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      CONFIRMED HEAD COACH CHANGES IN 2018 Lafayette Central Catholic;  Don Collier Brian Nay Hired Kankakee Valley:  Zack Prairie  Derek Thompson Hired Valparaiso:  Dave Coyle Steven Mueller Hired Evansville North:  Brett Szabo Joey Paridaen Hired from Eastern Greene Hamilton Southeastern:  Scott May  Adam Morris Hired  Peru:  Bob Prescott Romaine Saint-Louis Hired North Daviees:  Scott Helms  Trent Fine Hired Evansville Central:  Andy Owens Troy Burgess Hired River Forest: Austen Robison  Joe O'Connell Hired Shelbyville:  Pat Parks Mike Clevenger Hired from Clinton Prairie Rushville:  Scott McMurray Dan Rector Hired  Cathedral: Rick Strieff:  Bill Peebles Hired from Lawrence Central  South Spencer:  Tom Packer John Edge Hired  Bishop Dwenger:  Chris Svarczkopf  Jason Garrett Promoted  Maconaquah: Mark Hartman  Austin Colby Hired  Anderson High School:  Robert Brown  Highland:  Trent Grinder Pete Koulianos Hired from Hanover Central  Southern Wells:  Steve Yencer Greg Mose Promoted  Warsaw:  Phil Jenson  Bart Curtis Hired From Mishawaka Lawrence Central:  Bill Peebles John Rodenberg Hired  Eastern Hancock:  Jim O'hara  Tri-Central:  George Gilbert  Shane Arnold Promoted Franklin County:  Kirk Kennedy  Wes Gillman Hired Hobart:  Ryan Turley  Craig Osika Promoted Anderson Prep Academy Randy Albano  Clarksville:  Joby Turner Justin Boser Hired  New Haven  Jim Rowland  Jimmy Linn Promoted  S.B. Clay:  Will Porter Garrett Fields Hired Mt. Vernon (Fortville) Neil Kazmierczak Mike Kirschner Hired Central Noble  Greg Moe  Trevor Tipton Promoted  Clinton Prairie:  Mike Clevenger  Raymond Jones Hired From Fountain Central Ben Davis:  Mike Kirschner Jason Simmons Hired from Noblesville  Parke Heritage :  ????    Brian Moore Hired Mishawaka Marian:  Reggie Glon  Michael Davidson Promoted Hamilton Heights:  Mitch Street  Jon Kirschner Promoted  Knightstown:  Kevin Miller  Richmond: Ibrahim Tawfeek Tony Lewis Hired Eastern Greene: Joey Paridaen Mishawaka: Bart Curtis Kokomo:  Brett Colby Richard Benberry Jr. Promoted  Hanover Central:  Pete Koulianos  Oldenburg Academy:  Kevin Ferneding Eric Feller Hired Fountain Central: Raymond Jones Elwood:  Joe Kwisz Noblesville:  Jason Simmons


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  1. 4 points
    Meanwhile St. Francis and Marian have dominated NAIA in recent years with Indiana dominated rosters. UIndy has had a fair amount of success, Franklin is a consistent winner. I realize the NFL is the big dream, but for the masses it's a pipe dream.
  2. 4 points
    If you were a Big 10 caliber player and had options, why would you go to Indiana or Purdue anyway?
  3. 4 points
    My wife and I use one of these at home....oak provincial headboard and all. I find her to be more coherent and lucid. Thanks Guardian!
  4. 3 points
    LOL! Man, things change fast in 1 year. I guess my $3,600 stipend was holding them back from some real improvements. Glad to see they could put the money to good use! It is a good job, with great administrators. But believe me; for the 6 years I was there, things weren't nearly so progressive. Best of Luck to whomever gets the job!
