Following your Hoosiers is always more fun with friends. Come hang out with us after every Indiana basketball game, and every Thursday night, as our team of hosts -- Jerod Morris, Andy Bottoms, Ryan Phillips, and Brian "The Coach" Tonsoni dissect every angle of IU basketball, as we've been doing since 2011. We are equal parts unabashed fandom and objective analysis, with plenty of laughter along the way. If you're looking for knee-jerk analysis and hot takes, this is NOT the show for you. But if you want a show that isn't afraid to critique play while always staying supportive of players, then this is the place for you.
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This week on AC Radio, we focus on the Big Ten conference with Big Ten Media Day occurring and the "official unofficial" Big Ten media poll recently being released. What do we make of the Big Ten this season? And what bold predictions are we willing to go on record with?Also, we make a special announcement about a new content partnership that will take our private discussion community to the next level. Learn more at assemblycall.com/communityPlus, as always, answers to community member questions.On the mics: Jerod (hosting again!), Ryan, and Coach Adragna
This week on Assembly Call Radio, Ryan returns to the show newly engaged and we begin by congratulating him on the milestone. We then dive into basketball and begin by discussing this weekend's upcoming Hoosier Hysteria and end with listener questions, while touching on a few other topics in between.
In the first episode of The Inside Scoop with Tamar Bates presented by Speakeasy Sales Copy, Jerod and Tamar lay out their goals for the show and dig into Tamar's offseason transition to Bloomington. Among the topics discussed:• How the show came about• What they want fans to take away from the series• How Tamar reacts when his coaches and teammates call him "cocky."• His relationship with Rob Phinisee (and how Rob is looking offensively)• The impact of Clif Marshall• His impression of what's different this year compared to before his arrival• The lessons learned and confidence gained from the Bahamas trip• The early leader for his favorite restaurant in Bloomington• What he and his family will be doing before and during Hoosier Hysteria• His goals for his freshman season -- team and personalAnd much more.
Rob Phinisee has had an interesting, and in may ways contradictory, three years in Bloomington.• He arrived as a headline member of one of the most celebrated IU recruiting classes of the post-Knight era … but is now the only one left and still hasn't played in an NCAA Tournament game.• He burst onto the scene as a freshman point guard with the kind of production that gave IU fans dreams of the next Yogi … but has struggled to recapture that efficiency and consistency since.• He's earned a reputation as a clutch shooter with a handful of memorable shots that decided games … but has been a part of three straight backcourts that notoriously couldn't shoot the ball well enough to space the floor for talented interior scorers.• His IU teams have struggled to just get their head above water in Big Ten play … but notched three straight wins against top-10 Michigan State teams.It hasn't really made a lot of sense.But what does seem to make sense, at least IU fans hope, is that Rob and the entire IU program will have a chance to be reborn under the direction of a new staff and with a rebuilt roster.In this wide-ranging conversation with Rob we discuss the many contradictory elements of his time at IU and look forward to what his fourth season may bring. Among the topics we get into:• How he's approaching his option to play a fifth year• That time he scored 50 points in a high school game … and could have scored more• Why he chose to leave Lafayette for Bloomington• What Indiana needs to do to finally beat Purdue again• The ups and downs of the Marquette and Arkansas games freshman year• The game-winner against Butler and the anointing of “Big Shot Rob”• Hypotheses for why he's been able to come through more consistently in clutch situations than regular ones• The ongoing relationship he developed with the young man who wrote him a letter after the Butler game• What guarding Cassius Winston was like• The toughest players he's had to guard (his final answer on this one will stun you)• What he learned about the impact of crowds during the COVID season• What the experience of playing for Archie Miller was like• The role does he expect to play this season• What will be different about Indiana's defensive approach this season• What he wants to do after his basketball playing career is overAnd so much more. We cover a ton while reliving some of his most memorable moments as a Hoosier.
