Staff // 05/30/2012 4:25 pm
Here’s the complete text of Indiana Athletics Director Fred Glass’ letter to Kentucky Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart regarding the Indiana-Kentucky basketball series.
The letter was first obtained by a Freedom of Information Act request by The Bloomington Herald-Times. The response from Barnhart is available here.
Not defending. I think we all share the same opinion on Calipari and crew. However, they have scheduled one of their “non-traditional” series with Baylor (who is no slouch), are reconvening the UNC game next year and possibly scheduling Duke. They will have plenty of options besides IU. But it is obviously pretty ridiculous to end a historic boarder rivalry.
How many pUKe fans even know how to get on the internet to find this letter?
I think Glass misspelled “Calapari” on purpose because of all the Cali”payoff” and “Criminal”ipari comments we make on here!
I’m like Trent. I’m stunned he could read it all. He must have had help . . . probably from his parole officer.
That may be a reunion of the most lowlife cheaters in all of sports . . . pUKe and Bail-money.
I’m not going to lie, I’m a UK fan. That being said, I agree with Glass on this issue. I don’t see why UK wouldn’t agree to these terms. They seem extremely fair, and actually seem to favor UK’s requests and not so much IU’s. It is sad that we are going to lose this series over a BS issue. I hated losing to IU in Bloomington this season, it was a heck of a shot by Watford, but I still hated the loss. In the long run, a loss in December doesn’t matter all that much. March is the time of the year when Ws & Ls mean something. I understand Cal’s scheduling philosophy (somewhat) and get that he want’s to schedule other schools. A lot of it has to do with recruiting in my opinion, but I don’t get why we couldn’t agree to a 4 year deal. It’s 4 games which will generate huge revenue for both schools. I guess it doesn’t do much good for anyone to argue anything on the issue, because it is much larger than all of us. I just hope it’s a larger issue than Cal’s pride. Just for the fun of it, GO CATS!
If you remember, during last season it was rumored that Kentucky was going to drop one of their big rivalries and everyone was trying to guess who it would be. Then Kentucky tells Indiana they want to change how there series is done after it has been successful for several years. Most of us really should have seen this coming. Calipari’s motives were to drop IU all along.
Bottom Line: Kentucky is afraid to play IU in Lexington because it will ruin Coach Cal’s chances of his final goal as a college coach: an undefeated season.
And the resolution of the 14 players for 13 scholarships puzzle. I think a transfer would have happened by now, so it’s probably down to prep school, perhaps for someone who didn’t qualify academically, or an in-state senior giving up his scholarship.
I agree. Both programs are huge markets/money-makers and quite frankly, if they can’t work it out, they don’t need each other.
Your letter is awesome and accurate, I couldn’t agree anymore.
If I was a pUKe alum, I would be embarrassed by not only this development but Calipari’s flagrant disrespect for whatever educational reputation the university has. His “non-traditional” program brags about having a team GPA in excess of 3.0. Assuming that is true, I would be curious to see what classes they are taking–Geology 100/Rocks for Jocks, PE 100/History of Basketball (taught by a grad assistant)?
I know how embarrassed I was when all the dirty laundry came out about Denim Shirt’s tenure in regards to academics. It had nothing to do with wins or losses but reputation.
I suspect that most of those pUKe fans attempting to elevate Calipari to sainthood have probably never stepped inside of a college classroom; it all has to do with “bashketball” as they say in Kentucky.
Thank you Tom Crean for understanding what Indiana is all about–winning the right way and graduating players in four years or less.
Just my opinion.
Some Vandy fans might disagree with that assessment.
I just got on A Sea of Blue website and all I read was about how the IU fans acted inappropriately when we won the game in Bloomington. I hate Kentucky
Let the dogs bark, the caravan moves on.
UK is ducking IU. Plain and simple. KY leads the head-to-head series 32 – 24 ? and does not want IU to catch up.
Also, Slimeapari wants to go undefeated and scheduling IU this year or in the future is not a good idea towards that end.
Ultimately when you lie with dogs, you get fleas. So I am not disappointed not to see UK until we send them packing in the NCAAs.
Perhaps he is a slimeball in public life, but a decent guy in private life. Probably not, but maybe.
Sea of Blew? lol
I am an IU fan and graduate. It seems to me that both schools are drawing an arbitrary line in the sand and refusing to work this out. That’s sad for both programs and their fans. There is no better non-conference college basketball rivalry in the country. In the end it probably somehow boils down to money, and one would think that both programs generate enough of that to figure this out!
God, I hate Kentucky. Fred should’ve thrown a “douchebag” somewhere in that letter.
Bravo my friend.
I know a school a bit further northeast about 70 miles from Lessington that would love to take the 4 year series.
Although, in the end, both sides did have their lines, sure. Indiana’s was clearly allowed to move….a couple times, in fact. Whereas for Kentucky, they weren’t willing to move that line in any direction. I agree with what IU has done…it isn’t about the money for them. It is about playing games at home courts, which as a fan, I always prefer.
The only way to really upstage KY is to say anywhere, anyplace, anytime. The game is more important to I.U. than KY
by far the best part
Absolutely right. So glad IU isn’t playing coach crook and the rent-a-team with their obnoxious “fans.” I had hoped coach Knight vwould drop that cheating bunch years ago.
How many IU fans can understand more than one side of an issue?
The head scratcher for UK fans is that Glass has now, in August 2013, agreed to play Louisville at a neutral site (New York City) in a large arena (Madison Square Garden) with no apparent long-term agreement to play at least once in Bloomington for the benefit of IU students, which Glass so staunchly defended in giving UK the middle finger. But this is exactly what Calipari offered, except that he was willing to schedule the game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
So what’s changed? How does this serve the interests of IU students in Bloomington? Looks like an about-face.
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