In today’s edition of Banner Morning:
• Big Ten Media Day is tomorrow.
• De’Ron Davis has learned from his time in rehab.
• Keion Brooks is feeling then pull if staying in-state.
• What are the chances both Trayce and Keion end up at IU?
• The Wildermuth Intramural Center will be getting a new official name.
• Indiana football will honor the late, great George Taliaferro this weekend.
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Welcome to another edition of Banner Morning. We are now 27 days away from Chicago State.
In team news …
Big Ten Media Day takes place tomorrow. Indiana will be represented by its two recently announced captains: Juwan Morgan and Zach McRoberts.
Zach Osterman wrote about De’Ron Davis’ challenging road to recovery from his Achilles injury, what he’s learned, and how he’s ready to embrace the team’s increased expectation level.
In recruiting news …
Logan Newman of USAToday Sports reported on Tuesday that Keion Brooks is feeling the pull of representing his home state in college. Brooks said, “I take pride in representing my state, so that really plays a lot in my decision of what I’m going to do.”
Brooks has talked about with Romeo Langford, who he has told him, “Us being from Indiana, going there, we would be taken care of the rest of our life.”
In his Twitter Tuesday column, Corey Evans from Rivals was asked what chance he gave Indiana of landing both Trayce Jackson-Davis and Keion Brooks. Evans responded by saying, “I would say there’s about a 50 percent chance that Indiana gets both … and I expect the Hoosiers to get at least one of them.”
In IU campus news …
Last week the Associated Press reported that the IU Board of Trustees has decided to remove Ora Wildermuth’s name from the Wildermuth Intramural Center — a facility more commonly referred to as the HPER.
Wildermuth served on the IU board from 1925 to 1952. His reputation has come under fire over the last decade because of racist statements he made in letters during his time as a board member.
IU President Michael McRobbie called Wildermuth’s views deplorable. Others oppose the change, saying Wildermuth’s statements are abhorrent but shouldn’t be judged by today’s standards.
And in IU legend news …
The Indiana community continues to mourn the passing of legendary football player and social pioneer George Taliaferro, while also celebrating his remarkable life.
On Tuesday, the university announced a few ways it will honor him this weekend:
- Flags will be flown at half-staff.
- There will be a moment of silence prior to Indiana’s game this Saturday against Iowa.
- And the Hoosiers will take the field with Taliaferro’s number 44 on their helmets in place of the IU logo.
Jeremy Gray, Indiana’s longtime Senior Associate Athletic Director, tweeted a link on Tuesday to a remarkable story the university produced in 2015 honoring Taliaferro’s legacy. It’s called More Than Football.
In his tweet, Gray said, “I will work here a long time and never get to work on another project as cool as this one. RIP to George Taliaferro…a true IU icon, American hero, and one of the best people this state has ever produced.”
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I’ll be back tomorrow with a brand new edition of Banner Morning. Until then, keep your elbows in and your eyes on the rim, and go Hoosiers.