<<< Give that Hoagie guy a hug for us ~~~ and, RIP dear friend !
IU ~~~ not to get really TOO excited vs. Keenesaw State....but, I thought Bates looked great last night. Very satisfying TEAM WIN ! This team will be much better when it finally realizes it has more than ONE player !
Happy IU weekend !!
Nope, expected the loss, a win would have been a nice shocker.
Should win tonight by a large margin @7 on BTN.
In a major world of doom if not when playing ELON?
All ya'lls cold ass weather coming here Friday, as Fl daughter flies in.
I'm not going anywhere until Tuesday, too cold and too
big of risk getting sick.
Stay healthy, and have a HO HO HO Weekend!
Hear us ROAR !!!!
Morning, EZ-pie. I see your Lions will be in nj today going up against the Jets.
Mumsy the Jets fan will be watching and wearing her Jets sweatshirt.
She nixed my green pom poms suggestion.
No sense of humor.
Enjoy the game.
May the least suck-o-la team win.
Good game COLTS ```` Wow, NOT !!
Hoosier Lady ~~~ U sound surprised ????
You go to KANSAS.....better bring your A+ game ~~~~ IU does not have one !
ROCK CHALK JAYHAWKS
Awful, Kansas ate us for lunch, and dessert was This Is Our HOUSE!
GM ~~~ the heart remains with HOOSIERS....the head yells ROCK CHALK JAYHAWKS !
Ut Oh! IU vs Kansas on Saturday= Lordy lordy
Will Jayhawks whoop our butt? (probably)
Matchups to Watch
This game is going to produce some fun individual matchups. Jalen Wilson and Jackson-Davis in the front court in a battle of KenPom Player of the Year candidates (Wilson is No. 2, Jackson-Davis No. 10) is the showcase. But Xavier Johnson and Dajuan Harris in a matchup of excellent passing guards and veteran floor generals is another worth watching.
From a team perspective, the game looks like it may be decided from the paint. The Hoosiers are excellent from inside the arc this season, with a two-point percentage of 58%, which is 15th-best nationally. But in both of Indiana’s losses, this definitely was not the case. IU only hit 11-31 (35.5%) from two against Rutgers and 19-44 (43.2%) in the loss to Arizona.
Meanwhile, the Hoosiers’ defense is holding opponents to just 43.7% shooting from two on the season, but Arizona was able to exploit IU’s defense and 21-38 (55%) from inside the arc. Indiana can also give up offensive rebounds because of that lack of size in the front court, so being able to extend possessions beyond one shot will be important for Kansas
Kansas is coming off an impressive and emotionally charged game against Missouri but with a full week in between games, the Jayhawks should be rested. And Allen Fieldhouse is going to be a factor. This is going to be the loudest the arena has been so far this year. And while Indiana has played two road games already, this is a different level of hostile environment.
The Jayhawks match up well with the Hoosiers and it helps that Indiana is not going to take a ton of threes. Though Kansas better be ready to battle in the paint and rebound. The KU offense has been much better since coming back from the Bahamas and it’s hard to pick against the Jayhawks with AFH rocking. I’m going to say Wilson goes toe-to-toe with Jackson-Davis, Kevin McCullar continues his hot stretch, and Kansas eeks out a close win.
I'm so sorry, I know it rips the heart~~
MEMORIES are forever
Niumatalolo says Navy fired him immediately after loss to Army
Heather Dinich ESPN Senior Writer 5:36 PM ET
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Former Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo told ESPN on Monday he was sitting by himself at his locker following the Midshipmen's 20-17 double overtime loss to rival Army in Philadelphia on Saturday when Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk walked in and fired him.
"First of all, we just got kicked in the gut," Niumatalolo said. "I was a little bit numb prior to him saying that, so most of it I couldn't comprehend. I'm just like, 'Chet, why don't you take some time to relax.' He said, 'Well, it's been building up.'"
The two shared vastly different perspectives on a coaching change at a program that isn't trying to reach the College Football Playoff but annually captures the nation's attention with the pageantry and tradition of the Army-Navy game. Niumatalolo, who is the winningest coach in program history at 109-83, earned a reputation for graduating his players, his honest approach and avoiding NCAA infractions, and while Gladchuk praised Niumatalolo for the lasting impact he's had on the Midshipmen, he said the goals are winning the Commander-In-Chief trophy and earning bowl eligibility.
"That's been the constant bar we strive for, is to achieve those two goals, which I believe are very realistic, very reasonable, and have been consistent for 20 years and therefore this does not come as any surprise," Gladchuk said. "It's just an expectation that unfortunately fell short."
Gladchuk said "without any question of a doubt" the expectations were communicated to Niumatalolo before the season.
"I spoke directly to his representatives who asked me exactly that question," Gladchuk said. "I conveyed it to them and I conveyed it for 20 years to the head coach ... there's no confusion with regard to what the expectations are. And I think they're realistic, they're reasonable, they're attainable. They're expected. They're resourced. I can't make it any clearer."