  5. 2 points
    This is the 3rd strike for this kid. Suspended after an arrest for weed before the start of the 2016 season. Suspended the first 4 games of 2017 for a violation of team rules. Now this. It never ceases to amaze me how some kids seem determined to squander a golden opportunity. I hope he gets his act together. I just don’t think it should be at Notre Dame. http://www.wndu.com/content/news/Stepherson-Holmes-suspended-from-Notre-Dame-football-team-following-arrest-465505893.html
  6. 2 points
    I know everyone on here is worried about the quantity of D1 recruits, but what about the quality? Obviously Indiana is never going to produce the amounts of Texas, Florida, California, or even Ohio. But I just watched a Clemson game where an Indiana kid came in at QB for mop-up duty as a freshman. An Indiana boy is going to QB Michigan in a bowl game. Next year could see, maybe, two Indiana Boys starting for IU. There are numerous Indiana boys tearing it up in D2, NAIA, and the like. Guys like Ike James, Marty Carter, and Justin Green are tearing it up at RB for some perennial lower level powers. Hell, they are talking about Carter getting some NFL looks. Don't get caught up in the horribly inexact science of D1 recruiting. It means little. Indiana is producing solid college football players at all levels.
  7. 2 points
    Facts are meaningless when you can throw a coach or program under the bus.
  8. 2 points
    This is primarily an aftereffect of the talent deficit in Indiana. No real surprise. The Duneland Conference hasn't produced a Power 5 calibre player in years. Merrillville used to have 2 or 3 per season. Huge talent dropoff
  9. 2 points
    Some pictures of new stuff going in at MV.
  10. 2 points
    Very proud to have 5 Michigan City players named 5A AP All-State. Wolves QB Michael McCoullough Jr. was also named offensive player of the year by all four area newspapers, The Times of Northwest Indiana, Post-Tribune, Michigan City News-Dispatch and La Porte Herald Argus. Michael is either going to attend the University of Indianapolis or Ferris State which is really cool with me because Grand Valley State plays and I am going to be a GVSU season ticket holder the next few years. It is also worth sharing that the entire Michigan City Wolves football team and players were named in an official proclamation of recognition this week.
  11. 1 point
    Not too long ago the pipe-line to IU and Purdue was pretty apparent. While both struggled to get 5 star in-state guys, they normally would fill close to half of their class with in-state guys. Especially Indiana. Yesterday however, it appears that only 7 in-state players signed with IU or Purdue, and 3 of those players were from one school (Ben Davis). 7 out of 46, is pretty disappointing.
  12. 1 point
    Completly agree. My only point is the Pittsburgh play was overturned in REPLAY. In HS, almost everyone in that situation would have called a TD or put the ball at the 1/2 yardline. The WR was down at that point and ball was dead, and even waiting for the turn and lunge, at full speed, the ball doesnt move enough. My thing is the rules are different for a reason, most have to do with safety, but they are different. And to open up another discussion.....attending clinics run by NCAA/NFL and you will learn and follow their philosophies and I agree...become better. The local association meetings are a different story. Assuming you go to IOA meetings, you might be teaching those things.....but in the numerous other associations, they are not. Heck, we cannot even get the IHSAA to tell us which of the 10 plays they sent us to watch, if they were targeting, blindside block, or nothing. We are kind of own our own in the HS football officiating world in Indiana.....
