Indiana will not play Kentucky next season

  • 05/03/2012 2:00 pm in

Per a release from Indiana media relations:

Indiana University Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass has announced that Indiana University will not sign a new contract to play the University of Kentucky in men’s basketball next season in light of their insistence that the matchup be moved to off-campus sites.

“While we understand that such neutral site games could be quite lucrative, we think the series should be continued as it is, home and home,” said Glass.  “Playing on campus enables our students to attend these marquee games which we believe is a great component of the overall college experience.  Playing in the historic venues that are Assembly Hall and Rupp Arena is also a tremendous experience for our student-athletes.”

The latest two-game, home and home contract between the schools expired following the Wildcats visit in December to Bloomington.  Subsequently, Kentucky has conditioned the continuation of the series on moving the games to Louisville and/or Indianapolis.

“In the final analysis, we want our student-athletes, our overall student body and our season ticket holders to enjoy this series at Assembly Hall,” said Glass.  “We would be open to reviving the series in the future on a home and home basis.”

“We have a strong belief that this series should be played on campus and is something that should be beneficial for both teams,” said  IU Coach Tom Crean.

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  • PissedOffHoosier

    This has Calipari written all over it. Doesn’t want to lose at home. The excuse that IU fans were “out of hand” at the last game is so unbelievably stupid. Classic case of Calipari ruining something great.

  • RckyMtnHoosier

    Boo..hiss…boo

  • NaplesHoosier

    UK Spuds at work! Ha! Just goes to show they are afraid of Assembly Hall and obviously don’t care about UK student body as well. SPUDS!!!!

  • Geoff_85

    Well, I guess we all saw this coming. I’m not sure why pUKe is refusing to keep this a home and home series. I guess they’re afraid to come to Assembly Hall. Until they decide to make the trip north to Bloomington, that’s exactly what everyone will say because Indiana wants to play at pUKe. I really really hope Indiana gets them in the NCAA Tournament this year. This way we can say IU got the last laugh in the regular season and in the Tournament. Kuck Fentucky! The pUKe SCAREDY ‘CATS!

  • It’s funny that A) Kentucky expected UofL to let IU and UK, two of their big rivals, use the Yum! Center and B) when UofL said no, that we should just play in the incredibly old and outdated Freedom Hall. Good work Kentucky.

  • BrianK

    What really is driving me nuts are the pUke Fans saying that it is because our fans were so mean and rowdy and also because of all the “trampling”. Give me a break

  • mrjonessodaandme

    The disrespect John Calipari has for college tradition is disgusting.
    I get that is works for him, and as long as he is inside the rules he can do it, but man.

    Proud of Crean and Glass for sticking to their guns and standing up for the students and season ticket holders. Its insulting to ask these people to pony up more cash to travel to a marquee game and pay exorbitant ticket prices outside of their season tickets.

    Sucks we won’t play, but it ultimately makes me proud to be a Hoosier and proud of the people representing us.

    Also, if your not bringing a viable L’ville venue to the table, you aren’t bringing a plan that can ever be considered.

    Media won’t come right out and say this, but if you look at the facts, IU had this right the whole time.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Alrighty then. That’s one way to keep your home winning streak intact. The question is…who do we replace them with? Apparently the talks with Kansas are off. Louisville has been mentioned. We all despise Kentucky but they were an elite opponent on our schedule and we probably need to replace them with an opponent of similar stature.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Alrighty then. That’s one way to keep your home winning streak intact. The question is…who do we replace them with? Apparently the talks with Kansas are off. Louisville has been mentioned. We all despise Kentucky but they were an elite opponent on our schedule and we probably need to replace them with an opponent of similar stature.

  • jgon86

    Chickens!!!!! Bock, bock, bock, bock, bock, begowwwwwwk.

