Tracy Smith is in 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.


The Hoosiers split two games at Georgia Southern this past weekend, with the opener requiring more than 40 hours to complete. It was suspended on both Friday and Saturday, finally completed on Sunday. IU takes its 3-2 mark to Myrtle Beach this weekend for Baseball at the Beach.


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Feb. 27, 2013


I’m Back!


I’m back . . . I’m back on the bandwagon now with my favorite show because the focus is back on the singing. I enjoy the early shows where we get to meet and see a lot of different contestants from around the country, but the best part of Idol for me is when we get to hear the talented (and I mean really talented) singers. I know I was singing (pun intended) the praises of the ladies, but there are some guys that can win it too. This week was especially enjoyable because there were so many of them that reminded me of some of my favorite singers – past and present.


I was always a Luther Vandross fan; even saw him in concert, and it seems like every year Idol tries to present us with the next “Luther.” Think Ruben Studdard in the past, and think Curtis Finch, Jr. in the present. He knocked it out and I would pay to hear that dude sing. I like him a lot. We even had a little Smokey Robinson flavor with  Kevin Harris. To my surprise the judges didn’t like him, but there aren’t too many people that sound like that. Oh well, Nicki knows better . . .


Another one of my favorite singers is Josh Groban. People say I shouldn’t admit that publicly, but if I can say that I have attended a couple Barry Manilow concerts, I should have no trouble saying I like Josh Groban. Devin Velez reminded me of Josh. I think he is going to go far in the competition. It would not be current pop if we didn’t have a “Bruno Mars” in this year’s group, and Elijah Liu is that guy. He is no way near the performer of Bruno, but his vocals remind me of him.


All-in-all, a couple strong shows this past week. I may have spoken too soon about American Idol having a girl winner, and for probably the first time this season, I am looking forward to next week’s show.


(photos courtesy of IU Media Relations Office)