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The Thursday Thinker

I recently started reading Rising from the Ashes, Terry Hutchens' book about the revival of Indiana basketball post Sampson, which was enough inspiration for me to ask today's Thinker and see what I may want to read next if I haven't read them already. This week's Thursday Thinker: What is your favorite book about IU Athletics? There have been quite a few books written about some aspect of Indiana sports, though obviously most have focused on the basketball team. Of course, you might like a book that hasn't yet achieved mainstream popularity, and that's just fine. You can also say "Season...
The Crimson Quarry Jul 21, 2014

2015 Recruiting: Big Man Follow Up

Well that changed dramatically and quickly. It took all of about 18 hours after the posting of Friday's article on 2015 post man recruiting to shift dramatically away from what was covered. Within about 4 hours of initial posting, it was learned that Indiana is hot and heavy on the trail of two other pretty highly touted big men and Ray Spaliding, the preferred forward to land, made it pretty clear he was going to his hometown school of Louisville. He officially pulled the trigger yesterday afternoon. So, now Indiana is moving on and moving on fast. The Hoosiers jumped in quickly and are...
The Crimson Quarry Jul 18, 2014

Former Indiana Rower Killed in Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Crash

Karlijn Keijzer was an IU doctoral student in chemistry, originally from the Netherlands, who rowed for the Hoosiers during the 2010-11 season. I hate to start this summer weekend on a down note, but Indiana University received tragic news this morning in connection to yesterday's Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 crash in Ukraine. Karlijn Keijzer, a former varsity rower for the Hoosiers and current doctoral student at IU, was on Flight 17 when it was shot down, which resulted in everyone aboard being killed. This was an outrageous and senseless event, and hearing the news about the almost 300...
The Crimson Quarry Jul 18, 2014

Recruiting 2015: Who are Indiana's Post Options?

What is supposed to be a light class for the Indiana Hoosiers still feels to be shrouded in some mystery as we hit the second recruiting period of July. Tom Crean and company as of right now only have 1 open scholarship to give for the 2015 season, but as always we shouldn't be surprised to see more open up due to injury or transfer. Heck, 2014's class was supposed to be a small supplemental class of 2-3 and it ended up being 6. So, you never really know. Right now though, the Hoosiers appear to be very patient on taking on too many players. Instead, like in previous years where the net was...
The Crimson Quarry Jul 17, 2014

The Thursday Thinker

I know, it's kinda early to think about basketball season, but you can't honestly tell me you aren't just a little curious about this. With the excitement of new recruits, the hoping that Hanner is ready to be the guy at center, and wondering whether a 5 guard lineup is feasible, men's basketball is yearning for some attention right now. So let's give them a little bit. (Also, I'm trying not to exhaust the things we can talk about related to football before the season starts.) The thinking behind this question should be pretty easy to understand, as it's a discussion that won't truly end...
The Crimson Quarry Jul 15, 2014
Quarry Q&A on Kyle Schwarber with Bleed Cubbie Blue

Quarry Q&A on Kyle Schwarber with Bleed Cubbie Blue

Asking Josh from the SB Nation Cubs blog a few questions about Kyle Schwarber, the day after his most recent promotion to the high class-A Daytona Cubs. To follow up yesterday's post about Kyle Schwarber, I asked Josh Timmers of SB Nation Chicago Cubs blog Bleed Cubbie Blue about the former IU slugger's performance in the minors thus far, along with his potential as a catcher, how playing at IU helped his development, and when Schwarber might be playing in the majors. My questions, followed by Josh's answers, are below. (His comments on B1G baseball could lead to some discussion as well -...
The Crimson Quarry Jul 14, 2014

Kyle Schwarber Making Moves in Minors

The former Hoosier catcher is making his way up the Cubs' farm system. How has he been doing, and how does he fit into the organization's long-term plans? Last month, former IU catcher/home run specialist Kyle Schwarber was taken fourth overall in the MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs. Schwarber left IU one year early to pursue a pro career, and with his recent play in the minors, this decision seems to be paying off. Schwarber was first placed out west, going to the Boise Hawks of the short-season single-A Northwest League. He wasted no time making an impact there, batting 12-for-20 with four...
The Crimson Quarry Jul 14, 2014

