The press conference is over. We’ll have further updates on HoosiersHQ.com and The Hoosier Scoop later today.
Feel free to share your thoughts on this hire.
In response to a question, McRobbie said IU has heard nothing from the NCAA about how soon the NCAA will rule on IU’s case.
Glass said it’s no accident that he mentioned compliance first among his priorities. He said IU will recruit well, but rules absolutely will be followed. He thinks the athletic department has long been very successful with its compliance efforts, but will find out more about what needs to be done to avoid a reoccurence of the problems of the past couple of years.
“We clearly have a dramatic and disturbing, well-documented exception to that,” he said.
Sources have confirmed to The Herald-Times that Fred Glass, an IndianapolisÂ lawyer with a prolific background in politics and athletics, will be named Indiana’s next athletic director at a press conference Tuesday morning.
Glass is a partner at Baker & Daniels, and was also the Chief of Staff under Evan Bayh when he was governor. From 2000-07 he was President of the Marion County Capital Improvement Board of Managers, which owns the Indiana Convention Center, RCA Dome, Conseco Fieldhouse and Victory Field. He’s served on committees that helped organize NCAA events in Indy, including the 2006 Final Four.
He also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for theÂ College of Arts & Sciences.
Click on his picture (yeah, that’s him to the right) to read the bio of him provided on Baker & Daniels Web site.
We’ll have more on this story as it develops.
Press conference scheduled for 10:30….
[6 p.m. update]
Finally, IU has done the right thing and obeyed the Scoop.
At least according to our friend John Decker of www.HoosierNation.com.
Decker is reporting that the new AD could be named as early as tomorrow. According to his story, employees who work in the Devault Alumni Center were informed via e-mail that there would be a press conference in their building on Tuesday. They were given no more details.
Decker also calls Fred Glass, the Indianapolis lawyer whose name was connected to the search earlier today, as the “odds-on favorite.”
Quick reaction to this:
- Any sort of warning about a press conference that doesn’t include what the press conference is about gets the mind wondering.
- What would compel the university to hide the fact that it’s going to announce a new AD? Seems like a joyous occasion. If it’s done, say so and tell us where to go for the announcement.
We continue to expect an announcement from Indiana University about its new athletics director any day.
University spokesman Larry MacIntyre, who last week said there was no timetable for making the hire and that President Michael McRobbie would not rush the decision, said today that an announcement “does appear to be very close,” but he could not say why he thought that.
Both the Indiana Daily Student and the Indianapolis Business Journal published interesting stories today on the search.
The IDS quotes Phil Eskew Jr., a member of the university’s board of trustees, saying that he thought McRobbie would like to make a hire before leaving for China on Friday.
The IBJ reports that there are three finalists. They are Oregon State AD Bob DeCarolis (who we’ve reported on extensively), Varsity Club director Scott Dolson (who we’ve also talked about) and Fred Glass, an Indianapolis lawyer with extensive experience working in athletics (who also sits on the IBJ Editorial Advisory Board).
Our sources have been murmuring about “an Indianapolis lawyer” being one of the candidates put forth by the 14-person search committee headed by Bill Stephan. Glass is apparently that guy.
We’ll continue to work on this story. It’s worth noting that the decision is being made by McRobbie and a very small group of advisors.
In the meanwhile, here are the bios of the top candidates. You can decide who you like best.
Long-time Scoop poster Mike P. helped his youth football team capture the MCYFA AFL Championship on Sunday. His team finished 10-2 on the year.
At Big Ten Basketball Media Day in Chicago Sunday, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo talked about the road ahead for his friend Tom Crean at Indiana.
Crean got his start in college coaching at Michigan State in 1989-90, joining a staff where Izzo was already an assistant coach. Crean left the next year to become an assistant coach at Western Kentucky, but returned in 1995-96 as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator when Izzo became MSU’s head coach. Izzo also made Crean his recruiting coordinator and in 1997-98 promoted him to associate head coach.
In Crean’s four years on Izzo’s staff, the Spartans went 88-41, including a Final Four trip in 1999 when Michigan State was 33-5 and 15-1 in the Big Ten. After that season, Marquette hired Crean as its head coach.
Here’s what Izzo had to say Sunday about Crean’s future at IU:
“Heâ€™s got a great opportunity. You know why heâ€™s got a great opportunity. Theyâ€™ve cleaned house, theyâ€™ve evaluated what they thought was right and wrong, and gotten rid of whatâ€™s wrong. Whatâ€™s right is that itâ€™s Indiana University, maybe one of the best tradition schools in the country, much less the Big Ten. Whatâ€™s right about it is itâ€™s in a state and in a place where basketball is a passion.
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