Report: Fred Glass to be named Athletic Director

  • 10/27/2008 9:24 pm in

glassf.jpgBoth Chris Korman of The Herald-Times and John Decker of Hoosier Nation are reporting that Fred Glass will be the successor to Rick Greenspan as the Athletic Director at IU.

You can read up on Glass right here, but here are a few quick points to consider:

  • Glass is an IU alum (1981 undergrad, 1984 School of Law)
  • Currently a partner in the Bakers & Daniel law firm
  • Served from 2000-2007 as the President of the Marion County Capital Improvement Board of Managers which owns and oversees the Indiana Convention Center, RCA Dome, Victory Field and Conseco Fieldhouse
  • Served on committees in 2000 and 2006 to organize the Final Four in Indianapolis
  • Current member of local organizing committee for Big Ten Tournament

Solid body of work, but the main thing missing is “led an athletic department at a major university in the Big Ten.” Wait, I’ll settle for experience at a smaller school. Not there either. I’ll withhold judgment until I hear some comments from McRobbie and Glass, but on the surface, there are some questions to be answered here. With that said, go get ’em, Glass.

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  • joshhyde

    Sounds kinda like ND with their choice of Jack Swarbrick.

  • ricbraun

    Its not like he hasn't had any experience that is relevant to what an AD does. Sure, he doesn't have athletic department experience but he has had experience doing duties that ADs typically do. He knows how to organize sporting events and he knows how to get people into the stadium, which is obviously a bigger deal for football than basketball but still. And really, what does he have to do in regards to the basketball program? He has to just let Crean do his job, let him put a winner on the court and the rest will take care of itself. Everyone will clamor about a student section and all that but there is probably nothing anyone can do about that that wouldn't piss off the alumni and boosters. You know, the people that give lots money to the athletic department when they are happy and not a lot when they are pissed. All that said, I think its a good hire and we need to give this guy a chance before we all start ripping on him (something I know won't happen)

  • If people wanted the shocking or “sexy” choice, in the world of athletics administration, this is about as “sexy” as it gets.

  • JerryCT

    I have long believed that a CEO type is more important in this job than athletic dept experience. I therefore support this and will watch carefully to see if this theory holds.
    I wish him the best of luck

  • flahoosier

    I'm not down with this hire. What does IU need to make more money, a better football team. It would have been nice to get an AD with some experience who has made something of a football program. Seems a weak hire for a low price. You gotta spend money to make it and I don't think this guy is going to do much to help. What does this guy know about hiring a coach or anything to that effect. Not to mention if he is a lawyer its not like he has much experience running a business, as a lawyer I can disparage my profession. I don't see how bringing the FInal Four translates to running an athletic program

  • bz

    it's amazing how the comments differ here vs. the hoosier scoop. i thought the obvious choice was de carolis, but from what the bio's say, i'm confident that mr glass has the experience to be able to get the work done. he hasn't been an ad, but he knows how to keep sports facilities profitable.

    good luck mr. glass.

  • This is just a hunch, but there is part of me that thinks IU might have passed on De Carolis because he might have insisted on his “own guy” for the football program and IU wasn't ready to concede that power to him.

  • JerryCT

    I have long believed that a CEO type is more important in this job than athletic dept experience. I therefore support this and will watch carefully to see if this theory holds.
    I wish him the best of luck

  • cooper

    I'm not down with this hire. What does IU need to make more money, a better football team. It would have been nice to get an AD with some experience who has made something of a football program. Seems a weak hire for a low price. You gotta spend money to make it and I don't think this guy is going to do much to help. What does this guy know about hiring a coach or anything to that effect. Not to mention if he is a lawyer its not like he has much experience running a business, as a lawyer I can disparage my profession. I don't see how bringing the FInal Four translates to running an athletic program

  • bz

    it's amazing how the comments differ here vs. the hoosier scoop. i thought the obvious choice was de carolis, but from what the bio's say, i'm confident that mr glass has the experience to be able to get the work done. he hasn't been an ad, but he knows how to keep sports facilities profitable.

    good luck mr. glass.

  • This is just a hunch, but there is part of me that thinks IU might have passed on De Carolis because he might have insisted on his “own guy” for the football program and IU wasn't ready to concede that power to him.