Indiana in the Hunt for a 4-Star Quarterback Transfer

The Hoosiers have recently become quite thin at the QB spot with the transfer of Tre Roberson. For this season at least, if Nate Sudfeld goes down, we're in for a hurt. What is Coach Wilson doing to try and fill that void in the depth chart? Bruce Feldman, CBS's senior college football analyst, has reported on Twitter that 4-star Washington State transfer Tyler Bruggman has been sniffing around a very strange group of colleges. Indiana, Arkansas, Duke and Louisville are reported to be the top of the list of school courting Bruggman so far. Indiana offered the pro-style quarterback out of...
The Crimson Quarry Jul 11, 2014

Stat's all, folks!

A quick thank you for the many conversations these last three years! As you might guess from the headline, due to personal and professional demands on my time (all good things), I've handed in my "retirement" notice to AJ. Unfortunately, readers have probably seen my output and reaction time slack off this past year, and I can't continue to ask AJ and the other excellent writers (Ben R., CandystripesforBreakfast, KickSewly, Lloyd, as well as Austan K. and Cal M.) on this site to depend on contributions that I likely won't be able provide in the coming year. There's no lack of stories and...
The Crimson Quarry Jul 10, 2014
Big Ten Trivia Challenge: Putting Rutgers and Maryland to the Test

Big Ten Trivia Challenge: Putting Rutgers and Maryland to the Test

Earlier this week, I gave a few Rutgers and Maryland bloggers a test about Big Ten history and culture. Let's see how they fared. At the moment, Rutgers and Maryland have been Big Ten members for a full ten days. And neither school has done anything too embarrassing yet, so congrats to both! Already, the writers from On the Banks and Testudo Times, SB Nation's excellent Rutgers and Maryland blogs, have done a fine job of answering questions about their schools and what they bring to the table to the B1G (other than TV sets). However, for an introductory Q&A post with the Terrapins and...
The Crimson Quarry Jul 10, 2014

The Thursday Thinker

Since these articles get tweeted out every week, I'd like to think that at least some important IU personality may be reading them (either through the Quarry's official Twitter [@crimsonquarry] or mine [@ericostby]). I know other articles of mine have drawn the attention of such luminaries as @FakeCoachWilson (guess who that is) and @O_B_Spittoon (a lovely account dedicated to the Old Brass Spittoon). There are also plenty of other awesome IU folks on Twitter, such as all of the media folks who cover IU for a living, the ever popular Chronic Hoosier, and of course the official account of IU...
The Crimson Quarry Jul 8, 2014

Hoosiers Still Updating 2014 Roster: Add Transfer Nick Zeisloft

Over the last two weeks we have seen Indiana continue to update its roster for the 2014 season. First, Peter Jurkin (unsuprisingly) elected to try and battle his health issues elsewhere. Now, the Hoosiers have filled that spot with Illinois State transfer Nick Zeisloft. A 6'4" SG from LaGrange, IL, Zeisloft is expected to add some leadership qualities to a roster that was greatly missing them last season. Zeisloft graduated in three years from Illinois State and redshirted his freshman year, so he is eligible to play immediately and has a remaining two years of eligibility. Nick will bring...
The Crimson Quarry Jul 3, 2014

The Thursday Thinker

This week's Thinker: How excited are you for IU Football season? You could put it on a scale of 1-10. You might be able to describe your feeling in one word, or maybe it'll take you one hundred words. If you want to film a video that shows how excited you are, upload it to YouTube, and post it here, I say go for it. If you'd rather do the same thing with a bunch of pictures, do it. However you feel you need to express (hopefully) your excitement for #iufb, express it. And if you know other people who need a place to express their excitement, send them here. For this one day, at least, cast...
The Crimson Quarry Jul 2, 2014

