Glass talks IU-Purdue scheduling, a golden age and more

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In our recent conversation with Fred Glass, we covered a variety of topics. Among them: Big Ten expansion, student ticket sales and the future of Assembly Hall.

Also discussed in that conversation were Indiana and Purdue only playing once this year in basketball, guarantee games and the absence of a marquee non-conference home game and returning to a “golden era” of athletics at Indiana.

Here are the athletic director’s thoughts on both of those topics, in Q & A format:

Inside the Hall: We talked to you about this at Huber Winery over the summer at the Tailgate Tour and it was kind of a hot topic at the time because a couple weeks before that, it was announced that Indiana and Purdue would only play once this year in basketball. I know at that time you said you’d be in favor of a protected rivalry where the schools would play twice every year. What would be the process as far as getting something like that done? In football, there’s something like that, but what would the process to be able to do something like that look like and is that something you’re actively engaged in dialogue on?

Fred Glass: Yeah, I talked to the commissioner about expanding, in a limited way because there just aren’t as many bed rock rivalries as there are in basketball as there are in football, and because of the frequency of games, there would be fewer situations where you’re only talking about one game in a real storied rivalry. And I guess I don’t understand why we’d go to pretty great lengths to protect those in football and just sort of ignore them in basketball.

And I think there’s some interest in doing that. The schedule makers in the conference would have some frustration with that because they’ve already got so many things to work around with arena availability and all of that stuff, it would be one more thing they’d have to include in, but I think if we didn’t go crazy and recognized that there’s a handful of basketball rivalries that we just ought to protect, Michigan-Michigan State, Indiana-Purdue.

ITH: On the scheduling front, a lot of it is the head coach doing the scheduling, but as far as negotiating how much is paid to the smaller schools to come play at Indiana, what role do you play in that?

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Notebook: James Blackmon Jr. to visit IU this weekend

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Former 2014 Indiana commit James Blackmon Jr. said he would take a final visit to Bloomington before making his second college decision.

Wednesday evening, he made it clear he was following through with his promise. Blackmon announced via his Twitter account that he will visit IU this weekend, only a week after his official visit to Kentucky.

“IU visit this weekend #IUBB,” he said.

The 6-foot-3 combo guard from Marion High School has also taken an official visit to Michigan (Sept. 27) and is considering Michigan State and Kansas, as well.

The 247Composite rates him as the No. 31 prospect and No. 12 shooting guard in the 2014 class.

Lyle might visit, as well

According to multiple media reports, 2014 guard JaQuan Lyle said there’s a “possibility” he will visit IU this weekend for its exhibition against Southern Indiana.

The long-time Indiana target has recently reappeared on the Hoosiers’ recruiting radar after he transferred from Evansville Bosse to Huntington Prep (W.Va.) and subsequently parted ways with Louisville.

Indiana coach Tom Crean visited Lyle in West Virginia on Tuesday, and the No. 22 prospect in the 2014 class has said he still has plenty of interest in the Hoosiers’ program.

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Recruiting notebook: IU staff visits Lyle, Hoetzel

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The Indiana coaching staff was on the road Tuesday, making stops at Huntington Prep in West Virginia and at Wilbraham and Monson Academy in Massachusetts.

At Huntington Prep, the staff stopped in to see 2014 guard JaQuan Lyle, the former Evansville Bosse guard who will finish his high school career against an aggressive national schedule. Huntington Prep is also home to other top prospects like Miles Bridges (2016), Thomas Bryant (2015) and Montaque Gill-Caesar (2015).

Lyle, the No. 22 prospect nationally in the 247Composite, told Inside the Hall recently that Indiana is a school he’s considering in the aftermath of his decision to de-commit from Louisville. He’s taken unofficial visits to Connecticut and Memphis this fall, but won’t be able to take any official visits until taking the SAT next month.

On his Twitter account, Lyle posted the following late Tuesday afternoon: “Shoutout to Coach Crean for coming in after school today.”

The staff also saw Max Hoetzel on Tuesday, who is originally from Calabasas (Calif.), transferred to Wilbraham and Monson this fall and his recruitment has taken off as a result.

The 6-foot-7 shooter has offers from St. John’s, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania and interest from Florida, Kansas, Indiana, Iowa State and Harvard.

Crean and assistant coach Kenny Johnson stopped in to see Hoetzel, who has reclassified to 2015, but could also opt to return to the 2014 class if the fit is right.

