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Minnesota coach Tim Brewster has joined Penn State coach Joe Paterno in the group of coaches wanting a 12th team in the Big Ten and a football championships game.
Brewster, at the end of his podium address to the assembled media at the Big Ten Media Days, said he looks forward to the Big Ten having a Saturday night championship game on national television.
“How great would that be?” Brewster said. “We’re missing a little something there by not having it.”
Brewster also said Minnesota has schedule a home-and-away with Southern California for the coming years. Said recruits perk up when they hear that, and that they want to play in marquee national television games.
But wait, doesn’t every Big Ten team already appear on national television?
Indiana athletics director Fred Glass spent 30 minutes today talking about ways to improve the overall fan experience at football games this season.
Glass said he does not believe attendance at football games is wholly reliant on the product on the field.
While he said he has confidence in coach Bill Lynch and the increasing stability in the program (he twice mentioned the 35 scholarship upperclassmen), he has not given Lynch a contract extension.
“No,” Glass said when I asked if there had been any talk of an extension.
Lynch signed a four-year contract on Nov. 25, 2007. After the 2009 season, he will have two years remaining on his contract.
Most college football observers will attest that it is very difficult for a coach with two years remaining on his contract to recruit future classes.
[10:45 a.m. UPDATE]
Indiana athletics director Fred Glass said today that he was concerned that the North endzone would exasperate just how outdated some facets of Memorial Stadium are.
To make sure that does not happen, Glass said the university is spending around $3 million in an attempt to brighten up the rest of the stadium and improve the overall fan experience.
First and foremost is the return of the Knothole brand, in the form of a park. The Knothole Park, in the south endzone where concrete now sits, will be a Field Turf replica of the Memorial Stadium field and will be an open place for children to play during games.
“It’s an ode to the old Knothole Club,” Glass said. “When I was a kid, you paid a buck or whatever and got into the Knothole Club. You went on the hill back there from behind the North endzone and threw a ball. Truth be told, I spent a lot more time running up and down the hill than I did in a seat.”
The park will be ready for the season opener against Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 3. While it may have a few small stands, like a blocking sled or face-painting booth, Glass said he hopes to just see children throwing Nerf footballs and for it to become a place that children want to go to and encourage their parents to enter the stadium.
A retro scoreboard is being added to the North endzone, one that Glass said will have a 1930s/1940s feel to it.
In addition, Indiana is replacing the sound system in time for the Oct. 3 Ohio State game (which is when the new building will officially be dedicated); encouraging the band and cheerleaders to have more fun during the games; encouraging Greek organizations and residence halls to buy tickets in the front rows and hang bed sheets; adding ticket booths; sending out ticket sellers into the tailgating areas with tickets and a wireless credit/debit card machine; and giving a fresh coat of paint to many facets of the building, include the entryways and the press box.
Students will be allowed to buy $5 student tickets, and that offer will extend to students from other universities. Glass gave the example of an Indiana student having three friends from Ball State visit the weekend, and how all four would be able to attend the game for $20.
Glass said there are promotions in the planning stage that will attempt to bring in more fans, but it does not appear that there is a plan similar to the $5 balcony seats for men’s basketball games last season.
“The reason IU is last in the Big Ten in terms of how much money we have to spend per sport is because we don’t fill Memorial Stadium,” Glass said. “Getting football right is not only important for football’s sake, but it is important for the entire department.”
The funds are coming from a fundraising drive. Additional funds (also being used towards improving the student-athlete development center) have been created by eliminating open and frozen positions and following the university’s directive for no pay raises. (more…)
It’s a lovely day in Bloomington. The sun is out and it’ll be warm enough to enjoy the weather without it dominating your thoughts throughout the day. And in just a bit more than an hour, Chris Korman and I will be making our way to Chicago for Big Ten media days. Yes, football fans, that means days of posts directed at you.
But for now, let’s just note what is happening around the country right now — AAU basketball.
Ever since the Big Ten went to an 18-game conference schedule, each team has played two other teams just once each year.
The last two years, Indiana only played Purdue once. That was stupid.
This season, they only play Michigan State — where Tom Crean began his coaching career — once, at home.
The Hoosiers also only face Penn State once, in that raucously insufferable building known as the Bryce Jordan Center.
Here’s a full list of the so-called “one plays”, courtesy of the folks at the Big Ten office:
ILLINOIS | Minnesota, at Michigan
INDIANA | Michigan State, at Penn State
IOWA | Penn State, at Wisconsin
MICHIGAN | Illinois, at Purdue
MICHIGAN STATE | Ohio State, at Indiana
MINNESOTA | Wisconsin, at Illinois
NORTHWESTERN | Purdue, at Ohio State
OHIO STATE | Northwestern, at Michigan State
PENN STATE | Indiana, at Iowa
PURDUE | Michigan, at Northwestern
WISCONSIN | Iowa, at Minnesota
Jeremy Hollowell does not need the recruiting services.
He just tweets the information himself.
He wrote the following yesterday:
Spartans,sooners,wildcats,and pitt…in the picture now
I am going to guess that would be Michigan State, Kentucky and Oklahoma.
In the last few days, Hollowell has also announced that he’s received offers from Ohio State, Tennessee, Xavier and Illinois. The schools join Indiana, Iowa and Cincinnati on the list of schools after the 6-foot-7 forward from Lawrence Central in the class of 2012.
Hollowell once tweeted that if Ohio State had offered during his unofficial visit, he would have been close to committing. He also announced he was going to play this week in Las Vegas, with the 17u Eric Gordon All-Stars. A few days later, he took it back and said he would go to Kansas City with his “regular” AAU team, the 15u Spiece Indy Stars.
Check out the Twitter feed. Hollowell is definitely one of the more interesting recruits out there.
4:55 p.m. UPDATE: Well, that was underwhelming.
What you see is that Crawford not so much dunked on LeBron, but next to him.
Video to be released at 6:45 tonight.
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