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Crean still struggling to gain acceptance at IU

January 23, 2014
The memory of Bob Knight shouldn't be wiped away. He’s done far too much for IU and this state for that. But the endless comparisons of Knight to the man currently coaching the men’s team in Bloomington must stop. It’s destructive.

Stevens will need 'hide of a rhino' to survive NBA

July 8, 2013
Brad Stevens could create the next NBA dynasty in Boston. If he doesn't, he'll likely rue the day he left Butler.

Indianapolis Star sports department getting major overhaul

June 27, 2013
The Star sports department is undergoing a major shakeup, including reassignments for some of the paper’s most tenured beat writers—covering the Indiana Pacers, Indianapolis Colts, IU and Butler.

Can Indy's big-league efforts outrun small-town image?

March 27, 2013
It seems no matter how much Indianapolis postures itself as a major-league city, there are those who will never consider it anything more than a few high-rises amid a sea of cornfields tended to by a bunch of hayseeds.

Who is Indiana's best college hoops coach? There are two answers

February 6, 2013
When it comes to Xs and Os, Butler's Brad Stevens is the man. If you want a consummate hardwood CEO, it's IU's Tom Crean, hands down.

Local sports radio market adds third player

January 3, 2013
On Jan. 2, WXNT-AM 1430 changed its format from news-talk to 24-hour sports, going head-to-head with WFNI-AM 1070 and WNDE-AM 1260. The last time this market had three sports-talk radio stations, one didn't survive.

Conference merry-go-round poses problems for Butler

December 14, 2012
News media is getting ahead of itself in reporting Butler's imminent departure from the Atlantic 10 conference. But the Bulldogs' athletic director, Barry Collier, can't afford to stick his head in the sand on this issue.

Gone to the Dawgs, Butler signs sponsor for bulldog beauty pageant

September 24, 2012
The Bulldog Beauty Contest, a staple of Butler University's Homecoming for 11 years, will now be known as the Butler Bulldog Beauty Contest presented by Built Ford Tough Trucks.

IU hoops, Colts fight for spot as state's top sports brand

March 22, 2012
The value of sports brands fluctuates as violently as stock prices during economic upheaval. In Indiana, the IU and Butler basketball brands have risen while the Colts' has taken a hit and the Pacers fight for their place in the sun.

Butler basketball hits 40-plus-year attendance high

February 28, 2012
The Butler men's basketball ticket hasn't sold this hot since the early to mid 1960s. With university president James Danko committed to building on the program's success, attendance is likely to keep climbing.

New NCAA rule kills high school hoops games at Hinkle

December 29, 2011
A new NCAA rule causes the cancellation of a six-game high school basketball event scheduled for Jan. 21 at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Organizers anticipated a crowd of more than 6,000 to attend the event.

Indiana poised to become a basketball state once again

December 16, 2011
With the Pacers and IU re-emerging as contenders and the Colts floundering, Indiana sports fans are primed to re-embrace their Hoosier hysteria roots. But what happens when Peyton Manning returns or Andrew Luck is drafted is anybody's guess.

New NBA pact could kill NCAA's one-and-done dilemma

November 28, 2011
College basketball may be one of the biggest benefactors of the soon-to-be ratified National Basketball Association labor settlement.

Timing of NBA lockout hits Pacers, Mack hard

November 23, 2011
With the Indianapolis Colts in a down year, the Indiana Pacers are missing a golden opportunity to grab local fans' interest. Shelvin Mack, meanwhile, has no paycheck and no prospect of playing a meaningful game anytime soon.

Horizon League inks five-year deal with IMG

July 13, 2011
The Indianapolis-based conference that includes Butler University signs an exclusive sponsorship and multi media deal with a seven-figure value.

What is this Butler team's legacy?

April 5, 2011
Graduation rates will be the true lasting legacy of these Final Four teams.

Butler becomes cradle of coaching

April 4, 2011
As astounding as Butler's back-to-back runs to the NCAA championship game is, it's not the small school's most remarkable accomplishment.

Hayward's rising stock presents Bird with difficult dilemma

June 21, 2010
Gordon Hayward's NBA draft stock is soaring. But it will take guts for Larry Bird to draft the Butler product, even if he thinks he's the best player when the Pacers pick at No. 10.

Falling dominoes could send Crean to MSU, Stevens to IU

June 11, 2010
If the Cleveland Cavaliers hire Tom Izzo, MSU will target IU Coach Tom Crean as a replacement, and Butler's Brad Stevens could be headed for Bloomington. And it could all unfold within 10 days.

Gordon Hayward isn't coming back to Butler

April 15, 2010
There's a simple reason why Butler sophomore Gordon Hayward won't be in a Bulldogs uniform next year. And it has as much to do with the CBA as the NBA. And a few million dollars.

Butler's lofty goals may require jump to bigger conference

April 13, 2010
The idea of Butler University joining the Big Ten once seemed laughable. But so did coming within a basket of beating Duke for the NCAA hoops title. Finances and desire for growth could force the Bulldogs to consider leaping from the Horizon League.

Is Butler gambling with Stevens' contract extension?

April 9, 2010
Butler trustees are entering a new ball game by escalating the pay of the school's men's basketball coach. But there's no guarantee the gamble will pay off.

Gordon Hayward answer to Pacers' prayers

April 8, 2010
If Butler sophomore Gordon Hayward declares himself eligible for this year's NBA draft, there are lots of reasons for the Pacers to take him with the No. 10 selection.

Butler's Brad Stevens' success haunts IU

April 6, 2010
Should IU have hired Butler basketball coach Brad Stevens two years ago? That's debatable, but the non-hiring of the young coaching gem is a sign of a bigger problem that has plagued the Hoosiers for more than a decade.

Two more victories = $10M in Butler merchandise sales

April 2, 2010
Butler University is bracing for a siege of publicity this weekend. The school's Web sites have been bolstered and retail shelves are being stocked. Already more than $1.7 million in Butler merchandise has been sold.

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