Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ College Football: Gelen Robinson among five Purdue freshmen likely to play in opener ]]> Lead story image

Five freshmen are likely to play in Purdue’s season opener against Western Michigan on Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium, Boilermakers coach Darrell Hazell said on Tuesday. That group includes Lake Central graduate Gelen Robinson, listed as a backup rush end on the depth chart. He had opened the preseason at weak-side linebacker, before shifting to Purdue’s hybrid position, more similar to the role he played with the Indians. “The thing I like about Gelen, he is so strong,” Hazell said. “When he gets engaged with somebody, they go flying. He’s not always on point yet, because he’s still learning the system. … ]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 02:08:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ College Football: Notre Dame players under investigation will miss opener ]]> Lead story image

SOUTH BEND — Brian Kelly doesn’t have a timeline for when he expects Notre Dame’s investigation into suspected academic fraud to wrap up. But he does know that he’ll be without wide receiver DaVaris Daniels, cornerback KeiVarae Russell, defensive lineman Ishaq Williams and linebacker Kendall Moore for Saturday’s game against Rice. Kelly said during his weekly Tuesday news conference that the four will miss the season opener. With the potential for NCAA violations, the players are being held out of practice and games until the investigation is complete. “I know that when we go through an academic process like this, … ]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 02:08:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ On Campus: Charles Carter praises VU’s ‘pep in step’ ]]> Lead story image

Charles Carter barely can contain his enthusiam about Valparaiso University’s season opener. The Calumet High graduate is excited about a potential football renaissance at a program which hasn’t reached .500 since 2003. Valparaiso’s best record in the last 10 years was 5-and-6 under Stacy Adams, who departed for East Chicago High School after the 2009 season and moved to South Bend after guiding the Cardinals to a regional title. Carter relishes the challenge of reviving the Crusaders, whose only three victories in the last four years have been at the expense of Pioneer League rival Campbell. “Going from the bottom … ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 02:07:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ POPE: Goals remain the same for Irish as academic investigation continues ]]> Lead story image

SOUTH BEND — Notre Dame unveiled its new threads during Tuesday’s media day. Officials displayed mannequins wearing the team’s home and road jerseys, as well as this year’s Shamrock Series uniform. It was a case of the show going on. The players have had a few days to absorb the sudden absence of teammates DaVaris Daniels, KeiVarae Russell, Ishaq Williams and Kendall Moore. The four have been held out of practice — and could potentially miss games — while the university looks into suspected academic dishonesty of several students. With the investigation ongoing, most of the players available Tuesday tried … ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:06:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ College Football: Notre Dame’s defense in the developmental stage ]]>

SOUTH BEND — Brian VanGorder didn’t want to gauge where Notre Dame’s defense stood right at this moment. “The one thing I do know is that there is a lot better football in front of us,” the team’s defensive coordinator said Tuesday. “We can be a lot better than we are as I talk to you today.” Notre Dame’s defense is still developing. Defensive lineman Sheldon Day and linebacker Jaylon Smith have provided leadership for the young unit. There were already plenty of questions surrounding the defense coming into preseason camp. Defensive linemen Stephon Tuitt and Louis Nix III decided … ]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:06:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ HUTTON: Notre Dame football players thrown under the bus ]]> Lead story image

Freshman year in high school, Mrs. Hall’s Honor’s algebra class. Sam Allen was sitting one row over, one seat in front of me. He was left-handed. I was overwhelmed by the time the first test arrived. There was no placement exam for entrance into the class, only a teacher’s recommendation. I was impossibly behind. I was in the wrong place. I cheated. I copied equations from Allen’s paper. Mrs. Hall, a decent, supportive low-key teacher, figured it out. Of course, she did. I had the same wrong answers as him. I was sitting behind him, on his right, in position … ]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 02:06:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ College Football: Purdue names Danny Etling starting quarterback ]]> Lead story image

From the outset, coach Darrell Hazell had planned to name Purdue’s starting quarterback after the first week of training camp. But the competition between sophomore incumbent Danny Etling and redshirt sophomore Austin Appleby was so close, with both responding to the challenge, he said, that it extended an extra week. On Monday, Hazell officially announced Etling as the Boilermakers’ No. 1, as they head toward their season opener against Western Michigan on Aug. 30. The decision to go with Etling, the returning and presumed starter, might not have been as clear-cut as it had initially appeared, with Appleby having narrowed … ]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 02:05:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ MUTKA: QB-by-committee no longer an option for Indiana ]]> Lead story image

Quarterback-by-committee no longer an option for IU And then there was one. His name is Nate Sudfeld. And his game is to quarterback Indiana to a winning season, something that happens in Bloomington about as often as an endangered species makes a comeback. Three years ago he was competing with Cam Coffman, who started in 2012; and Tre Roberson, an on-again, off-again regular. Together, they turned IU:into one of the most flamboyant offenses in the midwest over the last two seasons. Points were plentiful, but victories were not. Though the Hoosiers have scored 30 or more 16 times in two … ]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 02:06:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ College Football: Notre Dame ranked No. 17 in AP preseason poll ]]> Lead story image

