Glass has IU standing among college sports Goliaths

June 12, 2013
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If college sports truly is the marketing tool, the so-called front porch to the larger university that sports marketers say it is, Indiana University has quite an opportunity within its grasp. Not to mention some serious scholarship cash.

The school's first ever inclusion in the College World Series, to be played in Omaha, Neb., starting Saturday, is quite a coup unto itself. But that's not all that's at stake for IU as the spring sports season winds down. If the Hoosiers can make some waves at the CWS, they could find themselves the recipient of an award that would have been unthinkable when Fred Glass took over as athletics director in January 2009.

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Indiana pitcher Brian Korte during the game in the Tallahassee Super Regional Championship against Florida State on June 8, 2013 in Tallahassee, Florida. (AP Photo/Don Juan Moore)

IU currently stands fifth in the Capital One Cup, the annual award given to the best NCAA Division I school across all sports. Since Indiana is the highest ranked school in the Cup playing in the CWS, IU could make a run toward the top rung of the ladder.

Current Cup standings are:

1. Texas A&M 88
2. Florida 86
3. Duke 82
4. Alabama 80
5. Indiana 76
6. Michigan 76
7. Louisville 66
8. Syracuse 66
9. Oregon 65
10. Notre Dame 62

IU is sitting in the company of some pretty powerful college sports programs. And on top of quite a few more. That sort of recognition should keep a steady stream of top recruits—in all sports—headed to Bloomington. It won't hurt alumni donations, either.

The Cup standings make Saturday's CWS game against the University of Louisville that much more intriguing. While the status of winning the Cup is nice and the publicity of receiving the award at the annual ESPYs on ESPN in July certainly carries marketing value, there's real monetary value for the school as well.

Capital One, the credit card company that sponsors the award, will give a combined $400,000 in student-athlete scholarships to the winning schools Capital One crowns a men's and women's champion.

With all the attention paid to IU's resurgence in men's basketball, it's almost easy to miss many of the other improvements Glass has overseen during his relatively short tenure, namely the men's soccer and baseball programs. And while Glass didn't hire men's basketball coach Tom Crean, he certainly gave him some key votes of confidence via pay raises and contract extensions that helped the coach lock down a bevy of top recruits.

With Glass in his corner, few could think Crean was leaving Bloomington anytime soon. Despite the success, Glass still has some programs to shore up. The verdict is still out on football coach Kevin Wilson, and women's basketball remains a serious shortcoming.

If Glass can do for those two programs—football in particular, with its massive potential for revenue-generation—what he's done for others, he may be the next one in line for a contract extension.

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  • Coach Kevin Wilson...
    ..has made amazing progress rebuilding a program that the Trustees and Athletic Department, not to mention a bunch of 'influential alumni and boosters' had run into the ground(some say intentionally)through underfunding, terrible hiring decisions (Bill Lynch)and near total lack of support and investment. Coach Wilson is single-minded, driven, and does not suffer fools...which immediately puts him at odds with most of the sports media types in Indiana. The verdict is not out...he was a great hire.
  • Wins will validate Wilson
    Coach Crean took a moribund basketball program to the top of the polls - now that's a great hire. Yes, the jury is still way out on the hire of Kevin Wilson by alums, fans and the press. Supposedly there are some good players signed but so far, Coach Wilson has done nothing to improve the IU football program or really endear himself to its fan base. He may not suffer fools but he should sharpen his communication skills - especially with the press - as many journalists and broadcast sports reporters have been turned off by Wilson's gruff demeanor and somewhat know it all attitude. Start winning 6-7 games a season and folks will put up with his less than friendly personnae. Until then, Wilson and the IU football program need every drop of positive press he can muster.
    • Lucky to have Fred
      Fred's a great leader, a huge fan, and double degree holder from IU. Most importantly, he's restored an athletic dept that was a smoldering heap when he got there and then made some gutsy calls to help bring IU Nation the current success that Anthony references.
    • A Fool Not To Be Suffered!
      Saying Wilson has done nothing to improve the program is a truly ignorant comment. You don't have any idea what you are talking about. Student attendance is up, season ticket sales are up, Program revenue is up. After being rated dead last in conference recruiting ratings forever, the incoming class ranked fourth in The B1G. The caliber of the coaching staff far exceeds the previous regime. You are dead wrong.
    • McKinney Law
      For those who don't know him, Fred Glass is a superstar in every sense of the word. And as a graduate of the IU McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis, he is a fellow alumnus of Governor Pence, Chief Justice Dickson, House Speaker Bosma, Senate Majority Floor Leader Hershman, Senate Minority Leader Lanine, US Senator Cole, US House Reps Rokita, Young & Brooks, 3 IU trustees, over 80 corporate CEOs in Indiana, and the list goes on and on. Fred is but another in the long list of outstanding McKinney Law alumni, and the school is very proud of him.
      • Kevin Wilson
        Kevin Wilson was a tremendous hire based on the state of IU football at the time. Unfortunately the passing of Coach Hep stalled the resurgence of the program. It took a huge step back under Lynch. Kevin Wilson had come in, cleaned house of old attitudes and players and personnel who aren't buying in to his idea of the program. It has been a running joke with my friends but I have been saying "IU Football 2014" since Coach Wilson was hired. If you aren't buying the hype then go follow Notre Dame..... They are going to have plenty of room on their bandwagon.
      • Ok but....
        It is shocking that Indiana is up that high in this thing. But, honestly how are they ahead of Louisville? I think it's a huge stretch to give credit to Glass with the Soccer teams.
      • Glass gets credit
        Rick Greenspan may have hired the current IU baseball coach as has been pointed out in other publications, but Fred Glass gets all the credit for working with Bart Kaufman and other Indy area alums and other supporters to make sure the new baseball facility got done. And the new facility is a big part of what has helped this program achieve what it has. It's a microcosm of what the IU athletics department is all about under Glass. These types of improvements are the things Greenspan could never get done. Also, for those who say Glass had nothing to do with the school's soccer success ... hogwash. That program was going downhill until Glass arrived and made some key hires.
      • The Facts
        I am tired of Glass and his self-promotion. He is taking credit for the fruits of others labors. His AD predecessors did NOT have 22 (soon to be 40) million $ per year to spend on coaches, facilities, etc. We could NOT have lured Wilson or any of our other big name hires here without money. The credit should go to Adam Herbert, the much maligned former University president. It was he who formulated the idea of a Big Ten Network. And the rest is history.
      • Good Commercial
        for the law school

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