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BENNER: Catching up with Pacers, racers and BoilermakersRestricted Content

April 16, 2011
Bill Benner
Will Conseco Fieldhouse be half empty of Pacer fans for the playoffs?
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BENNER: Hink, you would be darn proud of these BulldogsRestricted Content

April 9, 2011
Bill Benner
I’ll be darned if Butler didn’t reach the championship game again.
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BENNER: Butler players succeed at more than winning gamesRestricted Content

April 2, 2011
Bill Benner
The best part of this Butler University run to another Final Four isn’t that the Bulldogs put themselves in position for a second straight year to win a national championship. It’s that they already have won one. Well, kinda, sorta.
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BENNER: March drama extends beyond basketball courtRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Bill Benner
The same fans who had (rightfully) lauded coach Matt Painter for guiding the Boilermakers to a surprisingly strong season suddenly were ripping Painter in the aftermath of the tournament loss to VCU.
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BENNER: March Madness 2011 comes with some sadnessRestricted Content

March 19, 2011
Bill Benner
Recent weeks saw the passing of a handful of the Hoosier sport’s key figures, among them former Shortridge High School and Butler University basketball coach George Theofanis.
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BENNER: Who might be this year's Butler? Maybe ButlerRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Bill Benner
A year ago this week, the Butler men’s basketball team was preparing to play the University of Texas-El Paso in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. Who knew what was about to unfold?
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BENNER: Enabled by us, the rich squabble over billionsRestricted Content

March 5, 2011
Bill Benner
How can Indianapolis, and cities throughout America, continue to feed the beast that is sports?
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BENNER: Bill Lynch leaves sidelines, comes full circleRestricted Content

February 26, 2011
Bill Benner
There's a high road out there, and former IU football Coach Bill Lynch is traveling it.
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BENNER: Time flies when you're writing about sportsRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Bill Benner
Ten years ago this week, the good folks at Indianapolis Business Journal began providing me the opportunity to write in this publication.
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BENNER: Super Bowls Radio Row is a non-stop PR machineRestricted Content

February 5, 2011
Bill Benner
The National Football League has created this monster and couldn’t be happier about it.
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BENNER: Athletes, like politicians, should dial down the rhetoricRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Bill Benner
Trash talk seems so silly. Pointless. Childish.
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BENNER: It's time for Colts to make game plan for futureRestricted Content

January 15, 2011
Bill Benner
Maybe the reason the Colts insist on keeping the roof closed at Lucas Oil Stadium is to keep anyone from noticing that the sky is falling.
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BENNER: Plenty of reasons to love (and loathe) college footballRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
Bill Benner
I love it because it I allow it to suck me in like a farm kind seeing the big-city lights for the first time. I loathe it because it is becoming too much like the NFL.
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BENNER: Grandpa prepares for 'once upon a time' in sportsRestricted Content

January 1, 2011
Bill Benner
I've already begun to compose my thoughts for my just-born grandson.
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BENNER: IU's new coach doesn't have to work miraclesRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Bill Benner
An open letter to Kevin Wilson, Indiana University's football coach.
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BENNER: Football shows Marian U. the power of sportsRestricted Content

December 4, 2010
Bill Benner
A Catholic university based in Indiana where football serves as a major rallying point for students, alumni and donors? The University of Notre Dame would be a correct answer. But it’s no longer the only one.
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BENNER: Louisville scores a point in Indy catch-up gameRestricted Content

November 20, 2010
Bill Benner
Forty years ago, Indianapolis and Louisville were both known as one-event towns. But Indy moved on while Louisville stayed put.
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BENNER: Happy hoops season could cure football miseryRestricted Content

November 13, 2010
Bill Benner
College basketball season is upon us. Thank goodness. Here in Indiana, it can serve to take our minds off college football.
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BENNER: Indiana State football reigns ... and other thoughtsRestricted Content

November 6, 2010
Bill Benner
Tony Dungy's class act, the possibilities of NFL expansion, and more.
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BENNER: Misperceptions swirl around college agent issueRestricted Content

October 30, 2010
Bill Benner
How many collegians accept money? The percentage could not possibly rise above the low single digits, if that.
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BENNER: Will Pacers put up wins and finally win back fans?Restricted Content

October 23, 2010
Bill Benner
The Indiana Pacers open their National Basketball Association season Wednesday night with two questions overriding other concerns.
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BENNER: How will NFL's labor dispute play out? No one knowsRestricted Content

October 16, 2010
Bill Benner
With the National Football League season in full swing, it is easy to forget the gathering storm clouds of a labor impasse that threaten the 2011 schedule.
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BENNER: Athletic director pushes off-field game plan for IURestricted Content

October 9, 2010
Bill Benner
After months of discussions, IU Director of Athletics Fred Glass has determined that IU athletics must be defined by a broader culture than simply wins and losses
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BENNER: New NCAA chief inherits full plate and moreRestricted Content

October 2, 2010
Bill Benner
An open letter to NCAA President Mark Emmert: Welcome to Indianapolis, President Emmert. Or, if I may, Mark. We’re pretty informal around here.
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BENNER: Issue of women in locker room crops up ... againRestricted Content

September 25, 2010
Bill Benner
If I could add the wasted time I spent waiting outside locker rooms with the wasted time encountered once inside, I might be able to get three or four years of my life back.
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