This week on Assembly Call Radio, we begin by discussing the official visit of Noah Clowney. The remainder of the show dives into a different sport as it discusses IU Football. This included bringing on former IU assistant Bob Morris (Jerod's Dad).
On Tuesday afternoon, coveted 4-star guard Jalen Hood-Schifino became the third commitment in the Class of 2022. We convened an emergency panel featuring Jerod Morris, Galen Clavio, and Dustin Dopirak (of the Herald-Times!!!) to discuss Hood-Schifino's commitment, what it means, what type of player he is, and what it suggests about the program Mike Woodson is building in Bloomington.
On Friday, Indiana defeated BC Mega 79-66 in the Bahamas in an exhibition game. After the game, our crew broke it all down on The Assembly Call IU Postgame Show. We also had live appearances from coaches and players for first time ever courtesy of Chad Schwartzkopf who made the trip and did impromptu interviews.
On this week's edition of Assembly Call Radio, we roll through a few headlines (including one recruiting downer) and then discuss some popular all-ins and all-outs as fans look ahead to this year's basketball team. Finally, we hit up a bunch of questions -- some related to basketball, and several that are not.On the mics: Andy, Coach, and Ryan
Assembly Call Radio returned this week for a discussion about the first week of players having control over their NIL rights. It's been a whirlwind. What are our initial thoughts and impressions?Also: the Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchups, some important Big Ten stay/go decisions, a few recruiting updates, and plenty of fun listener questions.On the mics: Coach and Andy.
his week on Assembly Call Radio, we begin with discussing the addition of St. Johns to the schedule and the return of 100% capacity to IU Athletic events in the fall. We continue with a much deeper dive into the non-conference schedule beyond that game. Eventually we take viewer questions to close the show.
This week on Assembly Call Radio, we dive into the recruiting visits that have happened recently with special guests Alex Bozich and later Jay Horrey. We then take viewer questions and discuss a few other topics throughout the show.
Talk to anyone at IU about Indiana's social media output, and one name comes up more than any other: Lynnea Phillips. And with good reason. She's the head of digital and social media for IU athletics.With the ever-increasing importance of social media to sports programs across the country, we invited Lynnea onto the show to discuss how she is leading Indiana's efforts to brand its programs, players, and coaches, and prepare the entire department for the seismic shift of NIL changes (whenever they actually come to the Hoosier State).And much more. This is a fascinating peek behind the curtain at one of the most important athletic department functions in modern-day college athletics.Make sure you follow Lynnea (@lynneaphillips) and the Cuban Center (@CubanCenter) on Twitter.
This week on Assembly Call Radio, a discussion about Mike Krzyzewski's retirement and the changing of the guard in college basketball. We then talk about other offseason topics regarding IU Basketball and debate the Brad Stevens news. The shows ends with answering questions from viewers.
We have something a little bit different for you to head into the weekend with.As you probably know, Eric Pankowski of the Hoosier Hysterics podcast is a candidate for IU trusted. Voting begins on June 1st and goes through June 30th. In this episode, Eric discusses the genesis of his candidacy, what his most important issues are, why building up athletics has a cascading impact on the rest of the university, and how he addresses concerns about how the persona he's developed as "a hysteric" will reflect on the trustee position and fit in the trustee boardroom.And then, of course, there's a little hoops talk at the end.Here is information on how to vote in the upcoming election: https://alumni.iu.edu/events/trustee-election/index.html
In this edition of Hoosier Storytime, we get the inside scoop on one of the greatest teams in IU basketball history from one of the greatest examples of player development: Brian Evans. Brian played on the last few IU teams that were truly at the epicenter of college basketball. He was a redshirt on the 1992 Final Four team and a key rotation piece on the 1993 Elite Eight team that many people think would have won it all were it not for Alan Henderson's knee injury. We talk at length about what it was like playing with so many great players like Henderson, Calbert Cheaney, Greg Graham, Damon Bailey, etc.Plus: why Brian wanted to kick the Fab 5's ass so badly, who from those early 90s teams would win in a shooting contest, and whether or not he felt threatened by Bob Knight's recruitment of Ivan Renko (or Bob Knight's offseason threats that there might not be a spot for Evans on the next year's team).We also discuss player development in general, the shooting woes of the current program, and what it was like popping his shoulder back into place on the court.All of that and much more in this edition of Hoosier Storytime.Our private IU basketball discussion community: http://assemblycall.com/communityPlaybook Products: http://assemblycall.com/pp
