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WRITER: Tom Davis

NS VIDEO: Fort Wayne basketball coach talks defensive potential

Fourth-year Fort Wayne men's basketball coach Jon Coffman spoke with Tom Davis of News-Sentinel.com Monday regarding the defensive potential of this year's squad. The Mastodons have eight newcomers to the 2017-18 roster and open the season Nov. 10 at former Summit League rival Oakland at 7 p.m.

Tippecanoe Valley honors legendary, fallen coaches

MENTONE - Tippecanoe Valley High School is wrapping up its 43rd season of playing football and the threesome of Jeff Shriver, Scott Bibler, and Charlie Smith has each served as the head coach of the Vikings in 86 percent of the program’s 434 games. So it was fitting that last Friday evening, as Tippecanoe Valley took on Three Rivers Conference rival North Miami that all three men were there. In the case ...

The Tranquill family, part III: Each member finding their individual path to God

This is the third installment in a three-part series on the family of Tony and Shannon Tranquill, a Huntertown couple that has managed to raise five children through a sometimes chaotic, but always successful in the end, existence in their endeavors on the athletic fields, in the classroom and throughout life. This installment will focus on how this family has gone about pursuing a spiritual focus through the ...

Notre Dame report card: Offense much improved from a year ago

With Southern Cal having to rally from a 21-7 second-half deficit – at home, no less – to beat Utah Saturday, it isn’t a stretch to say that Notre Dame is the hotter team coming into this rivaled match-up that will be played Saturday at South Bend (NBC, 7:30 p.m.). The 16th-ranked Fighting Irish (5-1) have rolled through most of their schedule, while the 13th-ranked Trojans (6-1) have often struggled, ...

The Tranquill family, Part II: Each member forging their own path to success in life

This is the second installment in a three-part series on the family of Tony and Shannon Tranquill, a Huntertown couple that has managed to raise five children through a sometimes chaotic, but always successful in the end, existence in their endeavors on the athletic fields, in the classroom and throughout life. This installment will focus on how this family has gone about achieving success in the ...

North Miami coach never wavers on values, confidence through trying time

“… you move on and you wish those guys well ’cause they’re your guys. It was a great time and it was great for our family. But now we’re here.” DENVER – The above quote was made by former Indiana University football coach Kevin Wilson three months after he was fired in Bloomington and landed a new coaching position as the offensive coordinator for national power Ohio State. However, it could ...

Fort Wayne big man stands out while blending in

When a guy is 6-foot-9 and 255 pounds of muscle, it is hard for him NOT to stand out when he walks into every room. However, in the case of fifth-year Fort Wayne men’s basketball player Xzavier Taylor, because of who he is as a person, he can’t help himself but to blend in to every environment that he immerses himself into. “Xzavier Taylor is a special, special, special individual,” fourth-year ...

Butler coach is using the Big East as a great marketing tool

INDIANAPOLIS - For three years of his career as a college basketball coach, LaVall Jordan had to sell basketball recruits on living in Iowa City, so you can forgive him if he seems a bit giddy about now getting to deliver that same pitch on behalf of not just his alma mater, not just a major metropolitan market (Indianapolis), but also for a strong, basketball-centric league. Jordan took over as the head coach ...

The Tranquill family: Huntertown residents achieve greatness on, off the field

This is the first installment in a three-part series on the family of Tony and Shannon Tranquill, a Huntertown couple that has managed to raise five children through a sometimes chaotic, but always successful in the end, existence in their endeavors on the athletic fields, in the classroom and throughout life. RELATED STORY: The Tranquill family, Part II: Each member forging their own path to success in ...

NOTRE DAME NOTEBOOK: Injuries don't slow Fighting Irish down

Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly spoke with the media Sunday via teleconference in wake of his program winning its fifth game in six outings Saturday, as the now No. 19-ranked Fighting Irish throttled North Carolina 33-10 in Chapel Hill. Here are some of the topics that coach Kelly touched upon Sunday. RUNNING STRONG, DESPITE INJURIES Only five teams in the nation are averaging more rushing yards per ...

Ball State Notebook: Help wanted for Cardinals QB job

Ball State football coach Mike Neu spoke with the media Monday via teleconference in wake of his program losing at Akron 31-3 Saturday. The Cardinals fell to 2-4 overall (0-2 Mid-American Conference) with the loss. Which was the team’s third consecutive. Here are some of the topics that coach Neu touched upon Monday. Open competition With fifth-year senior quarterback Jack Milas putting on his second ...

Reality about to set in on Notre Dame

The Notre Dame football team will get back to work tomorrow for an abbreviated week of practice, as it does not have a game this Saturday. Coach Brian Kelly explained Sunday that his team will work Wednesday and Thursday before taking off until next Tuesday. However, the Fighting Irish players should enjoy the lightened week, because when the sun rises next Tuesday, reality will be upon them in a big-time way. ...

Column: Butler recruit obviously doesn't 'fit' with Bulldog program

INDIANAPOLIS – A couple of weeks ago, I was sitting in the office of recently-hired Butler men’s basketball coach LaVall Jordan when he made an interesting statement that became even more so this morning. “I got good advice a long time ago,” Jordan said, “to never panic in recruiting. It’s never about the guys that you don’t get; it’s the ones that you get that don’t fit that hurt ...

Bishop Dwenger gives Snider just what it needed even in defeat

It's only human nature to let your guard down after enjoying continued success for an extended period of time. It's also only human nature for you to have the adrenaline flowing when faced with a difficult challenge. The former applied to the Snider football team Friday, while the latter perfectly fit Bishop Dwenger. The Panthers got a pair of fourth quarter field goals out of senior Jack James, including ...

Notre Dame Notes: Irish QB progressing, will play Saturday

Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly met with the media Thursday following his team's practice session in South Bend. It was the final time that the coach will address the media prior to Saturday's game at North Carolina (3:30 p.m., ABC). Here are some notes regarding what Kelly touched upon: Wimbush will play Fighting Irish starting quarterback Brandon Wimbush continued to make progress following his ...

Butler coach: No reason to panic over recruiting

INDIANAPOLIS – A quick glance of the 2016-17 statistics of the highly-successful Butler men's basketball squad (the Bulldogs won 25 games and advanced to the Sweet 16) shows that the contingent of Kelan Martin, Tyler Lewis, Avery Woodson and Kethan Savage combined to score over 1,300 points. Not only did each of those players contribute significantly to the Bulldogs' success, but as of this date in their ...

Column: Ball State needs to pull the plug on 2017

To write that a football team that just got annihilated 55-3 was thisclose to having a very solid season may seem ludicrous, but in the case of Ball State, that is precisely where the Cardinals were not that long ago. Ball State outplayed Illinois – on the road, no less – in its season opener and if the Cardinals would not have been decimated by injuries, a victory at Western Kentucky recently would have ...

Goal-setting is paramount for Ball State

MUNCIE - Two years ago, Ball State linebacker Ben Ingle sat in the office of Cardinals coach Pete Lembo at the Fisher Football Training Complex and spoke at length about his desire to one day make the team's travel squad. A laughable goal in hindsight, as Ingle has developed into one of the top defenders in the Mid-American Conference, but a laudable one, which now serves as a teaching point by the coach with ...