IU-UK game may return to Indy

July 7, 2009
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creanBanter by Indiana University and University of Kentucky men’s basketball coaches Tom Crean and John Calipari about a neutral site match-up has fueled speculation the game could return to Indianapolis.

Calipari, who is preparing for his first season at UK, has openly discussed his desire to play more neutral site games. Tom Crean, one of the sport’s great marketing coaches, has intimated that he is open to the idea. Crean understands the benefits of connecting with the school’s alumni—for financial and recruiting reasons, and there is no bigger concentration of IU alums than in Indianapolis. Other sites that could be considered are Louisville, Chicago and even New York.

“If we move the Kentucky series it will be special and it will benefit both schools,” Crean said recently on his on-line Twitter page. “We want our fans to be able to be a part of great things.”

When asked about Crean’s Tweet, IU athletic department spokesman J.D. Campbell said, “Nothing has been discussed publicly.”

Officials for Lucas Oil Stadium, which would seem to be the most ideal local venue for the match-up, said they have not been contacted by IU or UK officials about hosting the game.

For the last four years, the IU-UK match-up has rotated between the two schools’ campus arenas. The game is set to be played in Assembly Hall this coming season. Before that, however, the match-up rotated between Indianapolis and Louisville, and often played before huge crowds at the RCA Dome.

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  • IU - Kentucky basketball is not what it used to be. Look at the high school All Star games. For many college fans, it's not that big of a deal anymore. Plus the greed that the leagues have fallen prey to; take the Big 10(?). They made such a big deal for their precious network. How many people would just as soon stay home and watch that game on TV?

    Fill up Lucas Oil - ain't gonna happen........And you can thank Miles Brand, Rick Greenspan, and Kelvin Sampson for a lot of that also. Reaping what you sow still holds true. The Big 10(?) and IU will never again be the force they once were, NEVER.
  • Have you seen the following John Calapari has in Kentucky. He has 350,000 plus people following him on Twitter. When Crean gets IU back to national prominence, this series will really sizzle again. Some things are timeless, and I think this match-up (with a little polishing) will prove to be one of them. I can see 40,000 filling LOS if IU and UK are both in the top 10.
  • You people who say UK vs IU would not fill LOS are forgetting one thing BIG BLUE NATION. We will travel anywhere to see our `Cats. We would fill up LOS ourselves if the IU fans don`t want to show up.
  • bihbluemaniac is right. UK will bring 30,000, all IU has to do is bring 10,000
  • That's the way, make LOS a home game for Kentucky! Go, Loosiers!!!
  • BG, you've been reading DaHooey's posts for way too long. You're now officially a hater. Reputable polls show college basketball in Indiana still has a very solid following. Peace.
  • This is ridiculous. We continue to take all great games away from the people who pay the bills. Its all about greed. Whats wrong with home and home? Making fans travel and spend all this money is sad when all of these great teams have nice arenas. Adding to this is funny how almost everytime we do these things they are played nearer or more conveinent for the opponet of Ky. Thats because they know Ky fans will go anywhere and the other fans will not. Its our team Coach Cal, allow us to see our own team, we deserve it.
  • Take it easy humphrey. The idea is to take the game TO the people. That's why they move it to big almuni markets. Bigger arenas mean more people get to see the game live, not just you blue bloods. Easy big fella. Go hug your stuffed wildcat.
  • Matt,

    You are correct in one regard. I do hate anything to do with IU, even though it is my alma mater. For a school administration to set up a legendary coach to fail - unexcusable. I'm not naive enough to believe that Knight shouldn't have been dealt with, but it should have happened years ago. Brand seemed to have no concept or concern about what he was doing to the reputation of the once formidable program and hallowed halls. They should have fired him and the trustees for the incompetence they displayed over the years.

    Where is IU now? - rescue mode. Dealing with outdated, substandard facilities and a team trying to crawl its way back. Will they ever make it back to prominence? We'll have to wait see, but my take is never again. And deservedly so. Three jerks (Brand, Greenspan and Sampson) destroyed a program. Ran it in the ground!

    Nothing personal against the current and future players. But, count me as one of the many, many ex IU fans that won't be watching.
  • Brand had zero to do with hiring Sampson. That was done on Adam Herbert's watch. As for Knight, he has no one to blame but himself. Actually if you want to look at an IU decision maker who was involved in all of this, look no further than Terry Clapacs.
  • Mark,

    Brand started the ball rolling downhill. While I agree Knight is accountable, setting up a legendary coach to fail is no way to handle a situation that would, in the end, have so much effect on this program. Yes, and I didn't suggest Brand had anything to do with hiring Sampson, but the AD puppet Greenspan did. The 3 Stooges could have done better than these 3 clowns.

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