Hoetzel told Inside the Hall’s Jordan Littman that he could potentially visit Bloomington the weekend of Nov. 3.

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Yogi Ferrell named to watch list for 2014 Cousy Award

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Indiana sophomore Yogi Ferrell has been named to the 45-player watch list for the 2014 Cousy Award, which is awarded annually to the top point guard in college basketball.

Ferrell is joined by Michigan State’s Keith Appling, Ohio State’s Aaron Craft and Penn State’s Tim Frazier as the four Big Ten players on the list, which was announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame committee earlier today.

As a freshman, Ferrell started all 36 games for the Big Ten champion Hoosiers and averaged 7.6 points, 4.1 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game.

The Cousy Award was first given in the 2003-2004 season. Two Big Ten players have won the award: Dee Brown (Illinois, 2006) and Trey Burke (Michigan, 2013).

According to a press release, the watch list of candidates will be narrowed down to a final 20 in early February and then to a final five by early March.

The complete watch list is available after the jump.

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2013-2014 Big Ten Preview: Top non-conference games

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We continue our 2013-2014 Big Ten preview today with a look at ten non-conference games, listed in chronological order, that you’ll want to mark on your calendars as must see.

Michigan State vs. Kentucky on Tuesday, Nov. 12
Event: Champion’s Classic at the United Center in Chicago
TV coverage: ESPN

It’s never too early for No. 1 vs. No. 2, right? The Spartans are No. 2 in the first coaches poll and Kentucky is No. 1 and this is an early preview of a game that we could see again in early April. Michigan State is the more experienced group, but the Wildcats have another mega recruiting class.

Florida at Wisconsin on Tuesday, Nov. 12
TV coverage: ESPN

The Badgers will get an early test against a top ten team in the country when Billy Donovan and Florida come to Madison. Wisconsin’s frontcourt, which lost Jared Berggren, Ryan Evans and Mike Bruesewitz, will be immediately tested when it tries to contain Florida senior Patric Young.

Ohio State at Marquette on Saturday, Nov. 16
TV coverage: Fox

In a second attempt at a game that was canceled due to inclement weather last season on the USS Yorktown, both teams are looking to replace their leading man. Marquette lost Vander Blue and Ohio State lost Deshaun Thomas early to the NBA Draft and leave big shoes to fill.

Indiana at Syracuse on Tuesday, Dec. 3
Event: Big Ten-ACC Challenge at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse
TV coverage: ESPN

In a rematch of a Sweet 16 meeting from a season ago, Indiana travels to Syracuse where the Orange will again present their signature 2-3 zone. Both teams lost several significant contributors, but Syracuse returns C.J. Fair, who scored 22 points in a Final Four loss to Michigan.

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Glass reflects on 15,000 student season ticket sales for 2013-2014 season

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In a recent conversation with Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean, Fred Glass reminisced to his first year as IU’s athletic director.

Crean was in the midst of his first season as IU’s head coach in 2008-2009, and the team was on its way to its worst record in school history. Student season tickets sales were so poor, just more than half of its allotted space of 7,800 seats had been filled.

“Shoot, we were doing everything we could. I can’t remember the exact number that first year, I think we ended up with 4,200 or something like that,” Glass said in a recent interview with Inside the Hall. “Which at any other university in the country would be the best year they’ve ever had, but for us, was extremely disappointing.”

For the next three seasons, students who bought season tickets would have access to every home game. But as Indiana’s on-court success returned, demand grew as well. Last season, with a preseason No. 1 team, students were given access to only 10 games each. However, heading into this season with far-fewer on-court expectations, demand is up. Around 15,000 student season ticket sales have been sold, and students who bought season tickets were given eight games — only half of the amount they had received only two years ago.

“In fact, I had to remind myself that that wasn’t normal for the new students, and when we went to (fewer games), there would be a little a culture shock, of, ‘Wait, what do you mean? We always get every game’,” Glass said. “Well that was their normal for two or three years, but still, it was their normal. And we probably didn’t do a very good job, especially that first year, of letting people know that’s how that was going to work.

“And I take responsibility for that, because to me, it was so part of Indiana that that’s how it worked, that I sort of forgot that it wasn’t the reality of the kids who had been here for two or three years.”

When Glass was a student at Indiana from 1977 to 1981, receiving only half — maybe even a third — of home games as part of a season ticket package was normal. Back then, 15,000 students purchasing season tickets was typical. But Indiana’s basketball team hasn’t received this much attention from its students in years.

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