Former Ohio State guard Walter Offutt to Indiana?

NCAA First Round: Siena Saints v Ohio State BuckeyesWalter Offutt, a 6-3 guard from Warren Central in Indianapolis who originally signed with Ohio State and transferred to Wright State, is on the move again.

We received a tip on Monday that Offutt would leave Wright State and consider walking-on at Indiana and now The Dayton Daily News is reporting it as a possibility:

Walter Offutt, a 6-foot-3 guard who transferred to Wright State from Ohio State in the winter, will leave WSU when the current quarter ends, Offutt said today, April 21.

Offutt said he is considering walking on to the roster at Indiana or possibly joining former OSU assistant coach John Groce at Ohio University, where Groce is the head coach.

Offutt was a four-star recruit in the 2008 class, but played in just 21 games as a freshman at Ohio State and in two games last fall as a sophomore before transferring to Wright State.

He averaged 17.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.1 steals as a junior at Warren Central before missing his senior season due to injury.

Offutt would likely have two years of eligibility remaining.

Crean confirms Steve McClain will be new assistant

The search for the vacant assistant coach position is over.

Indiana head coach Tom Crean confirmed Wednesday afternoon to multiple media outlets that former Colorado associate head coach Steve McClain will join the IU staff.

According to Dustin Dopirak of The Herald-Times, McClain could be announced at a press conference in Bloomington on Friday.

Former IU assistant Roshown McLeod, who was fired prior to the last week of the season, was recently named the new head coach at St. Benedict’s High in New Jersey.

The full press release issued by IU is available after the jump:

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Former Iowa recruit Cody Larson commits to Florida

South Dakota Roosevelt forward Cody Larson, who received a visit from the IU coaching staff shortly after opening up the recruiting process, has given a verbal pledge to play at Florida.

Stu Whitney of The Sioux Falls Argus Leader talked to Larson on Tuesday evening about his decision:

“It’s still hard to grasp that I’m a Gator. I look forward to getting back down here and starting my college career.”

“Everything about Gainesville wowed me, especially the (players) and coaches. Coach Donovan is going to push me to get better, and the whole experience is going to be a good challenge for me.”

Not a surprising development at all, given the obstacles Larson would have needed to clear to play at another Big Ten school. The success of Mike Miller, another South Dakota kid from the same AAU program, was likely a factor in the Gators standing out above the other schools in pursuit of Larson.

The latest on Muncie Central’s Jeremiah Davis

Rumors began circulating on Monday that 2011 Muncie Central guard Jeremiah Davis would make an announcement this week on where he’ll play in college.

But Davis, who has maintained throughout the process that a decision would come once the right fit is found, is staying the course with that philosophy.

“My pops says he wants me to wait off for a little bit,” Davis told Inside the Hall on Monday evening. “Once I feel I’m ready to make the right decision, I’ll make the decision.”

Davis, the No. 54 player nationally in the 2011 class according to Scout.com, said he wasn’t sure where the rumors of a Wednesday announcement originated and added that his decision is not dependent on any of his peers.

“I’m not waiting for anybody,” Davis said. “Whenever I feel I’m mature enough and everything is in the right spot, that’s when I’ll make my decision.”

On April 16, Davis received a visit from one head coach on the first morning of the NCAA contact period. The visit was from Tom Crean and it gave Davis the impression that he’s a top priority for Indiana.

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Denver Post: Steve McClain expected to be new IU assistant

According to a report in today’s Denver Post, Steve McClain is expected to leave Colorado, who will announce Tad Boyle as its new head coach, to become an assistant coach at Indiana.

Boyle, whose team was 25-8 this past season, was selected over former Metro State coach Mike Dunlap and current CU assistant Steve McClain, who is expected to leave to take an assistant’s job at Indiana, according to a source. Boyle is expected to be introduced as head coach at a news conference later today but CU has not yet released a time.

The 48 year-old McClain, who served as the associate head coach at Colorado for the past two seasons, was considered a leading candidate to take over for Jeff Bzdelik, who left for Wake Forest. He was the head coach at Wyoming from 1998 to 2006, where he led the Cowboys to four postseason appearances.

For now, we’ll treat this for what it is: A report from a “source” published by The Denver Post.

Cook Hall dedication set for Sunday

Cook Hall is no longer just a glimmer in the athletic department’s eyes. It’s a real, live, bouncing baby boy. And there’s an open-to-the-public dedication for the new practice center set for this Sunday.

Some details, from IU Media Relations:

Indiana University Athletics will formally dedicate its new basketball development center, Cook Hall, on Sunday, April 25. The 3:00 p.m. dedication ceremony will be conducted on the men’s basketball practice court inside the new facility, which is adjacent to Assembly Hall on the Bloomington campus.

“IU has a long basketball tradition comprised of legendary coaches, players, fans and victories,” said Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass. “Cook Hall honors the hard work and determination of those who have made IU great, and it represents a renewed commitment to elevating both our men’s and women’s basketball programs into a new era of excellence.”

The dedication ceremony will feature remarks from IU President Michael A. McRobbie, Glass, Basketball Head Coaches Tom Crean and Felisha Legette-Jack, former IU basketball players Scott May, Quinn Buckner and Amy Metheny, and current student-athletes Jori Davis and Jordan Hulls. Jim Edson from the architectural firm Populous of Kansas City will present the building for dedication. Stephen L. Ferguson, chair of the Indiana University Board of Trustees Facilities Committee, will accept it before McRobbie conducts the formal dedication.

The dedication ceremony is open to the public. An informal reception and tours of the building will immediately follow the ceremony.

Alex will likely head to Bloomington when the media is allowed to tour Cook Hall, so we hope to have some pictures for those unable see it in the flesh on Sunday.

Report: Larson may be unable to sign with Big Ten school

According to a report by Steve Batterson in Sunday’s Quad City Times, former Iowa recruit Cody Larson, who received a visit from the Indiana coaching staff last Sunday, may be unable to receive a scholarship from another Big Ten school.

The same could also be the case for Ben Brust, another Iowa signee who was granted a release from his Letter of Intent and is now receiving interest from Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Both players have learned since being released by Iowa from the national letters of intent they signed in November that they still are bound by a transfer rule which would preclude either from receiving a scholarship from another Big Ten institution.

The Big Ten rule, which has been on the books for decades, took affect when the players signed letters of intent. Because neither has attended a class at Iowa, both are attempting to appeal their eligibility for a scholarship with the Big Ten.

If the appeal by Brust and Larson is unsuccessful, both still could enroll at another Big Ten school but would be required to pay their own way and compete as walk-ons as former Hawkeye Luke Recker did after leaving Indiana and eventually enrolling at Iowa.

If Larson is unable to to attend another Big Ten school on scholarship, I’d say the chances of him coming to IU or any other school in the league are close to zero.

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