Around the Hall: Draft combine recap, search firm cost and more

  • 05/15/2017 8:44 am in

Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall staff.

OG Anunoby’s stock is on the rise, according to Rick Bozich of


Anunoby father, OG, told me last fall that his son could have made it in baseball as well as basketball. Mr. Anunoby said that his son had enough sizzle on his fastball as a pitcher that one Division I basketball coach told him he was worried that his school’s baseball coach could poach him for the baseball team.

That coach was not Fran McCaffery of Iowa, who recruited Anunoby relentlessly before the player signed with Indiana.

“But I can believe it,” McCaffery said. “I love that kid. I really wanted to get him. I felt terrible when he was injured (and lost for the season in late January). I texted him and reminded him that the road to where you want to be often goes through adversity. He’ll get through it fine and have a long career.”

Anunoby still projects as a player who will be taken in the middle of the first round be because of his wingspan and ability to guard four possessions.

Sam Vecenie of The Sporting News has a comprehensive wrap-up piece from the NBA draft combine, which includes notes on several Big Ten players and OG Anunoby:

OG Anunoby’s injury has been a major question over the course of the last few months due to the secretive way it was handled by Indiana. He stated at the combine that he had a “torn ACL, that’s it, nothing else.”

Indiana paid Parker Executive Search $90,000 for its services in hiring Archie Miller, according to Mike Miller of The Bloomington Herald-Times:

Indiana paid search firm Parker Executive Search $90,000 for its help in landing new men’s basketball coach Archie Miller, according to an open records request filed by The Herald-Times.

Parker’s scope of work for IU included identifying qualified candidates, facilitating interviews, supplying background information and notifying candidates of the outcome of the search.

Per the contract, IU paid Parker two equal retainers of $45,000. The first invoice was to be filed at the start of the search and the second was to be filed 30 days thereafter or upon the hiring of the new coach, whichever came first.

Indiana is 60-1 to win the national championship next season and Michigan State is the current favorite to win the title:

After opening up at 20/1 the Spartans are now now 7/1 to win the NCAA Tournament this season. Michigan State returns a talented young roster led by Miles Bridges, who spurned the NBA for a shot to win it all with the Spartans. Bridges has a chance to be a preseason first-team All-American and will be one of the most explosive athletes in college basketball next season — something we know Tom Izzo can work his magic with as he proved this past season. Sparty is coming off a season that finished just shy of a Sweet Sixteen appearance and returns all five starters.

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany is set to collect $20 million in bonuses, according to USA Today:

Big Ten Conference commissioner Jim Delany is set to receive more than $20 million in future bonus payments, according to information in the conference’s new federal tax return and a comparison of that document to prior years’ returns.

The new return — which the conference provided Friday in response to a request from USA TODAY Sports — states that in July 2015, Delany “became fully eligible for future bonus payments pursuant to his employment contract.”

As a result, the document said, the conference had to record the full amount of those future payments as an expense and a liability on the return covering its 2016 fiscal year, which ran from July 1 through June 30.

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  • John D Murphy

    Apparently there are people who are upset. I find it baffling.

  • pcantidote

    Well I forgot that UCLA used to be free in state, so I guess that I am not so sure anymore. More importantly, I think it is ludicrous to suggest that the players aren’t getting any value here. Leaving aside the free education and room and board and meals, they are also getting a free national showcase of their potential as a professional athlete, coach, etc. That beats the hell out of the placement office that I worked with at IU. Moreover, all of this education and showcasing positions them to step into the very hyperinflated markets that you seem to take issue with. No one is forcing these guys into these so called corrupt and hypocritical schools and conferences. If they have a better plan for securing their future, then so be it.

  • John D Murphy

    1. At many schools including IU (at least at some point) the athletic dept pays the schools as opposed to the tuition being waived so it isn’t net zero sum game.
    2. I don’t disagree about the windfall of coaches.
    3. The value of a scholarship has gone up in terms of real dollars because the cost of tuition, fees, books, campus housing, etc… have outpaced median earnings since the 1970’s. You can argue (which I think you are…correctly) that the value returned (roi) of a college education has gone down. You are correct.
    4. I understand your point about athletes. I don’t agree because the non-revenue athletes work just as hard and I think the end result would be to reduce the scholarships for the non-revenue sports. I think that is a move in the wrong direction.
    5. I don’t think the discussions around long term who is benefiting is very relevant to Delaney’s bonus. He has done an outstanding job of expanding the conferences current and long term revenue stream. His compensation package has provided him with a large payout for such work.
    6. I am reading that your moral compass is tripped by the overwhelming inequity of the rewards of the different groups of stakeholders. Mine isn’t.
    7. I appreciate bringing up the topic because I think it is always good to have uncomfortable conversations.
    8. Thanks for your passion and fierceness. I enjoy your posts.

