Tracy Smith enters his eighth season as head coach of the
Indiana Hoosiers. IU went 32-28 this past season, including 14-7
in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers fell 6-5 to Purdue in the
Championship Game of the Big Ten Tournament. A native of
Kentland, Ind., Smith led Indiana to the 2009 Big Ten tourney
title, the first for the program since 1996 and second NCAA
Tournament appearance in school history.
A 1989 graduate of Miami (Ohio), Smith posted a record of
317-220-1 (.590) as head coach at his alma mater. His RedHawks put together
eight consecutive 30-win seasons.
Smith has a keen eye for baseball and a keen ear for music. He
will give us his thoughts through the spring on Indiana baseball and on American
Idol. Follow Smith on Twitter at @HoosierBaseball.
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Feb. 7, 2013
It Has To Get Better
favorite part of last night’s show was the singer named Micah Johnson . . .
only because he shares the name of our second baseman from last year who now
plays in the Chicago White Sox organization. Given IU Micah Johnson’s talent in
about everything he does, it wouldn’t surprise me if he could sing as well as
Idol Micah Johnson. In fact, IU Micah has displayed his vocals in my basement on
more than one occasion and it wasn’t bad.
Before I go any further, I need to apologize for missing an
episode last week, but we are getting close to Opening Day for college baseball
and preparations have been fast and furious. We have yet to get outside for
practice and that always makes me a little nervous so please forgive me for not
checking in. That said, I have to be honest with all my loyal Idol supporters;
the show has yet to grab my full level of commitment like years past. I actually
said to my wife last night that if I had not committed to Phil and the folks at
Collegebaseballinsider.com to recap the show each week, I probably wouldn’t watch
Idol this season. Did I just say that?!
As I mentioned previously, I have been a huge fan of the show
from Year 2, rarely missing a show if at all. Heck, I even would adjust team
travel times during the season so I could make sure we checked in to the hotel
in time to watch the show. But something is lacking for me this season. For one
thing, I have been extremely critical of Nicki, but I think she has deserved
it. She is not good at judging talent. She proved it again last night when she
said the one group that absolutely butchered their song during group round, was
her favorite. How? Simon would have crushed all of them and sent them home
without hesitation. I think that is it – nobody (outside maybe Keith Urban) is
holding the singers to high standards. The show is not so much about singing
anymore as it is about promoting different personalities for ratings. Case in
point, I love the kid Lazarus from Chicago (the boy that stutters), but he had
no business moving on in the competition as he really struggled last night. Not
to mention how many times he said he lacks self-confidence. Good luck making it
in “the industry” if you lack self-confidence. Aren’t we supposed to be finding
the “Next American Idol”?
Well, I am going to hang in there for the time being because it
has to get better. As I was walking out the door this morning my wife told me
not to be negative on my blog because she thinks I am just being grumpy with the
stress of the upcoming season. I reminded her that I am always grumpy . . . and
set off for another day of Hoosier Baseball.
(photos courtesy of IU Media Relations Office)