Rushville Republican

August 16, 2013

Sports Briefs


Rushville Republican

---- — Junior Varsity football changes

Junior varsity football games times have changed due to the Lions not fielding a freshman team. The junior varsity game at New Palestine on Aug. 31 will begin at 10 a.m. The game at Connersville on Sept. 21 and at Lawrenceburg on Oct. 5 will both start at 10 a.m.

Ladies bowling meeting

Rushville Bowl will host the organization meeting Aug. 27 for the Tuesday Night Ladies Bowling League. All bowlers from last year as well as potential new bowlers are asked to attend. For more information, call 561-7573.

Pacers hire Popeye Jones

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers hired Popeye Jones as an assistant coach Wednesday.

Adding the 43-year-old ex-NBA player gives the Pacers a full staff. Indiana lost Brian Shaw to Denver and Jim Boylen to San Antonio earlier this summer. Coach Frank Vogel hired former NBA head coach Nate McMillan to replace Shaw.

Jones spent the last three seasons with the Nets, the first year in player development and the last two as an assistant coach. He worked for Dallas in player development the previous three seasons.

The Murray State alum was Houston’s second-round draft pick in 1992 then was traded to Dallas. Jones played one season in Europe before returning to Dallas in 1993 and wound up making stops with Toronto, Boston, Denver, Washington and Golden State before retiring in 2004.

Purdue fills final coaching spot with Brantley

WEST LAFAYETTE (AP) — Purdue coach Matt Painter hired former Boilermakers player Brandon Brantley as an assistant coach Wednesday.

Painter now has a full staff with three Indiana natives as assistants.

Brantley spent the last two years with Basketball University and as the EG10 AAU Under-16 head coach. He also served as a head coach at the Indianapolis Pro-Am Summer League from 2008-12. From 2006-10, he worked on the coaching staff at Indianapolis Ben Davis.

Brantley played for the Boilermakers when they won three straight Big Ten titles in the mid-1990s and was the captain and co-MVP of the 1995-96 team, which went 26-6 and was the top seed in the West Region. He finished his career with 803 points, 591 rebounds and 114 blocks.

Butler grad hired as Bulldogs’ new radio voice

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Butler University has hired Mark Minner to become the Bulldogs’ new radio voice.

Minner, hired Wednesday, replaces Brandon Gaudin, who left recently left to take the football and basketball play-by-play jobs at Georgia Tech.

Minner graduated from Butler in 2012 and has served as a halftime, postgame and studio host for Butler basketball the past three seasons. He also has done play-by-play on webcasts for Butler football and women’s basketball and he’s done freelance work for Turner Sports during the NCAA championships in baseball and women’s golf.