  • John D Murphy

    The fan bases of Maryland and Rutgers care. The alumni in NYC and DC care. As someone who puts the long term financial success of the conference high on my fan priority list, I care.

  • pcantidote

    Great thoughts. You encapsulated your objections much better than I did. I don’t even necessarily take issue with the coach’s salaries. I think of them as more like the ambassador of the entire athletics department, the success of which is often a huge variable in a school’s overall fundraising ability. For example, if IUBB collapses under Archie, the balance sheet of the entire IU athletic department will suffer dramatically to the point that there may not be resources to fund the non-revenue sports, and overall IU alumni pride and connectivity will suffer as well, thereby reducing non-athletic donations. That is quite a responsibility to take on. I don’t know if $1M, $3M or $5M is the right number, but in the end they aren’t just a basketball or football coach.

  • SCHoosier

    I’d have to see the nuances in his contract before ‘ Yeaing or Naying.’ I will say one thing..getting the B-10 on the air first with its TV network was HUGE.. That one decision brought financial security to the Conference and its schools for years to come.

  • I agree with it being a bargain. I guess I just don’t understand the necessity of it. Why the middleman? What value does it add? The background checks? I’m not very knowledgeable on how the whole process works but to a laymen it seems like an unnecessary party being involved. I really could give 2 sh*ts about the $90k tho. Unless they want me to help out in the future, then I’ll care a little more.

  • Get an intern to do it.

  • who’syourhoosier

    Think CYA when you see that number. Why in the world would FG allow himself to be exposed. You get these guys to do some research, hoping they point out something you missed. Would you really want him to just read the papers watch espn ect… to get his information? It’s his job, I comfortably assume that he likes his job.

    I think, I see what you are saying though. It does seem that he should be an expert in hiring staff and 90k sounds like a big number, but this realllllly wasn’t a hire that he could afford to screw up. I would do the same and take every precaution.

  • Kyl470

    Using a search firm is mainly to create a scapegoat in case something comes up about Archie. Like if he had something sketchy in his background it’s the search firms job to catch that.

  • Ole Man

    Maryland is a Southern school–always will be. And their fans still follow the ACC more than the Big Ten. Plus, they’re all DC people; not much Big Ten there.

    Rutgers isn’t even known or followed in NYC. I know. I lived there a long time. Alumni in NYC DO NOT travel to Rutgers to see their team play. They watch games in their college bar in the City.
    No one, including Rutgers Alumni living in NYC give a hoot about Rutgers.

  • Ole Man

    For those of you praising Delaney…
    ND is moving to join the ACC in football which will make them a member in all sports.
    Delaney had a chance to take ND in all sports but football before they went into the ACC and said no.
    They wanted to join the Big Ten.
    Instead he added Rutgers.
    You tell me–which is the more valuable property? Rutgers or Notre Dame?
    Big name? Check!
    Natural rivalries?
    Check, check!
    Natural fit for the Big Ten?
    As someone pointed out below, the Presidents and Coaches have had as much to do with the conference success as Delaney.
    He has given us Rutgers, Nebraska, and Maryland. Of those three only Maryland is really worth it.
    He has given us unbalanced football and basketball schedules while not protecting natural rivalries in basketball.
    He’s just like most CEOs today–overpaid and overvalued.

  • Ole Man

    UConn doesn’t meet Big Ten scholastic standards, is out in the middle of nowhere, adds no market value.
    As to Rutgers, see my comments above.

  • INUnivHoosier2

    Now they need to offer a stand alone subscription app that actually works to stream live games.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Bingo, my friend! !! I know many Big Ten employees and they will never admit any misgivings. They are just like the NFL or MLB.