On this special episode of Assembly Call Radio, it's a Tonsoni Takeover! Coach is behind the wheel with his boys Brent and Brandon alongside for an in-depth discussion about what it's like behind the scenes of a Division 1 basketball program. (Brandon was a manager at IU under Tom Crean and Brent was a manager at Indiana State under Greg Lansing.)The boys also discuss this week's headlines: Jerome Hunter's departure, the new grad assistant, and the Big Ten opponent announcement.And stick around after Segment 3 for the debut of new Bob Thompson music! When he sent it to Jerod, he billed it as the best song he's created yet and ... it doesn't disappoint. Then, during AC After Dark, Jerod shares the story of his email exchange with Mark Cuban and explains why it's time for sports fans to start paying a little closer attention to NFTs.All that and more on this week's edition of Assembly Call Radio.Here is the link to the episode of the Unchained podcast with Mark Cuban that Jerod references: https://unchainedpodcast.com/mark-cuban-on-why-he-thinks-eth-is-a-better-store-of-value-than-bitcoin/
Jerod had the opportunity to resume his chat with Devonte Green (find Part 1 in your feed from last week), one of the few players who straddled the Tom Crean and Archie Miller Eras, and a player who brought flashes of explosive offense during one of the more offensively challenged eras of IU basketball.We cover a wide variety of topics in this follow-up conversation, including:• Whether the media should be given more access to players while they’re in college• How will more lenient NIL rules affect college players? Will it cause problems in locker rooms?• His experience leaning on IU resources for mental health support• What his childhood was like and when he started playing basketball.• How is relationship with his brother has evolved over the years• How he evolved as a young basketball player• The two guys on the current team he thinks will thrive under Mike Woodson.• What it’s like playing pickup games with guys IU is recruiting• The time he dunked on OG (whether OG will admit it or not)• The best shooter, players, dunker, leader, and passer he played with at IU• What traditions meant the most to him at IU? And what should IU do to modernize the program?And a lot more. We also talk about some of his lowest moments as a player, after celebrating the best moments in our last episode.Our thanks to Devonte for being so generous with his time.Part 1: https://assemblycall.com/episode-707-devonte-green/
On May 5th, Jerod had the opportunity to chat with Devonte Green, one of the few players who straddled the Tom Crean and Archie Miller Eras.We cover a wide variety of topics about his career at IU, including:• The recent health diagnosis that ended his first professional season prematurely (and how it will impact his career moving forward)• His memories of the Florida State game and the feeling in the locker room when that season was cut short by COVID• Reflections on the Iowa game and how he views the way he fit in Archie Miller's offense• What it's like to be scorching hot on the basketball court.• His very strong opinions about the packline defense.• His role in the two Michigan State wins his junior year, and the impact of his suspension prior to the first Michigan State win (and how that drove him moving forward)• His relationship with Archie Miller and how it evolved over time.• Archie Miller's surprising reaction to Devonte's famous shoe-in-hand steal ... and does he steal have the shoe??• How he reacted to Tom Crean chewing him out after throwing an alley-oop to Freddie McSwain as a freshmanAnd so much more, including a hilarious story end to end the interview about an interaction he had with Archie ... and why his ex-coach still owes him a million dollars. It's a wide-ranging, fun conversation. Enjoy!Here is the article by Eddie Koton that I mentioned: https://www.thehoosiernetwork.com/2019/04/01/devonte-green-more-than-just-a-cheat-code/***http://assemblycall.com/pp
