Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ College Football: Brian Kelly likes ‘a lot of things’ about his Notre Dame team ]]> Lead story image

Notre Dame began the season with many questions on and off the field. Off the field, five players had to sit out of practices and games because of an academic probe. On the field, the defense was young, and the quarterback hadn’t appeared in a game in more than a year. Those questions remain off the field, as the team still awaits the results of the probe. But the first three games have led to some positive answers. Notre Dame has won all three by at least 16 points. The previous time the Irish opened the season with three consecutive … ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:06:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ College Football: Left tackle David Hedelin set for Purdue debut ]]>

Highly regarded JUCO transfer David Hedelin will make his Purdue debut Saturday against Southern Illinois. The left tackle served a three-game NCAA-imposed suspension for playing with a club team in his native Sweden. Cameron Cermin is slated to start again, with the 6-4, 295-pound Hedelin part of a rotation at the position. “David’s going to be in pretty quickly,” Boilermakers coach Darrell Hazell said Tuesday during his weekly news conference. “He’s very athletic, he’s nasty. … He’s a very physical player that can run.” Hedelin is still learning. But he received a lot of reps early in the preseason, before … ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:06:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ MUTKA: RIP: Remembering Tom Stokes’ single wing mastery ]]> Lead story image

Hurry-up offense. No huddle. Not so fast. Aren’t we just talking about a disguised variation of the single wing? In the 1960s and ’70s, when they were thumbing their noses at that offense, Tom Stokes stuck to his guns. Result? The late, great coach rolled up 158 victories on his way to Indiana Hall of Fame honors in 1982. Most of them came at Valparaiso High School, where his brilliant 15-year run included 27- and 31-game winning streaks, four undefeated seasons and the 1975 state title. Lifetime Hobart defensive coordinator Tom Kerr is among those who vouch for that devastating … ]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 02:04:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ College Football: Notre Dame moves into top 10 in AP Poll ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS — Notre Dame has three wins, and a spot in the top 10 of the national polls, three games into the season. The Irish head into their first bye of the year with a lot of momentum. “The potential is as high as any team that I’ve had here at Notre Dame” coach Brian Kelly said during his Sunday teleconference. Notre Dame is No. 9 in the latest Associated Press top 25 poll. Kelly cautions putting too much stock into the rankings at this point of the season. “We are three weeks in. It’s so hard to tell who … ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:46:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Resurgent Danny Etling lets Purdue stick with Irish ]]> Lead story image

INDIANAPOLIS — Danny Etling absorbed a blow to the head, a targeting penalty that resulted in a Notre Dame ejection, and managed to get back to his feet. Literally and figuratively, he embodied Purdue’s recovery from last week’s debacle against Central Michigan. The Boilermakers lost 30-14 to the No. 11 Irish on Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium. And there really are no moral victories at this level. But with the series between Purdue and Notre Dame — one that had continued uninterrupted since 1946, with this game being the 69th straight — going away until 2020, the Boilermakers gave … ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 02:09:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Everett Golson leads Notre Dame past Purdue ]]> Lead story image

INDIANAPOLIS – Notre Dame found itself down for the first time all season. On top of it, the team’s thinning secondary was stretched even further because of an ejection. Adversity? The Irish have already had plenty of that off the field while awaiting word of the players tied to suspected academic dishonesty. Faced with it for the first time this year in a game, Notre Dame responded with 20 consecutive points to beat Purdue 30-14 in the latest installment of the Shamrock Series. Quarterback Everett Golson passed for 259 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 56 yards and … ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 02:06:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ Shamrock Series grows on Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly ]]> Lead story image

INDIANAPOLIS — Saturday marked the sixth edition of the Shamrock Series, an event where Notre Dame plays a scheduled home game at a neutral site. The matchup has grown on Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly. “My initial impression was why would you give up a home game, but I really didn’t understand the implications of the Shamrock Series and really what it meant,” he said. “It’s been really good for us because it gets us into some geographical areas that make sense.” San Antonio and Chicago have been among the destination for the game. Last year’s game was in Arlington, … ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 02:08:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bowling Green shocks Indiana with late touchdown ]]> Lead story image

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — During its bye week last Saturday, Indiana saw two Big Ten schools get upset by Mid-American Conference squads. The Hoosiers were unable to prevent it from happening again. Bowling Green’s James Knapke threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Roger Lewis with 9 seconds to play as the Falcons knocked off Indiana, 45-42 Saturday. “We played a really good football team on the road and didn’t make a few plays and they did,” Indiana coach Kevin Wilson said. “When you get in a close game there are a lot of chances.” Knapke, a redshirt sophomore making his … ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 02:06:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson focused on continuing fast start against Purdue ]]> Lead story image