  13. 1 point
    Here's how many blue-chip players have come from every state in the last five years, with each state's national percentage of elite talent included: State '17 '16 '15 '14 '13 Total Total% Texas 47 52 47 37 46 229 13.8% Florida 42 47 50 42 46 226 13.6% California 35 45 44 34 41 199 12.0% Georgia 33 26 34 23 25 141 8.5% Ohio 16 12 17 15 19 79 4.8% Louisiana 12 21 13 16 12 74 4.5% Alabama 15 8 12 11 13 59 3.6% Virginia 15 6 13 10 13 57 3.4% North Carolina 7 15 9 13 7 51 3.1% Pennsylvania 9 9 9 7 10 44 2.7% Tennessee 9 8 11 7 9 44 2.7% New Jersey 5 8 7 10 11 41 2.5% Mississippi 7 11 7 8 5 38 2.3% Illinois 5 6 5 12 9 37 2.2% Maryland 9 11 6 4 6 36 2.2% Michigan 10 9 4 4 8 35 2.1% South Carolina 4 5 5 9 5 28 1.7% Indiana 4 4 3 6 7 24 1.4% Arizona 3 5 2 7 6 24 1.4% Oklahoma 5 1 5 7 2 20 1.2% Washington 5 3 6 2 2 18 1.1% Arkansas 2 3 5 2 3 15 0.9% D.C. 3 4 3 2 3 15 0.9% Utah 5 2 3 3 1 14 0.8% Nevada 6 0 3 4 0 13 0.8% Missouri 3 1 3 3 2 12 0.7% Colorado 2 1 3 3 1 10 0.6% Hawaii 2 2 4 0 2 10 0.6% Oregon 2 2 1 2 3 10 0.6% Kentucky 1 3 2 2 1 9 0.5% Iowa 2 2 0 2 1 7 0.4% Kansas 0 3 0 3 0 6 0.4% Minnesota 0 1 1 3 1 6 0.4% New York 1 0 1 3 1 6 0.4% Wisconsin 1 2 0 2 1 6 0.4% Connecticut 2 0 2 0 0 4 0.2% Delaware 1 0 0 1 0 2 0.1% Massachusetts 0 0 0 0 2 2 0.1% Nebraska 0 0 0 0 2 2 0.1% New Mexico 1 0 1 0 0 2 0.1% Idaho 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.1% South Dakota 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.1% Alaska 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0% Maine 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0% Montana 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0% New Hampshire 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0% North Dakota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0% Rhode Island 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0% Vermont 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0% West Virginia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0% Wyoming 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0% National 331 339 342 319 326 1657 100.0% The top five states have more than half the country's blue-chip players for the last five years, at about 53 percent of the total. Texas, Florida and California really do have so, so many more elite recruits than anybody else. Between the three, they've got about 40 percent of them. The top 10 states have better than 70 percent of the national total of four- and five-star players for 2017. Georgia has solidly entrenched itself as the fourth-best recruiting state, with some combination of Ohio and Louisiana at Nos. 5 and 6. Then there's a mass of states that produces between 2 and 5 percent of the country's top recruits every year, and then a bunch more that almost (or literally) never produce elite players. Nine states haven't had any blue-chip players in the last five years. Some states have never, ever had them. It makes a difference. Check out maps No. 6 through 9 here, which point out a few things: Champions come from areas with lots of good players, the best players are hugely clumped together in the big three states and the SEC and Pac-12 are operating at enormous geographic advantages. This year's 32 five-star recruits are even more concentrated: Sparsely populated states are also short on elite recruits. This picture never really changes, either. I went into this research expecting to find that some states have particular years where they would erupt and produce far more blue-chip prospects than normal. Not really, it turns out. States' shares of the national blue-chip ranks stay almost the exact same every year, with few exceptions. Those figures from the last five years: State '17 '16 '15 '14 '13 Texas 14.2% 15.3% 13.7% 11.6% 14.1% Florida 12.7% 13.9% 14.6% 13.2% 14.1% California 10.6% 13.3% 12.9% 10.7% 12.6% Georgia 10.0% 7.7% 9.9% 7.2% 7.7% Ohio 4.8% 3.5% 5.0% 4.7% 5.8% Alabama 4.5% 2.4% 3.5% 3.4% 4.0% Virginia 4.5% 1.8% 3.8% 3.1% 4.0% Louisiana 3.6% 6.2% 3.8% 5.0% 3.7% Michigan 3.0% 2.7% 1.2% 