It's not good.
Coach Sampson makes it official that the Hoosier from Indy will be out for the first 8 games of the season, including two early key TV home games, both of which will go a long way towards shaping what the country thinks early on of Coach Sampson's efforts with the Hoosiers, against Ga. Tech on Tuesday Nov. 27th in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge and the UK game on Saturday December 8th.
As to his multiple wrist injuries, they also report, "Sampson said Ratliff is healthy and has been working out with the team. He will continue to practice and arrived at Assembly Hall shortly before 2 today to join the team for the first of 10 practices as it prepares to play four exhibition games in the Bahamas over Labor Day weekend." HoosierScoop will be continually updating this story as more info becomes available.
La fin: the Ben Allen era is over http://www.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/uwire/082407aae.html
Now, of course, with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, I think that if I had planned things properly, I'd have managed to have some time set aside so that I could catch a short flight over to The Bahamas and watch the Hoosiers go thru their paces in those four games they're slated to play starting on the 31st. But, Mike Pegram will be accompanying the Hoosiers on their trip to our neighbors to the east http://indiana.rivals.com/ and will be close enough to likely have some scoops of his own before returning to Bloomington.
HoosierScoop also reports on the latest in the BIG TEN NETWORK vs. COMCAST fight. Shocker: so far, the only guaranteed losers are Hoosier fans, as corporate weasels show themselves for what they are. Why expect something different?