On April 28th, Jerod had the opportunity to chat with Steve Green, Bob Knight's first recruit and a member of the vaunted 1975 team.If you've ever heard an interview with Steve, you know that he is gregarious, high-energy, and very engaging. He certainly did not disappoint in this conversation.We cover a wide variety of topics:• What he and Brian Evans are up to with Arora Sleep.• The connection he made with Branch McCracken before ever meeting Bob Knight.• How the 1976 team has welcomed he and John Laskowski as one of their own, even though they graduated in 1975.• The story of his first technical foul, and why it was extra hypocritical for Bob Knight to chew him out that day.• His IU recruiting story.• His thoughts on why Mike Woodson will be such a good fit at IU• How he would fix IU's program-wide shooting woes.• The advice he would give to an incoming freshman.And so much more. It's a wide-ranging, fun conversation that I think you'll really enjoy.Learn more about Arora Sleep: http://arorasleep.comLearn more about Playbook Products: http://assemblycall.com/ppLearn more about our private IU sports discussion community: http://assemblycall.com/community
Wait, this a 90-minute episode about a tweet? You’re damn right it is. Because the viral tweet the IU mens basketball program sent yesterday isn’t just a great story on its own; it’s a microcosm of a dramatic shift within the athletic department that has Indiana sports poised to be a national leader for years to come.First, Jerod Morris talks to longtime assistant AD Jeremy Gray (@IUJGray) about how IU’s epic troll of the most unreasonable elements of its fan base came about, and how it fits into a larger narrative about the departments commitment to NIL, having an engaging public persona, and putting athletes first.Then, assistant director of video services Andrew Brown (@IUAndrew) joins to discuss how the tweet itself came about, the “branding meetings” going on behind the scenes with IU players, and how he and the other members of the department get their inspiration for the content that has been engaging Indiana sports fans for the last year-plus.If you missed the tweet, rectify that now: https://twitter.com/IndianaMBB/status/1387087262073171971Also, here is the URL Jerod mentions off the top: http://assemblycall.com/pp
On Wednesday afternoon, we were fortune enough to get 30 minutes of time from IU assistant coach Kenya Hunter. He and Jerod cover a number of topics, including:• Hot yoga?• The Tweet he sent after Tamar Bates' commitment• The enthusiasm around the program• Tim Miles' hilarious story about trying to break into Assembly Hall• His reaction to IU's players saying they want better relationships and more development• What was up with the shooting last season? And what's being done to improve it moving forward.• The impact of COVID on last season's team• His pedigree as a defensive coach, and whether or not that will be his role under Mike Woodson• The importance of relationships in recruiting• Which players he expects to take the biggest steps forward with a full summerAnd more.It's a fun conversation, and you get a sense for why many people consider Kenya to be a future high-level head coach.If you want to take Jerod up on the community offer he mentions at the beginning of the episode, go to http://assemblycall.com/community
Another day, another emergency breaking news podcast.Miller Kopp, formerly of Northwestern, has announced his intention to transfer to Indiana. We assembled our largest panel ever to discuss it! On the mics: Jerod, Coach, Mike DeCourcy, Jay, Chatmob Chad, and lifelong Northwestern fan and former Assembly Call intern Michael Dugan
On this emergency episode of The Assembly Call, Jerod Morris and Galen Clavio break down the commitment of Tamar Bates. What is he like as a player? What does the backcourt rotation look like now? How awesome is Kenya Hunter? And what does Bates' commitment suggest about the budding level of swag in the IU basketball program?
On this special edition episode of The Assembly Call, Jerod Morris provides his immediate reaction to Yasir Rosemond being announced as Indiana's 3rd assistant coach. Then he discusses the retention of Mike Roberts and Clif Marshall and the impact of Joey Brunk's departure.All that and much more on this impromptu edition of The Assembly Call.Here is a link to the YouTube video with Rosemond giving parents and players advice for how to navigate recruiting in a pandemic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IY1w75Eyab8
This week on Assembly Call Radio, we discuss all the major news in IU Basketball this week. We go in depth on new commit Xavier Johnson and talk about all the players who are back at IU after removing their names from the transfer portal (and bypassing the NBA draft in Trayce Jackson Davis' case). Also, Dane Fife's addition to the coaching staff and Armaan Franklin's departure are touched on in what was one of the biggest news weeks for the Hoosiers we have ever seen.
