Q & A with Fred Glass

5 comments by   |   Wednesday, October 29, 2008 - 4:08 pm EDT

Editor’s note: Fred Glass sat down with The Herald-Times Tuesday to answer some questions about his new job as Indiana’s athletic director and the challenges ahead.

Q: How will you approach your first few months on the job?

A: You know, when this whole thing started, I re-read “Being Lucky,” which is his (Herman B Wells) memoir. When he, at a young age, was made the Dean of the Business School and didn’t have much background in academic administration, he said “I just talked to everybody I could talk to.” That’s what I want to do. I’ve already started laying the groundwork. I’ve asked all the coaches if they’ll meet one-on-one before the first of the year. Meet with all the athletic senior staff one-on-one before the first of the year. Identify key donors, alumni folks, boosters so there won’t be a lack of stakeholders represented. I think that will help me a lot (to) get a sense of the landscape. So based on that and hopefully an analysis of best practices in other departments, we’ll really start charting a course and a vision that people buy into. And I think we’ve got so many resources here at the university that we can utilize that maybe haven’t been as utilized in the past, including the business school and some of the tools they would have. There’s a lot of ways to leverage our resources and get more bang for our buck. That’s a big passion of mine, to integrate the department with the university and vice versa.

Q: Do you have knowledge of NCAA compliance?

A: I have been in sports, and the business of sports and sports regulation. But am I an expert on the fine points of NCAA and Big Ten compliance? I’m not. But I think this is a team sport. I think I bring some attributes to the party that are a little different than you might typically expect in a sitting athletic director or senior person in an athletic department. But by the same token I don’t have that blocking, tackling knowledge. But that’s why you have a department. I think taken together we’ll be able to meet the demands of the department. Like I said, a lot of it’s about vision, leadership. Compliance is job one. Following the rules, and making sure that Indiana is known for following the rules again, is my prime goal.

Q: How will your past experiences help you in this new job?

A: I think the fund-raising piece and experience will be helpful. I think working on major capital projects will be helpful. I think the fact that I’ve interacted with the public will be helpful. I understand what it’s like to work in a governmental environment. I think all those things will be helpful. But I think the essence of it is, at least for me, the opportunities I’ve had have really ingrained in me the important of leadership, judgment and accountability.

Q: What are the biggest challenges facing the athletic department?

A: Those of us who love Indiana University have been shaken by the NCAA infraction situation, and I think a big need is to try to get that in our rear-view mirror and start getting people to understand we follow the rules, our kids go to class, they graduated and we excel on the field, court, pool, course. We’ll see when the infraction report comes down and what that means. We’re last in the Big Ten in terms how much we spend on a per-sport basis. Feels like we’re going to need to find ways to generate revenue. I think there’s a lot of strengths to build on. I think Rick Greenspan has done a lot of great things for this university, but I think we need to take it to the next level.

Q: Why did you opt not to have a contract?

A: I guess I concluded that you can have all the stuff you want in a contract but ultimately you’re betting on yourself on whether you’re going to be successful or not. If you’re not successful, you need to move on and if you are successful all that contractual stuff isn’t important. I’m comfortable being an at-will employee.

Share the Scoop!

Related content: Read more in Just sayin'
 
Live Chat Transcript
Live Chat, 11 a.m.
Former IU rower killed on Malaysian Airlines Flight 17
Live Chat, 11 a.m.
Live Chat Transcript
5 comments:
#1
phil
Saturday, November 1, 2008 - 5:32 PM EDT

tell Fred an IU fan has two questions 1. When are you gonna fire LYNCH 2. Any ideals on who we can hire to get the football program back on track? thank you very much HT if u could ask these on behalf of me.

 
#2 Saturday, November 1, 2008 - 6:19 PM EDT

Phil,

I asked Fred Glass if he planned to evaluate the football program and consider changes, and he said that he was not comfortable discussing something that specific because he does not take over until Jan. 2.

 
#3
Ricardo
Saturday, November 1, 2008 - 7:31 PM EDT

Thanks Chris you are gaining some journalism respect in my book, if we could just start the firing/hiring questions we could all make headway for the football programs sake. If they ever have a open mic night for the press let us fans know we will ask billy bob if he thinks his coaching style is like just like the titanic.

 
#5 Saturday, August 21, 2010 - 12:22 AM EDT

If you have been having no problems UGG Classic Short in running or racing, it would be hard to recommend a change of shoe. It is difficult, if not impossible to improve Classic Short Boots upon a situation in which all is going great. I would advise getting a few pairs of what seem to be your Classic Short ugg boots favorite shoes before the manufacturer changes the shoe. Historically unannounced changes are often made by manufacturers. This can vary from a subtle change in the cushioning around the heel to a major Classic Short uggs structural midsole change. Manufacturers have discontinued a model of shoe, only to resume production a few years later ugg 5825 with a line of shoes boasting the same name, but with completely different characteristics

 


RSS feed

Comments

Facebook

Twitter

YouTube

Today @ HoosiersHQ.com

Recent comments on The Scoop



  • W. Basketball. Indiana University Announces Curt Miller Resignation and Search for New Permanent Head Coach - Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass announced today that he has accepted the resignation of Curt Miller as IU's head women's
  • Varsity Club. Student-Athlete Spotlight: Audra Heilman, Field Hockey - Recently the Indiana University Varsity Club had the opportunity to speak with Audra Heilman, a senior on the IU field hockey team. Heilman discussed how important her scholarship
  • Top New Yorkers In Vegas (Day 2) - Thursday was a good day overall for New York teams playing in the 17U Las Vegas Fab 48 and
  • Miller leaves IU women's program - Indiana is searching for a new women's basketball coach following the abrupt resignation of coach Curt
  • Kenny Williams looks ahead to visits, outlines plan for trimming list -

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — His Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) career may have ended with a loss in the Peach Jam semifinals, but class of 2015 guard Kenny Williams

  • Report: Indiana offers 2015 guard Matt McQuaid -

    After his recent decision to re-open his recruitment, Indiana has jumped into the mix for class of 2015 Duncanville (Tex.) guard Matt McQuaid. The 6-foot-5 guard, who had been

  • De'Ron Davis updates recruitment - 2016 forward De'Ron Davis talked to AllHoosiers.com on Thursday to update his recruitment. He's hearing from a few new schools. Find out who they
  • Indiana offers SMU decommit McQuaid - Tom Crean offered Matt McQuaid a scholarship on Wednesday in
  • Women's Basketball Coach Curt Miller Resigns from Indiana
  • The Thursday Thinker