  • MillaRed

    Honestly I really don’t care. I can’t stand Kentucky or Calipari. The less I see of them the better,

  • UKstudent

    This decision was in my opinion strictly driven by money for UK. Saying that Calipari is afraid to lose at home is slightly ignorant. Personally I want the series to continue, and I would love for it to be a home and home. I think the fans enjoy it, and I was greatly looking forward to playing you all at home next year. I thought the series was just getting revved back up and it had a chance to become one of the best if not best rivalry in college basketball again. My last note is the fact that prior to the last six games being home and home the series had been at neutral sites for 20 years.Hopefully something will be figured out.

  • IUeconAlum

    God I hate UK. What a bunch of girls. Wah Wah!! I don’t want to lose. I can’t stand the fact we don’t have some sort of advantage.

  • DarkSouth

    Yeah, been thinking this would happen. Considering how public things got about this last December I think we all realized there was a big problem.

    Off topic, can’t figure out how to write a new comment using the new Disqus, only reply to comments. Is there no text box or is it just the computer I’m on. Like the abillity to down vote things now, but don’t like how you can’t see who voted for something (always liked that, get more of an idea of people’s personalities). Also, now all the comments kinda bleed into one another without the dividing lines.

  • Geoff_85

    It appears that IU doesn’t want a team of similar stature on the road, so the only way pUKe will be replaced with a team of similar stature is if they’re willing to play at Assembly Hall. Perhaps with all of the talk last year about Syracuse not leaving the state of New York for the first 8 games they’ll come to Assembly Hall. I doubt it though.

  • Indiana_Banners

    Kudos to Crean and Indiana for standing their ground. Hope this means we end up playing Kansas!

  • JB

    But that playboy model sprained her ankle!

  • Indiana_Banners

    I saw the ESPN blurb yesterday that mentioned that talks between Indiana and Kansas had fallen through… that was while Indiana was still trying to schedule Kentucky. Now that we’re not, and Kansas is still looking for a top game, I don’t see why the two teams couldn’t resume communication.

  • Indiana_Banners

    I saw the ESPN blurb yesterday that mentioned that talks between Indiana and Kansas had fallen through… that was while Indiana was still trying to schedule Kentucky. Now that we’re not, and Kansas is still looking for a top game, I don’t see why the two teams couldn’t resume communication.

  • Geoff_85

    There is a link just below ‘Tags’ and just above the comment box that you can’t see (I’m guessing that’s a computer issue because I can see a box both on my mobile and on my computer). The link says “You’re test driving a special preview of Disqus 2012. Feedback or problems? Tell us here.” so I would give feedback, but you might want to try a different computer first since I can see the comment box.

  • Joe B.

    Absolute. Shame.

  • NaplesHoosier

    I think we will now play Louisville. Rick Pitino was wanting to play IU and now he will get the chance IMO…To UK…You want to play in WHAT? NO WAY JOSE! Looks like we could be playing every other year in YUM yet! lol

  • N71

    With the addition of the event in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center that includes UCLA and Georgetown, I’m good with dropping UK.  We have enough measuring sticks in the preseason to tell us what we need to know for the Big Ten season.  While these last 2 games with UK were great, there have been a few that sucked as well.  Adding Kansas for next year would be nice.

  • MOYE for me

    Why can’t they do a home-home-neutral rotation?

  • MOYE for me

    Why can’t they do a home-home-neutral rotation?

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Honestly, I think it is funny. Sad, but funny. I love laughing at Kentucky and how they try so hard behind trying to hide from certain things based on certain reasons…….but we all know the real reason. If I was a Kentucky fan I would be outraged to not get a chance at beating Indiana at Rupp Arena but on the other hand I would be relieved to not be playing Indiana.

  • calbert40

    The matchup was moved from neutral sites to campus so students would have more access to tickets. You cannot match the atmosphere of a game on campus sites. Playing a home-home series against a strong opponent prepares your team for the rigors (at least for IU) of conference play.

