Middleton named to Bednarik Watch List

By   |   Monday, Jun. 30, 2008 - 6:08 PM   |   21 comments

Released by IU today:

Indiana defensive end Greg Middleton has been named to the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List, the Maxwell Football Club announced on Monday afternoon. The award is given to the best defensive player in college football and is the fourth preseason watch list Middleton has found himself on.

Middleton is also on the the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List, the Rotary Lombardi Award Preliminary Watch List and the Lott Trophy Watch List.
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McRobbie’s last word from Seattle hearing

By   |   Monday, Jun. 30, 2008 - 3:24 PM   |   19 comments

Where the hearing happened.

Most of what happened inside a large conference room located just off the main lobby and above the kitchen — thus allowing Kelvin Sampson to try to enter and exit without being seen — at the Hotel Deca in Seattle will remain hidden to us.

But Indiana University’s final word in the 12-hour ordeal, its final and failed plea to place the blame on its former basketball coaches and avoid a “failure to monitor” charge, has become a public record because the man who delivered it, university President Michael McRobbie, wrote it down. (He wasn’t at the hearing due to a previous engagement but delivered the speech via video conference.)

We received a copy of his closing statement, and I’ll paste it below for you to read.


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Greenspan can write a book

By   |   Monday, Jun. 30, 2008 - 3:14 PM   |   16 comments

Rick Greenspan.

We received a copy of Rick Greenspan’s severance agreement today through a public records request.

Among the more interesting parts of the five-page document (which you can read in its entirety below) is that, according to clause 4.03, the “University agrees that Employee retains rights to any book he may wish to write and publish.”

Anyone have a suggested title for said book?

As part of the severance, Greenspan will receive the bulk of his payoff ($369,000) on or near Jan. 15, 2009.

Then he’ll receive $4,600 each month from January 2009 through December 2009, as well as $1,400 each month of next year until he “obtains other substantially equivalent employment with health insurance coverage and benefits.”

There’s also, as you might imagine, a lengthy clause in which somebody tried to use as many syllables as possible to say, “You can’t sue us.”

But here’s the summation of the whole deal for you, the third item in Recitations section of the document:

“The University and Employee have evaluated their respective needs, and the Employee has elected to resign upon condition that Employee be compensated for the release of the right to continued employment.”

Rick Greenspan severance agreement.



Here’s Memorial Stadium on Sunday, 6/29

By   |   Monday, Jun. 30, 2008 - 10:05 AM   |   15 comments

… for those of you out-of-towners who are wondering what is going on at the stadium. Old turf all gone, work progressing.



Vids of the new football recruits

By   |   Sunday, Jun. 29, 2008 - 7:41 PM   |   4 comments



IU gets four football verbals

By   |   Saturday, Jun. 28, 2008 - 7:48 PM   |   29 comments

According to our friends at Peegs and HoosierNation, the Indiana football coaches received four verbal commitments from 2009 prospects since yesterday afternoon.

Ted Bolser, a 6-6 tight end from Cincinnati, gave his pledged yesterday.

Jeremy Gainer, a three-star LB from Livonia, Mich, committed today shortly after his cousin Kenny Watkins, a defensive back from Bloomfield, Mich, called IU’s coaches to inform them that he wanted to be a Hoosier.

Another three-star linebacker,  Dimitrius Carr of Chicago, has also reportedly agreed to join the class.

IU now has a total of seven committments, four of which have come since Thursday as players returned from summer camps and starting sorting through their offers and making their decisions.

I’ll now post this an eagerly await reaction from Mike P.



AD search starts very, very earnestly

By   |   Friday, Jun. 27, 2008 - 3:24 PM   |   9 comments

Here’s a bit of reportage from James Boyd, our superb IU (academic side) beat reporter:

A representative from Indiana University said Friday that it’s too early to
begin looking at possible successors to Athletics Director Rick Greenspan.

IU spokesman Larry MacIntyre said the announcement of Greenspan’s
resignation came as a surprise, leaving the university little time to begin
preparing for its search.

“It’s just too early, at this point,” MacIntyre said. “I can say that
President (Michael) McRobbie hopes to have someone in the position by the
time Rick leaves in December.”

That gives officials about six months to recruit and hire someone new to
lead the athletics department.

MacIntyre said it was too early to say whether a search committee would be
formed or whether they would try to find a candidate through alternate
means.

He also said that the university has not decided how it will defend itself
against the latest allegation from the NCAA, which accuses IU of “failing to
monitor” its men’s basketball program.





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