Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ On Campus: Irish eyes smile on Penn State’s Sam Ficken ]]> Lead story image

Penn State may have been banned from a bowl game last year, but an opening trip to Dublin, Ireland provided a pretty good substitute and a storybook ending. The Nittany Lions first international game in the 128-year history of the program ended dramatically Saturday. Valparaiso’s Sam Ficken kicked his fourth field goal, a 36-yarder, as time ran out to seal a 26-24 victory over Central Florida. Three of his kicks came in the second half. On Monday Ficken was named the Big Ten special teams player of the week for the third time in his career. The senior specialist has … ]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 02:05:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Notre Dame can’t get caught up in hype vs. Michigan ]]> Lead story image

There’s a ticker on Michigan’s official football website counting down the days, hours, minutes and seconds until the kickoff Saturday against Notre Dame. The buzz has begun. “I don’t get into all of the hype of the game and things like that,’’ Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson said. ‘‘But at the same time, you have to take care of business, and you have to prepare. Michigan’s got a great football team. It’s going to be a tough one, but I’m ready for it.” This will be the last meeting for the foreseeable future between the storied programs. Notre Dame coach … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:52:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ MUTKA: St. Joseph’s running back Braxton Shelton shapes up for 1,000-yard repeat ]]> Lead story image

Physically fit? You betcha. St. Joseph’s running back Braxton Shelton has never felt better. “Best shape I’ve been in for three years,” he declared. The fifth-year senior’s offseason approach to conditioning was unorthodox, one that most coaches probably would not embrace. Working out in Kokomo with his high school teammates is conventional enough, but he added a personal touch. “I did a lot of physical work with my dad,” said Shelton. “Installing garage doors.” Now he hopes to duplicate last season’s performance, which would mean back-to-back 1,000-yard achievements. Five straight 100-yard games inspired his 1,057-yard body of work. “We developed … ]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:06:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ College Football: Purdue opens season by holding off Western Michigan, ending 10-game skid ]]> Lead story image

WEST LAFAYETTE — As he made his way into the interview room, Raheem Mostert commented about how good it felt. The senior running back seemed to be referencing the cool of the air conditioning. But he just as well could have meant Purdue’s 43-34 season-opening win over Western Michigan on Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium. It wasn’t the most stylish of performances from the Boilermakers against the Broncos, who also went 1-11 last season. But, most important for them, it was a much-needed victory, their first since Week 2 last season against Indiana State, and their first under coach Darrell Hazell … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:05:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ College Football: Paul Griggs, Purdue start on right foot ]]>

WEST LAFAYETTE — Paul Griggs didn’t secure the place-kicking job until this week, but he made a significant contribution on Saturday. Griggs made all three of his field goal attempts in Purdue’s 43-34 win against Western Michigan. Griggs set a career-high with a 51-yarder in the second quarter, tied for the sixth-longest in program history. Purdue actually had lined up to punt, before an injury timeout for Western Michigan allowed the Boilermakers to reconsider. Darrell Hazell better realized where the ball was, and factored the wind into the equation. “He nailed it,” the coach said. Griggs edged out transfer Ian … ]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:42:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ College Football: Everett Golson, Irish open with big victory ]]> Lead story image

SOUTH BEND — Everett Golson couldn’t pinpoint a singular “I’m back” moment. But from the warm ovation he received from the 80,795 fans at Notre Dame Stadium just before his first snap to the last of his five touchdowns, Golson was happy. Happy to have the opportunity again to make an impact for the Irish. And it was quite impact Saturday. Golson rushed for three touchdowns and threw for two more as Notre Dame opened the season by smoking Rice 48-17. “I felt pretty comfortable from the get,” Golson said. “I don’t know if it necessarily showed the first couple … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:05:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ College Football: Irish make impact on punt returns ]]>

SOUTH BEND — Notre Dame had 106 yards on punt returns all of last season. The team finished with 80 in Saturday’s 48-17 victory against Rice. “It was driven by personnel and it was driven by wanting to improve in that area,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. “. … I think we’ve improved there. We need to do it consistently.” Cody Riggs, a fifth-year transfer from Florida, returned two punts for 49 yards. “The ones I caught, I was able to look down at the last second and there wasn’t anyone really close me, the second one there was … ]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:42:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ College Football: Indiana runs past Indiana State ]]> Lead story image

BLOOMINGTON — With a young receiving corps and experience at running back and along the offensive line, it would be expected that Indiana would rely on the running game. Starting the season with 12 straight running plays wasn’t expected. That’s what happened Saturday, however, as the Hoosiers relied on a heavy dose of Tevin Coleman and D’Angelo Roberts in a 28-10 win over Indiana State. Coleman and Roberts each had career rushing days, with Coleman gaining 247 yards on 23 carries and Roberts rushing for 129 yards in 24 attempts. “Coach (Deland) McCullough told us that we were going to … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:05:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ After suspension, Irish QB Everett Golson rarin’ to go ]]> Lead story image