1.3% 2.5% Maryland 2.7% 3.2% 1.8% 1.3% 1.8% Pennsylvania 2.7% 2.7% 2.6% 2.2% 3.1% Tennessee 2.7% 2.4% 3.2% 2.2% 2.8% Mississippi 2.1% 3.2% 2.0% 2.5% 1.5% North Carolina 2.1% 4.4% 2.6% 4.1% 2.1% Nevada 1.8% 0.0% 0.9% 1.3% 0.0% Illinois 1.5% 1.8% 1.5% 3.8% 2.8% New Jersey 1.5% 2.4% 2.0% 3.1% 3.4% Oklahoma 1.5% 0.3% 1.5% 2.2% 0.6% Utah 1.5% 0.6% 0.9% 0.9% 0.3% Washington 1.5% 0.9% 1.8% 0.6% 0.6% Indiana 1.2% 1.2% 0.9% 1.9% 2.1% South Carolina 1.2% 1.5% 1.5% 2.8% 1.5% Arizona 0.9% 1.5% 0.6% 2.2% 1.8% D.C. 0.9% 1.2% 0.9% 0.6% 0.9% Missouri 0.9% 0.3% 0.9% 0.9% 0.6% Arkansas 0.6% 0.9% 1.5% 0.6% 0.9% Colorado 0.6% 0.3% 0.9% 0.9% 0.3% Connecticut 0.6% 0.0% 0.6% 0.0% 0.0% Hawaii 0.6% 0.6% 1.2% 0.0% 0.6% Iowa 0.6% 0.6% 0.0% 0.6% 0.3% Oregon 0.6% 0.6% 0.3% 0.6% 0.9% Delaware 0.3% 0.0% 0.0% 0.3% 0.0% Kentucky 0.3% 0.9% 0.6% 0.6% 0.3% New Mexico 0.3% 0.0% 0.3% 0.0% 0.0% New York 0.3% 0.0% 0.3% 0.9% 0.3% Wisconsin 0.3% 0.6% 0.0% 0.6% 0.3% Alaska 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% Idaho 0.0% 0.0% 0.3% 0.0% 0.0% Kansas 0.0% 0.9% 0.0% 0.9% 0.0% Maine 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% Massachusetts 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.6% Minnesota 0.0% 0.3% 0.3% 0.9% 0.3% Montana 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% Nebraska 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.6% New Hampshire 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% North Dakota 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% Rhode Island 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% South Dakota 0.0% 0.3% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% Vermont 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% West Virginia 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% Wyoming 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% In general, the top three states have fewer four- and five-star players this year than they're used to having. Maybe that reflects an evaluator bias that's now being evened out, or maybe it's an honest shortage of talent, relatively speaking. Georgia, Alabama, and Oklahoma (the states) are all having pretty nice recruiting years to compensate for it. But for the most part, recruiting is the same as it ever was. A few states have way more elite talent than the rest of the union, and that's likely never going to change. 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  14. 1 point
    OK, ten in 27 years. Still not anywhere close to "2-3 a year". And multiple prospects? A guy like you, who is always so hard core about results and absolutes arguing prospects? A prospect who doesn't go D1 would never, ever in a million years be considered for this argument if you were trying to argue the other side, and you know it. You'd belittle someone to death if they tried to argue a program's strength based on "prospects" if those prospects never panned out to actual D1 signings. Nice attempt at a counter, though.
  15. 1 point
    You keep mentioning how Merriville has, apparently, been a D1 factory in the past. I'm curious if I'm missing something. To the best of my knowledge, since 1990, there's been: Jamel Williams, Nebraska '92 Eugene Wilson, Illinois '98 Michael Neal, Purdue '04 Dexter Larimore, Ohio State '06 James Aldridge, Notre Dame '06 (also a move in his junior year from St. Louis, so not a native Regionite) Dalapo McCarthy, Purdue walk-on '08 Aaron Kaszmarski, Central Michigan '08 Matt Neal, Idaho '11 I'm sure I'm missing some players. So this is a list of 8 players in 27 years who went D1 from Merillville. Even accounting for a few names i have to be missing, this is extremely impressive. However, it is nowhere near this "2-3 D1 players a year" you keep spouting when harping on the decline of region football.
  16. 1 point
    That is the question, how many total compared to previous years, or compared to average over a time period. Perhaps the talent at the HS level in Indiana is above average, so kids are getting better offers than bottom dwelling B1G teams?
