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How far from the top has the IU vs. Purdue rivalry fallen and what about the profane chants? Mike DeCourcy talks hoops

Indiana fans fall short in shouting “***k you, Haarms” at the Boilermaker who beat them #iubb

The best IU fans could do to harass this Dutchman from Purdue was “***k you, Haarms!”?

The chants were audible throughout the game as IU fans expressed their disdain for Purdue center Matt Haarms, “***k you, Haarms!”

I have no problem with yelling at opposing players – it’s part of the fun of going to the game.  I have no problem with profanity – skillfully used, it can punctuate a point and get attention.

But I have a problem with IU students yelling “***k you, Haarms!” throughout the game because it’s not clever.

Many times during his 29 years as Indiana’s basketball coach, Bob Knight grabbed the PA microphone from Chuck Crabb to chastise fans for yelling profanity.  Despite my affection for shouting obscenities, I always listened to Knight because he was a scary guy.

There are rules preventing coaches from doing that today, so Archie Miller lacks the means to communicate his displeasure, if he feels any.

I would pick up the mic and demand better, but not necessarily cleaner from the student section.

Again, my disdain for last night’s chants is not driven by a prudish aversion to swearing, but a lack of respect for college students who can’t come up with anything more clever to distract a kid like Haarms.

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IU students were shouting at a 7’3″ Dutchman with goofy hair from Purdue, and the very best they could come up with was “***k you, Haarms!”?  How about swearing at him in Dutch?  That’s barely clever, but it would be a step in the right direction.

When I was a student at IU, we spent three hours per day in class, slept another four hours, and invested the other 17 hours a day annoying people.  At no point did we chant, “***k you, (insert name here)!”  We weren’t always classy, but there was always a bit of wit in our exploits.

Indiana University’s student body should demand better from themselves as they harass opponents at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, Greeks on North Jordan, or professors in Ballantine Hall.

IU lost 48-46 to Purdue last night as Haarms silenced the fans with a tip in with 3.2 seconds left.

Now that was clever.

Kent Sterling hosts the fastest growing sportstalk show in Indianapolis on CBS Sports 1430 every weekday from 3p-7p, and writes about Indiana sports at kentsterling.com.

Breakfast with Kent – Boilers beat IU 48-46; Cline competes; IU fans fail; Machado gets $300M

IU Hoops legend Tom Van Arsdale talks about recruiting, his twin brother, and the current Hoosiers

Keion Brooks Dad tweets an update about his recruiting, and I couldn’t care less #iubb

Keion Brooks Dad tweeted this update about his recruitment yesterday:

And I don’t care.  He’s the 38th ranked player in the 2019 class, so he’s highly sought after, but it makes no difference to me whether he pledges Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina – and anyone else.

Nothing against the kid.  I don’t know him.  It’s not that I’m above caring about where a high school senior chooses to play basketball.  I drove to New Albany to see the Romeo Langford commitment, so I’m as susceptible to the recruiting drama as the next guy.  (It’s also important to note that I spent my high school years in New Albany, and spent a little time with Langford, so I have an affinity for the kid.)

But news about Brooks does nothing for me.

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Some of it is that I don’t like prep schools like La Lumiere strip-mining talented basketball players from their hometowns as a marketing ploy.  They prey on the inability of kids and their parents to deal with the adversity of high school basketball.

I think jumping to a prep school encourages a kid to take the path of least resistance, rather than learn to overcome temporary struggles.

A more significant reason for my ambivalence about Brooks is the state of Indiana University Basketball.  Until the current roster plays with purpose as a unit, I don’t much care who those players are.

Until a culture of toughness is instilled at IU, I’m afraid tough-minded recruits will opt to play among like-minded teammates.  That means IU will remain a mish-mash of players with a variety of agendas.

Maybe Brooks can be a transformational player who should be coveted by coaches and fans, but the transformation I need to see at Indiana is in a demand for behavioral change for the Hoosiers.

Until that happens, Brooks updates – and those like them – will escape my attention.

Kent Sterling hosts the fastest growing sportstalk show in Indianapolis on CBS Sports 1430 every weekday from 3p-7p, and writes about Indiana sports at kentsterling.com.