  • cbags05

    As a fan I agree with you. I actually do like Nebraska in the B1G. Good rivalry for Iowa.
    As a business man, he earned his money, though. Rutgers, Nebraska, Maryland opened up huge TV markets. Billions$$$$

  • Ole Man

    Rutgers did not open up any TV markets. No one on the East coast cares about Rutgers. Maryland is watched a little in the DC area and in Maryland.
    Penn St. actually did more for the Big footprint than Rutgers did.

  • TomJameson

    The idea about the inequality of pay, and the idea about paying the athletes, is just fraught with difficulties, and you’ve only mentioned a few. I just think that there are too many problems with that idea to “solve” them all at once.

    A little at a time is the way to go. Increase their tuition base to include food, travel for families to get to & from games, stipends for off-campus activities (just a stipend, not bunches of $$) … things along that nature. Do a little bit, wait to see the effect, then do a little more. Can’t wait too long between each step, need to fast-track it a little, but can’t rush everything either.

    One thing for certain, it cannot be changed equitably and effectively if they try to fix it all at once.

    Just an opinion and a few thoughts.

  • TomJameson

    I’m just saying, I would have told them to hire Archie Miller for half that sum. 🙂

  • John D Murphy

    It’s not about who is good at what sport. Rutgers is a B1G school. Big school, big alumni base that drives the media consumption in their market footprint because of their numbers. I don’t expect most to get it. I just thought you would.

  • Ole Man

    I do get it, John.
    I lived in Philly. Then I lived in NYC. Rutgers is in between. It doesn’t move the needle in either of those Huge markets.
    Outside of Jersey, nobody cares about Rutgers. Their media footprint simply doesn’t exist in the two biggest media markets adjacent to them. They get no media coverage by the local stations — nada, zilch, zero.

  • cbags05

    Then why did NYC cable companies add BTN? I’m too lazy to compare the Penn State effect. You might be right. But the financial results of adding those schools to the B1G is undeniable.

    Notre Dame would have been more fun from a fan’s perspective, but I struggle to see how the financial impact would have been as big.

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  • b_side

    That’s not what any of us (those advocating on behalf of players) is suggesting.

    What you’re suggesting is obviously silly. After all, it’s revenue from high level sports (basketball and football) that funds swimming, track, soccer, crew, etc. to compete and receive the same scholarship.

    It’s the NCAA and its members who should be footing the bill.

  • b_side

    I agree with you about some things, disagree with you on others. You should join the ITH Forum, John. It’s insanely reasonable (365 days / $35 year = $0.10 a day)

  • pcantidote

    Well then apparently you missed the point, because all of this supposed cash that the NCAA (a not for profit) and the members (i.e. the schools) have goes to fund all of the other sports. You act as if there are just mountains of cash sitting around.

  • b_side

    The search firm did not identify Arch. They are used as a go-between to set up meetings. Coaches can fly in and out of Atlanta (where the firm is located), without disturbance because it is such a highly trafficked airport.

    Remember the rumors of Billy Donovan flying in and out of B-town? The search firm eliminates the unsubstantiated noise.

  • b_side

    What about the fact that I traveled to Rutgers in 2014-15 to see IU? I wasn’t alone.

    Once Rutgers builds a competitive program, the fans will come. Simple as that.

  • b_side

    There are mountains of cash. Have you seen the latest TV rights deals? Billions of dollars are trading hands every year.

    There’s a reason why Delaney is getting paid what he is and a guy like Arch can jump into being paid as a Top 10 coach.

    The rich get richer…

  • pcantidote

    Show me the mountains of cash. All of the money goes back to the schools. Are Athletic Departments operating with huge surpluses? I remember IU operating in the red recently.

  • Arch Puddington

    Here is an interesting adjunct to all this. Both of my sons are in college right now on full academic scholarships. One won a full cost-of-attendance scholarship to an elite private university, the other won a full tuition scholarship plus 3 other smaller ones that account for the rest of his expenses. Like scholarship athletes, both receive some attendant perks (access to special seminars, research opportunities, etc.), and both must perform at a certain level in order to maintain their scholarships.

    Unlike scholarship athletes, however, here are some things they can do;

    1. Work for pay in their area of skill. Either could, if inclined and able, earn unlimited amounts of money as either en employee or an entrepreneur.
    2. Accept free meals and other goodies from whomever they want.
    3. Get guidance from lawyers, accountants, agents, and other professionals without losing their scholarships.
    4. Use and even sell their own image (i.e., posters and other promotional material for other activities in which they are involved).

