WRITER: Reggie Hayes

PREP FOOTBALL: NE8 Preview

You could put the names East Noble, Leo and New Haven in a hat, draw one and have about the same chance of successfully picking the Northeast 8 Conference champion as someone carefully studying the rosters. It looks that close between those three frontrunners. Perhaps a more intriguing question is whether another team could crash the Top 3, and shake things up. The most likely suspects are Columbia City (4-3 ...

PREP FOOTBALL: Ten impact players' names to know for 2018

With the high school football season just three days away, it’s time to learn the names of new or less-familiar players who will be making impacts this fall. Here are 10 players to put on your radar, if you don’t have them there already: Jon Barnes and Antoine Taylor QBs, Snider The Panthers graduated talented leader Michael Haupert so they’ll turn to either junior Barnes or sophomore Taylor. Barnes ...

Prep football preseason countdown: #1 SNIDER PANTHERS

OUTLOOK Nearly everyone takes for granted Snider High School’s football team will reload every fall. One person who doesn’t is coach Kurt Tippmann. He takes nothing for granted, even with a 97-21 record in nine years as the Panthers’ leader. “As much as you coach them in the summer and leading up to the games, there’s nothing that replicates game experience,” Tippmann said. “Being able to ...

Prep football preseason countdown: #4 LEO LIONS

OUTLOOK Leo’s youth the last few years has been one of the factors that have slowed the Lions down in the postseason. They appear to have come of age now. Leo lost some big names to graduation but returns playmakers on both sides of the ball, experience and a sense that it’s time to turn regular-season success into something more. “This summer has been a little different in that we haven’t done a ...

REGGIE HAYES: Who will name its starting quarterback first, Indiana or Purdue?

Shortly after time began, Indiana and Purdue universities started competing in sports. But this fall’s football duel might well be a first: They’re low-key racing to see who picks a quarterback first. This is either a good or bad problem to have, depending on perspective. Both teams have an open quarterback competition. This could be a bonus in talent surplus or a glaring uncertainty at the most ...

Prep football preseason countdown: #6 NEW HAVEN BULLDOGS

OUTLOOK A new era opens at New Haven, with new head coach Jimmy Linn and the brand new turf field. Expectations remain the same. New Haven has had seven or more wins in eight straight seasons, including a tremendous 20-3 mark over the last two years under longtime coach Jim Rowland, who stepped down after last season. Linn was part of that journey and puts on the main man’s headset this time around. He’s ...

REGGIE HAYES: What should we expect from Andrew Luck in Indianapolis Colts' first preseason game?

Andrew Luck is about to make an NFL preseason game matter. At least for a few plays. Luck will be back at quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts for the first time since 2016 when they play at the Seattle Seahawks in their first preseason game at 10 p.m. eastern time Thursday (FOX, Ch. 55). Luck’s upbeat attitude indicates he’s mentally ready to get back behind the wheel or on the bike or (insert your ...

Saint Francis football starts NAIA season where it ended with No. 1 ranking

The University of Saint Francis football team starts the 2018 season where it ended the 2017 season: As the No. 1 ranked team in the NAIA. After winning back-to-back national titles, the Cougars were the unanimous choice for No. 1 in the NAIA preseason poll released Monday. Saint Francis, which finished 14-0 last season and has a 23-game winning streak, will open the season with a home game against Robert ...

CFL’s Ottawa Redblacks stand by former Saint Francis receiver Seth Coate after surprising suspension

The Canadian Football League’s Ottawa Redblacks are maintaining their faith in former University of Saint Francis receiver Seth Coate after Coate was surprisingly suspended last week for testing positive for a banned substance. Coate told the Ottawa Sun in a released statement the positive test likely came from a supplement he took earlier in the year when he assumed his football career had ended. Coate is ...

Prep football preseason countdown: #8 EAST NOBLE KNIGHTS

OUTLOOK Everyone knows East Noble lost one of the area’s best quarterbacks in Andrew McCormick, who’s now at Indiana State University. And that’s a big loss. But coach Luke Amstutz smiles when he thinks of some big returnees, as in large, strong offensive lineman. “We’re pretty big up front for the first time in several years,” Amstutz said. “We’re as big as everybody else now. Everybody talks ...