  17. 1 point
    https://n.rivals.com/team_rankings/2018/all-teams/Football Reviewing the attached rankings upon close of early December signing period, the Big Ten recruiting results are clearly broken down into 4 distinct tiers, as follows: Teams with average star rankings, : Tier 1 - Elite Ohio State - 3.86 (Meyer just continues to reload) Penn State - 3.73 (Franklin is a master recruiter) Tier 2 - High Mid Michigan - 3.32 (Meyer and Franklin are kicking Harbaugh's behind) Nebraska - 3.31 (Very solid considering late coaching change) Maryland - 3.22 (DJ Durkin is making a killing in recruit fertile DC area - program is on the rise) Michigan State - 3.20 (Dantonio quietly continues to get the job done) Tier 3 - Low Mid Iowa - 3.18 (Solid effort by this staff, considering slim pickings in state) Wisconsin - 3.05 (They get the most bang for their buck) Minnesota - 3.04 (PJ Fleck keeping the Gophers competitive, with room to grow) Northwestern - 3.0 (Chicago continues to produce home grown talent and Fitz is getting them) Tier 4 - Bottom Indiana - 2.79 (Looks like a typical IU class. Can Allen coach them up?) Rutgers - 2.78 (Ash still trying to win New Jersey, not there yet.) Purdue - 2.63 (Not a strong result for Brohm, perhaps this held him back on other coaching opps.) Illinois - 2.63 (Abysmal. Lovie is not loving the recruiting game.) Other observations : * There are 19 5 Star recruits on the list. Georgia (6) and Clemson (4) signed 10 of them. WOW!. Kirby and Dabo are tearing it up. * Kirby Smart is in the process of moving the Georgia program past Alabama and into the top spot in the SEC. He is much younger than Saban and apparently outworking his former mentor. * Dave Doeren did a bang up job for NC State. Doeren tried hard to get out of Raleigh but apparently this class kept him around a bit longer. * Mark Stoops at Kentucky and Derek Mason at Vandy doing a nice job in a tough league. * Who greats credit for the great 3.5 rating at Texas A&M? Sumlin or Jimbo? * Tom Herman cleaned house at Texas. The Horns will be back on top of the Big 12 very soon. * Notre Dame and Miami running neck and neck . Catholics vs Convicts both on and off the field.
  18. 1 point
    That my friend will probably never happen as long as they play in the NCC.
  19. 1 point
    BTW That was a REAL fb game. Natural grass. Elements. TRUE student-athletes. LOVE IT! And, option fb.....none of this spread nonsense.
  20. 1 point
    Nice article in the Daily Journal about Aukerman’s last game for Army Saturday in the Armed Forces Bowl http://www.dailyjournal.net/2017/12/21/alex_aukerman_feature__dec_21/
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  22. 1 point
    Congratulations to the following NLC players who made 1st Team or Honorable Mention AP All-State in their respective classes: 6A LB Lane McClone, Warsaw (Honorable Mention) 5A P Josh Gorball, Concord (1st Team) OL Grant Magnum, Concord (Honorable Mention) OL Steven Worlds, Goshen (Honorable Mention) 4A OL Elisha Tipping, Wawasee (1st Team) OL Michah Yoder, Northridge (1st Team) DB Connor Utley, Northridge (1st Team) DL Will Ingle, NorthWood (Honorable Mention) LB Nate LaFree, Plymouth (Honorable Mention) DB DeAndre Smart, NorthWood (Honorable Mention) DB Bronson Yoder, NorthWood (Honorable Mention) Awesome to see so many athletes from the conference honored at this level. Every team besides Elkhart Memorial had a representative, which is also pretty cool.
  23. 1 point
    I think if a player wins the Mr. Football Award at his position, he probably ought to be good enough to be the class representative at said position for the AP All State team.