    I don’t believe we can discount the fact that Cal wasn’t crazy about playing in B’Town after this year. Assembly Hall is the loudest and one of the most difficult venues for opposing teams to win at in the country. If IU was able to beat #1 UK one month into a season that most people believed would end in the NIT for IU, what can IU do to UK now that we are stacked again? This game has the potential to be the most difficult test for each team the year they travel.

    Regardless, this decision sucks. Play the game.

  • IU333

    I think it is sad on BOTH parts! While I do not like UK, it was tradition. This game has been played for over 40 years! Not to mention Kentucky has dominated us as of recently and just when we are getting ready to dominate them the series is over. I wish IU would have taken the neutral site deal. Very disappointed IU.

  • SuperSuhr

    I was hoping somebody could shed some light on the history of the site switches.

    From 1970 to 1975, we rotated between Bloomington and Louisville (presumably because Memorial Coliseum was too small of a venue).

    From 1976 to 1990, we rotated between Bloomington and Lexington (presumably because the larger Rupp Arena was built).

    From 1991 to 2005, we rotated between Indianapolis and Louisville. This is where I’m looking for some actual facts (anybody able to go look through IndyStar, IDS, or HT archives?). I’ve heard a lot of accusations that Indiana refused to play a home and home…something that Bob Knight specifically denied in 1999. What as the actual reason we made the switch?

    From 2006 until 2011, we rotated between Bloomington and Lexington. Purportedly because of a scheduling conflict in Louisville. Although I’ve also heard rumors that Calipari wanted to keep the series at home and home when he first arrived in Lexington (again, hearsay. I’d love it if anybody could dig through old newspaper archives).

    So…anybody have the real story?

  • SuperSuhr

    I was hoping somebody could shed some light on the history of the site switches.

    From 1970 to 1975, we rotated between Bloomington and Louisville (presumably because Memorial Coliseum was too small of a venue).

    From 1976 to 1990, we rotated between Bloomington and Lexington (presumably because the larger Rupp Arena was built).

    From 1991 to 2005, we rotated between Indianapolis and Louisville. This is where I’m looking for some actual facts (anybody able to go look through IndyStar, IDS, or HT archives?). I’ve heard a lot of accusations that Indiana refused to play a home and home…something that Bob Knight specifically denied in 1999. What as the actual reason we made the switch?

    From 2006 until 2011, we rotated between Bloomington and Lexington. Purportedly because of a scheduling conflict in Louisville. Although I’ve also heard rumors that Calipari wanted to keep the series at home and home when he first arrived in Lexington (again, hearsay. I’d love it if anybody could dig through old newspaper archives).

    So…anybody have the real story?

  • SCHoosier

    Decisions been made..too bad..let’s move on and concentrate being the best team we can be next year. It was a great rivarly..may be again..until then…to hell with UK/./

  • CutterInChicago

    Ultimately, its a a shame. The folks who lose out are the players and then the school fan bases and college hoop fans in general. I understand both arguments but believe IU has the superior argument in the home and home venues simply because those hallowed venues, Assembly Hall and Rupp Arena are exactly where games of this magnitude should be played and in front of the students (and the fans who make the effort to get to either venue). Let’s face it, neither fan base sits around and waxes poetic about those wonderful indoor football stadiums where they play basketball games… its awful to play in a huge football stadium and we all know its done for the money.
    If a neutral site is the hold up, my compromise is simple: both teams go play at the gym they used for “Hickory High School” in the movie Hoosiers – then make it a pay-per-view event if money is still an objective (Gus Johnson has to be one of the announcers). Heck you could sell the limited seating in the gym 50/50 to the fans and probably raise millions that way too.