REGGIE HAYES: Rod Woodson's 2009 Pro Football Hall of Fame speech still resonates

In 2009, I had the privilege to travel to Canton, Ohio, and cover Fort Wayne’s Rod Woodson as he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I thought about his speech this past weekend as the new inductees took their turns addressing the fans. Woodson’s speech nine years ago resonates even more today in light of the contentious climate in much of the country. Here’s the column on Woodson’s ...

Two-time defending NAIA football champion Saint Francis Cougars off and running with first practice

One of the University of Saint Francis’ best players, linebacker Piercen Harnish, missed Monday’s opening day of practice. But he had an excused absence. Piercen’s wife, Arissa, gave birth Saturday to their son, Jaxson. “I have my first recruit for 2036,” Saint Francis coach Kevin Donley said. He may or may not have been joking. Other than new dad Harnish, who received permission from Donley to ...

Indianapolis Colts: Most intriguing chatter from 2018 training camp so far

As the Indianapolis Colts close more than a week of training camp, much of the reporting reflects a team embracing a clean slate. Natural attention has been on new coach Frank Reich, a reinvigorated and seemingly healthy Andrew Luck and a number of no-names seeking to become known names. Through the first nine days of camp, here are some of the more illuminating comments, via transcripts provided by the ...

Indiana Hoosiers football: Five key players for 2018 as camp opens

As the Indiana Hoosiers open football camp for 2018, there are many more questions than answers. First among them is: What’s a legitimate goal? Finishing above .500 and earning a bowl bid must be considered the minimum in coach Tom Allen’s second season at the helm. Secondly, who’s going to play quarterback? Allen has three in the mix, none a sure thing to win the job. One the season draws near, however, ...

Gene Keady, Brian Cardinal, Troy Lewis and more set for Purdue Boilermakers alumni game

A who’s who of Purdue University men’s basketball lore will converge on Mackey Arena on Saturday for the Alumni Game. It’s free for fans. Purdue coach Matt Painter will coach the Gold Team and legendary coach Gene Keady will coach the Black Team in the event, which starts at 11 a.m. Doors open at 10 a.m. Keady and Purdue great Brian Cardinal will be on hand for the opening of the Purdue Athletics team ...

Purdue Boilermakers football: Five (or six) key players for 2018 as fall camp opens

As the Purdue Boilermakers open their football training camp this week, they’ll be accompanied by an unfamiliar concept: Positive expectations. After leading Purdue to a 7-6 record and a bowl win in his first season, coach Jeff Brohm faces the task of matching and, if all goes well, improving on the performance of a year ago. It won’t be easy, as Big Ten foes won’t be caught sleeping when they face the ...

REGGIE HAYES: Ohio State's Urban Meyer mess reminds us to remain skeptical of coaches under fire

As Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer goes on “administrative leave” for his ignorant handling of assistant coach Zach Smith’s domestic abuse issues, I’m reminded of something I’ve learned in three decades-plus as a sportswriter: When it comes to big-time college football and basketball coaches in potentially immoral or illegal situations, don’t believe a word that comes out of their ...

NBA G League's Fort Wayne Mad Ants to renew lease at Memorial Coliseum

The Fort Wayne Mad Ants have signed a new lease to continue playing their home games at Memorial Coliseum, pending coliseum board approval. The two-year agreement, with a third-year option, confirms the parent Indiana Pacers plan to keep the NBA G League franchise in Fort Wayne, where it has been for a decade. Mad Ants president Tim Bawmann said the Mad Ants consider the lease the equivalent of a three-year ...

Indiana football coach Tom Allen: No timetable on QB battle between Peyton Ramsey, Brandon Dawkins and Michael Penix Jr.

Indiana University football coach Tom Allen’s quarterback quandary won’t be solved in the early days of fall practice. And he’s good with that. The emphasis on competition between returning redshirt sophomore Peyton Ramsey, graduate transfer Brandon Dawkins and true freshman Michael Penix Jr., is designed to produce the best outcome for the Hoosiers. “We don’t want to put a timetable on it,” Allen ...

University of Saint Francis football: Some unfamiliar players to keep an eye on

Plenty of familiar names return as two-time defending NAIA champion University of Saint Francis football team opens practice next Monday. There are preseason All-Americans in running back Justin Green and linebackers Piercen Harnish and Eric Dunten. The list of returning starters runs deep, too, with receivers Dan Ricksy and Rocky James, offensive linemen Austin Smogor and Nick Shoemaker, defensive linemen ...