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Indiana coach Tom Crean pleads for a foul call at Michigan last week. The Hoosiers have alternated home and road games during the Big Ten schedule this season. Chris Howell | Herald-Times
Getting a sixth home game to replace the Penn State game moved to Landover, Md., wasn’t cheap. According to athletic director Fred Glass, Indiana had to pay Arkansas State a $750,000 guarantee to play at Memorial Stadium next season.
“It’s a big number, which reflects that we had to do that last minute,” Glass said. “But it compares favorably with what Iowa had to pay Arkansas State, which i think was about $900,000. So it is a big number, but it compares favorably with the market for that.”
The cost could have been worse. Indiana had been hoping to flip-flop home games in a two-for-one series with Central Michigan. The Chippewas were supposed to host Indiana in 2010 and travel to Bloomington in a few years. Central Michigan refused to accept that and ended the series. Though Indiana theoretically ended the contract first, the Hoosiers actually benefited because of “escalating liquidation damages.” Indiana owed Central Michigan $150,000 for failing to honor the contract for the 2010 game, but Central Michigan owed Indiana $200,000 for failing to play the future game. That netted Indiana $50,000.
“We thought that the easiest thing to do was going to be flip home and away dates with Central Michigan,” Glass said. “My understanding early on was that it was not going to be a problem. The more we got into it, the more it didn’t work out with them. We tried a number of ways to make it work out with the change of schedule, but in the final analysis none of those worked out.”
The Arkansas State guarantee obviously cuts into the $3 million the Hoosiers made by moving the home game with Penn State to Fed Ex Field. Factoring in $150,000 in savings on travel costs for the Central Michigan trip, Glass said IU will still net between $2.2 and $2.4 million, however.
Arkansas State is one of four guarantee games on the schedules released by Indiana on Wednesday. Glass said Indiana will pay Towson $210,000 to play in 2010, Delaware State $450,000 for a game in 2011, and Indiana State $400,000 for a game in 2012. The Hoosiers will also pay the Sycamores $450,000 for a guarantee in 2013.
Glass said he thought it was important to play in-state rivals in guarantee games. “If we’re going to play them anyway,” he said, “why not keep the money in the state.”
Glass also said he thought it was important to schedule historically black colleges and universities like Delaware State.
“I’m really excited about Delaware State,” he said. “Indiana has a unique relationship with historically black colleges and universities. (Former IU president) Herman Wells was a pioneer in integrating advanced degrees in education, so a disproportionate number of leaders of historically black colleges and universities were educated at Indiana. I think it’s important for us to highlight that.”
A month after being jilted by Todd Yeagley, Wisconsin has hired another Indiana grad to take over its men’s soccer program.
John Trask, who had coached the University of Illinois-Chicago Flames, was named Badgers coach today.
The former Indiana player and assistant coach also interviewed for the Indiana job left vacant when Mike Freitag’s contract was not renewed.
Or, just the next three years. But, hey, that’s progress. Got to hand it to Fred Glass for letting this be known now.
OK, so there are a few TBAs. But most of the gaps are filled in. Get ready.
Sept. 2 – TOWSON
Sept. 18 – at Western Kentucky
Sept. 25 – AKRON
Oct. 2 – MICHIGAN
Oct. 9 – at Ohio State
Oct. 16 – ARKANSAS STATE (HOMECOMING)
Oct. 23 – at Illinois
Oct. 30 – NORTHWESTERN
Nov. 6 – IOWA
Nov. 13 – at Wisconsin
Nov. 20 – vs. Penn State (FedExField)
Nov. 27 – at Purdue
Sept. 3 – at Ball State
Sept. 10 – VIRGINIA
Sept. 24 – DELAWARE STATE
Oct. 1 – at Northwestern
Oct. 8 – MINNESOTA
Oct. 15 – at Michigan
Oct. 22 – ILLINOIS
Oct. 29 – OHIO STATE
Nov. 5 – at Iowa
Nov. 12 – at Michigan State
Nov. 19 – TBA
Nov. 26 – PURDUE
Sept. 1 – INDIANA STATE
Sept. 8 – TBA
Sept. 15 – BALL STATE
Sept. 29 – NORTHWESTERN
Oct. 6 – at Minnesota
Oct. 13 – MICHIGAN
Oct. 20 – at Illinois
Oct. 27 – at Ohio State
Nov. 3 – IOWA
Nov. 10 – MICHIGAN STATE
Nov. 17 – Navy (site TBA)
Nov. 24 – at Purdue
A press release follows the jump:
The records say Indiana has passed up Penn State. Both teams are 8-9 this season, and Penn State has yet to win a game in the conference.
But Indiana coach Tom Crean shot down any talk of the Hoosiers being expected to win Thursday’s game in Happy Valley, and therefore come off as overconfident.
“They know they can beat us,” Crean said. “We haven’t struck in anybody’s heart in the Big Ten. You know it. I know it. … I don’t think we have one guy on our club right now that should have anything to feel overconfident about or have any reason to take anybody likely.”
