Glass hits ground running at IU

January 6, 2009
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glassFred Glass, who officially took over as Indiana’s athletic director Jan. 2, hasn’t taken long to become ensconced in academia. Even before Glass filled the office vacated by Rick Greenspan, he sat down with Kelley School of Business Dean Dan Smith to talk about using the school’s marketing expertise to help polish the athletic department’s image. Smith, no doubt, also will try to help devise a plan to sell more football tickets.

Last month, Glass also sat down with Pat Steele, IU’s dean of University Libraries, for what Glass thought was going to be a “courtesy meeting.” Instead, Glass came away with myriad ideas about how the athletic department can better use the academic services the library offers. Maybe there was a very smart reason former IU basketball coach Bob Knight raised piles of cash and gave so much support to the university’s libraries all those years he was in Bloomington.

Glass this week also has been busy setting up office hours on campus (and outside the hallowed halls of Assembly Hall) to meet with IU students with questions, concerns or suggestions. It appears to be an important departure from Greenspan's inside the ivory tower approach.

Glass has already taken a road trip with the men’s basketball team (last weekend at Iowa), and plans to do so with all the school’s teams in the next year. Glass has also sat down with NCAA and Big Ten officials to ask about best practices in marketing, communications and other areas-including yes, compliance enforcement.
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  • There's a lot of work to be done, but I predict Fred Glass will end his tenure as a legendary figure in IU athletics ... these first few days are just a start.
  • Its great when the various departments at IU can work together for everyone's benefit. As a student, I remember we did a lot of consulting work for various IU departments. It gave the students great experience in our future areas of expertise and the University wonderful resources for a great price. Good job Fred Glass on utlizing the wonderful resources at your disposal. Hopefully more mutually beneficial relationships can be made between IU Athletics and the rest of the university.
  • Academics and Athletics should always be used TOGETHER in the same sentence! Go Fred Glass (rhymes with CLASS)! Integrity and life preparedness always trump any score, win or lose, on any given day or night. I am looking forward to putting things in perspective and coming away with reason to be proud of IU athletics! I like what I see and hear of Tom Crean who may well truely become Tom Cream (& Crimson). Yeh, team!
  • Wow, the IUarama. Almost as much barf and choke as the Obamarama!
  • I just can't wait to see if Mr. Glass can negotiate an even worse contract for a new Assembly Hall than he did for Lucas Oil Stadium.
  • I sense there is a missed point here related to Mr Glass. As I read the article it suggests he is putting a clear emphasis on acedemics (as did Mr. Knight) and to reach out to the vast resources this university has to make them more avialable to athletes needing to strengthen this aspect of their college experience makes a lot of sense. The resources are already there, they just have not been utilized as effectively as they could have been. I will wait to see what he does before deciding the quality of the results that come from his leadership.

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