There’s no asterisk next to Notre Dame’s name in the Associated Press’ preseason football poll. Perhaps there should be. The Irish landed at No. 17 at the poll, which was released Sunday. But votes were due before the announcement Friday that four Irish players, including three starters, were being held out of practice and games until the completion of an investigation into academic fraud. Notre Dame is looking into suspected academic dishonesty on the part of several students, including receiver DaVaris Daniels, cornerback KeiVarae Russell, defensive lineman Ishaq Williams and linebacker Kendall Moore. ‘‘As players, you don’t replace KeiVarae Russell,’’ … ]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 02:05:11 -0500 <![CDATA[ College Football: Brian Kelly pledges that academic cheaters will be dealt with ]]> Lead story image

SOUTH BEND — The future of four of coach Brian Kelly’s players is up in the air. And the possibility exists that previous Notre Dame victories will be vacated. The word “distraction” would be quite an understatement. Notre Dame opens the regular season in less than two weeks against Rice. While the team practiced Saturday, the dark cloud of an academic investigation hovered over the program. The university is looking into suspected academic dishonesty on the part of several students, including wide receiver DaVaris Daniels, cornerback KeiVarae Russell, defensive lineman Ishaq Williams and linebacker Kendall Moore. The four will be … ]]> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 02:08:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Notre Dame looking at four football players in academic probe ]]> Lead story image

SOUTH BEND — For the second straight season, academic woes have rocked Notre Dame football. This time though, the impact might be a much larger hit on the image of the program and the university as a whole. Notre Dame is investigating suspected academic dishonesty on the part of several students, including four members of the football team, the school announced Friday. Because of potential NCAA violations, the four players — wide receiver DaVaris Daniels, cornerback KeiVarae Russell, defensive lineman Ishaq Williams and linebacker Kendall Moore — will be held out of practice and games until the conclusion of the … ]]> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 14:13:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ College Football: Four in the hunt for starting VU quarterback spot ]]> Lead story image

VALPARAISO — Ask any coach in the Pioneer Football League and he likely will say that quarterback is the most important position on the field for every PFL team. This makes the decision that first-year Valparaiso coach Dave Cecchini has on his hands all the more important. The Crusaders have four candidates vying for starting snaps under center. “As the landscape of college football has evolved with the spread offense, it doesn’t matter if it’s a team that throws the ball 60 times per game or a team that runs the ball 60 times per game, the quarterback is such … ]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 02:07:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ College Football: Notre Dame names Everett Golson starting QB ]]> Lead story image

SOUTH BEND — The news wasn’t exactly shocking. In fact, Everett Golson didn’t have much of a reaction Wednesday after he found out he had earned the starting quarterback spot for Notre Dame’s opener against Rice. Golson’s approach, according to coach Brian Kelly, was along the lines of “let’s go to work.” After missing the 2013 season because of a suspension tied to academics, Golson is working on turning the page. Having come out on top of the preseason camp quarterback battle with Malik Zaire, Golson will get his first crack at writing the next chapter Aug. 30 against the … ]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 02:07:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ POPE: Irish have options in backfield ]]> Lead story image

SOUTH BEND — What do you get when you combine someone with a knack for picking up the tough yards with an emerging threat and another player looking to bounce back from an injury? Notre Dame hopes the answer is a whole lot of rushing yards. Cam McDaniel exhibited the ability last year — whether it was against Purdue, Michigan State or Arizona State — to get those yards to help put games away. Tarean Folston had a breakout performance against Navy and ended the season on a high note with another strong outing against Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl. … ]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 02:06:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ College Football: Chris Brown leading Notre Dame receivers in camp ]]> Lead story image

SOUTH BEND — Notre Dame’s receivers needed a leader during spring camp. Top target TJ Jones had graduated and DaVaris Daniels wasn’t around because of a suspension tied to academics. So Chris Brown took charge. “My expectations were to become a better receiver, rally the guys together and try to bring the group up as a whole,” Brown said. “Get everyone around me better as well as improve my game.” Brown’s strong spring has carried over to the start of preseason camp. Coach Brian Kelly said the junior was Notre Dame’s best receiver during last week. “The circumstances led to … ]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 02:06:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ MUTKA: Football assistant Mark Deal has stayed true to his Indiana roots ]]> Lead story image

Mark Deal bleeds Cream and Crimson. He’s been doing so for Indiana University football ever since he put on a uniform for Lee Corso in the mid-’70s. Deal’s playing career spanned from 1975-78. Being a graduate assistant for IU in 1979 jump-started him in coaching. That team beat Brigham Young in the Holiday Bowl. Indiana always has been inseparable in the Deal family, starting with Mark’s dad, Russ. He was a captain of IU’s 1945 unbeaten championship team and preceded Don Howell in a long-standing Hobart coaching dynasty. Mark’s brother, Mike, also toiled for the 1967 Hoosiers, who won the … ]]> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 02:04:58 -0500