around the central part of the state, Allen was a man in demand.
“We got to Lawrence North and I went to high school with the principal,” Allen said. “His dad was our principal. I went to high school with their AD there. One of the local coaches, (Doug) Peacock, he just retired recently from Mt. Vernon. He coached with my dad 20 years ago. So it’s that type (of interaction) over and over again. It gives me a great chance to see guys — I saw two guys here today that I haven’t seen in 10 years that I used to coach against. One of the guys I used to go to church with. Every time I go somewhere, that always happens — just from having so many connections in this state. It makes it fun. I enjoy it.”
Indiana’s program, too, seemed to enjoy the exposure it generated Wednesday, planting its recruiting flag firmly in the center of the state.
Kevin Wilson’s coaching staff oversaw four free camps for high school players entering grades nine through 12 on Wednesday, beginning with a “Big Man” camp for linemen at Lawrence North and ending the day with a skill camp at Brownsburg. In between, Wilson’s staff also visited Carmel and Westfield. (more…)
CARMEL — Tom Allen is ready to make this work.
Indiana’s new defensive coordinator began the task of fixing a moribund defense by installing a new culture of higher standards and accountability this spring.
He made players run gassers after yielding big plays and he demanded pushups when they failed to use the correct terminology. He followed through during the summer, aiming to build rapport with those same players with personal, closed-door meetings.
When IU opens its fall camp next Wednesday morning, Allen will be ready for the next step in his building challenge.
He wants to make sure his standards and teaching points stick.
“For whatever standard you establish, you have to be strong enough and confident enough to make them play to that standard, prepare to that standard, behave to that standard all the time,” Allen said in between a round of IU satellite camps in the Indianapolis area on Wednesday. “That’s what we have to do. That’s the biggest goal that I have coming here.”
At Indiana, Allen is diving into a defense that has seen this kind of change before. He’s the third defensive coordinator that Kevin Wilson has hired in six years as coach, a period that has produced marked growth and consistency for IU’s offense, and merely a long list of failures and shortcomings for its defense.
Hiring Allen was a change Wilson felt he had to make. So far, it’s a change that’s beginning to resonate inside the locker room.
“With coach Allen, I think everybody is seeing that change isn’t bad,” junior linebacker Marcus Oliver said. “(They’re) seeing that what he does works, which allows them to open up to more things and be more coachable. I think the guys have done a great job of being coachable, and it hasn’t always been that way here.” (more…)
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CHICAGO — He doesn’t necessarily care how far his quarterback can throw the ball, and he won’t be easily impressed by deep shots to the end zone.
Kevin Wilson is more interested in finding a quarterback that can manage his offense, execute plays with confidence and take care of the football.
When preseason camp opens in Bloomington a week from today, junior college transfer Richard Lagow and junior Zander Diamont will be among the quarterbacks trying to show the Indiana coach they can be that guy.
Speaking at the Big Ten’s annual media day event on Tuesday, Wilson said he’s not ready to name a replacement for Nate Sudfeld, the program’s career passing leader.
Instead, he’s looking to preside over a battle.
“I just don’t think it’s right to anoint someone until they’ve earned it,” Wilson said. “…. I was at Oklahoma when Adrian Peterson walked in the first day. He was different. But he didn’t start till game four or five … You’ve got to earn it. You’ve got to earn their respect, especially at quarterback.
“It’s not being coy. I’ve got some guys who have been in that program from three years, busting their tail every day and one of them didn’t even practice in the spring.” (more…)
IU Football Coach Kevin Wilson being interviewed by reporters at Big Ten Media Day.
THE MODERATOR: Our next coach is Indiana’s Kevin Wilson. Wilson enters his sixth season at the helm after leading the Hoosiers to the 2015 New Era Pinstripe Bowl, the program’s first post season appearance since 2007. Indiana returned 17 starters from last year’s team, including eight on both offense and defense.
Coach, go ahead with opening statement.
COACH WILSON: All right. Thank you. Good morning. Everybody awake? We good to go?
Like a lot of us, again, our thoughts with not just the Nebraska and Michigan State football families, but I had a chance at the National Football Foundation to actually sit with Mike Sadler’s parents a couple years ago. We had a player up for that deal.
So as a dad and two kids in college and several kids in high school, just feel for their families. And as a program, we send our prayers for those guys.
Good to be here. I think we’re continuing to grow as a program.
We appreciate the opportunity the administration has committed to us to continue to advance our program. We got a lot of things going on from facilities to stabilizing of our staff to recruiting and whatnot. So we are encouraged where we are at.
We are not pleased where we’re at. We’ve been very competitive, a little bit inconsistent the last few years and let a few games slip away that we’ve been in, but we played some very good football and what I think is a tremendous brand in college football. A great bracket in the Big 10 East, just a great bracket in Big 10 because the West is awfully strong as well. (more…)
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Indiana is one of eight schools still in the mix for four-star forward Malik Williams.
The 7-foot Fort Wayne prospect, considered the No. 32 player in the 2017 recruiting class, lists IU along with Purdue, Michigan State, Iowa, Louisville, Georgetown, NC State and UCLA as his final eight schools under consideration. Williams tweeted his list of eight on Monday afternoon.
Williams told The Herald-Times in June that Indiana’s staff, especially assistant Tim Buckley, has done a great job building rapport with him during the last few years.
“They’ve been there for a long time,” Williams said of IU. “They were my first offer and they’ve been consistent ever since. We’ve built a strong relationship.”
As a junior last season at Fort Wayne Snider, Williams shot 46 percent from the field and 36 percent from 3-point range, while averaging 21.4 points, 12.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.3 blocks. Juan Gorman, his AAU coach with Legit Basketball, told The Herald-Times earlier this summer that Williams’ biggest selling point is his versatility and range on the perimeter.
“He has great timing in that skill set of blocking shots and going to find the ball,” Gorman said. “He has a motor. You don’t find too many 6-11, 7-foot kids that can run. He can run, he can defend and do all the little things that kids his size can’t do. … He’s fine-tuning what he does well and he’s getting stronger. He’s already got a nice, soft shot and he can shoot with the best of them. He can probably out-shoot some guards.”
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Lyndsay Leikem has been added to the roster at the University of Missouri-Kansas City as a grad transfer, the school announced Friday.
The 6-foot-1 forward graduated in three years from Indiana. Before the 2015-16 season, Leikem expressed interest in moving to the Washington D.C. area upon graduation and pursuing a career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Instead, she will play for head coach Marsha Frese and pursue at master’s in criminal justice at UMKC.
On Friday, Leikem posted on Twitter about her decision to play at UMKC.
“Was not expecting to play my fourth year,” she wrote, “but tremendously blessed to receive this opportunity to pursue my masters!”
Leikem started seven games early in the season for IU in ’15-16, but came off the bench once Jenn Anderson was healthy. For the season, she averaged 1.9 points and 2.2 rebounds per game, helping a Hoosiers team that won its first NCAA tournament game since 1983.
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