Editor’s note: We’re excited to announce that we’ve hired our new beat writer, Andrew Vailliencourt, for the upcoming season. Andrew will be taking over all of the day-to-day duties that Jordan Littman had for the last two seasons and we’re thrilled to have him on board.
Make sure to follow him on Twitter and look for his coverage in the weeks and months to come. His introduction post follows.
With summer still hanging on, we’re proud to announce the #iubb banners hat, designed by yours truly.
The white New Era adjustable cap features Indiana’s iconic five banners embroidered on the front with #iubb over the back opening.
It’s available for pre-order starting today via our partner Underground Printing for $24.99. Click on the “OS” size to activate the Add to Cart button.
The hats begin shipping on August 19th.
Jordan Littman is completing his second season as our beat writer at Inside the Hall and will be moving on after graduation. Jordan, like Justin Albers and Zach Osterman before him, has been a tremendous asset to the site and will continue to serve in the role in the coming weeks, but it’s time to start thinking about replacing him.
We are looking for a new beat writer who will attend media availabilities throughout the season, cover every home game and also travel to cover select road games. While the position is not full-time, it is paid and a tremendous opportunity to expand your skills and gain valuable experience covering a major college basketball program.
Thanks to our friends at Underground Printing, we’re back with another contest for the 2014-2015 season.
The task at hand is to predict Indiana’s regular season record for the upcoming season. There are 13 non-conference games and 18 Big Ten games for a total of 31 contests.
The schedule, for those who wish to give it a closer look before making a prediction, is here.
At stake, aside from bragging rights, is $50 to spend either in store or online at Underground Printing.
When we did a major overhaul of the site this past fall, we noted an improved tablet experience would be on the way in 2014.
This is now live, along with a host of other improvements that have been a focus since the 2013-2014 season wrapped up.
Instead of seeing a tight desktop version of the site on an iPad (or smaller tablet), there’s a lot more breathing room, as the tablet experience is a close mirror of what we have on mobile — a single column of content with white space on the side. (For readers who like a smaller browsing/reading window on desktop, simply minimize your window to an iPad size and you’ll be able to experience the site as such.)
This change makes ITH more adaptive than responsive, as we’re not fully fluid and instead have distinct breakpoints for tablet and mobile.
Other enhancements/improvements are as follows:
Hello and welcome to ITH 3.0 — our first overhaul to the product since 2009.
When Alex and I discussed a re-design earlier this year, one thing was clear: In an era where mobile readership only continues to grow, we were lacking a modern experience. That changes now. Our codebase has a responsive breakpoint for smaller viewports, which means no more pinching and zooming the full desktop site to read ITH content on (most) smartphones.
At present, our tablet look mirrors that of the desktop. It’s acceptable, but not ideal. We’re looking to give a stronger tablet experience at some point in 2014. But due to the reality of our business model — one that relies on fixed-sized advertising units that don’t play well on a fully fluid responsive site, let alone a separate tablet look — it’s a challenge. And we want to get it right.
While things look different here, you can still find every resource and recruiting link from the previous incarnation’s home sidebar in the new look’s home sidebar. And all pages and posts have come on over as well.
As difficult as it is to announce, I will be leaving Inside the Hall to accept a position with Fox Sports and Scout.com covering Indiana basketball and basketball recruiting. I’ll join Terry Hutchens’ team at AllHoosiers.com on Wednesday.
I am truly sad to leave ITH and all of you after almost two years. You guys are some of the most educated and enthusiastic IU fans out there, and I’ll miss being able to interact with you on a regular basis.
On top of that, Alex and Ryan have been two of the best people to work with as well as two of the most talented guys I have ever met. It has been an honor to be part of the ITH team as long as I have and I’ll now watch from afar as it continues to grow and prosper.
I’ll still be around and I hope some of you will come over and read my work at my new home. But instead of rambling on, I’ll just cut myself off there and thank you for reading my work over the last two years. It’s been an honor to bring you IU basketball coverage.
As far as my replacement here at Inside the Hall, that will be announced early next week.