About The Assembly Call


Assembly_Call_Finals-01The Assembly Call was launched before the 2011-12 season with a simple goal: give IU basketball fans a place online to hang out immediately after every game to discuss their Hoosiers.

Thus, as soon as every IU game ends, another episode of The Assembly Call begins.

Our shared vision for what the show, and this site, can be has evolved in the years since we launched.

With audience members all over the globe, and a growing legion of die-hards who show up after each and every game, The Assembly Call has become more than a postgame show — it’s a global community of IU fans who love connecting with each other through their shared love of Indiana hoops.

The Assembly Call has also become our way of giving back to the university we love and appreciate.

Before our third season, we hired our first intern — Zach Gropper. Before our fourth season we hired three more — one of whom, Will DeWitt, has become a full-time part of the staff (see below). And our internship program has continued into the 2015-16 season, as we have two new interns: Josh Eastern and Michael Dugan.

Our interns have become invaluable parts of the team for the on-campus perspective they provide and for the hard work they put in helping us execute on our content creation and audience engagement efforts. In return, our goal is to provide them with valuable instruction about digital media production and online marketing strategy.

If you want to support The Assembly Call, we would be incredibly appreciative. There are several ways to do so, explained here.

About the hosts

The Assembly Call was founded by Jerod Morris, with Andy Bottoms and Ryan Phillips signing on soon thereafter to be co-hosts. All three are proud IU graduates.

Jerod Morris

Jerod is an ’04 grad of Indiana who grew up going to games at Assembly Hall during the heyday of Calbert Cheaney.

He is currently the VP of Marketing for Rainmaker Digital, and hosts three other podcasts: The Showrunner, Primility Primer, and Podcast on the Brink — Inside the Hall’s weekly podcast about Indiana basketball.

Previously, he founded and was the managing editor of Midwest Sports Fans. He is typically the one tweeting from the @AssemblyCall Twitter account, so you can connect with him there.

Andy Bottoms

Andy is an ’00 graduate of IU and is the world’s #1 bracketologist. Seriously. Here are the rankings from Bracket Matrix.

He also does the lineup analysis for the postgame email we send the morning after every game.

You can follow Andy on Twitter at @AndyBottoms, where he can often be found late at night tweeting his informed musings about the most obscure college basketball teams and players.

Andy is now a coach himself — leading his daughters’ basketball and softball teams with the strategic mind of a young Bob Knight but the calm, smooth disposition of Brad Stevens.

Ryan Phillips

Ryan founded Rumors and Rants soon after the Internet was invented, and still posts his commentary and insider info about sports there on a regular basis.

He covered Indiana sports for the Indiana Daily Student during his time in Bloomington. Ryan is originally from California, which is why we forgive him for his incessant tweeting about USC football, the L.A. Kings, and the San Diego Padres.

He is on Twitter at @RumorsAndRants.

Will DeWitt

Will is the newest full-time member of The Assembly Call team. Chosen to be an intern for the spring 2015 semester, Will has worked his way into a full time role as The Assembly Call’s Managing Editor.

He is a current Indiana University junior majoring in Sports Media and covers Indiana sports for IUHoosiers.com. He also founded Da Bears Brothers — a live postgame show and blog for Chicago Bears fans modeled after The Assembly Call.

Follow Will on Twitter: @Wi11DeWitt.

Also, there was that time Will ran into Tom Crean on campus.



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