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WRITER: Tom Davis

2018 Notre Dame football redshirt projections: Wide Receivers

The Notre Dame pass-catching corps endured a significant hit this off-season through transfers (Freddy Canteen and C.J. Sanders), graduation (Cam Smith and Durham Smythe), departures for the pros (Equanimeous St. Brown and Josh Adams) and suspensions (Kevin Stepherson and Deon McIntosh). In totality, the Fighting Irish lost 8 of their 17 players that caught passes in 2017, including four of the top six ...

Global travels of former Luers, Ohio State hoop star Deshaun Thomas continue

The global travels of Fort Wayne native Deshaun Thomas will continue this upcoming basketball season. The former Bishop Luers High School and Ohio State standout signed a one-year deal Monday with Panathinaikos of the Greek League. Thomas has previously spent seasons playing in France, Spain, Turkey, and last season he helped Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv of the Israeli League. He also spent one season (2015-16) ...

Indiana Hoosiers' best player is also demonstrating that he is their hardest worker

Indiana University senior forward Juwan Morgan exhibited a tremendous work ethic, coupled with great leadership, on 31 different occasions last season for the public to witness in a game environment. The Hoosier Nation will be ecstatic to learn that the All-Big Ten athlete is doing the same even when there are no television cameras focused on him or thousands of fans watching him perform. Morgan and ...

Italian experience will focus on growing intellectually more so than athletically for Purdue Fort Wayne basketball program

The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s basketball program is unique and it starts from the top and works its way on down. Fifth-year Mastodon coach Jon Coffman was a double major in economics and geology at one of the more prestigious institutions (Washington and Lee) in the southeast and he began his professional career working in finance in San Francisco. It was not exactly an obvious pathway to teaching ball ...

Liam Eichenberg is growing into the final piece of Notre Dame's offensive line puzzle

There aren’t very many people that are going to feel sorry for the Notre Dame offense following the departure of two of the best offensive linemen (Quenton Nelson and Mike McGlinchey) in the entire country. After all, the cupboard isn’t exactly bare for the Fighting Irish, as they move into the 2018 season. “I think there are some more moving pieces there,” veteran Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly ...

Heralded Indiana basketball freshman Romeo Langford unveils his jersey number, how will he stack up historically?

It wasn’t quite equivalent to watching heralded Indiana University men’s basketball recruit Romeo Langford take to the court at Assembly Hall in his candy-striped warm-ups, but the 2018 Indiana Mr. Basketball wearing the Hoosiers’ jersey for a photo shoot recently was still pretty enticing for the Hoosier Nation to watch on the latest “vlog’ that the Indiana program posted on social media. Langford ...

TOM DAVIS: The Keion Brooks Jr. saga is just the latest in a growing line of troubling trends in athletics

I was a mere child when I sauntered into the Dairy Queen at the corner of Walnut and Smith Streets in Yorktown and saw Tiger basketball legend (and later Purdue standout) Bruce Parkinson placing his order. My reaction was as if I had stumbled upon Jesus Christ himself waiting on a banana split. There was no more iconic individual in the eyes of a kid (or adults, for that matter) in my hometown than ...

2018 Notre Dame football redshirt projections: Offensive Line

Most of the eyes throughout the upcoming Notre Dame football season will be laser-focused on Fighting Irish quarterback Brandon Wimbush. However, lost in the obvious will be whether or not the revamped Irish offensive line allows the redshirt junior thrower to have the security to play well. “There will be a lot of cross-training across the board,” veteran Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said this spring ...

Notre Dame defender Jordan Genmark Heath displayed versatility that could help him now AND in the future

With the graduation of Nyles Morgan and Greer Martini, Notre Dame linebacker coach and defensive coordinator Clark Lea has undertaken the process of figuring out how to replace nearly 170 tackles this fall. He has moved some existing pieces (Asmar Bilal and Drue Tranquill) to new positions, but he has also used his “coordinator card” and played it to take some athletes from elsewhere to help his ...

2018 Notre Dame football redshirt projections: Safeties

The Notre Dame pass defense made significant strides in 2017 as compared to the previous season. The Fighting Irish curbed five percentage points off its opponents’ completion rate (61.7 to 56.6 percent), which improved its ranking from 102nd nationally to 49th. Throughout this spring, veteran Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said that his defense was playing with a great deal more confidence as the unit ...

