I am the best selling New Age author, Shaman Vitki. My not so claim to fame: I have been a guest psychic on the Max Kellerman radio show ESPNLA 710 predicting the winners of NFL playoff games. In case you are wondering, my picks were not 100% accurate and of course he was pretty harsh with me. Those were fun times!
As well as sharing enlightenment at ShamanVitki.com, I channel the Spirit of Indy Sports as a native Hoosier. My passion and loyal connection as a fan lie with Indiana University and the Indianapolis Colts. I love the Pacers when they are winning, but my loyalty and connection isn’t as deep. As a Hoosier, I have respect and admiration for the success of all the other Universities in the state of Indiana and I love the great tradition of the Indianapolis 500.
Good news Hoosier fans, Collin Hartman who missed all of the 2016 season due to injury will return next season as a red shirt senior.
“This is something that I had been leaning toward since before the season had ended and I needed to make sure that I could fully dedicate myself both mentally and physically to the process,” Collin said in a statement. “It is important that I am able to come back and perform at the level I was at before the injury occurred.”
This is good news for Hoosier fans and Archie Miller!
“We are thrilled that Collin has decided to come back and play next season. “Having an individual who has won a Big Ten championship and had success in the NCAA Tournament gives our program a big lift. He brings leadership and intangibles that can do nothing but help us achieve our goals,” Archie Miller said in a statement.
Indiana University has hired Archie Miller as the new men’s basketball coach. I didn’t know much about him and now I know a little bit more. The more I listen to him speak, the more I like. Oh, and by the way, his real name is Ryan. Archie was a nickname that stuck from his demeanor when he was young that reminded people of Archie Bunker.
Archie Miller quoted, “Expectations are set high and they are very achievable.”
He wants his team to have an attack mentality and defense will be tough mindedness.
Here is the Archie Miller introductory press conference:
Here is his interview from the Dan Patrick Show:
Dan Dakich interviewed Archie Miller on his radio show. Here is the podcast:
Indiana University fires Tom Crean after 9 years of highs and lows. Indiana went 166-135 in Crean’s nine years. As the NCAA tournament got underway, Indiana University released the statement announcing the firing of the coach. The Indiana basketball program is being discussed this March for all the wrong reasons. This year’s March Madness has Hoosier fans just mad.
IU athletic director Fred Glass released a statement:
“After deliberative thought and evaluation, including multiple meetings with Tom about the future, I have decided to make a change in the leadership of our men’s basketball program.”
“Tom Crean brought us through one of the most challenging periods in IU basketball history, led his players to many successes in the classroom and on the court and represented our university with class and integrity. While winning two outright Big Ten titles in five years and being named Big Ten Coach of the Year, Tom worked tirelessly to develop great young men and successful teams. However, ultimately, we seek more consistent, high levels of success, and we will not shy away from our expectations. Tom is a good man and a good coach and we owe him a great debt of gratitude for his many positive contributions to Indiana basketball. We wish him well.
“The national search for our new coach begins immediately. The Board of Trustees and the President have expressly delegated to me the responsibility and authority for this search and hire. While I will not be establishing a formal search committee or advisory committee, I will consult with basketball experts from around the country and throughout the State of Indiana, including many former Indiana University basketball players.
“The expectations for Indiana University basketball are to perennially contend for and win multiple Big Ten championships, regularly go deep in the NCAA tournament, and win our next national championship—and more after that. We will identify and recruit a coach who will meet these expectations.”
Here is the press conference given by Indiana University Athletic Director Fred Glass:
Colts general manager Chris Ballard said, “Jabaal brings a wealth of experience and veteran leadership to our locker room. His size and speed are the conduit to his pass-rushing ability as he creates matchup difficulties for opponents. Jabaal is equally talented against the run and in pass coverage. His addition provides a good player for our defense, and we’re excited to have him as a member of the Colts.”
Chuck Pagano said, “Jabaal is a tough football player who can help set the edge against the run and get after the quarterback, he will be a good addition, and I look forward to seeing him contribute to our team.”
Regarding Simon, Ballard said, “He’s a physical linebacker who has matured on one of the top defensive units in the league over the past three seasons,” Ballard said in a statement. “John provides a significant upgrade to our defense and we’re excited to welcome him to Indianapolis.”
The Colts roster was in desperate need of defensive upgrades and I like the early moves the Colts GM has made so far, but much more is needed.
The Hoosiers lose again to Wisconsin under Tom Crean. Since Tom Crean got to Indiana, Wisconsin now owns a 16-2 all-time record vs. the Hoosiers. That is the reason it may be time to make a coaching change at IU. Crean’s record vs. the Badgers is pathetic. It shows the difference between a good system and the lack there of. Enough said.
I appreciate everything Coach Crean has accomplished with IU basketball, but the program just seems to be lacking that “something special”. I have been a supporter of Coach Crean from day one, but the losing stat against Wisconsin alone is troubling. Yes I know the Hoosiers have won 2 Big 10 titles in 4 years, but is that enough? Where is the fundamental program consistency? Besides losing to the Badgers, what is the trademark of the Hoosiers under Coach Crean? Seems to be play fast, shoot a lot of 3’s, and struggle with offensive sets against good defense. Hoosier fans have seen this script play out enough to know they don’t like what they see.
The potential problem Fred Glass is faced with, besides angry alumni, is what coach out there can take IU back to the consistent winning prominence of deep tourney runs, Final Fours, and a National Championship? Is Tom Crean that guy? I honestly thought he was and now I am just not so sure. I also know I don’t want to see a coaching change for the sake of change. Big 10 titles are great, but that just isn’t enough. Hoosier fans want deep tourney runs and more! Many want a new coach, but I have no idea of who that guy might be. I don’t see Brad Stevens leaving Boston anytime soon.
In an interview on on Friday Paul George gave an interview during 2017 All Star Media Day.
“As I told Larry, I always want to play on a winning team. I always want to be part of a team that has a chance to win it [all]. That’s important. Say what you want; I want to compete for something. It’s frustrating just playing the game for stats or for numbers or to showcase yourself. Man, I want a chance to play for a chance to win a championship.
I wanted to be the first and want to be the first to be able to bring a championship to Indiana. So that’s still on my mind … and something I definitely want to achieve in Indiana.”
This is what Larry Bird recently told the Indianapolis Star in a January interview: “Before the year started, I told Paul and I said: ‘Look, if you want to sign a long-term deal, we’re willing to do that max. And if you want to wait, I understand.’ But this year, we’re not going to worry about it, we’re not going to talk about it, and he’s going to make the decision that’s best for Paul when it comes down to it.”