Did you miss us?It only took one day for more good news to echo throughout Hoosier Nation, as Race Thompson announced he is returning to Indiana. What is the impact of Race's decision? How does he fit into the new style of offense we're expecting under Mike Woodson? And what do the lineup permutations start to look like?Plus ... is it possible to have TOO loaded of a roster in Mike Woodson's first season? (No, of course not. Don't be silly.)We also spitball a bit on Armaan Franklin's decision.All that and much more on this edition of The Assembly Call.On the mics: Jerod (solo for about a half hour), Coach, Jay, Scott, and Coach Marlow
On this impromptu, in-the-car edition of Assembly Call Radio, we break down the commitment of Pitt transfer Xavier Johnson. What does he bring to the table? What are the question marks? How might he fit with Armaan and Indiana's other returning guards? And much more. On the mics: Jerod and Jay "Mediocre Question" Horrey
On this emergency episode of The Assembly Call we react to the news that Dane Fife is joining Mike Woodson's staff and both Khristian Lander and Jordan Geronimo are returning to Bloomington.On the mics: Jerod, Coach, and Ryan, plus special guests Eric and Ward from Hoosier Hysterics (who have unique insight into Fife and potential assistant Mike Lewis)
Trayce Jackson-Davis is back, which means it's time to fire up a special edition live show. So we do, with two special guests: Galen Clavio from Crimson Cast and Sam Vecenie from The Athletic.First, Galen joins (2:56) to break down the importance of Trayce's return, what to expect from him as a junior, what this suggests about the Mike Woodson Era, and much, much more.Then, Sam joins (1:01:41) to give the NBA scouts' view on Trayce as a professional prospect and what he needs to show as a junior to get drafted. He also highlights some other Hoosiers on the NBA radar.It's a fun, wide-ranging conversations with two astute basketball minds, befitting this triumphant day to be a Hoosier.All that and much more on this edition of The Assembly Call.---Don't forget to check out Playbook Products: http://assemblycall.com/pp
In this special edition episode of The Assembly Call, good friend of the show Mark Titus joins us to discuss why he’s “cautiously optimistic” about Mike Woodson as Indiana’s head coach, what he thinks his former head coach Thad Matta can bring to the table in Bloomington, and why everyone should just chill out about how hard the transition will be going from coaching in the NBA to coaching against Greg Gard, Fran McCaffery, and Chris Collins.The interview begins around the 7:00 mark. We begin with a quick bit of housekeeping to tell you about two new IU-related products you may be interested in and a couple of ways you can support the show. Here are the links mentioned:• New Homefield Apparel T-shirt: http://assemblycall.com/t (Code ASSEMBLY20 at checkout)• Playbook Products IU-themed coasters: http://assemblycall.com/pp• Assembly Call Donate page: http://assemblycall.com/donate• IU Sports Discussion Community: http://assemblycall.com/communityOn the mics: Jerod Morris and Mark Titus
On this show, we discuss the loss to end a historic season in the programs first ever Elite 8. We also point out a few meaningful moments you may have missed, go inside the numbers, and hand out our game balls. All of that, and more, on this edition of The Assembly Call.
We have a coach!As is our custom, we react real-time to the latest IU basketball news. Rick Bozich broke the news, so he gives us his perspective. Then Alex Bozich and Eric Pankowski join, and we discuss the unique upside of the choice. Finally, Ryan highlights all of the questions about the hire.It's a wide-ranging conversation making sense of this breaking news.On the mics: Jerod and Coach with Rick Bozich, Alex Bozich, Eric Pankowski, and then Ryan joins at the end.