Volume One, Number Thirteen
May 6, 2008
Editor: Tom James, TJames1475@aol.com
ISU Football Alumni Blog Page: http://isufootballalumni.blogspot.com/
SYCAMORES IN RUNNING FOR FORMER WARREN CENTRAL STAR; FINCH TRANSFERRING TO EITHER IU OR INDIANA STATE ACCORDING TO MEDIA REPORTS
Report from: The Indianapolis Star (5/6/08)
Former Warren Central High School football standout Jerimy Finch, who played at the University of Florida as a freshman last season, has been released from his scholarship and will transfer to another school.
Indiana appears to be a favorite.
Finch told The Star on Monday that he visited IU on Friday to talk with university academic advisers. He stopped short of saying he would enroll at IU, but said he hoped to make a decision by the end of the week.
"I'm back home and I've been to Indiana and talked to the people down there, but beyond that I really don't want to comment,'' Finch said.
IU is close to his Indianapolis home and he would be reunited with former Warren Central teammates Jeff Boyd, Chris Adkins and Andrew McDonald. Finch once gave IU an oral commitment before changing his mind late in the process and signing with Florida in February 2007.
The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun reported Monday (5/5/08) that Finch would likely transfer to Indiana or Indiana State.
If Finch went to Indiana, he would be required to sit out one season unless he petitioned the NCAA to play right away because of hardship.
Finch, a defensive back in high school, played linebacker at Florida. He played in the first three games as a freshman, recording seven tackles and an interception before suffering a broken leg that ended his season.
"My leg is a lot better but it's still not 100 percent,'' Finch said.
INDIANA STATE FOOTBALL COACHES HITTING ROAD FOR IN-STATE RECRUITING
Now that spring football is over and second semester classes have been completed, the Indiana State football coaching staff have put the "Away On Business" signs up in their respective offices. Head coach Trent Miles and his assistant coaches will be hitting the road as the set out to visit as many Indiana high schools as they can over the next few weeks.
When Miles was hired as head coach back in January, one of his stated goals was to improve recruiting in the state of Indiana. To accomplish that, he wanted to renew the relationships (and most likely try to mend some fences) between his coaching staff and high school head coaches.
That process began a couple of months ago when Miles and his coaches were invited to speak at a meeting of the Indiana High School Football Coaches Association. Their reception, according to those who attended, was very cordial in most cases and better than expected from some of the state's premier high school coaching staffs.
In recent years, there had reportedly been increased (and probably much deserved) grousing from some high school coaches in the state that they had not saw, met or talked to anybody associated with the Indiana State football program.
Still, there is an apparent interest from those same coaches to work with the current ISU coaching staff now.
"People that we have talked to want Indiana State to be successful in football," one ISU assistant said later. "We have had people calling us, asking what they can do to help. And a lot of those people didn't even go to school at Indiana State. But they want to see all the college teams in the state be successful. They would much rather see the best kids stay in state to go to school, no matter if it's Notre Dame, Purdue, IU, Ball State, or us.
"And we've had people tell us that they didn't especially like seeing the (ISU's game) scores come up on their television screens the last few years. So they want to help. And we're very appreciative of that."
DORSETT WANTS TO PLAY FOOTBALL, BASEBALL AT INDIANA STATE
From: Terre Haute Tribune-StarBrandon Dorsett, the son of former Indiana State catcher Brian Dorsett, hopes to continues his athletic career with the Sycamores' football and baseball teams.
The younger Dorsett is a standout pitcher at Terre Haute North High School. He has been a receiver on the Patriots' football teams. The senior Dorsett had a successful major league baseball career with a variety of teams, including the New York Yankees, Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians.
Brandon had three homers and a .385 batting average prior to Monday’s 7-6 loss against Terre Haute South gave the Braves the Big Four title. His best high school sports memory is a game-winning touchdown he caught from (current ISU backup quarterback) Matt Seliger in 2006 to beat (Terre Haute) South at Memorial Stadium, and Brandon hopes to play football and baseball at Indiana State next year.
“He by no stretch has come close to the amount of potential he has,” North baseball coach Shawn Turner said. “We’re talking about a very talented player in football and baseball. If he’s able to put all his time into one sport, I think you’ll see a lot of improvement.”
Brandon loves each sport equally.
“To be honest, I love them both so much. It’s hard to pick out a favorite. In football, I love football, and in baseball season, I love baseball,” he said.
Brandon said he has never felt pressured to live up to his dad’s baseball success.
“I don’t want to say it’s pressure. I love having him there. He knows a lot about hitting,” Brandon said.
Brandon has also been called upon to be one of North’s top pitchers this season. His complete-game effort on the mound earned him the victory in the Patriots’ 11-8 victory against South on Thursday.
While Brandon has been a baseball contributor the past two seasons, he’s been counted on as a leader for his senior campaign.
“He’s been a bright spot offensively for a team struggling to find an identity,” Turner said early last week. “He saw varsity action as a sophomore and junior, but this year he’s got a defined role, where as he was a role player before. He’s one of the main cogs of the operation.”
In the days leading up to the Big 4 matchups last week, North was sitting with a disappointing 7-11 record.The Patriots are still a work in progress.
“I think we’re just as good as South is. We’re not working as good as a team as we could be,” Brandon said with the sectional just a few weeks away. “I think we’ll compete with some good teams.”