One primary reason is the Hoosiers haven’t won a true road game yet, losing at Ohio State and Michigan in the two road games they’ve played so far. One thing that works out for them is that the alternate road and home games until late February, which has allowed them to regroup from road losses and rebuild their confidence at home.
“I think for our team to have the opportunity to have the home-away situation we have, optimal probably is the right word for this team,” Crean said. “As you get older, who knows what will happen with next year’s schedule. As you get older, maybe those things don’t matter as much, but I think in this situation, it does.”
The Crean audio was again a bit too big for now. In addition, senior center Tijan Jobe talked for the first time about the passing of his mother earlier this month. More on that later.
Eamonn Brennan, a college basketball blogger for ESPN who helped develop Inside the Hall after writing for the IDS, offered this take on Indiana students rushing the court after beating Minnesota.
If you haven’t read it, I’ll let you take a moment now.
A few thoughts: storming the court, we all must admit, has become a sacred ritual. While in practice it appears as though people simply move their celebration from one area to the other, it’s a loaded act.
As I do for far too many things in life, I turned to ESPN’s Pat Forde for guidance on this front, and he had me taken care of. Here’s his take from a 2006 article:
• The Old Money Principle (2): Look up at the ceiling of your gym and count the banners. If your school has won three or more national titles in its history, you shall not rush the floor at any time. Schools affected: UCLA (11 titles), Kentucky (seven), Indiana (five), North Carolina (four), Duke (three).
Your program has won big games before. Act like it.
The Old Money Principle clearly puts the Indiana student body in violation of The Forde Minutes’ protocol. Especially when the vanquished team, Illinois, owns zero national titles of its own. How terribly tacky.
The Illini did not even qualify for a Minutes Protocol Exception (3), which states that if your august basketball program has hit the skids to a dispiriting degree (Indiana has missed the last two NCAA Tournaments), a storming is allowable under certain conditions:
Condition A (4): The opponent is ranked No. 1 and/or undefeated at least halfway through the season (14 or more games). Illinois was merely ranked fifth in the ESPN/USA Today coaches’ poll and already had a loss on the season.
Condition B (5): Your august program defeats a top-five team on a suitably miraculous shot (25 feet or farther) at the buzzer, spurring spontaneous joy that overrides better impulses. (The Indiana-Illinois game went down to the wire, but it wasn’t won at the buzzer on a prayer.)
Condition C (6): You are so intoxicated that you cannot remember the opponent’s ranking, or how many titles your school has won. But be forewarned that The Minutes will not pay your bail if you’re the lone trespasser on the court and wind up in cuffs.
Condition D (7): You see college hoops fan Ashley Judd (8) sitting at the other end of the court, and you know that the shortest distance to her is a straight line.
It appears, then, that Indiana was in violation of Forde’s rules. There was no highly-ranked team, no last-second buzzer beater, no women worth sprinting toward. So unless everybody was drunk (admittedly a possibility since there was no school the next day), IU fails.
But, wait . . . Forde’s exceptions are for teams that “hit the skids to a dispiriting degree.” Tom Crean would probably argue that Indiana “was utterly decimated to a soul-destroying degree.” So maybe the rules are different.
Except that Forde rejected that notion in his own Twitter feed, saying the court storm was unjustified.
So . . .
How about this? Indiana fans shouldn’t have stormed the court because….at least one player didn’t think they should.
Verdell Jones said as much after the game. Didn’t think it was warranted.
Fact is, Indiana’s players probably accomplished something fairly major by pulling out a close game against a team as talented as the Gophers. And they want people to be excited. They’d just prefer that fans show they believe there are days ahead that will warrant the ultimate celebration.
Fred Glass was hoping to more drastically alter the tip-off of Indiana’s home basketball game against Iowa on Sunday, but he’ll take what he can get.
The Indiana athletic director started talks with the Big Ten earlier this week to move the tip-off of the game either backward or forward to avoid conflict with the Indianapolis Colts’ appearance in the AFC Championship game, which kicks off at 3 p.m. The Hoosiers have moved the game from 5 p.m., its original start time, to 6 p.m.
“My preference was to move it to noon so that fans could come to our game and watch the whole game and still go to Indianapolis,” Glass said. “And they could certainly watch both games. My second choice was to move it to 7 p.m., so a person could watch the entire Colts game if they were students or in Bloomington, even though they couldn’t go to both. My primary goal in all this is to get as many people in Assembly Hall as possible. But having it at noon or 7 p.m. didn’t work out logistically for everyone involved. What this does for us, is the people in and around Assembly Hall, primarily students and faculty and staff, can watch pretty much the entire Colts game, and still get to Assembly Hall. So hopefully that’s significant.”
Glass said the logistical concerns were mostly about Iowa’s travel plans, “and I understand that,” he said.
Glass’s hope is that the Colts win in a blowout and fans aren’t glued to the TV through 6 p.m.
“This is a game coming off a big win,” Glass said, referring to Sunday’s win over Minnesota. “It’s a game we’d really like to get. We need all the fans and energy we can get, so if there’s anything I can do to make it even marginally or incrementally easier for people to get into Assembly Hall, I’m going to do it.”
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