Hoosiers Hire Chris Lemonis as New Head Baseball Coach

The longtime Louisville assistant replaces Tracy Smith, who left for Arizona State last week. Indiana baseball did not take long to find its replacement for Tracy Smith. Only a week after Smith announced he was taking the ASU job, the Hoosiers hired Chris Lemonis today as their new skipper. Lemonis has an outstanding track record at Louisville, where he has been an assistant for eight years. During his stint in Louisville, the Cardinals made the College World Series three times (2007, 2013, 2014). In 2013, Lemonis was even named the Assistant Coach of the Year by the ABCA and Baseball...
The Crimson Quarry Jul 1, 2014

Rutgers and Maryland are officially B1G

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The University of Maryland and Rutgers University became official members of the Big Ten Conference today, increasing the Big Ten’s membership to 14 institutions. In addition, Johns Hopkins University officially became a sport affiliate member for men’s lacrosse. The Big Ten now boasts more than 520,000 total students and 5.7 million living alumni. The conference’s broad-based athletic programs will feature almost 9,500 student-athletes for more than 11,000 participation opportunities on 350 teams in 42 different sports, including 28 official Big Ten sports....
The Crimson Quarry Jun 30, 2014
Indiana University Creates Bill of Rights for Student-Athletes

Indiana University Creates Bill of Rights for Student-Athletes

The Bill of Rights demonstrates IU's commitment to the success of its student-athletes, and is the first of its kind for any major university. On Friday afternoon, IU athletic director Fred Glass revealed a student-athlete Bill of Rights for Indiana University. The university calls its Bill of Rights an "unprecedented" document, and I can't think of any other athletic program that has previously publicized a similar agreement. The bill consists of 10 points that include education cost, scholarship commitments, health and academic support, and giving a voice to Hoosier athletes. The full...
The Crimson Quarry Jun 27, 2014

Post-NBA Draft Quarry Q&A with Hornets Blog At the Hive

Talking about Noah Vonleh and Cody Zeller with the SB Nation Charlotte Hornets blog. This morning I reached out to Ben Swanson (@CardboardGerald), managing editor of the SB Nation Charlotte Hornets blog At the Hive (formerly called Rufus on Fire). I asked him a few questions about new draft pick Noah Vonleh, last year's 4th overall draft pick Cody Zeller, and the general consensus about the team as they transition from the Bobcats back to the Hornets this offseason. Below are his answers: 1) Before the draft, I guessed that Vonleh would likely be picked somewhere between 4th and 8th. ...
The Crimson Quarry Jun 26, 2014

Noah Vonleh Drafted by Charlotte Hornets in NBA Draft

The most recent Indiana Hoosier to have professional aspirations just went to Charlotte in the NBA Draft. Noah Vonleh, the freshman sensation out of Indiana, didn't go quite as high as many of us were expecting him to go, but ultimately ended up being the 3rd Hoosier in two years to be drafted as an NBA lottery pick. Following in the footsteps of Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo, Vonleh impressed a lot of NBA scouts and franchises with his workouts leading up to the draft. Probably most impressive were his measurables. Standing at only 6'9" he proved to still have a 7'4" wingspan. Which is...
The Crimson Quarry Jun 26, 2014

Indiana Baseball Coaching Search: Who Will Replace Tracy Smith?

Examining a few of the potential candidates for replacing Tracy Smith here in Bloomington. Now that we’ve dissected Tracy Smith’s move to Arizona State, we need to figure out who will replace Smith as skipper here in Bloomington. After Smith left, AD Fred Glass promised a nationwide search for next IU baseball head coach to begin immediately. With a new on-campus stadium, a CWS berth last year, a national seed this year, and two straight Big Ten titles, the IU position should be an attractive opening. If Kevin Wilson or Tom Crean were to stop being coach tomorrow for whatever...
The Crimson Quarry Jun 26, 2014
The Thursday Thinker

The Thursday Thinker

I had thought that I might try and make this week's Thinker baseball related, but it's still probably too soon after Tracy Smith leaving for us to debate who IU should try to get to replace him (if you really want to, go ahead and do it anyway). So, to bring us somewhat out of the depression of losing him to Arizona State, I audibled to something more positive that should get a better reaction anyway. This week's Thursday Thinker is: What one thing do you love most about Bloomington, Indiana? See? Happy, plenty of room for debate, and there are no bad answers (he says, crossing his...