There has been a lot of talk recently on the mass exodus of Indiana basketball talent from the state’s high schools to out-of-state colleges. I have been quite vocal on this exodus. It really grips me that Purdue and IU get most of their star players from states other than Indiana. IU did have a few good Indiana players as well as Purdue, but either could have won a national championship if all those players who played for Duke, Michigan, and Ohio State had stayed home. I think most of it is image. IU is starting to get its image back, but still lacks the “I need to go there to be seen”. Purdue had it a few years ago, but lately it seems to be “I would go anywhere but there”. This is really a shame because Purdue’s track record in education takes a back seat to no one, and the IU business school is rated as high as any place else in the USA. I know one problem Purdue has is that the athletes are not only expected, but are demanded, to be in class. Not all schools do this. If some stories are true, a national championship team had several players who attended no classes the second semester of that season. This is obviously not right. One way to improve the situation is to win consistently again. Just check with IU when Coach Crean came on the scene. Players, I can guarantee you that the national press will find you if you can play like Thomas did last season at Ohio State. Have a little pride in your state and stay at home. I think more of Bryant McIntosh of Greensburg each time I consider his desire to go to Indiana State.
The England Under-21 international is the club’s top scorer this season, netting six times, but has yet to start a game in the Barclays Premier League. So far he has excelled when given the chance in the Europa League, with last week’s hat-trick against Asteras Tripolis taking his tally to five, while he also scored in the Capital One Cup victory over Nottingham Forest. “As players, we are all trying to adapt to Mauricio’s new style of play and we won’t know everything straight away,” he told the Evening Standard. “It is still a work in progress but, hopefully, we won’t take too long to get it right. “We could have done better in some games. We have had some good results but some disappointing defeats too, although it is easy to forget that we are still working with a new manager.” “You can already see that we are starting to play the way he wants us to, and the more we work together, the better the results will be. We have been saying that it is important to have a high level of performance in our upcoming games.” Press Association Mauricio Pochettino has warned off any suitors for Harry Kane, insisting the striker will be at Tottenham “for a long time”. Wednesday’s fourth-round match against Brighton will provide another opportunity for Kane to prove his worth to Pochettino – who prefers Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado in the league. And the former Southampton boss was forced to refute suggestions that Kane might be on the way out of White Hart Lane in January, with the Saints and Swansea both reportedly circling. “This is not the moment to talk about what may happen in January because that is two months ahead and we need to focus on improving different areas of the team,” said Pochettino. “Harry will be at Tottenham for a long time. I am the head coach, I have to take decisions in the best interests of the team and Harry is an important player for us.” Andros Townsend and Aaron Lennon are others under consideration to return to the Spurs starting XI, with Kyle Naughton and Federico Fazio both returning to the squad following injury and suspension respectively. Playmaker Christian Eriksen, meanwhile, admits Pochettino’s project remains a “work in progress”. The Danish international has been a cornerstone of Pochettino’s first season at the club, though both player and team have been inconsistent thus far. Spurs sit 11th in the Barclays Premier League, having won just three of their first nine matches under the former Southampton boss, but Eriksen is not surprised that the transition has not been seamless.