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Notre Dame boosting college football ticket market, IU dragging it down

July 30, 2014
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When it comes to getting into college football games, not many places are more expensive than Notre Dame. IU meanwhile depresses ticket prices on the secondary market more than any school in the Big Ten except one.
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Move east angers Big Ten fans, could rob Indy of millions

May 7, 2014
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The Big Ten's push east could rob Indianapolis of two events that carry visitor spending of a combined $30 million each time they're held here.
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IU supporters making it tough for Crean to succeed

March 19, 2014
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Any decent coach knows one of the keys to winning is playing to your strengths. But IU supporters are hampering Tom Crean from doing that.
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Glass stands as shatter-proof barrier between Crean and angry IU fans

February 19, 2014
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IU Athletic Director Fred Glass has more power in Bloomington than most people realize. As long as Glass supports Tom Crean, the basketball coach's job is safe.
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Crean still struggling to gain acceptance at IU

January 23, 2014
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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.
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Notre Dame No. 2 in ranking of football riches, IU tops Purdue

January 9, 2014
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Florida State may be the BCS national champion, but when it comes to cash flow and valuation, the Seminoles can’t touch Texas and Notre Dame.
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Despite departure of stars, IU ticket demand still sky high

December 2, 2013
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IU is the only program in the top five in terms of ticket prices on the secondary market that is not ranked in the top 20 in either the AP or USA Today poll.
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Glass: Wilson mirroring Crean's path to success at IU

November 13, 2013
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Despite a slight attendance decrease through seven home games this year, IU Athletic Director Fred Glass says the football program is headed in the right direction. He sees no reason why IU can't someday sell out Memorial Stadium for every game.
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Clock ticking on Natatorium decision, Olympic trial hangs in balance

November 6, 2013
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Indiana University officials may need to unveil a plan to upgrade and operate the IUPUI Natatorium by Dec. 10 if Indianapolis is going to have a shot to host an Olympic trial in 2016.
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Pacers season opener scores monster TV rating

October 30, 2013
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Tuesday's home game against Orlando Magic delivered the team's highest rating on Fox Sports Indiana in eight years.
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IU rolling out capital campaign to improve Assembly Hall

August 27, 2013
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Indiana University Athletic Director Fred Glass said Monday that he wouldn't replace Assembly Hall if he could do it "for free." IU officials plan to launch a capital campaign later this year to improve the 42-year-old venue.
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Former Star sports reporter denies he's headed to ESPN to cover Pacers

July 25, 2013
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The departure of former Indiana University beat writer Terry Hutchens earlier this month and Indiana Pacers beat writer Mike Wells last week comes on the heels of a major reorganization of the state’s largest daily newspaper’s sports department.
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It's time for IU's excuse-making to stop

July 11, 2013
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Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean has pulled the Hoosiers back from the brink faster than anyone thought he would or could. But now that he has, he and his staff can't answer questions about every stumble by pointing to ghosts of IU's past.
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IU's Crean praised, criticized following NBA draft

July 1, 2013
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Having two players selected in the top four of last week's NBA draft will only bolster IU Coach Tom Crean's recruiting efforts. But some IU alums are asking how a team with two such players got knocked out of the Sweet Sixteen.
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Indianapolis Star sports department getting major overhaul

June 27, 2013
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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.
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Ex-Colt Saturday hires Knight's agent to go after TV gig

June 27, 2013
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Retired Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday is positioning himself for a national broadcasting job, and he's turning to one of the most high-powered agents to get an edge.
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Is Victor Oladipo an NBA superstar or safety net?

June 25, 2013
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A polling of NBA general managers shows that IU product Victor Oladipo is their favorite player in this year's draft. But will that be enough to make him the overall No. 1 pick?
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Wilkerson wants 1976 IU team remembered for more than winning games

May 29, 2013
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The death of his brother and a message from God inspired former IU basketball star Bobby Wilkerson to start a venture commemorating the last undefeated men's NCAA Division I basketball team.
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IU, Purdue sign strange chicken sponsorship deals

May 23, 2013
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IU and Purdue sports fans next season will get bombarded with marketing messages from Zaxby’s. The deal is a bit odd given there are no Zaxby's anywhere near West Lafayette, Bloomington or Indianapolis.
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Indians' Schumacher, former IU football coach join elite group

April 11, 2013
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Indians Chairman Max Schumacher is the first baseball representative and Bill Mallory becomes the second IU football coach to win the Thomas A. Brady Lifetime Achievement Award. Colts Coach Chuck Pagano is headlining the ceremony.
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The sooner Oladipo bolts Bloomington, the better for IU

April 10, 2013
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Victor Oladipo, more than any player over the last decade and certainly during Crean’s tenure in Bloomington, is the guy who could return IU to national prominence—more than he already has—and make Crean a rock star with recruits—more than he already is.
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IU's Crean classless, misguided in postgame confrontation

March 11, 2013
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IU basketball coach Tom Crean has become beloved by Hoosiers supporters for winning with class. After Sunday's victory he departed that path, let his emotion get the best of him and did a disservice to his current players.
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IU's Assembly Hall could get new name if price is right

February 27, 2013
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Naming rights deal for 42-year-old IU basketball venue could score the school $2 million a year, sports marketers said. IU Athletics Director Fred Glass says re-naming the facility is not out of the question.
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Who is Indiana's best college hoops coach? There are two answers

February 6, 2013
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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.
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Big Ten basketball coaches pay hikes show no signs of slowing

January 30, 2013
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Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean got a $640,000 raise at the start of this season. Why did Crean get such a raise and who's due to get a huge raise following this Big Ten season? Read on to find out.
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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

  3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.

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