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Thursday, September 30, 2010
Indiana deals with Facebook mini-drama

By Diamond Leung

If Roy Williams and Brad Stevens were on Facebook, they would "like" this.

The Facebook group, "1,000 Hoosier Fans For Cody Zeller" has been taken down after the campaign to get ESPNU's No. 20-ranked recruit to come to Indiana gained some notoriety -- much of it apparently unwanted.

Upon taking a peek at the page yesterday, listed as "administrators" in the group were Indiana freshman guard Victor Oladipo and Austin Etherington, a recruit in Zeller's class who has already committed to the Hoosiers.

All parties are now denying an active involvement in the since-removed page, according to the Indianapolis Star.
IU spokesman J.D. Campbell said this afternoon that Oladipo had nothing to do with the site.

By Wednesday afternoon, Etherington had pulled his name from the site.

"I had nothing to do with it," Etherington told me this afternoon. "Some guy started it and made me and Victor admins. Anyone can do that. You can just make someone an admin. The only way you can change it is remove yourself. I removed myself because I didn’t want to have any problems."

Tom Crean can't be thrilled about this Facebook foolishness at a time when Zeller, the brother of North Carolina forward Tyler Zeller, is deciding between Butler, Indiana and UNC.

Then again, since Cody Zeller has yet to go Facebook official with any school, there's still an opportunity for IU to lock up a commitment.