Â The athletic department — and I really mean practically the whole thing — is here speaking with the board of trustees. Rick Greenspan will present the annual report.
And I’ll present some updates.
Mr. Greenspan has taken his seat at the table and is working through a power point presentation.
One interesting thing he has to say is that the Big Ten Network now has 89 percent penetration in Indiana, the highest of any state with a Big Ten team in it. He thinks this has helped other sports that have been “under covered” by the media, including baseball and women’s basketball.
Now we’re watching fancy videos of the two major construction projects, the North End Zone Facility and the Basketball Development Center (both of which need better names).
The football building should be done by July 2009, according to Greenspan. The basketball facility will be ready a month later, he says.
Both are striking, at least according to these computerized renderings.
So far, Rick Greenspan has detailed the many things he did to improve the athletic department at Indiana. And, in fact, he was quite successful in making the operation fiscally sound while also managing to grow it through new business ventures, improved facilities and increased marketing efforts.
But he just spoke of compliance, the one area that he may have faltered in. Either way, the Kelvin Sampson fiasco cost him his job. But he assured the board that the school has a strong compliance culture and that what happened with the basketball was an anomoly.
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There’s still some questions out there about why the NCAA could have asked — no, demanded — Indiana to not send its response until Sept. 26.
I tried to explain it in my story that ran in today’s paper. But I realize that many of you don’t get the paper.
So here’s what ran, with some sections highlighted because I think they attempt to answer questions you still have:
Stephan Van Treese, once the hot name in IU recruiting circles, is off the board.
He verbally committed to Louisville, Scout.com reported Tuesday night.
Van Treese was once a top-100 prospect that was seen as a lock to join AAU teammates Jordan Hulls and Bobby Capobianco in Bloomington.
Tom Crean told Van Treese that IU’s coaching staff would watch him over the course of the summer. Key days during July, when Crean could be on the road sparingly, were spent, in part, watching Van Treese.
Ultimately, it does not look like IU ever re-offered (Kelvin Sampson did offer Van Treese) Van Treese. The Hoosiers now have Christian Watford, and Van Treese has found a home.
You could say it has worked out for both sides.
The oddsmakers in Las Vegas are listing the Hoosiers as a 3-point favorite over Ball State Saturday. I don’t remember the line ever being so tight for a game with Indiana against a MAC opponent.
Not that it means a lot early in the season, but Jeff Sagarin’s computer ratings have Ball State (3-0) ranked higher than the Indiana (2-0). Sagarin has BSU as the No. 63 team in the country and IU as the No. 71 team.
In Sagarin’s ratings, both teams are hurt by easy schedules so far. Sagarin has Ball State as having the 127th-most difficult schedule to this point and Indiana as having the 199th-most difficult (out of 246 in I-A and I-AA).
Indiana athletic director Rick Greenspan has commented on the NCAA’s letter. He said: “The University was fully prepared to meet its deadline established by the NCAA in its response to the failure to monitor allegation.Â However, based upon the September 16 letter from the NCAA Committee on Infractions, we will work on final edits and submit on the new date required.”
The NCAA faxed to Indiana University today a letter (below) telling the university not to file or finalize its response to the allegation that it failed to monitor its basketball coaching staff until Sept. 26. That instruction gives IU an additional nine days to complete its response, which was previously due tomorrow.
The NCAA letter says the reason for the extension is that the Committee on Infractions is in the process of finalizing the part of its report dealing with allegations made against IU’s former coaches.
Not a whole lot of new ground covered here, but we know how much you love hearing what Tom Crean has to say.