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Past IU Football Alumni returned for the Youth Clinic prior to the 2013 Spring Game at Memorial Stadium. Photo credit: IUHoosiers

Past IU Football Alumni returned for the Youth Clinic prior to the 2013 Spring Game at Memorial Stadium. Photo credit: IUHoosiers

 

Headliners included Antwaan Randle El, George Taliaferro, James Brewer, Tandon Doss and Courtney Roby. It was a fun day out at Memorial Stadium, as the who’s-who of Indiana Football helped run a youth clinic before the Cream versus Crimson game on Saturday April 13th, 2013. I actually got the chance to talk with Mr. Taliaferro, who said he’s been in Bloomington for some time now, just “enjoying life.” It was a refreshing day at The Rock to say the least.

Will they stay, or will they go?

Posted: April 8, 2013 by tklawitt in IU Mens Basketball
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Personally, I think both are headed to the NBA.

It’s a shame too, as Zeller could clearly benefit from another extra offseason in the Cook Hall weight room and another battle through the B1G gauntlet to prepare him for the pros.

He’s clearly not strong enough, and often disappears for long stretches. Zeller also lacks  the ability to consistently finish strong and make plays at the rim, particularly against big defenders. Zeller should come back, learn how to be more of a leader and demand the ball in tough games.

Oladipo is slightly more ready for the pros, but waiting a year wouldn’t hurt his overall development either. The silver lining on getting bounced in the Sweet Sixteen is that you could argue his draft stock isn’t as high as it would be had Indiana made a run to Atlanta.

Oladipo still needs work on his ball-handling, and tends to be predictable when he attacks the rim, usually going hard-right. He could also use work on his jumpshot, as the sample size this season was too small to declare Victor a lights-out shooter.

While it’s clearly a long-shot at this point, I still think another year in Bloomington wouldn’t hurt, and it certainly wouldn’t hurt Hoosier Nation.

Kris Dielman

Posted: April 8, 2013 by tklawitt in IU Football
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Kris Dielman was an absolute load at IU. He played offense and defense, playing both tight end and defensive line. Under Cam Cameron, Dielman excelled, particularly as a blocker. He was a huge part to the success of star quarterback Antwaan Randle El.

Dielman went on to earn All-Big Ten honors his junior year, and was an absolute beat on the defensive line after Cam Cameron departed for the NFL and Dielman’s future team, the San Diego Chargers. Dielman was named a captain his senior year, and went on to be undrafted in the 2003 NFL Draft.

He was later signed by the Chargers, and was eventually converted from defensive tackle to offensive guard. Before long, Dielman was a staple on the Chargers offensive line, and was a crucial part to Hall-of-Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson’s record breaking season in 2006.

After that, Dielman went on to four Pro Bowls, and was a two-time All-Pro in 2008 and 2009.

His reputation throughout the NFL was that he was the football equivalent to the “Bash Bros” of the Mighty Ducks, and was the team’s tone-setting enforcer. That carried him to a successful career, but one that was cut short after 9 seasons and multiple injuries.

Dielman suffered numerous concussions, ultimately leading to a seizure on the team plane after leaving the game against the New York Jets in 2011. That would be Dielman’s last NFL game, as he announced his retirement in February of 2012.

Tribute to the late Terry Hoeppner

Posted: April 1, 2013 by tklawitt in Uncategorized

 

R.I.P Coach Hep

August 19, 1947 – June 19, 2007

 

Hep's Rock at Memorial Stadium

Hep’s Rock at Memorial Stadium

 

George Taliaferro and his wife Honorable Judge Viola Taliaferro view an exhibit honoring their achievements.

George Taliaferro and his wife Honorable Judge Viola Taliaferro view an exhibit honoring their achievements.

 

George Taliaferro is the Jackie Robinson of football. His impact on the game is truly transcendent. He was the first ever African-American drafted in the National Football League, selected in the thirteenth round by the Chicago Bears in 1949.

Taliaferro led the Hoosiers to their only undefeated Big Ten Championship season in 1945, and would later go on to become a three-time All American as a running back, quarterback and punter. Taliaferro, after getting drafted, opted to play for the Los Angeles Dons of the All America Football Conference before eventually playing five seasons in the NFL. He made three consecutive Pro Bowl appearances from 1951 to 1953.

Taliaferro, a book on George with a forward by former NFL head coach Tony Dungy.

I’d argue that Taliaferro is one of the most under-appreciated heroes in sports, breaking the color barrier on pro football around the same time Jackie Robinson put on his Dodger-blue.

“The thing that I liked most about football, was hitting people,” Taliaferro said. “It allowed me to vent my frustrations with being discriminated against in the United States.”

Taliaferro often isn’t recognized as exclusively as the likes of Jackie Robinson, when discussing the impact he had on sports and the civil rights movement. What he did was bigger than sports. Despite facing a lifetime of racism, bigotry and discrimination, Taliaferro overcame, and prospered. He helped the Indiana University president end segregation in the city of Bloomington and on the Indiana campus.

Taliaferro’s impact goes beyond the realm of athletic competition. He was an American hero, and one that deserves more appreciation for his achievements. He will forever have a place in the Indiana Hall-of-Fame, and in the hearts of all those who struggled before he broke through.

Today, Taliaferro is 86 years young, and still lives happily with his wife in Bloomington.

 

Just when you can’t get enough J.O., he wears the candy-stripes at the Waste Management Phoenix Open on IU v Michigan College Gameday, Feb. 2nd, 2013. (Photo credit: BTN)

Overton

Jeff Overton continues to emerge as one of my favorite Hoosier alumni.

J.O. also puts in plenty of hard work off the course.

During and throughout the off-season, he trains with Janay Jackson, the Indiana Golf strength and conditioning coach.

Love watching Overton on the tour. Hope he continues to get longer and progress in his game.

Check out what former Hoosier Tracy Porter has done in his NFL career thus far.

A very underrated corner, Porter is entering his sixth season in the NFL. He played four seasons in New Orleans with the Saints, before signing a one-year deal with the Denver Broncos last season.

He has a knack for the big play, you could say…