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Everett Golson felt embarrassed and humiliated. The 2013 season had kicked off, and Golson was miles away from Notre Dame Stadium. Miles away from his teammates and coaches. “I watched the Temple game, and I felt kind of bad,’’ Golson said. ‘‘Seeing all those guys out there, the biggest thing was I saw [tailback] Amir [Carlisle] break off on a run, and it really sunk in, ‘I’m not there.’  ‘‘And the Michigan game, it tore me up just for the simple fact that they lost, and the competitor in me always felt like maybe I could … ]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 02:14:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ College Football: Rice at No. 17 Notre Dame ]]>

The facts: 2:30 p.m., NBC, 890-AM. Records: Notre Dame 0-0, Rice 0-0. The storyline: Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson hasn’t taken a snap in a game since January of 2013. The defense features a new coordinator in Brian VanGorder. And the team is without five players – including three starters – as an investigation into suspected academic dishonesty continues. It’s led to an unusual amount of film studying by Rice. “You’ve had to watch a lot more video than you normally would trying to get a little bearing of what they’re going to do the first game,” coach David Bailiff … ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:20:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ College Football: Indiana kicker Aaron Del Grosso has big shoes to fill ]]> Lead story image

BLOOMINGTON — No Hoosier made more field goals or extra points than Mitch Ewald. In his four years in Bloomington, Ewald made 53-of-66 field goal attempts (80.3 percent) and 161-of-162 PAT kicks (99.4 percent). And he averaged 61.4 yards on 247 career kickoffs, with 80 touchbacks. A lot of numbers for IU’s new kicker to live up to, however it may be. For now, it’s Hobart’s Aaron Del Grosso, who entered fall practice ahead of fellow redshirt freshman Griffin Oakes on IU’s depth chart. “We’re both pushing each other to be better,” Del Grosso said of the competition. “Our kicks … ]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 02:08:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ College Football: Western Michigan at Purdue ]]>

The facts: 11 a.m., ESPNU, 1230-AM. Records: Purdue 0-0, Western Michigan 0-0. The storyline: The Boilermakers are anxious to move past the disaster that was last season’s 1-11 debut under Darrell Hazell. They have talked about how different they are — more talented, more physical, more passionate, more cohesive, more confident. Their first chance to show it comes against a team that also went 1-11 last season, also under a first-year coach in P.J. Fleck — he and Hazell were on the same Ohio State staff in 2006. Especially after last season, obviously nothing is a given, but the Boilermakers … ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:20:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ College Football: LB Jaylon Smith eager to take leadship role for Notre Dame ]]> Lead story image

SOUTH BEND — Jaylon Smith has one year of college football experience under his belt. In that one season, he went from being one of the nation’s top recruits to one of Notre Dame’s best players. He heads into year two as one of the top young linebackers in the country. His presence is more vital with five teammates — including four on defense — sitting while the school investigates suspected academic dishonesty. Smith is ready to do whatever to aid the Irish. “I want to be a leader. Especially with a young defense like us,” Smith said. “It’s to … ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:08:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ College Football: Notre Dame safety Eilar Hardy suspended as part of academic probe ]]>

Notre Dame’s investigation into suspected academic dishonesty is complete. And another player will have to sit while the program waits for a final verdict. Safety Eilar Hardy became the fifth Notre Dame football player to be held out of practice and games as part of the university’s investigation, a school official confirmed Thursday. The next steps, according to coach Brian Kelly, are that the players will be presented with the charge or inquiry, followed by hearings in front of the honor code committee. “For our football team, we feel like this brings a big part of closure for us so … ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:08:19 -0500 <![CDATA[ Collge Football: Purdue’s David Yancey prepares for the long haul ]]> Lead story image

WEST LAFAYETTE — David Yancey has bulked up to 215 pounds, an increase from 210 last season, with a target of 220 for this season. But the Lake Central graduate doesn’t want to get too big. During training camp, Purdue coach Darrell Hazell mentioned Yancey among the contenders for the No. 3 running back role behind seniors Raheem Mostert and Akeem Hunt. But the redshirt freshman also prominently figures at the fullback spot, probably more so in terms of that depth chart. He is listed as the No. 2 behind Brandon Cottom as the Boilermakers prepare for their season opener … ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:08:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ College Football: Running back strongest position for Valparaiso heading into season ]]> Lead story image

VALPARAISO — Entering the 2013 season, Valparaiso’s offensive potential rested heavily on the shoulders of running back Jake Hutson. After rushing for 753 yards and eight touchdowns in his first season as a Crusader in 2012, Hutson was expected to be the team’s primary rushing threat in 2013. When he went down with a season-ending knee injury in Week 4, Valparaiso’s hopes of a resurgent season went down with him. With his health now at 100 percent, Hutson has joined forces with Grayson Bastin and Brandon Hall to form a three-headed monster at the running back position. “I think it’s … ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:08:14 -0500