Wednesday, September 21, 2011

IU Coach in the Mirror – Penalties Have To Stop ASAP; Hall of Fame Inductees

Kevin Wilson is still ticked about those record-setting 20 penalties Indiana had in Saturday’s win over South Carolina State.

It reflects a lot of things, and while lack of player concentration is part of it, you can’t ignore the possibility of poor coaching.

Here’s what Wilson had to say:

“When you’re making a bunch of mistakes, to me it’s a couple of things. What’s the guy’s confidence level or maturity or thought process that’s causing him to think about things where he’s missing an assignment, missing a play, having a penalty? Are you doing things where he’s thinking so much that you’re cluttering his mind? When you have errors, you have to look at the coaching format. What are you doing that’s enabling this guy to jump offsides as many times as he did? Are we getting sloppy on practice habits? Are our hands getting outside and clamping and getting cheap holding calls? A lot of times you can point fingers at your players, but you can point a thumb at yourself.”

Yes, that’s a lot of questions, and you hope the answers lead to fewer mistakes because the greatest team in college football history can’t win making that many penalties. The Hoosiers lead the Big Ten in penalties, a dubious achievement that has to end.

IU (1-2) will get a chance to show it’s found the answers when it hits the true road for the first time -- Ball State at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium wasn’t a true road game -- this Saturday to play at North Texas (0-3).


The NBA lockout might never end, but that doesn’t mean that players aren’t doing their thing. Former Hoosiers Eric Gordon and DJ White are set to participate in something called the “first ever Ball for It All Classic” in Nicoson Hall at the University of Indianapolis on Saturday, Sept. 24.

This event features NBA players with Indiana ties -- Gordon (IU and Indianapolis North Central), White (IU), Gordon Hayward (Brownsburg, Butler), JaJuan Johnson (Franklin Central, Purdue), Zach Randolph (Marion), Jeff Teague (Indianapolis Pike) and Mike Conley Jr. (Indianapolis Lawrence North). Others with Indiana ties are Paul George, Shelvin Mack and Lance Stephenson. They make up what’s called the Knox Indy Pro Am.

This group will go against Goodman League players. That includes Kevin Durant and John Wall. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Tickets cost $25 for general admission, $50 for courtside and $100 for VIP floor seating. There’s also a minimal online processing fee. How minimal? The release never said. Anway, tickets can only be purchased online at!vstc5=buy‐tickets.

A complete roster is available at


Former IU basketball players Ray Tolert and Don Ritter, plus former football standout Trent Green and former Hoosier athletic director Clarence Doninger will be inducted into the IU Athletics Hall of Fame during the annual Hall of Fame dinner on Sept. 30. They’ll be recognized at halftime of the Indiana-Penn State football game on Oct. 1.

Others being inducted include diver Kristen Kane and football player James Sniadecki.

"These individuals embody the spirit for which administrators, coaches and student-athletes are best known at Indiana University,” athletic director Fred Glass said in a university release. “IU athletics have long been a benchmark of excellence -- both in the classroom and in competition -- and these Hoosier greats certainly are responsible for helping establish that. We have great strengths and traditions because of their efforts, and it is with much gratitude that we recognize them for their service to IU.”

Here is some information on the inductees:

Clarence Doninger: The Evansville native served as athletic director from 1991-2001. During his tenure, IU athletic teams won 27 Big Ten regular season or tournament championships and participated in 52 NCAA team championships, and won two NCAA team titles. IU added 4 women’s varsity sports during his tenure as one of the leading institutions in gender equity compliance. Won a basketball letter in 1957, member of a Big Ten championship team. Won the Clevenger Award in 1990. Also served on IU’s Athletics Committee, former member of the IU Foundation Board and served as Alumni Association President.

Yes, some Bob Knight fans blamed him in part for the firing of Bob Knight.

Trent Green: A native of St. Louis who won football letters in 1990, 1991 and 1992, and was co-captain in 1992. IU’s Most Valuable Player in 1992. Was a member of three bowl teams while at IU, the Liberty Bowl, Peach Bowl, and Copper Bowl. Holds IU record with 2,627 passing yards in 1991 and ranks 4th on career list with 5,400 yards. Set total offense record in 1991 with 2,829 yards and is 4th on career list with 5,916 yards. Played quarterback in the NFL for 15 years.

Kristen Kane: A native of Kingston, Washington, she won diving letters in 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1994. Won Big Ten championships in the 3-meter in 1992 and 1994 and in the 10-meter in 1992. Big Ten Diver of the Year in 1992, and 1994. Placed 2nd in the NCAA in the 1-meter and 3rd on the 3-meter in 1992 and 2nd on the 3-meter in 1994. Earned All-American status four straight years. US outdoor champion on 1-meter in 1992. Two-time IU Female Athlete of the Year (1992 and 1994). Member of Pan American team in 1994.