    That athletes by and large cannot do any of these things is just another way in which the NCAA and its rules about amateurism are pure BS. No one would ever argue that a musician on scholarship is somehow “corrupted” by playing for pay at a concert. No one would argue that my sons would be corrupted if they took high-paying internships in their field. In fact, musicians, business school students, computer programmers, etc., are all seen as huge successes if they get paid while still undergrads. It would be seen as ludicrous on its face if someone were to say to them, “Your scholarship is enough, and you are not allowed to receive anything else from anyone else.” But people say such thing about athletes all the time, and indeed the NCAA exists largely to enforce rules based on that very thought.

    There are some things about which there is more than one morally or intellectually valid point of view. This isn’t one of them.

  • b_side

    How the schools choose to use the revenue generated by high profile sports is up to them. I, along with others, happen to think some of that should be given back to the ones doing the heavy lifting (on top of their full ride). All things are not created equal. Why a swimmer and RJ get the same “compensation” is beyond me when there is such a discrepancy in how these lower profile, unprofitable sports are consumed.

    The IU Athletic Department is in the black, which is absolutely incredible when you consider how little revenue is generated by football in comparison to other schools.


    Not to mention the incredibly stupid names given to the two fball divisions ( if he is not the one responsible for that I extend my apologies) and then there are those games where, if you want to see the game, you have to either attend in person, or put out more $ on top of their normal bill to watch the BTN, and then put up with reception quality that people in Third World countries would consider subpar.

  • Ole Man

    You are an exception and not a rule. I lived there. No one South or North of Rutgers knows or even cares they are there. It’s part of the “big city effect.”

  • Ole Man

    They didn’t add it because of Rutgers! LOL!
    NYC has a huge base of Big Ten fans. Each school has its own bar(s) where they gather to make merry.
    ND’s name is worth mucho bucks more that the Rutgers brand will ever be worth.

  • b_side

    Me and the third largest Indiana alumni base outside of Indy and Chicago.

  • cbags05

    But ND wouldn’t give up its football independence. So then at that point is it better to just not expand (strictly business standpoint)? I say no. And although you have lived in NYC and seen the lack of Rutgers support, I think the timing of expansion and adding those new markets to the BTN was not a coincidence.

  • Ole Man

    They’re about to give it up and join the ACC.

  • Ole Man

    Yes, NYC has mucho IU alumni. And very few of us travel farther than our favorite IU bar in the City to watch the games.
    Again, you are an exception, not the rule.
    And that’s the only time an IU fan pays any attention to Rutgers.

  • b_side

    Forgive me. I forgot you were the authority on NYC alumni. You must’ve been at the RAC to witness the handful of Hoosiers that made the long journey.

  • Outoftheloop

    Of course: PN St, then Syracuse (travel issues), then Rutgers, then U Conn for the East. It is funny listening to non-academics try to make the case for U Conn over Rutgers as a SCHOOL! Not even close! In the D.C. Area it is MD with U VA a distant 2nd. Next go to 16 teams by adding a team in South FL (FAU) and Dallas TX (SMU if they can ever clean up their act)! Money! But do it quickly!

  • Outoftheloop

    Only because their football “property” is in danger of losing all of its national value! After a few years of drubbings by Clemson, Miami, FL St, not to mention NC and VA Tech, ND football will be below IU!

  • Ole Man

    LOL! Apparently their AD is denying the reports.

  • Ole Man

    Is there nothing you won’t argue about? Or troll about?
    I made a statement based upon my experience.
    I acknowledged your statement about the huge number of Big Ten alumni in the NYC area.
    What is your major malfunction?
    Get a grip.
    I have you blocked in the paid forum.
    Do I have to block you here as well?
    GROW UP!

  • b_side

    No one is trolling. Get over yourself.

  • Ole Man

    Arguing every point rather than discussing them is trolling. Using sarcasm in remarks is trolling.
    Refusing to acknowledge someone’s agreement with you is trolling.
    Yep, you’re doing all those things.

  • b_side

    Good to know ITH is not only home to the internet’s foremost authority on the behaviors and attitudes of Indiana NYC alumni, but also the authority on trolling.