  • CutterInChicago

    Ultimately, its a a shame. The folks who lose out are the players and then the school fan bases and college hoop fans in general. I understand both arguments but believe IU has the superior argument in the home and home venues simply because those hallowed venues, Assembly Hall and Rupp Arena are exactly where games of this magnitude should be played and in front of the students (and the fans who make the effort to get to either venue). Let’s face it, neither fan base sits around and waxes poetic about those wonderful indoor football stadiums where they play basketball games… its awful to play in a huge football stadium and we all know its done for the money.
    If a neutral site is the hold up, my compromise is simple: both teams go play at the gym they used for “Hickory High School” in the movie Hoosiers – then make it a pay-per-view event if money is still an objective (Gus Johnson has to be one of the announcers). Heck you could sell the limited seating in the gym 50/50 to the fans and probably raise millions that way too.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    It doesn’t look like it was about advantage; it looks like it was about money. You could sell 50,000 tickets at Lucas Oil Stadium, while Assembly and Rupp can’t match that combined. pUKe wanted to get one game for the price of two … every year.

  • My solution would have been a 4 yr cycle – One year @ IU another @Kty and 2 years on Neutral Courts. Well there’s always Kansas.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    I might have gone with “Mildcats,” but yours works.

  • LeeTimmer

    I get the funny feeling that Mr. Calipari will eventually be joining Mr. Sampson on the outside looking in. It’s just a matter of time.

  • Patrick

    Completely agree. I prefer home and home. More tradition and better game atmospheres, but come on guys. I would rather play at freedom hall bellermine or the downtown YMCA than see the series that I have watched since childhood go away. A bummer of a day for sure.

  • IULaw10

    Interesting quote from the AP story:

    “‘I don’t think he (Kentucky coach John Calipari) was really thrilled about going back to Bloomington, to be honest with you,’ Barnhart said.”

    Barnhart is pUKe’s AD.

  • IULaw10

    Interesting quote from the AP story:

    “‘I don’t think he (Kentucky coach John Calipari) was really thrilled about going back to Bloomington, to be honest with you,’ Barnhart said.”

    Barnhart is pUKe’s AD.

  • AJRod42

    This is really disappointing. For as long as I’ve followed IU basketball, which is a long time growing up in an IU family, Kentucky has always been right up there with Purdue as far as the annual rivalry games go. Really didn’t want to see this happen mostly because of the history between these two schools, not to mention the fact that it was really becoming a big and competitive rivalry again based on this past years’ games, but I do understand Fred’s position on the home-and-home issue.

  • Oldguyy

    If I were Calipari, I’d probably also be afraid of the damage to my ego that December’s smackdown of Kentucky in their own arena would have caused. I’m fine with waiting to resume the series until he leaves for the NBA. Who knows, maybe Kentucky will have student-athletes then.

  • robweber2

    This is the best idea I’ve heard. I don’t see why it can’t happen.

  • SeattleHoosier

    Revenue v. Student Experience. Glad we’re on the right side of these principles. I really, really, really dislike Kentucky.

  • 888

    Great idea. That way they both get what they want and everybody wins.

  • 888

    Great idea. That way they both get what they want and everybody wins.

  • IUGRADUATE

    UK’s Barnhart (AD) said, ”I don’t think he (Kentucky coach John Calipari) was really thrilled about going back to Bloomington, to be honest with you.”

    I am sure that Calipari knows well Hoosiers are back.

  • I think we should add a West Coast team. We could be the 1 seed going West next season.

  • Clincher

    This is all about greed and UK’s lack of purpose. UK is in it for money and alumni. Basketball, student athletes, student experience….doesn’t matter. Anyone who was at the Sweet 16 game saw it first hand. 20k UK alumni and a handful of UK students. They want the money. They don’t care about tradition or the game. They want the money. It really makes you question how the University can continue to justify the existence of the program.

  • Clincher

    This is all about greed and UK’s lack of purpose. UK is in it for money and alumni. Basketball, student athletes, student experience….doesn’t matter. Anyone who was at the Sweet 16 game saw it first hand. 20k UK alumni and a handful of UK students. They want the money. They don’t care about tradition or the game. They want the money. It really makes you question how the University can continue to justify the existence of the program.