Glass to earn $410,000 annually

By   |   Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008 - 11:04 AM   |   22 comments

New IU athletic director Fred Glass and university president Michael McRobbie

Athletic director Fred Glass, who will start his new job Jan. 2,  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.

IU announces Glass as new AD

By   |   Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008 - 10:49 AM   |   3 comments

Fred Glass

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.”

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Athletic director press conference updates

By   |   Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008 - 10:05 AM   |   Comments Off

Michael McRobbie and Fred Glass

The press conference is over. We’ll have further updates on 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.

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IU’s new AD is Fred Glass

By   |   Monday, Oct. 27, 2008 - 9:03 PM   |   37 comments

Fred Glass

Sources have confirmed to The Herald-Times that Fred Glass, an Indianapolis  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 the  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.

AD to be announced Tuesday morning

By   |   Monday, Oct. 27, 2008 - 8:02 PM   |   9 comments

Press conference scheduled for 10:30….

Please, just call a press conference

By   |   Monday, Oct. 27, 2008 - 3:22 PM   |   8 comments

[6 p.m. update]

Finally, IU has done the right thing and obeyed the Scoop.

At least according to our friend John Decker of

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.

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