  24. 1 point
    Coach KJ, Yeah, I'm pretty sure for now. 27 years is long enough for me. I'm not 35, or even 45, anymore. The 12 hour days were wearing me out. Just no energy for family life during football season, which now starts on June1st. Who knows, maybe when I retire from my "real job" I will be able to just focus on football. We'll see... But honestly, I didn't miss it at all this past season. I was able to do some color commentary for local radio and TV games, so I'm still involved. Coach Nowlin, You may know more about it than I do. Perhaps things changed after I left that you are aware of and I am not. When I was there, the only indoor facility we had was the gym during thunder storms. I'm just basing my opinion on the things I saw when I was there; water damage to the football building due to a leaky roof, mold issues in the building, a 40 year old sled and only 4 handheld dummies that were usable. The rest were broken, water logged or had no handles left. I admit the term "above average" is subjective, but I did use the word "above". As for how many "grades" above average, I guess I'll let you make your own decision when you tour the facilities. I assume you will be applying?
  25. 1 point
    I played for Coach Monken at Concordia River Forest back in 1996. He was our OL coach. Good man. Helped me as a QB understand all facets of the entire offensive option scheme. He and Coach Britton taught me a lot about football. Man was I blessed!
  26. 1 point
    Ill be happy to buy you a beer when these overwhelmingly positive results turn in to wins on the field. I'll give him credit when he has some tangible results to celebrate Iu and Minnesota are both in the top 40 more due to the qty of the recruits than the quality. A real concern. Maryland has "6" 4* recruits at this point. IU has one. This is a real point of differentiation, and one that will create big separation between the two programs. You need to dig a little deeper into the numbers before you start doing cartwheels over this class. By the time signing period is over, this class will likely finish 12th or lower in the B10 and around #60 nationally. BTW - I noticed that Derek Mason at Vandy also had a boatload of 4* recruits, and Minnesota had three. Its a big deal. Those are future NFL players.
  27. 1 point
    Looking forward to seeing the final recruiting results. Hope they mesh with your optimism. Im skeptical. Allen's recruiting chops are even more critical to the success of this program than are his coaching skills.
  28. 1 point
    You have these guys for at least 3 years, they can develop you know? What's wrong with having healthy competition to push yourself? I'd rather have 3 good QBs than 1 good QB who isn't being pushed for his job, how naive is that? IU just signed a 4* RB, the highest rated recruit IU has ever signed in the modern era of recruiting sites. Weren't you just bitching about RB's? IU returns all five of their OL next year and just signed OT who chose IU over MSU, Louisville, West Virgina, Virginia Tech and Pitt.
  29. 1 point
    Its a question of recruiting philosophy. IU is not Ohio State. We will never have 4* guys backed up 3 deep at each position. Too much competition at one position can be counterproductive. IU has bigger needs than QB at this time. I thought Ramsey was supposed to be the next savior. Now we have a new QB to consider every week.
  30. 1 point
    Yeah, we have heard this BS before. I'm not interested in seeing anymore 5-9, 165 lb corners in the IU secondary when we are facing 6-3, 215 lb wide receivers. Great matchup! Get a clue pal. IU is nowhere near "the best teams". We need to know and accept who we are and recruit accordingly. Find your QB and commit to him. There are gaping holes all over this roster. Great. We will have 5 big shot high school quarterbacks and a MAC level offensive and defensive line. That equates to 1-8 in the Big Ten all day long.
  31. 1 point
    The Rivals 4-star QB chooses the Hoosiers over FSU and South Florida big get for Tom Allen and the Hoosiers
  32. 1 point
    Definitely throws a wrench into scheduling since Washington and Marian will have to find new opponents for week 3 and week 1 respectively but overall I think it is a good move for the conference and those schools. NP wasn't gaining anything from playing the southern schools. They may not go unbeaten in the regular season but they will be better for it in the playoffs. Clay needed a lifeline and this is all the conference could do for them at this point. Contraction is a real possibility for Clay, especially with yet another coaching search in full swing and Clay not having any feeder schools due to Focus 2018. I think the writing is on the wall but time will tell.
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