Doing the right thing is part of Tom Crean’s DNA. So even while he continues his basketball camps and recruiting – including taking full advantage of Wednesday’s first-day of calling players in the Class of 2013 – he was volunteering to help find missing IU student Lauren Spierer.
Spierer disappeared about two weeks ago while walking back to her apartment in downtown Bloomington. It has generated national attention and every day volunteers go out in various parts of the city and area trying to find her.
Crean and his staff have been among those looking.
As far as basketball, IU coaches have contacted such prospects as Demetrius Jackson (ranked No. 71 by Rivals.com), Darryl Hicks, Zak Irvin (ranked No. 97), Brannen Greene (No. 31), Jalen James, Derrick Walton (No. 88), Josh Newkirk and Bo Zeigler.
Crean didn’t get any commitments. However, Michigan coach John Beilein did with Fort Wayne Canterbury’s Austin Hatch and Ohio forward Mark Donnal. Both players can shoot, which is huge in Beilein’s system.
All the details are finally in about Kevin Wilson’s debut game as the new head football coach at Indiana. The season-opening game is set for Saturday, Sept. 3, against Ball State with a 7 p.m. start at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The game will be televised on ESPN3.
In case you’re wondering, there apparently really is an ESPN3.
It’s good that somebody will be using Lucas Oil Stadium given the NFL lockout. Yes, we know there are reports both sides are getting close to an agreement, but we’ll believe that when we see it.
Anyway, the Hoosiers first home game is Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. against ACC-opponent Virginia. That will be on the Big Ten Network.
For the record, there is not a Big Ten Network3 -- for now.
The Sept. 17 game against South Carolina State is set for 3:30 p.m. also on the Big Ten Network. IU’s game at North Texas State is on Sept. 24 with a 6 p.m. start on, you guessed it, ESPN3.
The Hoosiers will pay Northwestern at noon for the Oct. 29 Homecoming contest. They’ll also play at Wisconsin at noon on Oct. 15, and at Iowa on Oct. 22.