Want to watch the Romeo Langford era tip-off with Indiana basketball? You better live in the right place

There have been early signs of fervor building within the Indiana University fan base as it looks forward the 2018-19 men’s basketball season. Earlier this spring, the Indiana University Alumni Association held its annual fan gathering event at Huber’s Orchard, Winery, and Vineyard in southern Indiana and the crowd was the biggest in years. “People are excited from Lake Michigan down to the Ohio ...

Lack of national relevance is among the factors negatively impacting Notre Dame football financially

At 6 p.m. Thursday a rare opportunity will be presented to the Notre Dame football fan base. Or at least it used to be rare. Single-game tickets will be made available for purchase through the Notre Dame ticket office online (UND.com/BuyTickets). In addition, they can be purchased beginning Friday at 8:30 a.m. at the ticket office on campus or by phone (833-ND-IRISH). “We realize how cool it is,” Notre ...

2018 Notre Dame football redshirt projections: Cornerbacks

There will most definitely be freshmen athletes that receive thorough looks from the Notre Dame football coaches this fall as it relates to the Fighting Irish secondary. However, that certainty mostly pertains to the safety position and incoming studs Houston Griffith and Derrik Allen. In terms of the cornerback position, and the four newcomers that will vie for playing time immediately, that is a question ...

2018 Notre Dame football redshirt projections: Linebackers

There was a great deal of angst in regards to the Notre Dame linebacker corps as the Fighting Irish wrapped up the 2017 regular season. Captains Greer Martini and Nyles Morgan both had exhausted their eligibility, while the third starter (and also a captain), Drue Tranquill, could have declared for the NFL if he chose to. That would have left first-year Irish defensive coordinator (and second-year ...

New Notre Dame safety Alohi Gilman has 'it' and he'll impact the Irish defense in 2018 greatly

Without meaning to, Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly played with the emotions of the Irish Nation as it pertained to its anticipation of Alohi Gilman being inserted into the Notre Dame defense for the 2018 season. “He has a great combination of cover skills at the safety position,” Kelly said last December when asked about Gilman, “and the ability to come down and be a sure tackler.” Gilman ...

Floyd Central star Cobie Barnes is gaining recognition nationally, now he seeks the same at home

Floyd Central High School basketball standout Cobie Barnes is garnering his share of attention nationally this summer, now his coach wants to see if that recognition translates within the Hoosier State next spring. Barnes spent this week competing with some of the best players in the nation, as he was invited to participate in the two-day Adidas All-American Camp just outside of Los Angeles Monday and ...

Indiana basketball squad already showing cohesion, leadership through youth camp appearance

A new college basketball coach can hope that his team evolves into a tight-knight group that gets along well with one another. However, the truth is, he/she never really knows for sure what will happen with a group until time unfolds. Second-year Indiana University men’s basketball coach Archie Miller got a glimpse of how his student-athletes would grow together through oft-trying times last season. ...

2018 Notre Dame football redshirt projections: Defensive Line

It will be an interesting journey for the Notre Dame football program this coming season for a number of reasons. How will quarterback Brandon Wimbush perform? Will the revamped offensive line gel quickly (as in the very first game)? Is this defense going to live up to its hype and help carry an evolving offense? Those are the questions that rise to the forefront but layered beneath those obvious ...

Ails of November for Notre Dame football being addressed in a number of ways

It’s no secret that the Notre Dame football program has slid toward the finish line under Brian Kelly in recent seasons. The veteran Fighting Irish coach has won 77.6 percent of his games (52-15) outside of the month of November in his eight seasons but only 54.8 percent (17-14) within the final month of the regular season. In fact, Notre Dame has not had a winning record in November since advancing ...

Indiana basketball needs to (and can) improve its road play in 2018-19

It didn’t take long last season for the Indiana University men’s basketball fan base to learn that the hiring of new coach Archie Miller wouldn’t remedy every issue within the Hoosier program. In the initial 77 seconds of the 2017-18 season, the Hoosiers turned the ball over, committed a foul, gave up a 3-pointer to an Indiana State player, and then missed a shot of their own, all of which took place ...