Don Ritter: Won basketball letters in 1947, 1948 and 1949 and was captain in 1949. Won baseball letters in 1947, 1948 and 1949. First team All-Big Ten selection in baseball in 1949. First team All-American in baseball in 1949, one of only two IU players to be named first team. Recipient of the L.G. Balfour Award and the IU Gimbel Award in 1949. Ranked eighth on IU list with .382 career batting percentage. Two-year starter in basketball who led 1948 team in scoring.

James Sniadecki: Won football letters in 1966-68 and the South Bend native was co-captain in 1968. All-Big Ten in 1967 on Big Ten championship team. 2nd team All-American by UPI and Sporting News in 1968. Played in East-West and Hula Bowl games in 1968. Drafted by San Francisco 49er’s in 1969. Played five years.

Ray Tolbert: A native of Anderson, Indiana. Won basketball letters in 1978, 1979, 1980 and 1981 and was co-captain in 1981. Starter on two Big Ten championship teams and the 1981 NCAA championship team. Indiana and Big Ten MVP in 1981. Averaged 12.2 points and 6.4 rebounds. Shot a league best 62.6% from the field. Had a team-high 11 rebounds in the NCAA Championship against North Carolina. Team leader in rebounds four straight seasons. Ranks 18th on career scoring list with 1,427 points and 6th on career rebound list with 874 points.
Dean Barnhart: Won basketball letters in 1909, 1910 and 1911, captain in 1910. Top player on team that won IU’s first varsity “I” in basketball in 1909. Tied IU scoring record with 21 points against DePauw in 1909 and broke the IU record with 25 points against DePauw in 1911. Six times in his career scored more points than IU’s opponent.

Fred “Fritz” Bastian: Won tennis letters in 1919, 1920 and 1921. Won Indiana’s first Big Ten singles title in 1921. Beat his brother for the state collegiate title and was also national champion, beating out a 68-man field to win the National Intercollegiate Championships.

Bryce Beecher: Won track letters in 1929, 1931 and 1932. Won Big Ten pole vault title indoors with 13-8 in 1932 and 13-10 in the NCAA outdoor championships to win 1932 title. Also won 1932 indoor title in Big Ten for sweep of conference and nationals.

Eddie Belshaw: Won wrestling letters in 1930, 1931 and 1932 and was captain in 1931. Was on Big Ten championship teams in 1930 and 1931 and was member of the NCAA championship team in 1932. Big Ten champion in 1932. IU’s first NCAA wrestling champion at 135 pounds in 1932, and first winner of the “Outstanding Wrestler at the NCAA Championships.”

George Belshaw: Won wrestling letters in 1930, 1931 and 1932 and was co-captain in 1932. Was on the Big Ten championship teams in 1930 and 1931 and was co-captain of the NCAA championship team in 1932. Big Ten champion at 155 pounds in 1932. His 24-4 career record is the 10th best at IU with a .857 winning percentage.

Bob Jones: Won football letters in 1931, 1932 and 1933, honorary captain in 1933, and wrestling letters in 1932 and 1933. All-Big Ten in football as a guard in 1933. Member of the first College All-Star team to play against NFL champion in 1933. Was on Big Ten championship wrestling teams in 1930 and 1931 and NCAA championship team in 1932. Won Big Ten heavyweight wrestling championships in 1932 and 1933. Won AAU heavyweight championship as a freshman. 2nd place in NCAA championships in 1933.

Rodney Leas: Won cross country letters in 1928, 1929 and 1930 and was captain in 1929 and 1930. Won track letters in 1929, 1930 and 1931. Won Big Ten indoor two-mile championship in 1930 and Big Ten indoor mile title in 1931. Was IU’s first Big Ten individual champion in cross country in1930.

Harlan Logan: Won basketball letters in 1924 and 1925, track in 1925, and tennis in 1924. Became IU’s first tennis coach in 1930. All-Big Ten and the Big Ten’s No. 2 scorer in 1925. Earned a Rhodes Scholarship and missed his senior year in basketball. Went on to become editor of Look Magazine and speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives.

Bill Menke: Won basketball letters in 1939, 1940 and 1941. Member of NCAA championship team in 1940. Played on teams that had combined record of 54-9.

Gene Thomas: Only four-sport letterman in IU history. Won three letters in football, three letters in basketball, two letters in baseball and two letters in track, all from 1920 to 1923. Won the Gimbel Award in 1923. Coached Marion High to their first state basketball championship in 1926 and later coached two Michigan high school teams to state championships.

Chris Traicoff: Won wrestling letters in 1937, 1938 and 1939 and was honorary captain in 1939. Big Ten Champion in 1939 at 177 pounds. Had perfect 10-0 record in that ‘39 season. Member of 1939 Big Ten championship team.

Joe Zeller: Won football letters in 1929, 1930 and 1931 and basketball letters in 1930, 1931 and 1932, co-captain in ’32. Won Balfour Awards in both football and basketball in 1931-32, when he was also senior class president. Most Valuable Player in football as a guard in 1930 and 1931. All-Big Ten in 1931. Played professional football with the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers.

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