SOUTH BEND — The chatter, by all accounts, is too soon. It’s also inescapable. Everett Golson has made a variety of highlight-reel plays while leading Notre Dame to consecutive blowout wins to open the season. And various media outlets have noticed. The quarterback has skyrocketed up several Heisman watch lists. Golson isn’t getting caught up in those conversations. “It goes back to me putting higher expectations on myself than anybody could. I think I have a lot of potential. Even this team has a lot of potential. It comes down to preparation. For me, I can only control what I … ]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 02:05:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ College Football: Indiana at Bowling Green ]]>

Indiana  at Bowling Green The facts: 11 a.m., ESPNU Records: IU 1-0, Bowling Green 1-1 The storyline: Indiana QB Nate Sudfeld should have more of an impact than he did in the season opener two weeks ago, when he threw just four first-half passes against Indiana State. The Falcons are allowing 445 yards per game through the air, including 569 yards to Western Kentucky QB Brandon Doughty two weeks ago. When these teams met last year, Bowling Green’s only TD came on a blocked punt return; the Falcons will likely have to do better to knock off the Hoosiers. The … ]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 02:05:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Men’s Basketball: Valparaiso point guard Lexus Williams likely out for season with torn ACL ]]> Lead story image

Valparaiso’s sophomore point guard Lexus Williams suffered a torn ACL in a recent open gym, and will undergo surgery. The Crusaders were keeping the door open, but the injury likely will sideline Williams for the upcoming season. As a freshman, Williams started 23 of 34 games, including 15 of 16 in the Horizon League; he came off the bench only on Senior Day. He averaged 6.5 points; 2.4 assists, second on the team; and had a team-high 35 steals in 23.4 minutes per game. “It’s a big setback for us, obviously,” coach Bryce Drew said on Thursday, when Valparaiso officially … ]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 02:09:07 -0500 <![CDATA[ College Football: Senior Ben Lehman has stepped into the quarterback starting role for VU ]]> Lead story image

VALPARAISO — What started out as a trip to visit a family friend turned into a day that would alter the football career of Valparaiso quarterback Ben Lehman. Entering his freshman year of high school at St. Edward Central Catholic in Elgin, Illinois, Lehman never had played quarterback. In middle school, he played fullback and middle linebacker and expected to do the same at the college level. However, one question from Saint Edward Central Catholic coach Mike Rolando changed those plans. “Our families are rather close and Ben is my daughter’s age, so he was at the house when he … ]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 02:08:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ Men’s Basketball: Four-star guard picks Notre Dame ]]>

The Notre Dame men’s basketball team landed its first four-star recruit for the Class of 2015 on Thursday. Rex Pflueger, a shooting guard from Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif., orally committed to play for the Irish. “I’m blessed to announce that I am verbally committed to the University of Notre Dame!” he wrote on Twitter. ranks the 6-4, 175-pound Pflueger No. 97 among all players nationally for the Class of 2015. He is the third member of Notre Dame’s Class of 2015, joining forwards Elijah Burns and Matt Ryan. … ]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 23:43:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ College Football: Notre Dame’s Amir Carlisle making impact at new position ]]> Lead story image

SOUTH BEND – Amir Carlisle has been in contact with the opposition. It just so happens that his father, Duane, is the director of sports performance for Purdue. “The father-son connection comes before any football activity,” the Notre Dame wide receiver said Wednesday. The Irish face Purdue in Saturday’s Shamrock Series contest at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. “It’s cool to compete against my father,” Carlisle said. “But at the end of the day, it’s just another game and I approach it in a professional manner and really prepare.” Carlisle’s preparation has paid off in a strong start at a … ]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 21:52:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ College Football: Notre Dame’s focus not too far ahead ]]> Lead story image

SOUTH BEND — Notre Dame easily dispatched of one Big Ten team in Michigan in Week 2. And the No. 11 Irish are expected to do the same against another Big Ten squad in Purdue in Week 3. The defense is coming off a shutout. And the quarterback already has been linked to the “H” word. But coach Brian Kelly is using history to make sure Notre Dame doesn’t get too far ahead of itself. “Coming off a very good victory against Michigan, you’re always on guard the next week, and we began Monday talking about the games we’ve had … ]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 02:05:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ College Football: Purdue coach Darrell Hazell holding off on QB announcement for game vs. Notre Dame ]]>

One plan that Darrell Hazell has no intention of implementing is playing two quarterbacks in the same game, in some sort of rotation. Otherwise, Purdue’s coach didn’t necessarily tip his hand about the starter at the position for the Boilermakers’ game Saturday against No. 11 Notre Dame at Lucas Oil Stadium. Danny Etling was removed midway through the fourth quarter of Purdue’s loss to Central Michigan, replaced by Austin Appleby. Both were scheduled to receive first-team reps in practice this week. “We’ll make a decision here this week,” Hazell said Tuesday during his weekly news conference. “We’re not going to … ]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 21:36:00 -0500