The Midshipmen finished the season with four or fewer wins three seasons in a row and are 2-5 in the past seven matchups with Army and 2-5 against Air Force in the same span. While the three service academies -- Army, Navy and Air Force -- face similar challenges, Niumatalolo said the inability for even a handful of his players to receive an extra year of eligibility -- especially for season-ending injuries and the COVID-19 ravaged 2020 season -- made it particularly difficult.
"The other two get it," he said. "All those others who got their extra year from COVID, I'm not complaining about it -- people deserve it. Why weren't we afforded that opportunity? Especially if the other two were able to do some stuff that way. We were in a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic."
Niumatalolo said Navy doesn't redshirt, so he had freshmen and sophomores facing players from the other academies with a sixth year of eligibility from 2020. He said he asked Gladchuk and the Navy superintendent if any players could be granted an extra year of eligibility, but was denied because the government requires the Midshipmen to graduate in four years.
"We have to make this a level playing field," he said. "If we had what they had, if I was able to stretch several guys every year ... we're sharing our indoor facility with gymnastics. Who else in the country is sharing their indoor facility with gymnastics? There's times we're out there in the freezing rain. I'm like, where else is anybody else practicing like this?"
Niumatalolo also said the other academies are done classes at noon, which he said is a significant advantage because the football program can feed the players twice and have meetings. He said Navy's classes end at 3:20 p.m. and players are sprinting to practice. He asked for the schedule to change, but was told that also couldn't happen. Gladchuk said a lot of Navy's guidance comes from the Secretary of the Navy, and conceded the Midshipmen "have to deal with variables that in many cases are not similar."
"We've got to accept that," he said. "We have to eliminate the distractions and play by the rules we're dealt and succeed doing just that. What was Air Force, 9-3? They're playing by the same rules as well."
With an experienced team that includes 22 returning starters to compete against a vastly different American Athletic Conference with the pending departures of Cincinnati, Houston and UCF to the Big 12, Niumatalolo said he asked to finish the remaining year on his contract.
"And if we lose next year," he said, "Don't worry about firing me. I'll resign. You don't have to pay me a cent. I'm not looking for a raise, I'm not looking for anything. I just want to finish my contract. We're finally coming out of the pandemic. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed. I thought we stood for something different."
Gladchuk said the returning experience and conference realignment was all "part of the thought process," but it was more than that.
"This didn't come down to a fumble, or even a lost game on Saturday," Gladchuk said. "These goals and expectations have been set for years. ... I think about our corporate relationships. I think about our television exposures. I think about our responsibility to the conference, our alumni."
Niumatalolo said he isn't bitter, but he felt like he had to defend himself and explain his record in recent years against the academies.
"I'm a competitor," he said. "It's hard for me to think that we got the ball on the six-inch line, and that's my last game. That's hard to fathom. If we win, he's not firing me. How do you fire a guy after you win the Army-Navy game? That's not going to happen."
I'm sorry for your loss, EZ.
Sad to report we lost another one of our VERY TIGHT USMC group.
RIP Ray Manker….until we meet again.
In that case... GO SEAHAWKS! Enjoy the game.
I'd better get my a.z.z. in gear.
Slept too late (6:00 a.m.) and having a hell of a time starting the day.
Thanks, I hope to have a good one today. Need the Seahawks to win at 4 so I can win the IHUB king of the hill contest. Plenty of other stuff to do today also.
Have a good day!
Good Morning, cap. I like their Navy uniforms (military not the football ones).
My father served in the Army so I feel somewhat disloyal rooting for Navy.
It was quite a game and nail-biting finish.
Hope you have today off to rest and have fun.
GM. I missed it because of work, but I have fond memories of the Navel Academy back in the 70s and always pulled for them over Army after that.
GM, EZ. It was an exciting finish. Just wish it had been in Navy's favor.
GM ~~ seriously Stuffero....if IU is ranked (pre-game) as 14th in the country....there are a lot of teams that really suck ! I thought the refs were a bit sick...but, IU has a LONG way to go!
They will be pressed to finish in top 50$ of B10 !
Good game.... I thought Navy was toast in the FIRST overtime! Exciting finish !
The only college football game where every player on the field has taken an oath to die for you ! God Bless those men and women ------ in ALL service branches !
Certainly was a nailbiter. Hard fought.
Great rivalry and tradition.
Not going to be happy times in Annapolis now through Christmas
if I understand how this works after a loss.
Enjoy your evening.
Hey There Ole Man!~~~
ARIZONA vs INDIANA tonight....
(hope I can stay awake)
Many HUG to ALL!
Hope it's a good game and fun to watch.
TLC and GWS !!!!
Out of words.
Just sent messages....To the Bed I go, very medicated.
Agreed. All's too quiet on the western front.
Hey girl.....just bark or meow and we'll get it. The silence is scary !