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College Football: Purdue coach Darrell Hazell vows to make major strides

CHICAGO — The buzzword emanating from the Purdue contingent as the Big Ten’s media days began appeared to be “confidence.” Despite going 1-11 last season, Darrell Hazell’s first as coach, the Boilermakers spoke about having a sense of swagger heading into this season. It stemmed …


College Football: Pass-happy Hoosiers are still in the running

CHICAGO — Indiana University football coach Kevin Wilson would like to set the record straight. Even though the Hoosiers have led the Big Ten in passing offense for three of the last four years they have not neglected the running game. They just don’t make …

College Football: Rutgers, Maryland enjoying Big Ten fit

CHICAGO — On July 1, the Big Ten officially welcomed Rutgers and Maryland. On Monday, those schools participated in the conference’s football media days for the first time. “It feels right,” Scarlet Knights coach Kyle Flood said. “... As I look at our football program …

Basketball: Valparaiso H.S. grad Brad Karp signs with British Basketball League team


Brad Karp’s college basketball career is over, but St. Xavier’s all-time leading scorer isn’t calling it quits.

Karp signed a professional contract Monday with the Cheshire Phoenix of the British Basketball League.

“The decision was a lot of different things,” Karp said. “The league has …

Men’s Basketball: Marquette’s Nate Flores, Lowell’s Billy Barker sign with IUN


GARY — Indiana University Northwest added championship experience and perimeter shooting with two new signings Thursday afternoon. Nate Flores from Class 1A State Champion Marquette and Lowell’s Billy Barker signed letters of intent to play for RedHawks coach Kris Schnatz’s team this season. Flores led …

POPE: Accountability needs to return to Hoosiers basketball


When we last saw the Indiana basketball team, the Hoosiers were walking off the court at Bankers Life Fieldhouse after a loss to Illinois in the Big Ten Tournament. There would be no NCAA Tournament. No NIT, for that matter. The team was too sloppy …

College Football: On recruiting trail, Notre Dame enjoys home cooking


Notre Dame has kept an eye close to home while building one of the top recruiting classes in the country. The Irish are No. 7 in’s Class of 2015 team rankings. Eight of Notre Dame’s 17 verbal commitments are from Illinois, Indiana or Ohio. …

Women’s Golf: Whole lot of success for Grassel


There is a standard amateur golfers shoot for if they aspire to play professionally. Win all the time in local and state events. Kelly Grassel definitely is on the path to having a legitimate chance of playing beyond college. Just a sophomore in college, her …

On Campus: Valparaiso flooded with softball applications


Valparaiso University still is searching for a softball coach, but it won’t be Joylyn Ichiyama. The 2013 grad will return in her present capacity as an assistant coach. “She’s not a candidate for the head coaching job, nor does she want to be,” said Athletic …

HUTTON: Hoosiers give student athletes some protections


Remember Sandi Marcius and Purdue’s refusal to pay for his final summer school class? Marcius, a La Lumiere graduate, did the unthinkable to Boiler Nation last year. He decided to transfer after four years to another school, which turned out to be DePaul. Marcius left …

College recruiting: LB Nile Sykes leaving Notre Dame, going to Indiana

Another area prospect has found a spot at Indiana, former Montini linebacker Nile Sykes. The school announced news of his transfer Friday after Notre Dame released him from his letter of intent which he signed in February. Sykes had enrolled in college South Bend and …

Football: Providence’s Miles Boykin gives verbal commitment to Notre Dame


Even though four-star receiver Miles Boykin, of Providence had offers from all over the country, he has given his verbal commitment to one of the closest schools on his radar: Notre Dame.

“Just because the education, of course,” Boykin said. “And you know its …

College Football: LB Nile Sykes still with Notre Dame

Notre Dame freshman Nile Sykes posted a message Wednesday afternoon on Twitter.

“I am still currently a Notre Dame student,” he wrote.

How long remains the question. Blue and Gold Illustrated reported that the inside linebacker from Lombard, Illinois, is leaving the school.

The 6-foot-1, …

Football Recruiting: Indiana lands linebacker Omari Stringer


Another Southland prospect is headed to Indiana to play his college ball.

Crete-Monee senior linebacker Omari Stringer, a 6-foot-3, 210-pounder, is headed to Indiana after a recent visit and confirmation of an offer from the Hoosiers.

“It’s close to home — it’s only three hours …

Men’s Basketball: Valparaiso adds JUCO guard Darien Walker


Valparaiso on Monday officially announced the addition of junior college transfer Darien Walker for the 2014-15 season, the first of his two remaining seasons of eligibility. The solidly built 6-foot-3, 218-pounder played a combo guard role for John A. Logan College last season, averaging 13.4 …

Men’s Basketball: Clay Yeo transfers from Valparaiso


Clay Yeo has left the Valparaiso basketball team, transferring to Bethel College.

Part of a well-regarded freshman class this past season, the swingman who was an Indiana All-Star at Triton played in 28 games for the Crusaders, averaging 4.1 points and 1.4 rebounds in 12.9 …