Herald-Times report shows Kentucky rejected IU’s compromise to continue series

The Hoosier Scoop: Letter from Glass to Barnhart shows Kentucky rejected Indiana’s recent compromise proposal to revive series

“We were trying to find something that worked well for everyone,” Glass said by phone. “That was a suggestion that a number of people had written in to me had made. That four-year plan struck me as a fairly good idea. We reached out in the spirit of compromise to save the series and to save the ability for our students to see at least one Indiana-Kentucky game on campus in their tenure.”

Glass said both in the letter and by phone that Indiana tried to make several other concessions to Kentucky to ease some of their logistical concerns. Kentucky had scheduled a game with Portland on Dec. 8 — the second Saturday in December when the IU-Kentucky game is traditionally played. Breaking the contract with Portland required a $100,000 buyout, but Glass said in the letter and by phone that Indiana offered to split half of that buyout to make it work. The letter also said that Indiana was willing to move this year’s game to Dec. 22 and move a conflicting game the Hoosiers had scheduled to make that possible.

Glass said that he and Barnhart had several phone conversations and that they were involved in a conference call that also included several other administrators in both athletic departments. However, on May 23, Kentucky coach John Calipari made a scheduling related post on his blog that discussed the revival of the Wildcats’ series with North Carolina and his attempts to begin a series at neutral sites with Duke. Glass said he called Barnhart to find out if that meant that negotiations were off. According to the letter, IU director of basketball operations Jayd Grossman received a call from Kentucky executive associate athletics director DeWayne Peevy saying that Kentucky would refuse a contract lasting more than two years.

  • me2

    i hate kentucky…would have been nice to beat their as–s the next 4 years

  • HoosierRyno

    I’m not surprised at this news, but I have no doubt that this series will be revived in the near future. Whether they want to admit it or not, Kentucky fans can’t stand not playing IU (honestly its always been the game I look forward to most as a Hoosier) and that will reverberate to the “powers that be” eventually.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Typical Calipansy activity.  He simply doesn’t want a regional game with the new hottest, strongest program in the midwest because he doesn’t want recruits to see how attractive IU’s basketball program has become when they beat up on pUKe in the foreseeable future along with the fact that they can get an education on the prettiest campus in the midwest where the best looking girls go to school.

    I personally can’t see any reason a recruit would want to go to pUKe over a dominant IU program unless it’s for the bag of cash Calipayoff is giving them?

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Typical Calipansy activity.  He simply doesn’t want a regional game with the new hottest, strongest program in the midwest because he doesn’t want recruits to see how attractive IU’s basketball program has become when they beat up on pUKe in the foreseeable future along with the fact that they can get an education on the prettiest campus in the midwest where the best looking girls go to school.

    I personally can’t see any reason a recruit would want to go to pUKe over a dominant IU program unless it’s for the bag of cash Calipayoff is giving them?

  • Kenneth234

    Part of me wants IU to beat pUKe so bad that I am alright with these attempts to find a compromise, but the rest of me just screams that we are IU, we should not be having to make any concessions even for the sake of a chance at beating pUKe!

  • Hawg49Pan

    pUKe is afraid to play IU, they want someone they think they can beat, besides in the campus venue they couldn’t make enough money to pay player salaries!!!!!

  • Indiana_Banners

    Hopefully this story can finally die now. IU isn’t going to play UK in the near future and that… really isn’t a big deal. It’d be fun to play them, but not playing them isn’t going to do anything to diminish Indiana’s program. Calipari won’t coach at UK forever. The series will eventually be resumed.

  • Jdewitt82

    If uk gets beat by IU every year calapari wouldn’t get all the recruits anymore. Crean would have his choice with any recruit.

  • MillaRed

    Simply put, it’s OK when we are crap. And not OK when we can knock them out.

    I guess CWat’s jumper was just too much to handle.

    This looks bad regardless of who you root for.

  • MillaRed

    Simply put, it’s OK when we are crap. And not OK when we can knock them out.

    I guess CWat’s jumper was just too much to handle.

    This looks bad regardless of who you root for.

  • Oldguyy

    Surely you mean the game you look forward to most besides the Purdue games?  Or is that a southern Indiana native thing?

  • Bobby4Prez

    I am from Evansville, SO yes I rank the pUKe game up there with the PUke game….try dealing with a milliOn UK fans on a daily basis and you would agree

  • marcusgresham

    Down here Purdue isn’t even in the same universe as Kentucky as far as hatred is concerned.  The worst Purdue fans I’ve ever met couldn’t, as a collective, spew more obnoxious, delusional drivel in a week than a typical Kentucky fan can in a sentence.  Of course, that sentence is going to be a run-on sentence because the understanding of basic rules of grammar are virtually non-existent over there, but you get the point…

  • HoosierTrav

     IMHO this has everything to do with recruiting. When Indiana beats UK with a national audience, it doesn’t necessarily hurt UK recruiting but it does help Indiana’s recruiting immensely on a national level. Cal doesn’t want to be that “foot stool” in Indiana’s re emergence as a national powerhouse.

  • IUMIKE1

    In the short & blunt version:

    I very much dislike PUke, but I very much HATE pUKe and the pUKe game is more important to me.

    Putting up with just a single pUKe fan is bad enough but try putting up with hundreds if not thousands for just a day and you have what we put up with every day, not to mention the radio & TV stations droning on and on about them.

  • Kenneth234

    I think it is already too late for that.  Maybe we should just forever refer to Calipari as the foot stool in Lexington!

  • HoosierRyno

    You hit the nail on the head!

  • HoosierRyno

    You hit the nail on the head!

  • HoosierRyno

    Living along the Ohio River there are tons of UK fans on the Indiana side. In Evansville (where I grew up) every store that has an IU wall, has a UK wall just as big. It seems like the more north you go, PU is the bigger rivalry. Most of my family live around
    Washington and Bedford. PU is a bigger rivalry there.

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