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Editorâ€™s note: Fred Glass sat down with The Herald-Times Tuesday to answer some questions about his new job as Indianaâ€™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 didnâ€™t have much background in academic administration, he said â€œI just talked to everybody I could talk to.â€ Thatâ€™s what I want to do. Iâ€™ve already started laying the groundwork. Iâ€™ve asked all the coaches if theyâ€™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 wonâ€™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, weâ€™ll really start charting a course and a vision that people buy into. And I think weâ€™ve got so many resources here at the university that we can utilize that maybe havenâ€™t been as utilized in the past, including the business school and some of the tools they would have. Thereâ€™s a lot of ways to leverage our resources and get more bang for our buck. Thatâ€™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? Iâ€™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 donâ€™t have that blocking, tackling knowledge. But thatâ€™s why you have a department. I think taken together weâ€™ll be able to meet the demands of the department. Like I said, a lot of itâ€™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.
Evan White, the freshman who was on an extended tryout with the men’s basketball team, has earned a spot. He’ll officially be added to the roster on Wednesday. Tom Crean’s team now has six walkons. White is a 6-foot guard from Harding, in Fort Wayne.
Couple of injury updates: Cody Faulkner and Andrew McDonald will return to the offensive line. Andrew Means and Kellen Lewis are practicing a bit.
Left tackle Rodger Saffold’s out. Safety Austin Thomas is out. Those are tough losses for this team.
Thomas is getting an MRI today. It probably looks like he might be out for the year with an ACL injury, Lynch says.
Ben Chappell was pretty beat up after Saturday’s win against Northwestern. His injury: all of the above. He’s OK now. “You know Ben. He’s got a big smile on his face,” Lynch says.
Lynch isn’t sure who plays QB on Saturday if both Chappell and Lewis are healthy. “We feel like we have two good quarterbacks.”
Lynch isn’t sure what caused the strange delay of game penalties on Saturday. They apparently stemmed from mis-communication between the center and the quarterback. Remember that Pete Saxon has just recently moved to center.
Athletic director Fred Glass, who will start his new job Jan. 2,Â will be paid $410,000 annually.
Glass will be a regular IU employee with no contract, according to university spokesman Larry MacIntyre.
Here’s an interesting look at how Rick Greenspan was paid during his tenure.
Here’s this morning’s official release from the university:
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie today (Oct. 28) named Fred Glass, ’81, an Indianapolis attorney and civic leader, to be IU’s next director of intercollegiate athletics.
Glass is well known in Indianapolis for his central role in several major sports-related initiatives, including negotiating a 30-year deal to keep the Colts in the city, financing and building the new Lucas Oil Stadium, organizing a Super Bowl bid and bringing major NCAA basketball events to the city. A partner in the law firm of Baker & Daniels, Glass served as president of the city’s Capital Improvement Board from 2000 to 2007, a position that gave him extensive first-hand experience in both the financial and managerial challenges of sports at the highest levels.
“In all of these major undertakings, Fred demonstrated a remarkable talent for leadership, for mastering the details of big challenges, for diplomacy, and for consensus building,” McRobbie said. “He has a well-earned reputation as someone who can get the big things done. He is exactly the person we need to take on the challenges our Athletics Department will encounter in the next decade.”